Sergent Garcia, activities and other San Francisco events

Courtesy PhotoSergent Garcia

Courtesy PhotoSergent Garcia

San Francisco events for April 24, 2013.

Who’s in town

  • Japanese crime novelist Fuminori Nakamura discusses “The Thief,” his award-winning existential thriller. [6:30 p.m., Kinokuniya Bookstore, 1581 Webster St., S.F.]


  • Mark Mazzetti: The New York Times reporter discusses secret wars ordered by the White House and carried out by the CIA against enemies of the United States. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]
  • Shannon O’Neil: The senior fellow for Latin America studies at the Council on Foreign Relations gives a talk titled “Mexico, the United States, and the Road Ahead.” [6:30 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]
  • Education talk: The program addresses how urban planning can improve access to quality education in The City. Speakers include San Francisco Unified School District Superintendent Richard Carranza. [6 p.m., SPUR, 654 Mission St., S.F.]

Literary events

  • Owen Egerton: The novelist and screenwriter talks about “Everyone Says That at the End of the World.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]
  • Mary Williams: The Southwest-based writer and daughter of the Black Panther movement discusses “The Lost Daughter: A Memoir.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]
  • Moses Gates: The author and urban planner discusses “Hidden Cities: Travels to the Secret Corners of the World’s Great Metropolises.” [7 p.m., Green Apple Books, 506 Clement St., S.F.]
  • Tosh Berman: The author and publisher at TamTam Books talks about “Sparks-Tastic: 21 Albums and 21 Nights in London With Sparks.” [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

At the colleges

  • Alumni recital: Pianist Robin Sutherland, joined by fellow musicians, performs works by Rachmaninoff, Pavkovic and Faure. [8 p.m., Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., S.F.]

At the public library

  • Naturalization workshop: The session provides an overview of the U.S. naturalization process, including eligibility requirements and the application process. [5:30 p.m., Anza Branch, 550 37th Ave., S.F.]
  • Art lecture: Artist Marlene Aron gives a slide presentation titled “Monet, Pissarro and the Impressionist Movement.” [6:30 p.m., Richmond Branch, 351 Ninth Ave., S.F.]

World music

  • Sergent Garcia, whose music combines Caribbean and Afro-Latin grooves with a punk attitude and a continental style, brings his U.S. tour to San Francisco. [8 p.m., Slim’s, 333 11th St., S.F.]

Local activities

  • Theatrical reading: Golden Thread presents a reading of “The Admission,” Israeli playwright Motti Lerner’s drama about an Israeli professor, the Arab colleague he loves and a dark family secret. [7 p.m., Z Below, 470 Florida St., S.F.]
  • Celebrating success: Community Housing Partners presents “A Night With the Stars 2013,” a show featuring performances by people who have overcome homelessness. [7 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]
  • Swing fever: Swing in the Square presents its monthly event featuring a DJ set, swing-dance lessons, live music and open dance. This month’s musical act: Slim Jenkins. [6 p.m., Union Square, 333 Post St., S.F.]
  • Mamacita: The enchiladas are highlighted today. Varieties include slow-cooked chicken, pork meatball, braised steak and street style, with tomatillo-dipped tortillas and rock shrimp. [2317 Chestnut St., S.F.; (415) 346-8494]

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