April 29: Della Mae, “Out In The Bay” and more

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Who’s in town

Journalist Masha Gessen, an LGBT activist, describes the political situation in Russia, from President Vladimir Putin to Pussy Riot. [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Lectures

Why college matters: UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks, Mills College President Alecia DeCoudreaux and other local educators discuss why college matters for today’s students. [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F.]

Fighting inequality: Columbia professor Joseph Stiglitz shares his thoughts on ending social inequality in his new book, “The Great Divide: Unequal Societies and What We Can Do About Them.” [7 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F.]

Wild art: Wildlife artist Keith Hansen discusses “Birds of the Sierra Nevada: Their Natural History, Status and Distribution,” for which he created 1,400 portraits over 14 years. [7:30 p.m., Green Apple Books on the Park, 1231 Ninth Ave., S.F.]

Web talk: Vinton Cerf, who created much of the basic architecture of the Internet, looks ahead to the future. [7:30 p.m., Nourse Theater, 275 Hayes St., S.F.]

Literary events

Mystery lady: Jacqueline Winspear’s new novel, “A Dangerous Place,” is the latest installment in the Maisie Dobbs mystery series. [7:30 p.m., Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

At the public library

Gershwin talk: Tim Holt explores the lives and music of George and Ira Gershwin, including performances from the musical “Nice Work If You Can Get It.” [2 p.m., Excelsior Branch, 4400 Mission St., S.F.]

Library history: A lecture explains the history of U.S. libraries. [7 p.m., Merced Branch, 155 Winston Drive, S.F.]

At the colleges

Sleep tips: Dr. Daniel Jin Blum, who provides coaching at UC Berkeley’s sleep clinic, offers tips on how to improve the quality of sleep and recognize serious disorders. [1 p.m., San Francisco State University downtown campus, 865 Market St., S.F.]

Studying the classics: Professor Malcolm Wilson offers a lecture on ”Weather and Cosmos: Evidence for a New Interpretation of Aristotelian Nature.” [7 p.m., Room 587, Humanities Building, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

Local activities

Poetry at City Hall: Celebrate National Poetry Month with a big-time poetry open mic under the rotunda at City Hall. [5:30 p.m., City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton Goodlett Place, S.F.]

Stand-up comedy: Comedian Kyle Dunnigan has appeared on “Inside Amy Schumer” and hosts the “Professor Blastoff” podcast. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Rock show: Boston group Della Mae combines country, rock and blues sounds on its second album, “This World Oft Can Be.” Cellist and poet Rushad Eggleston is opening the show. [9 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

Radio show: “Out in the Bay — Gay Radio from San Francisco,” which airs at 7 p.m. Thursdays on KALW (91.7 FM), is celebrating 10 years with a live taping featuring hosts Marilyn Pittman, left, and Eric Jansen as well as musical guests. [5 p.m., Oasis, 298 11th St., S.F.]

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