Courtesy photoNew music: Synth-rock band Lost Lander

Courtesy photoNew music: Synth-rock band Lost Lander

April 8: Will Durst, Beat poetry and more

Who’s in town

Kimberly Bryant, founder of Black Girls Code, appears with Khan Academy educator Sal Khan in a discussion about making the tech industry more diverse. [7 p.m., Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.]

Lectures

World dining: Etiquette expert Syndi Seid offers insights on table manners around the world. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F.]

Depression and recession: Barry Eichengreen, author of “Hall of Mirrors: The Great Depression, The Great Recession, and the Uses — and Misuses — of History” draws parallels between American economic catastrophes. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F.]

Soccer story: Gary Singh chronicles the history of the Bay Area’s pro soccer team in “The San Jose Earthquakes: A Seismic Soccer Legacy.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 301 Castro St., S.F.]

Gray matters: Neuropsychologist Rick Hanson shares new discoveries in brain science and insights into the behaviors that can bring greater happiness and wisdom. [7:30 p.m., California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Literary events

Poetry reading: Beat poet David Meltzer is reading from “Two-Way Mirror,” a new collection of his classic poems. [7 p.m., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Vatican mystery: Best-selling author Ian Caldwell’s latest novel, “The Fifth Gospel,” is a Vatican mystery set in the final days of Pope John Paul II. [7 p.m., Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera]

At the public library

Guest lecture: Illustrator Chris Raschka, a two-time Caldecott Medal winner, discusses his work. [6 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Afro-Cuban jazz: The Afro-Cuban Jazz Ensemble performs under the direction of John Calloway. [1 p.m., Knuth Hall, Creative Arts Building, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

Acculturation discussion: International and American-born students share opinions on acculturation in “Why Should Chinese International Students Adapt When the Campus is Diverse?” [5 p.m., Fromm Hall, University of San Francisco, 2130 Fulton St., S.F.]

Local activities

Good yeast: Master Cicerone Rich Higgins leads a workshop detailing yeast’s impact on the flavor of beer. The $45 fee includes a beer tasting during a two-hour session. [7 p.m., 18 Reasons, 3674 18th St., S.F.]

Stand-up comedy: San Francisco comedian and political commentator Will Durst has appeared on CNN, NPR and more. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

New music: Synth-rock band Lost Lander, of Portland, Ore., is touring to promote its second album, “Medallion.” [9 p.m., Brick & Mortar Music Hall, 1710 Mission St., S.F.]

Rock show: British indie-rock group Florence and the Machine is previewing songs from the upcoming album, “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful,” which will be released June 2. [8 p.m., Masonic, 1111 California St., S.F.]artsSan Franciscothings to do

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