April 27: Bay Area Dance Week, Big Data and more

Courtesy photoElectronic-dance group Big Data

Courtesy photoElectronic-dance group Big Data

Who’s in town

New York Times columnist David Brooks touts the value of selflessness in his new book, “The Road to Character.” [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.; sold out; watch live at jccsf.org/ondemand]


Women’s health: Maria Shriver, an Emmy-winning TV journalist and former first lady of California, is appearing at a Women’s Health Luncheon benefiting medical care for uninsured and otherwise at-risk women and girls. [11 a.m., San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront Hotel, 1800 Old Bayshore Highway, Burlingame]

Life transformed: Author Sandy Tolan shares the story of Ramzi Hussein Aburedwan, a Palestinian child who was photographed throwing a rock at an Israeli tank and later became a music teacher, in his new book, “Story of the Stone.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building Plaza, S.F.]

Literary events

City memoir: San Francisco State University journalism professor Yvonne Daley is reading from her new memoir, “Octavia Boulevard.” [7 p.m., Folio Books, Folio Books, 3957 24th St., S.F.]

Tea time: San Francisco author and tea expert Annelies Zijderveld shares delicious tips and stories from her new book, “Steeped: Recipes Infused With Tea.” [7 p.m., Green Apple Books, 506 Clement St., S.F.]

Sci-fi tale: Brian Catling’s new science-fiction novel, “The Vorrh,” follows a marksman living in a parallel-universe version of Africa. [7 p.m., Green Apple Books on the Park, 1231 Ninth Ave., S.F.]

At the public library

Audio-described films: “The Social Network,” which depicts the controversial beginnings of Menlo Park-based Facebook, is screening in an audio-described format in which sets, costumes and visual cues are described for the benefit of blind and vision-impaired viewers. [2 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Documentary premiere: “Celebrate Folk!” a student-made documentary about dance, is premiering. [4 p.m., Studio One, Creative Arts Building, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

Local activities

Get moving: Bay Area Dance Week continues with free classes, including a capoeira session at ABADA-Capoeira San Francisco. [6:15 p.m., 3221 22nd St., S.F.; abada.org]

Rock show: Rocker Victor “Vic” Ruggiero, who has performed in reggae, ska and rocksteady bands since the early 1990s, is headlining a show that also includes Jesse Wagner of The Aggrolites and Kepi Ghoul. [8 p.m., Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., S.F.]

Nerd Nite: Celebrate all things nerd with fun lectures about pygmy seahorses and the USS Potomac, which went from serving President Franklin D. Roosevelt to being used by drug smugglers. [8 p.m., New Parkway Theater, 474 24th St., Oakland]

Dance: Electronic-dance group Big Data, helmed by producer Alan Wilkis, is performing. [8 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]artsSan Franciscothings to do

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