April 15: Thai Rivera and other SF events

Who’s in town

Soul and jazz singer-songwriter Laura Mvula brings her “Sing to the Moon” tour to San Francisco. [8 p.m., Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]


Dan Richard: The board chairman of the California High-Speed Rail Authority examines costs, benefits, controversies and timeline issues relating to the rail project. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Love vs. Hope: Speakers discuss two mutually antagonistic dreams about cities — one based on love and one based on hope — that affect how cities house working people and poor residents. [12:30 p.m., SPUR, 654 Mission St., S.F.]

Literary events

Joel Selvin: The journalist and popular-music critic talks about “Here Comes the Night.” [6 p.m., Matrix, 3138 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Susan Minot: The fiction writer and poet discusses “Thirty Girls,” a novel. [7 p.m., Books Inc., 74 Town and Country Village, Palo Alto]

Betty Medsger: The journalist talks about “The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover’s Secret FBI.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Matthew Zapruder: The poet celebrates the release of “Sun Bear,” his new collection. [7 p.m., City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

At the colleges

Richard and Tricia Gibbs: The founders of the San Francisco Free Clinic talk about health care issues and about providing health care to uninsured patients. [11:45 a.m., USF, McLaren Conference Center, 2130 Fulton St., S.F.]

At the public library

New book club: The Ocean View Book Club holds a launch meeting. Interested parties are invited to help the group decide what books it will read and how often it will meet. [5 p.m., Ocean View Branch, 345 Randolph St., S.F.]

Brain fitness: The class explores how to exercise the brain in fun and challenging ways to maintain and improve cognitive vitality and memory. [2 p.m., Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Room, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]


Yuri and Friends present a night of comedy. Thai Rivera, seen on the Jo Koy Comedy Tour and Comedy Central’s “Live at Gotham,” headlines. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Local activities

Cello fellow: Cello Joe, who combines cello playing with beatboxing, performs at the Chapel. Old-time jug band and blues also figure into his sound. [8 p.m., 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

Access event: “Artful Discoveries,” an art-viewing program for people with early-stage dementia and their care partners, holds a session. [1 p.m., Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 100 34th Ave., S.F.; RSVP: (415) 750-7645]

Prey station: Aquarium of the Bay presents “Predation Celebration,” an exhibition of activities and attractions exploring local predators such as sharks, otters and sea stars. [10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Embarcadero at Beach Street, S.F.]

Sabrosa: The arroz a la tumbada — a tomato stew with wild rice, fish, Dungeness crab, mussels, chipotle chile and epazote — is recommended. Also look for the tlacoyo (toasted corn masa and chickpea cake) and the ceviche de aguachile. [3200 Fillmore St., S.F.; (415) 638-6500]

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