April 4-5: Low Cut Connie, Schwabacher Recital Series, Curtis White, Michael Gazzaniga, MLK Memorial Commemoration, Moose Blood, My Lai Memorial Exhibit, New Chefs on the Block, Elizabeth George, CounterPulse Edge Residency

Five Feet Dance’s Jazlynn G. Eugenio Pastor and Melissa Lewis appear in an evening of new works at CounterPulse. (Courtesy Afshin Odabaee)


Low Cut Connie: Rolling Stone described members of the Philadelphia band: “With echoes of Joe Jackson and Billy Joel, these lowbrow rock & roll idealists hit a surprisingly moving note of piano-pop grandeur.” [8 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

2018 Schwabacher Recital Series: Pianist Kevin Murphy and 2018 San Francisco Opera Adler Fellows — soprano Natalie Image, mezzo-soprano Ashley Dixon, tenor Amitai Pati and bass-baritone Christian Pursell — perform a program of music by Bernstein, Copland, Charles and Mahler. [7:30 p.m., Taube Atrium Theater, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Curtis White: The essayist and novelist reads from his latest work of fiction, “Lacking Character,” which one critic called “raw, rude and rowdy metaphysical slapstick, packed with buffoonery, frantic, at times wistful.” [7 p.m., City Lights, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.

Michael Gazzaniga: The leading California neuroscientist and author of “Tales from Both Sides of the Brain” appears in conversation with journalist Kara Platoni in a ticketed event. [7:30 p.m., Kepler’s, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Commemoration: The event, marking the 50th year since the assassination of the civil rights pioneer, includes remarks by his colleagues and students, civic and political leaders and music. [11 a.m., City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B Goodlett Place, S.F.]

Moose Blood: The band’s sound has been described as “a fusion of ‘90s British indie and American emo”; Lydia and Souvenirs open. [8 p.m., Slim’s, 333 11th St., S.F.]

My Lai Memorial Exhibit: On view through April 11, the exhibit, which honors the ‘Vietnamese who died in their American War,” is traveling the country to seek justice for veterans and victims of war. [11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Veterans Building, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Better Luck Next Time: Kevin Whittinghill (of Eureka! Science Comedy, NPR-Rated Comedy) hosts the session, in which storytellers share their epic failures and what they’ve learned from them. [7 p.m., PianoFight, 144 Taylor St., S.F.]

New Chefs On The Block: The Washington, D.C. dining scene-focused documentary by Dustin Harrison-Atlas screens, with commentary by Charles Phan of The Slanted Door. [7 p.m., Embarcadero Center Cinema, Promenade Level, One Embarcadero Center, S.F.]

Elizabeth George: The author speaks about “The Punishment She Deserves,” the latest installment of her bestselling Inspector Lynley series. [7 p.m., Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera]

The Bridges of Madison County: TheatreWorks Silicon Valley begins previews of the musical, with a book by Marsha Norman and music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown, based on the popular romantic novel by Robert James Waller. [8 p.m., Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View]

Batman: The 1989 movie by Tim Burton starring Michael Keaton screens, with live accompaniment by Sarah Hicks conducting the San Francisco Symphony playing Danny Elfman’s Grammy Award-winning score. [8 p.m., Davies Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.f.]


Five Feet Dance’s Jazlynn G. Eugenio Pastor and Melissa Lewis appear in an evening of new works at CounterPulse. (Courtesy Afshin Odabaee)

CounterPulse Edge Residency: Opening a two-weekend run, the program of new dance includes Five Feet Dance’s “(de)classified,” which honors Asian American experiences that history has overlooked, and Simpson/Stulberg Collaboration’s “Still Life No. 8,” part of a series inspired by 19th century American painters, [8 p.m., CounterPulse, 80 Turk St., S.F.]

San Francisco Walk to Work Day: The sixth annual event celebrating the benefits of walking in The City, includes giveaways at various “fuel up hubs” from 7:30 to 10 a.m., and begins with the unveiling of a new traffic light, followed by a walk to City Hall. [8:15 a.m., Howard & Russ streets, S.F.]

Dreamed Vengeance: The inspirational film directed by San Francisco independent filmmaker Jason Tong screens in a benefit for the Homeless Prenatal Program, a nonprofit working to break the cycle of childhood poverty. [7:30 p.m., Clay Theatre, 2261 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Marking Time: ArtHaus gallery opens a group show of works in various media by some 20 artists with a reception. [6 to 8 p.m., 411 Brannan St., S.F.]

USF Human Rights Film Festival: The three-day fest in its 16th year presents 14 social justice films from nine countries; it opens with a morning program of short films by students. [11 a.m., Presentation Theater, 2350 Turk Blvd., S.F.]

Steve Tyrell
: The Grammy Award-winning pop singer, promoting his new album “A Song for You,” opens a three-night cabaret gig. [8 p.m., Feinstein’s at the Nikko, 222 Mason St., S.F.]

Anthony Ray Hinton: The former Death Row inmate discusses his evocative memoir, “The Sun Does Shine,” detailing how he survived three decades in an Alabama prison after being wrongfully convicted of murder. [7 p.m., Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera]

Mission Community Market: The annual outdoor marketplace operated by the Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture and featuring offerings from farmers and small local businesses opens for the season. [4 to 8 p.m., 22nd, between Mission and Valencia street, S.F.]

Evolutionary Blues
: The documentary by Cheryl Fabio about West Oakland’s music culture screens as part of the Oakland International Film Festival. [5:30 p.m., Regal Cinemas, 100 Washington St., Oakland]

Castro Art Walk
: The monthly neighborhood art event also includes the opening reception for “Gate of Destiny,” as show of paintings by Ronit Hendel. [6 to 9 p.m., Spark Arts, 4229 18th St., S.F.]

Leah Stewart: The novelist discusses “What You Don’t Know About Charlie Outlaw,” her “unconventional love story about two television actors — one of whom is kidnapped.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Henri Cole: The award-winning poet reads from “Orphic Paris,” his “elegiac memoir” which combines autobiography, diary, essay, prose poetry and photos. [6 p.m., Mechanics’ Institute Library, 57 Post St., S.F.]CalendarCounterPulse Edge ResidencyCurtis WhiteElizabeth GeorgeLow Cut ConnieMichael GazzanigaMLK Memorial CommemorationMoose BloodMy Lai Memorial ExhibitNew Chefs on the BlockSchwabacher Recital Series

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