May 2-3: Ghost Town to Havana, Willie Nelson, Diet Cig, Helen Sung, Susan Faludi, Donia Bijan, Joe Quirk, Caitlyn Jenner


Ghost Town to Havana: Filmmaker Gene Corr and guests (including Andres Torrés, center fielder for the 2010 champion San Francisco Giants), attend the local premiere of the film about two youth baseball coaches — one from Havana, one from Oakland — who meet on video and decide to organize a game between their teams in Cuba. [7 p.m., Bayview Opera House, 4705 Third St., S.F.]

Willie Nelson and Friends: The country icon and his band open a four-night Fillmore engagement (rescheduled from postponed August 2016 postponed dates); San Francisco singer-songwriter essence plays the upstairs poster room. [8 p.m., 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Diet Cig: The New York-based pop punk duo (Alex Luciano on guitar and vocals and Noah Bowman on drums) makes music one critic called “simultaneously adorable and fierce.” [8 p.m., Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St., S.F.]

Helen Sung Quartet: The jazz pianist appears with John Ellis on tenor saxophone, Boris Kozlov on bass and Terreon Gully on drums. [8 p.m., Yoshi’s, 510 Embarcadero, Oakland]

Encore Career Strategies: Networking and informational interviewing are the subjects of the session in the nine-week course for job seekers 50 and older, who are invited to attend any time in the series, which is co-presented by City College of San Francisco. [9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., computer training center, Main Library, fifth floor, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Susan Faludi: The award-winning writer speaks about her latest book “In the Darkroom,” her “extraordinary inquiry into the meaning of identity in the modern world and in her own jaunted family saga.” [7:30 p.m., Berkeley Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St., Berkeley]

Donia Bijan: The Bay Area author and restaurateur (of the now defunct L’amie Donia) discusses her new novel, “The Last Days of Cafe Leila,” set in a Tehran neighborhood cafe in Tehran, telling a story of “family, friendship and homecoming” amid Iran’s rich and tragic history. [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Joe Quirk: The Oakland-based writer talks about “Seasteading: How Floating Nations Will Restore the Environment, Enrich the Poor, Cure the Sick, and Liberate Humanity from Politicians,” which explains how floating cities could become a reality. [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]


Caitlyn Jenner: The former Olympic athlete and activist, promoting her memoir “The Secrets of My Life,” discusses her transition from Bruce to Caitlyn and challenges facing the transgender community in conversation with the book’s co-author Buzz Bissinger. [7 p.m., InterContinental Mark Hopkins Hotel, Peacock Court, 999 California St., S.F.]

Terry Allen: The Texan visual artist (whose conceptual work is in museums across the world) is also celebrated for his country music, particularly his 1975 debut LP, “Juarez.” [8 p.m., Slim’s, 333 11th St., S.F.]

James Nolan: The fiction writer and essayist releases his memoir, “Flight Risk: Memoirs of a New Orleans Bad Boy,” which “offers up an intimate portrait both of his insular hometown and his generation’s counterculture.” [7 p.m., City Lights, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Jeanne Falk Adams: The curator and former director of the Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite National Park speaks about the work and conservation activism of Ansel Adams, Ernest Brooks II and Dorothy Kerper Monnelly in the final presentation of San Jose Museum of Art’s Lunchtime Lecture series. [Noon, 110 S. Market St., San Jose]

Paul Madonna: The author-illustrator talks about “On to the Next Dream” — his first-person book describing how he became a victim of San Francisco’s tech gentrification. [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

I Am Heath Ledger: Screening for one night only, the documentary about the late actor examines his life “through the lens of his own camera as he films and often performs in his own personal journey.” [7:30 p.m., AMC Van Ness, 1000 Van Ness Ave., S.F.; Daly City 20, 1901 Junipero Serra Blvd., Daly City]

Scott Westerfeld: The young adult author known for the Uglies series launches his first graphic novel, “Spill Zone.” [7 p.m., Keplers, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

Son Volt: Jay Farrar’s pioneering alt country band’s new album “Notes of Blue” was inspired by blues and unique tunings of from Mississippi Fred McDowell to Nick Drake. [8 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

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