ODC/Dance founder Brenda Way’s ‘Investigating Grace’ highlights SF State’s annual showcase 

Who’s in town

Astronomer and UC Santa Cruz professor Sandra Faber tells the story of how we got here and where we are headed, cosmically speaking. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Lectures

Urban winemaking:
Wine experts explore the shift in wine production from rural wineries to urban facilities. A wine-tasting session follows the talk. [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Peter Sellars and Lemi Ponifasio: Theater director Sellars and choreographer Ponifasio discuss art and activism. [7:15 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Forum, 701 Mission St., S.F.]

Literary events

Tina Rosenberg:
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author discusses “Join the Club: How Peer Pressure Can Transform the World.” [12:30 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Paolo Giordano: The Italian novelist presents “The Solitude of Prime Numbers.” [6:30 p.m., Italian Cultural Institute, 814 Montgomery St., S.F.; RSVP: (415) 788-7142, ext. 18]

Billy Collins: The poet talks about “Horoscopes for the Dead.” [7 p.m., Kepler’s Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

At the colleges

Chancellor’s Concert Series:
The Ives Quartet performs Dvorak’s “String Quartet in F Major, Op. 96, ‘American.’” [Noon, UCSF, Mission Bay Campus, Genentech Hall, Atrium, 600 16th St., S.F.]

At the public library

Thursday film series:
“Marching to the Beat of Their Own Drummers” is April’s theme. This week’s movie is “The Man Who Came to Dinner” (1942). [Noon, Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Kay Thompson: The “Eloise” author is the focus of this program, which features a short film and a talk by author Sam Irvin. [6 p.m., Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Room, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Local activities

University Dance Theater:
A new adaptation of ODC/Dance founder Brenda Way’s “Investigating Grace” highlights San Francisco State’s annual showcase of choreography. [8 p.m., McKenna Theatre, Creative Arts Building, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

Tasting event: Share Our Strength hosts “Taste of the Nation San Francisco,” which benefits efforts to end childhood hunger. Top chefs and mixologists supply food and drink. [5:30 p.m., Bently Reserve, 301 Battery St., S.F.]

Space cadets: “Nightlife” at the California Academy of Sciences presents “Yuri’s Nightlife,” celebrating the 50th anniversary of human spaceflight. Guests include author Mary Roach. [6 to 10 p.m., 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Double Welles:
Orson Welles’ “The Lady From Shanghai” (3 and 7 p.m.) and “Touch of Evil” (4:45 and 8:45 p.m.) screen as a double feature. [Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.]

Science of shredding: Exploratorium After Dark presents “Skateboard Science,” an evening featuring skateboarding-related demonstrations, talks and exhibits. [6 to 10 p.m., Exploratorium, 3601 Lyon St., S.F.]

Comedy show: Comedian Jake Johannsen kicks off a string of standup shows. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Dining out

Le Colonial:
Chef Joseph Villanueva is featuring garlic lobster dish. It contains a wok-fried whole lobster with garlic butter and served over bok choy. For dessert, he recommends the green-tea creme brulee. Live music is featured at the restaurant today, provided by The Martini Brothers Band. Also, brunch will be served Saturday and Sunday. [20 Cosmo Place, S.F., (415) 931-3600]

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