Laura Mvula, lectures, films and other San Francisco events

Courtesy PhotoLaura Mvula

Courtesy PhotoLaura Mvula

San Francisco events for April 17, 2013.

Who’s in town

  • Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, lectures on issues surrounding carbon pollution. [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Lectures

  • Kenneth Taylor: The former Canadian ambassador to Iran, whose housing of six U.S. Embassy workers during the Iran hostage crisis of 1979 is depicted in the film “Argo,” tells his story. [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]
  • Journalism talk: International journalists from Stanford’s Knight Fellowships Program discuss the challenges of reporting in difficult political environments. [7:30 p.m., Los Altos Youth Center, 1 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos]
  • Mary Roach: The humorous science writer, whose latest book is “Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal,” shares a journey down the hatch. [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]
  • Nicholas Negroponte: The author of “Being Digital” and co-founder of the MIT Media Lab gives a talk titled “Beyond Digital.” Long Now presents the evening. [7:30 p.m., Marines’ Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter St., S.F.]

Literary events

  • Cara Black and Rhys Bowen: The mystery novelists discuss “Murder Below Montparnasse” (Black) and “The Family Way” (Bowen). [7 p.m., Books Inc., 3515 California St., S.F.]
  • Elizabeth Scarboro: The essayist and novelist talks about “My Foreign Cities,” a memoir. [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]
  • Lisa Scottoline: The novelist talks about “Don’t Go.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

At the colleges

  • ‘Radical Directing’ lecture: The Roxie Theater’s leadership team discusses the role of the Roxie as a critical and historical center for film, culture and contemporary practices. [7:30 p.m., San Francisco Art Institute, 800 Chestnut St., S.F.]

At the public library

  • Dinosaur book: Science writer Brian Switek discusses “My Beloved Brontosaurus.” [6 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]
  • Bernal History Group: The meeting features a discussion about the history of the Bernal Heights neighborhood. [7 p.m., Bernal Heights Branch, 500 Cortland Ave., S.F.]

Global Soul

  • Laura Mvula, a British soul singer and songwriter noted for her velvety harmonies and emotional vocals, performs at Café Du Nord. “Sing to the Moon” is her debut album. [8:30 p.m., 2170 Market St., S.F.]

Local activities

  • World premiere: American Conservatory Theater presents “Stuck Elevator,” a new musical play inspired by the true story of a Chinese immigrant trapped in a Bronx elevator for 81 hours. [2 and 8 p.m., 415 Geary St., S.F.]
  • Political satirist: Will Durst, a political satirist, TV and radio commentator, and stand-up comic, kicks off a string of performances. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]
  • Mind-bending music: The Telescopes, a U.K. band on Creation Records, appear. The bill also includes LSD And The Search For God and Flavor Crystals. [9 p.m., Elbo Room, 647 Valencia St., S.F.]
  • Art opening: A reception celebrates the opening of “Words and Places,” the first large-scale institutional exhibit of work by Lebanon-born painter and poet Etel Adnan. [6 to 8 p.m., California College of the Arts, 360 Kansas St., S.F.]
  • Acquerello: The “baked potato” gnocchi is recommended today. The dish includes veal sweetbreads and chanterelle mushrooms. [1722 Sacramento St., S.F.; (415) 567-5432]

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