Courtesy photoFinnish metal group Nightwish is doing songs from its latest album

Courtesy photoFinnish metal group Nightwish is doing songs from its latest album

April 28: Finnish heavy metal, comedian Sal Calanni and more

Who’s in town

LaShonda Katrice Barnett’s latest novel, “Jam on the Vine,” follows a black newspaperwoman inspired by the life of Ida B. Wells. [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]


China link: Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson offers insight on America’s business ties to China. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F.]

Cannabis grows up: Journalist Bruce Barcott follows the evolution of marijuana’s image from reefer madness to medicine in his new book, “Weed the People.” [7 p.m., Viracocha, 998 Valencia St., S.F.]

Pan-Pacific fair: Historian Laura Ackley shares stories about The City’s landmark fair in her book “San Francisco’s Jewel City: The Panama-Pacific International Exposition of 1915.” [7:30 p.m., St. Philip’s Church, 725 Diamond St., S.F.]

Literary events

New poetry: Actress and poet Amber Tamblyn reflects on young actresses who died young in her new collection, “Dark Sparkler.” Tamblyn is appearing with Beat poet Diane Di Prima. [7 p.m., City Lights, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Launch party: Sabaa Tahir’s debut book, “An Ember in the Ashes,” is a fantasy tale set in a Rome-like world. [7 p.m., Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

At the public library

Cuban ballet: José Manuel Carreño, director of Ballet San Jose, and author Toba Singer discuss late Cuban ballet icon Fernando Alonso. [5:45 p.m., Latino/Hispanic Room, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

At the colleges Local architecture: Constance M. Lewallen’s book “500 Capp Street” examines artist David Ireland’s art-filled San Francisco home. [7:30 p.m., San Francisco Art Institute, 800 Chestnut St., S.F.]

Local activities

Literary jazz: Beat poet Ruth Weiss is doing a reading accompanied by jazz musicians. [6:30 p.m., InterContinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco, 999 California St., S.F.]

Stand-up comedy: Sal Calanni has appeared in TV commercials and comedy clubs around the Bay Area. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

“Literary Pop”: “Literary Pop” celebrates National Poetry Month with an evening of poets riffing about science fiction, cartoons, zombies and more. [8 p.m., Doc’s Lab, 124 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Roots music: The latest album from bluegrass group Chatham County Line, which has been together for more than 15 years, is called “Tightrope.” [8 p.m., Slim’s, 333 11th St., S.F.]

Dark metal: Finnish metal group Nightwish is doing songs from its latest album, “Endless Forms Most Beautiful,” and more. [8 p.m., Warfield, 982 Market St., S.F.]artsSan Franciscothings to do

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