Canadian electro-pop duo Junior Boys play the Mezzanine. (Courtesy Tom Weatherill)

Canadian electro-pop duo Junior Boys play the Mezzanine. (Courtesy Tom Weatherill)

March 14-15: Junior Boys, Alex Abramovich, Ben Rector, Helen Oyeyemi, John Perkins, Jason Wachob, LGBTQ Readings, Tracey Helton Mitchell


Junior Boys: The Canadian electronic pop duo (Jeremy Greenspan and Matt Didemus) combine techno with soul pop sensibilities on their new album “Big Black Coat.” [8 p.m., Mezzanine, 444 Jessie St., S.F.]

Alex Abramovich: The New York writer discusses “Bullies: A Friendship,” a chronicle of the life of his former-grade school nemesis, who became leader of a dangerous motorcycle club in Oakland. [7 p.m., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Ben Rector: The melodic Nashville-based singer-songwriter, whose sixth album is “Brand New,” headlines a concert with Gavin James. [8 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

The Hideaway: Service begins in a new, intitmate, 40-seat cocktail bar inside Leo’s Oyster Bar restaurant. [5:30 to 11 p.m., 568 Sacramento St., S.F.]

Helen Oyeyemi: The award-winning writer (included on Granta’s 2013 Best of Young British Novelists list) reads from her new short story collection, “What is Not Yours is Not Yours.” [7 p.m., Green Apple Books, 1231 Ninth Ave., S.F.]

John Perkins: The best-selling author and former economics consultant talks about “The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man,” in which he once again describes how the U.S. government, corporations and banks have economically colonized the Third World. [7 p.m., Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera]

Jason Wachob: The founder of MindBodyGreen discusses “Wellth: How I Learned to Build a Life, Not a Resume,” a blend of memoir and advice. [7 p.m. Books Inc, Opera Plaza, 601 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Perfectly Queer-LGBTQ Readings: Poet Daphne Gottlieb, creative non-fiction professor Margo Perin and Big Moose Prize-winning author Genanne Walsh present their latest works. [7 p.m,, Books Inc. Castro, 2275 Market St., S.F.]


Tracey Helton Mitchell: In her memoir “The Big Fix: Hope after Heroin,” the writer describes her recovery after a decade of drug abuse and hard living on the streets in San Francisco’s Tenderloin. [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Will Durst: The veteran Bay Area political comic opens his workshop production of “Elect to Laugh.” [8 p.m., Marsh, 1062 Valencia St., S.F.]

March Rough Reading: Playwrights Foundation and the National Center for New Plays at Stanford host a reading of ”Mercury” by Steve Yockey, a drama in which
“one couple abruptly ends an illicit affair while another couple hangs on by a thread.” [2 p.m., Custom Made Theatre, 533 Sutter St,, S.F.]

Leonard Pitt: The Berkeley writer and performer discusses “My Brain on Fire: Paris and Other Obsessions,” his story of growing up a misfit in Detroit in the 1940s and 50s. [7 p.m., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

EMILY’s List and Electing Pro-Choice Women: Ellen R. Malcolm, founder of the political action committee with a mission to put female, Democratic pro-choice candidates in Congress, appears in conversation with Christine Bronstein. [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F.]

Hilton Obenzinger: The novelist, poet, critic and Stanford instructor is promoting the new book “How We Write: The Varieties of Writing Experience.” [7 p.m., Green Arcade, 1680 Market St., S.F.]

A-Wa: The three sisters from Tel Aviv who sing in Yemenite, a nearly extinct dialect spoken by Jews in Yemen, are performing material from their debut CD in which folk tunes meet electronic dance music. [8 p.m., Kanbar Hall. Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

American Jewish World Service Gala: Ruth Messinger, Alejandra Ancheita and Sir Michael Moritz are being honored for their efforts to pursue justice and equality at 30th anniversary benefit. [6:30 to 9 p.m., Terra Gallery, 511 Harrison St., S.F.]

Alex AbramovichBen RectorHelen OyeyemiJason WachobJohn PerkinsJunior BoysLGBTQ ReadingsTracey Helton Mitchell

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