Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, lectures, homework help and other San Francisco events

Courtesy PhotoNick Cave and the Bad Seeds perform at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. The Australian rock band is touring in support of its new album

Courtesy PhotoNick Cave and the Bad Seeds perform at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. The Australian rock band is touring in support of its new album

San Francisco events for April 10, 2013.

Who’s in town

  • Lauraine Jacobs, one of New Zealand’s best-known food writers, talks about her new book and shares wines from her country. [6 p.m., Omnivore Books on Food, 3885a Cesar Chavez St., S.F.]

Lectures

  • Seth Jones: The RAND Corporation political scientist discusses the events of the Arab Spring and a growing concern that further democratization may have slowed. [7 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]
  • Claude Gruen: The national and international economist describes policies that create incentives for environmentally sound land stewardship and encourage economic growth. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]
  • Angel investors: “Angels” and startup founders discuss angel investments, where incubation meets venture capitalism, as a means of getting crucial investments for a new business. [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]
  • Charles Fracchia: The historian discusses strong pro-succession sentiment that existed in California during the Civil War. The San Francisco Museum and Historical Society presents the talk. [7:30 p.m., Old Mint, 88 Fifth St., S.F.]

Literary events

  • Joshua Mohr: The best-selling author shares his latest novel, “Fight Song.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View]
  • Amanda Coplin: The debut novelist talks about “The Orchardist.” [7:30 p.m., Kepler’s Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]
  • Caroline Paul and Wendy MacNaughton: The co-authors of “Lost Cat: A True Story of Love, Desperation, and GPS Technology” launch the book. [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

At the colleges

  • Digital illustrator: John Hersey, a pioneer in digital illustration and the principal of John Hersey Illustration, discusses his work. [6:30 p.m., Multi Use Building, Room 140, City College of San Francisco, 50 Phelan Ave., S.F.]

At the public library

  • Robert Lustig: The writer and pediatrician discuses “Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease.” [6 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]
  • Homework help: Student volunteers help K-8 students with homework assignments. [3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Ortega Branch, 3223 Ortega St., S.F.]

Rock band

  • Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds perform at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. The Australian rock band is touring in support of its new album, “Push the Sky Away.” [8 p.m., 99 Grove St., S.F.]

Local activities

  • Classical pianist: British classical pianist Benjamin Grosvenor makes his Bay Area debut with a concert at the SFJAZZ Center. San Francisco Performances presents the evening. [7:30 p.m., 201 Franklin St., S.F.]
  • Styles and smiles: Comedian Mary Van Note combines her two passions, comedy and fashion, in a “Comedy Stylings” show. Guests include Jesse Elias, Miles K. and others. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]
  • Workshop for seniors: The San Francisco Senior Center launches “Explore Your Future,” a four-part confidence-building workshop for ages 50 and up. [4 p.m., San Francisco Maritime Museum, 890 Beach St., S.F.; RSVP: (415) 474-7787]
  • Baker & Banker: The mirin- and soy-braised black cod, with Mendocino uni and shiitake sticky rice and charred bok choy, is recommended. Also look for the Spanish octopus, an appetizer. [1701 Octavia St., S.F.; (415) 351-2500]

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