Who’s in townComedian and actor Dov Davidoff, seen on E! Network’s “Chelsea Lately” and NBC’s “Raines,” kicks off a string of comedy shows at the Punch Line. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]LecturesRichard Schmierer: The U.S. Department of State deputy assistant secretary for public diplomacy discusses the situation in Syria and U.S. policy on Syria. [7 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.] Read More
Who’s in townMark Bittman, New York Times food writer and author of the “How to Cook Everything” series, is interviewed onstage by 7x7 alumna Jessica Battilana. [7:30 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]LecturesHedrick Smith: The PBS producer and former New York Times reporter discusses the decline and the future of the American dream. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.] Read More
Who’s in townBlues guitarist and singer Ana Popovic performs at Biscuits and Blues. [8 and 10 p.m., 401 Mason St., S.F.]LecturesKira Z. Reginato: The elder-care manager and radio host describes how using an elder-care manager can save family caregivers time and money and prevent missteps. [5:15 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.] Read More
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Randy Cohen, the New York Times Magazine’s original “ethicist,” explores what guides choices when people are faced with everyday moral decisions. [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]
Peter Gleick: The Pacific Institute co-founder discusses the global water crisis and offers suggestions for moving to a more equitable and sustainable future. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.] Read More
The introduction of the Houston Astros to the American League West and interleague home games against three of baseball’s most storied franchises — the Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds — highlight the 2013 A’s schedule, which was announced Wednesday.
The A’s and manager Bob Melvin will open their season for the fourth straight year against the Seattle Mariners at the Coliseum on April 1. Oakland wastes no time in getting to know the Astros, as it will hit the road for a three-game series starting April 5. Read More
While the Giants are still focused on their push for the National League West title, they learned who and where they will play their games next season as Major League Baseball announced the 2013 schedule Wednesday.
The Giants will open the 2013 season on the road against the rival Los Angeles Dodgers on April 2 before coming home April 5 for their home opener at AT&T Park against the St. Louis Cardinals. Read More
Two men, one in his 30s and the other in his 40s, tried to enter a theater in the 200 block of Taylor Street without paying, police said.
When a 37-year-old man tried to block the entrance, one of the men punched him in the face. The second man grabbed a cashbox off a desk and the duo fled. Read More
The A’s haven’t reached the playoffs since the 2006 season, but starting Monday, fans can invest in a potential return trip this season.
Individual game tickets for a potential wild-card game and American League Division Series games involving the A’s at the Oakland Coliseum will go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday. The A’s will be using dynamic pricing for these games, so the earlier tickets are purchased, the cheaper the price will be.
Game dates and times are to be determined and tickets purchased for any unplayed games are refundable. Read More
Who’s in townSinger-songwriter Fiona Apple performs at the Warfield. “The Idler Wheel” is her latest album. [8 p.m., 982 Market St., S.F.]LecturesLiam Reidy: The geographer explores the history of San Francisco’s Mountain Lake. The San Francisco Museum and Historical Society presents the talk. [7:30 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.] Read More
Who’s in townFazle Hasan Abed, founder and chairman of the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee, speaks. [7 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]LecturesPolitics and media: Diane Dwyer, NBC Bay Area news anchor, and Randy Shandobil, of Shandobil Communications, discuss the media’s role in shaping presidential politics. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.] Read More
FRIDAYJapanese animation: A series of animated films from Japan’s Studio Ghibli begins. Hayao Miyazaki’s “Spirited Away” and “Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind” are showing. [Bridge Theatre, 3010 Geary Blvd., S.F.; www.landmarktheatres.com]SATURDAYA great excursion Read More
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Actress and author Molly Ringwald talks about her new book, “When It Happens to You: A Novel in Stories,” with Litquake’s Jane Ganahl. [VIP reception at 6:45 p.m., program at 8 p.m.; Verdi Club, 2424 Mariposa St., S.F.] Read More
Who’s in townSeyed Mousavian, formerly of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council and author of “The Iranian Nuclear Crisis,” speaks. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]LecturesTony Haymet: The Scripps Institution of Oceanography director describes how the business world has partnered with oceanographers to address major sea-related questions. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.] Read More
Who’s in townScience-fiction author William Gibson, whose works include the cyberpunk novel “Neuromancer,” appears in conversation. [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]LecturesFuture homes: Speakers discuss how to expand ideas about the house of the future and create inspired visions of the 21st-century American dream. [6 p.m., SPUR, 654 Mission St., S.F.] Read More
Something to read
Madness, Rack, and HoneyBy Mary Ruefle ($25)The accomplished poet is humorous and self-deprecating in this collection of illuminating essays on poetry, aesthetics and literature, originally presented as lectures to graduate students.Lend a hand
Glide: The Free Meals Program needs volunteers to prepare the dining room, place food on trays, carry trays to guests and wipe down tables. [11:15 a.m. to 2 p.m., 330 Ellis St., S.F.; info/RSVP: www.onebrick.org]Get outside Read More