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April 19-20: Mfoniso Udofia, Heather Nova, Marijuana in the Haight, Dilly Dally, James Veitch, Juan Williams, Julien Poirer, Duncan Clark

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Mfoniso Udofia opens “Sojourners,” a play about a Nigerian woman torn between the U.S. and her homeland, at the Magic Theatre. (Courtesy photo)


Mfoniso Udofia: The Nigerian-American storyteller opens her play “Sojourners” — about a newlywed faced with choosing between America and her homeland, Nigeria — with a preview performance. [7:30 p.m., Magic Theatre, Building D, Fort Mason, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.}

Heather Nova: The Bermudian singer-songwriter is promoting her 10th album, “The Way It Feels,” a “laid-back” effort which “hints at Americana, injected with infectious guitar riffs and cool rhythms.” [8 p.m., Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison St., Berkeley]

Marijuana in the Haight: The community discussion features movers and shakers from the Haight’s heyday speaking about how medical and health approaches to cannabis have evolved from the Summer of Love to the possibility of legalization. [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Dilly Dally: The Toronto four-piece punk band made waves with its 2015 debut album, drawing comparisons to Sonic Youth, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and The Pixies. [8 p.m., Social Hall, 1270 Sutter St., S.F.]

James Veitch: In “Dot Con,” the British comic talks about the bizarre correspondence that resulted after he decided to answer as many scam emails (with Nigerian princes, can’t miss investment opportunities) as he could. [8 p.m., Punch Line, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Juan Williams: The Fox news analyst and author of “We the People: The Modern-Day Figures Who Have Reshaped and Affirmed the Founding Fathers’ Vision of America” appears in conversation with KCBS political reporter Doug Sovern. [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F.]

Julien Poirier: The Berkeley-based writer reads from “Out of Print,” a collection that reflects the poet’s years in New York and his return to his Bay Area roots. [7 p.m., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Duncan Clark: The author of “Alibaba: The House That Jack Ma Built” talks about his book, which describes how a teacher established one of the world’s most valuable companies (rivaling Walmart and Amazon) and reshaped the global economy. [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]


Moonalice, Doobie Decibel System Band: The annual “420 Gathering of the Tribe” concert showcases the jam bands (whose members have performed with all the major players in the genre) in a psychedelic spring-themed show. {8 p.m., Slim’s 333 11th St., S.F.]

Reverend Billy: The environmentalist, anti-consumer activist and performance artist — who at noon will “levitate” the deYoung Museum to protest The City’s use of pesticides in parks — reads from his new motivational handbook, “The Earth Wants YOU.” [7 p.m., City Lights, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Asaf Avidan: The Israeli singer-songwriter’s distinctive vocals have been compared to Billie Holiday, Janis Joplin and Bob Dylan. [8 p.m., Bimbo’s, 1025 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Women Changing Politics: Time Magazine’s Jay Newton Small and CBS’s Melissa Caen discuss how women’s presence and influence in Washington are increasingly affecting the inner workings of the federal government and how Americans live and work. [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F.]

One Act Plays: California College of the Arts, TheOrangeBox and Double Backbone theater present “Wallow” by Vanessa Flores, “Madame Pearl” by Kate Robard and “A Resolution” by Zoe Young. [7 p.m., Hooper Courtyard, California College of the Arts, Eighth and Hopper streets, S.F.]

Nod to Mod Ball: The San Francisco Opera Guild celebrates British-native Matthew Shilvock, the opera’s general director designate, with a British-themed fundraiser gala; tickets are $500 and up, attire is black tie or “vintage Mod-Chic sartorial.” [6 p.m., City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, S.F.]

Nate Parker: The actor and humanitarian is presented by Stanford University’s African & African American Studies program, speaking on “Birth of a Nation” and its alignment with a history of arts activism. [6:30 p.m, CEMEX Auditorium, Graduate School of Business, 655 Knight Way, Stanford University]

Born Free: Virginia McKenna (who portrayed Joy Adamson in the classic film, celebrating its 50th anniversary, about orphan lion cub Elsa) appears at the closing night screening of the S.F. Green Film Festival. [6:30 p.m., Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.]

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