Courtesy PhotoAutobiographical storytelling comedian Tommy Johnagin performs.

Courtesy PhotoAutobiographical storytelling comedian Tommy Johnagin performs.

May 2: Music, lectures and other San Francisco events

San Francisco events for May 2, 2013.

Who’s in town

  • Autobiographical storytelling comedian Tommy Johnagin performs. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]


  • ‘Climate Correspondents’: The dual-session program features international journalists (5:30 p.m.) and environmental authors (7 p.m.) discussing the challenges of writing about climate change. [Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]
  • Karen House: The former Wall Street Journal reporter and foreign editor discusses Saudi Arabia’s future and the choices facing the next generation of Saudi ruling princes. [7 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]
  • Anne Wilson: The CEO of United Way of the Bay Area speaks at today’s Brews and Views gathering, discussing the fight against poverty. [6 p.m., Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, 390 Capistrano Road, Half Moon Bay]

Literary events

  • Bill Berkson and Richard O. Moore: The poets discuss the life and work of 20th-century poet Frank O’Hara and celebrate the release of the 2013 edition of O’Hara’s “Poems Retrieved.” [7 p.m., City Lights, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]
  • Maggie Oman Shannon: The author and minister speaks about “Crafting Calm: Projects and Practices for Creativity and Contemplation.” [7 p.m., Bookshop West Portal, 80 West Portal Ave., S.F.]  
  • Judy Juanita: The poet and playwright talks about “Virgin Soul,” her debut novel. [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]
  • Dana Fredsti: The novelist, screenwriter and “zombie expert” discusses “Plague Nation.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 601 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

At the colleges

  • David Hayes: The deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior discusses the Obama administration’s management of public lands. [5:30 p.m.,  Jordan Hall Auditorium, Building 420,  Stanford University,  450 Serra Mall, Stanford]
  • A cappella: The Vocal Chords, a campus a cappella group, perform a spring concert. [7:30 p.m., Genentech Hall, Mission Bay campus, UCSF, 600 16th St., S.F.]

At the public library

  • Award nominees: Lambda Literary Award finalists read from their nominated work. The awards honor LGBT literature. [4 p.m., Latino/Hispanic Room B, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]
  • Thursdays @ Noon Films: The film series is featuring films by Michael Moore this month. “Bowling for Columbine” screens today. [Noon, Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]
  • Photo exhibition
  • The Fourth Biennial Juried Pinhole Show features a collection of Jo Babcock’s homemade camera creations, plus 50 images created by pinhole photographers from around the world. [10 a.m. to 10 p.m., RayKo Photo Center, 428 Third St., S.F.]

Local activities

  • Housewarming bash: The new Exploratorium hosts its first After Dark event — a housewarming party with a theme of “home.” Festivities include tours, music, films and cocktails. [6 to 10 p.m., Pier 15, The Embarcadero, S.F.]
  • Stage and screen: Playground and Dances With Light present the Playground Film Festival. Six short films based on plays are on the bill. [6:30 and 8:30 p.m., Thick House, 1695 18th St., S.F.; www.
  • Concert: Eclectic west Texas singer-songwriter Bob Schneider headlines a show; Megan Slankard opens. [7:30 p.m., Swedish American Hall, 2174 Market St., S.F.]
  • New Eritrea Restaurant: The kilwa begee — lamb strips simmered with onion, tomatoes, garlic, vegetable oil (or clarified butter) and Eritrean spices — is recommended today.  [907 Irving St., S.F.; (415) 681-1288]


  • Baseball salon: George Krevsky Gallery hosts “A Baseball Salon: Memories of the Game,” an evening of poetry, literature, music and video inspired by baseball. KNBR’s Marty Lurie emcees the event. [6 p.m., 77 Geary St., 2nd Floor, S.F.]
  • Retrospective: “José Ramón Lerma: A Sixty Year Retrospective” looks back at the Bay Area artist’s abstract expressionist paintings, mixed-media assemblages and more. [Noon to 6 p.m., ArtZone 461 Gallery, 461 Valencia St., S.F.]


  • Improv with classics: Un-Scripted Theater Company presents “The Lost Folio: Shakespeare’s Musicals,” a fully improvised musical based on the Bard’s famous characters, except with more singing than soliloquies.  [8 p.m., Shelton Theater, 533 Sutter St., S.F.]


  • Alt-country greats: The Cowboy Junkies appear in concert. [8 and 10 p.m., Yoshi’s, 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]


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