Poet and scholar Anne Waldman appears in the opening event of Other Minds Festival 23, a week-long program of new classical music and poetry. (Courtesy photo)

Poet and scholar Anne Waldman appears in the opening event of Other Minds Festival 23, a week-long program of new classical music and poetry. (Courtesy photo)

April 8-10: Paul Jacobs, Gloria Trevi and Alejandra Guzmán, Avocado Con, Future Humans, Will Moore Band, Lamplighters, Roomful of Blues, Other Minds, Sean Penn, Michael Moorcock, Grease, Maw Shein Win, Arlo Guthrie, Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre


Paul Jacobs: The Grammy-winning organist plays a solo recital of works by J.S. Bach and Franz Liszt. [3 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Unitarian Universalist San Francisco Forum: Rev. Dr. Dorsey Ordell Blake speaks on “Reflection on Martin Luther King Jr.” [12:30 p.m., First Unitarian Universalist Society, 1187 Franklin St., S.F.]

Gloria Trevi vs Alejandra Guzmán: The Mexican singer-songwriters and Latin pop rock superstars co-headline. [8 p.m., SAP Center, 525 W. Santa Clara St., San Jose]

Yom Ha’atzmaut: The Contemporary Jewish Museum celebrates Israeli Independence Day with a screening of videos from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology’s Rube Goldberg Machine School Challenge. [Noon to 2 p.m., 736 Mission St., S.F.]

The Endangered Species, Enduring Values: Editor Shizue Seigel launches the book, “An Anthology of San Francisco Area Writers and Artists of Color,” with a creative showcase followed by a reception. [1 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Avocado Con: San Francisco food trucks slice, dice, scoop and mash up avocado specialties at festivities. [11 a.m. to 5 p.m., SPARK Social SF, 601 Mission Bay Blvd. North, S.F.]

Future Humans: The conversation between economist/writer Hao Jingfang and science-fiction writer Kim Stanley Robinson explores how science fiction imagines effects of technology on society. [3 to 4 p.m., Koret Auditorium, de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Through the Photographer’s Lens: The exhibit, “The Personal Perspectives of Twelve Photographers” (who are members of the Peninsula Camera Club) opens. [1 to 3 p.m., Coastal Arts League, 300 Main St., Half Moon Bay]

Will Moore Band: The Pacific Northwest musician known for his work in the Seattle band The Chasers plays a free concert. [6 p.m., Milk Bar, 1840 Haight St., S.F.]

Lamplighters Music Theatre: The Gilbert & Sullivan troupe hosts “The lIolanthe Singalong,” in which the audience is invited to join the performance of the subversive political satire; costumes are encouraged. [2 p.m., Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View]

Grease: The nostalgic movie musical with Olivia Newton John and John Travolta comes to the big screen for its 40th anniversary. [2 and 7 p.m., AMC Van Ness, 1000 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Prospects for Peace with North Korea: South Bay researcher and activist Sharat Lin, past president of the San Jose Peace and Justice Center, discusses current politics of the U.S. and the Korean Peninsula. [7 p.m., Unitarian Universalists of San Mateo, 300 E. Santa Inez Ave., San Mateo]

American Bach Soloists: The Baroque program includes Venetian masterpieces by Monteverdi and Gabrieli. [4 p.m., St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 1111 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

Roomful of Blues: The shorn-filled blues band’s most recent recording, 2013’s “45 LIVE, is “a lightning-in-a-bottle blowout.” [8:30 p.m., Yoshi’s, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland]

Wildcat Viols: The concert of music from the 17th century includes Purcell’s “Fantazias of four parts,” Locke’s “Magnifick consort of four parts” and Legrenzi’s “Sonate à quatro viole da gamba.” [4 p.m., Church of the Advent, 261 Fell St., S.F.]


Poet and scholar Anne Waldman appears in the opening event of Other Minds Festival 23, a week-long program of new classical music and poetry. (Courtesy photo)

Other Minds: The new music group’s week-long festival “Sound Poetry: The Wages of Syntax,” opens with a gala and performance in which “New York School poets Anne Waldman, Clark Coolidge and Aram Saroyan meet the beast of the San Francisco Beats, Michael McClure.” [7:30 p.m., ODC Theatre, 3153 17th St., S.F.]

Sean Penn: The Oscar-winning actor appears in a Commonwealth Club talk to promote his debut novel “Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff.” [6:30 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Michael Moorcock: The prolific English science fiction and fantasy writer (known for his “Elric of Melniboné” series and more) appears with fellow award-winning writer Terry Bisson. [6 p.m., American Bookbinders Museum, 355 Clementina St., S.F.

Ghost Wolves: The Austin, Texas punk-blues duo (guitarist-vocalist Carley Wolf and drummer vocalist Jonny Wolf) plays on a bill with Sweetwater Black and headliners Lincoln Durham. [8:30 p.m. Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., S.F.]


Maw Shein Win: The Burmese American poet, editor, educator and El Cerrito’s first poet laureate, celebrates the release of her new collection, “Invisible Gifts.” [7 p.m., City Lights, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Alonzo King LINES Ballet Senior Showcase: Students in the modern ballet troupe’s BFA program in dance perform. [7:30 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 700 Howard St., S.F.]

KQED’s Walls and Bridges-Extremism: Ijeoma Oluo (author of “So You Want to Talk About Race”), UC Berkeley Center for Right-Wing Studies scholar Lawrence Rosenthal and Brittan Heller of the Anti-Defamation League explore: “How should we talk about hate?” [7 p.m., Chinese Culture Center, 750 Kearny St., S.F.]

Arlo Guthrie: The celebrated American folk music icon sings with his children Sarah Lee Guthrie and Abe Guthrie on the Re:Generation Tour. [8 p.m., Freight and Salvage, 2020 Addison St., Berkeley]

Mark Mitton: The professional magician and UC Berkeley math professor David Eisenbud appear in a participatory program, “Myth, Magic and Surprise.” [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 110 The Embarcadero, S.F.]

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater: The troupe opens its annual Cal Performances residency — a three-program, six-day run, with a show of works by Talley Beatty and Jamar Roberts and its signature “Revelations.” [8 p.m., Zellerbach Hall, Bancroft Way at Dana Street, UC Berkeley campus]

Weike Wang: The National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree, who has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and doctorate in public health, reads from her acclaimed debut novel “Chemistry.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

The Choral Project presents The King’s Singers: The South Bay mixed choir hosts the acclaimed English group, with a varied program of music from around the world and new arrangements of pop standards. [7:30 p.m., Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph, 80 S. Market St., San Jose]

Halifu Osumare: The dance and black popular studies scholar, and former dancer, discusses her book “Dancing in Blackness.” [11 a.m., SFSU, Africana Studies, Room EP 116, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

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