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This Week's Hottest Events: Anthony Bourdain, Edible Ephemera, and Amy Tan

Julia Goodman, Tender Root, beet papyrus (Photo by: Jessica Skloven)

Conversation
Beyond the Possible
A church that embraces jazz, gay rights, and the antiwar movement sounds too good to be true, but the Glide Memorial Methodist Church in SF has been doing just that for the past 50 years. Founders Reverend Cecil Williams and Janice Mirikitani share how their unique church has evolved into a diverse congregation of individuals from all walks of life in their book Beyond the Possible. Learn how the duo created a new spirituality from the confines of conventional religion to become the church praised by the likes of Harvey Milk and Maya Angelou.
When: 6 p.m., Wed. 4/10
Where: SF Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St.

 

Conversation
Evening with Amy Tan and Louann Brizendine
New York Times bestselling fiction author of The Joy Luck Club and The Kitchen God's Wife, Amy Tan will take the stage with the author of the The Female Brain and The Male Brain, Dr. Louann Brizendine, for an evening of energetic exchange of wit.
When: 7:30 - 9 p.m., Thurs. 4/11
Where: Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, Palo Alto

 

Conversation
Good vs. Evil: Behind the Kitchen Doors
Step into the kitchen with chefs Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert—two men with very different careers, and a one-of-a-kind friendship. The host of No Reservations and the Top Chef regular will fill the evening with their provocative perspectives and personal stories on the role of food in our lives and in the world.
When: 8 p.m., Fri. 4/12
Where: Orpheum Theatre, 1192 Market St.

Theater
Expulsion of Malcom X
The scandal that lead Malcolm X and Elijah Muhammad to part ways and ultimately led to Malcolm X's assassination is exposed through a tragic Shakespearean-like drama. See the astonishing life of one of the most controversial and inspiring men in American history through this poetically powerful script.
When: 8 p.m., Fri. 4/12, runs through 5/4
Where: Southside Theater Bldg D., Fort Mason Center,

Art
Edible Ephemera
Food fulfills a variety of needs, but it has a flaw. Food is never permanent.  Through transmutation, this experimental exhibit explores the instability of food by transforming it into something lasting. See the alchemical transformations created by a dozen artists including local sculptor Lynn-Rachel Atlman and photographer Adrienne Pao.
When: 7 - 10 p.m., Sat. 4/13, exhibit runs through 4/27
Where: Root Division, 3175 17th St.

Film
Poetry Projection Project
Local award-wining organization WritersCorps honors National Poetry Month with its 3rd annual film festival. Inspired by the writings of youth, renowned and up-and-coming filmmakers have created a series of short films to explore the perspectives of young writers on the world. Acclaimed SF filmmaker H.P. Mendoza will not only be in attendance, but he will chose the top three films to win a cash prize.
When: 2 - 4 p.m., Sat. 4/13
Where: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St.

Volunteer
California State Parks Foundation's Earth Day
Throw on an old pair of jeans, and get outside to celebrate the earth in an altruistic way at the 16th annual Earth Day Restoration & Clean Up. Since 1998, volunteers have contributed more than 326,582 hours and raised $4.3 million for this Earth Day program. With continuous cuts to their funding, these neglected parks need our help more than ever. Feel good about waking up early this weekend.
When: 8:30 a.m., Sat. 4/13
Where: Bay Area State Parks (see full list of volunteer sites on website)

Music
Poliça
Minneapolis indie rockers Poliça promise moody, electronic dance beats to get you swaying. Last year's Give You the Ghost had the music world talking—Bon Iver's Justin Vernon and Rolling Stone both praised lead singer Channy Leaneagh's tender voice, which cascades over a sea of keys, bass, and percussion. You'd be wise to keep your eyes on these up-and-comers.
When: 9 p.m., Sat. 4/12
Where: Mezzanine, 444 Jessie St.