Courtesy photoRock show: Grammy-nominated Americana band Reckless Kelly

Courtesy photoRock show: Grammy-nominated Americana band Reckless Kelly

April 21: Reckless Kelly, free Armenian concert and more

Who’s in town

Mary Noriss, chief copy editor at the New Yorker, discusses language and the importance of copy editing in her new book, “Between You & Me.” [12:30 p.m., Mechanics’ Institute, 57 Post St., S.F.]


Tech money: Venture capitalist Steve Jurvetson, a partner in DFJ Venture, shares how he chooses which startups to fund. [7 p.m., Schultz Cultural Hall, Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto]

Literary events

‘Leaving Berlin’: A young Jewish writer finds himself in a tangled web of political intrigue in the post-World War II story by Joseph Kanon. [7 p.m., Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera]

Debut fiction: Sarah Gerard’s debut novel, “Binary Star,” follows a road-tripping woman as she battles anorexia and copes with an alcoholic, long-distance boyfriend. [7:30 p.m., Green Apple Books on the Park, 1231 Ninth Ave., S.F.]

Shame on everybody: New York University professor Jennifer Jacquet looks at shame’s role in maintaining civilization in “Is Shame Necessary?: New Uses for an Old Tool.” [7:30 p.m., Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

Banned books: Renaissance woman Michelle Tea hosts Banned Book Club: YA Edition, in which Daniel Handler, Mariko Tamaki and other writers read from young-adult books that have been banned or challenged. [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

At the public library

Lambda finalists: Finalists for the Lambda Literary Awards, which honor the best in LGBT fiction, nonfiction and poetry, are reading from their work. [5:30 p.m., Latino/Hispanic Room, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Summer preview: Learn more about courses and seminars available as part of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute’s summer session. [3 p.m., San Francisco State University downtown campus, 835 Market St., S.F.]

Documentary screening: A free screening of “States of Grace,” which chronicles Dr. Grace Dammann’s recovery from a devastating wreck on the Golden Gate Bridge, includes an appearance by Dammann herself. [5 p.m., Cole Hall Auditorium, UC San Francisco, 513 Parnassus Ave., S.F.]

Local activities

Art show: Christie’s presents works worth an estimated $55 million in a limited-time show of postwar and contemporary works. [11 a.m.-6 p.m., HEDGE Gallery, 501 Pacific Ave., S.F.]

Songs of peace: Singer-songwriter Sebu Simonian of the indie-pop group Capital Cities is headlining a concert commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide. [5 p.m., Union Square, Geary and Powell streets, S.F.]

Dreamy pop: Indie-pop group Sylvan Esso recorded its self-titled new album in a North Carolina bedroom. [8 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Rock show: Grammy-nominated Americana band Reckless Kelly, which hails from Austin, Texas, is touring to promote its eighth and latest album, “Long Night Moon.” [8 p.m., Slim’s, 333 11th St., S.F.]artsSan Franciscothings to do

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