Porchlight storytelling presents ‘Kitchen Confidential’ 

click to enlarge Food tales: Porchlight storytelling series presents its April edition, “Kitchen Confidential.” Storytellers include food writer Stephanie Lucianovic and Locanda chef Anthony Strong, pictured. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • Food tales: Porchlight storytelling series presents its April edition, “Kitchen Confidential.” Storytellers include food writer Stephanie Lucianovic and Locanda chef Anthony Strong, pictured.

Who’s in town

Violinist Alina Ibragimova appears in concert, playing works by Berio, Bach, von Biber and Bartok. San Francisco Performances presents the evening. [8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Lectures

Aging gracefully:
Experts on aging discuss the aging process, what changes one may face and how to prepare to enjoy life to the fullest. [5:15 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Chris Patten: The chancellor of the University of Oxford and chairman of the BBC Trust speaks on European and U.S. economies and what lies ahead for U.S.-European relations. [6:30 p.m., Marines’ Memorial Club, 609 Sutter St., S.F.]

Literary events

Bobby Keys:
The saxophone player, who has played on albums by the Rolling Stones, the Who and other rock notables, talks about “Every Night’s a Saturday Night.” [6:30 p.m., Green Apple Books, 506 Clement St., S.F.]

Poetry night: Poets Jeanne Powell (“Word Dancing”) and Nancy Keane (host of “Poetry at the 33”) read from their work. An open-mic session follows. [7 p.m., Bird and Beckett Books and Records,653 Chenery St., S.F.]

Rick Gilbert: The founder of PowerSpeaking Inc. discusses “Speaking Up: Surviving Executive Presentations.” [7 p.m., Kepler’s Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

At the colleges

‘Freedom Rides’:
Speakers present firsthand and comparative reflections on the burgeoning Palestinian civil rights movement. [7 p.m., Building 200-303, Lane History Corner, Stanford University, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford]

Stanley Prusiner:
The 1997 Nobel laureate discusses prions (a biological principle of infection) and their implications for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. [7 p.m., Cole Hall, UC San Francisco, 513 Parnassus Ave., S.F.]

At the public library

Downloadable books:
The workshop covers how to borrow and read library books in e-book form. [6:30 p.m., Sunset Branch, 1305 18th Ave., S.F.]

Older Writers Laboratory: The poetry-writing group welcomes seniors. [3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Bernal Heights Branch, 500 Cortland Ave., S.F.]

Local activities

Food tales:
Porchlight storytelling series presents its April edition, “Kitchen Confidential.” Storytellers include food writer Stephanie Lucianovic and Locanda chef Anthony Strong. [8 p.m., Verdi Club, 2424 Mariposa St., S.F.]

Q crew: Karen Ripley, Bob “Bobaloo” Koenig, Nick Leonard, David Hawkins and others perform in tonight’s “Qcomedy Showcase,” featuring LGBT comedy talent. [8 p.m., Stage Werx, 446 Valencia St., S.F.]

French Canadian film:
“Monsieur Lazhar,” a Montreal-set drama about an Algeria-born substitute teacher who helps students cope with a tragic loss, is playing at the Embarcadero Center Cinema. [1 Embarcadero Center, S.F.; (415) 267-4893]

Words and music: Theatre of Yugen’s Judy Halebsky presents Part 1 of “A Page Between Poem and Song,” a two-night program exploring the confluence between music and the spoken word. [7 p.m., Noh Space, 2840 Mariposa St., S.F.]

Bocadillos: Tapas are on the menu at this Financial District site. First up is the corned-beef tongue, with horseradish creme fraiche and pickled ramps. [710 Montgomery St., S.F. (415) 982-2622]

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