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The Portland Cello Project, a cannabis debate and other San Francisco events

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The Portland Cello Project, a group that performs both original material and arrangements of works by composers ranging from Bacharach to Jay-Z, presents “Beck, Brubeck & Bach.” [8 p.m., Yoshi’s, 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.] - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • The Portland Cello Project, a group that performs both original material and arrangements of works by composers ranging from Bacharach to Jay-Z, presents “Beck, Brubeck & Bach.” [8 p.m., Yoshi’s, 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Events for April 3, 2013.

WHO’S IN TOWN

  • Comedian Ted Alexandro kicks off a string of local shows. His credits include two Comedy Central specials and appearances with David Letterman, Conan O’Brien and Jimmy Kimmel. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Lectures

  • Sen. Dianne Feinstein: The U.S. senator from California discusses personal, national and energy security. [Noon, Nikko Ballroom, Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St., S.F.; www.commonwealthclub.org]
  • Cannabis debate: Speakers discuss the merits and drawbacks of marijuana legalization. [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]
  • School funding: Speakers from the San Francisco Unified School District and the California Budget Project discuss how the SFUSD is funded and its effect on schoolchildren. [12:30 p.m., SPUR, 654 Mission St., S.F.]
  • Gary Hamel: The business professor outlines how tomorrow’s companies will have to rethink management in order to thrive in worlds of fierce competition and nonstop innovation. [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Literary events

  • Aleksandar Hemon: The Bosnian-American fiction writer discusses “The Book of My Lives,” an essay collection. [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]
  • Anita Hughes: The novelist discusses “Market Street.” [7:30 p.m., Kepler’s Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]
  • New York cookbook: Eleven Madison Park chef Daniel Humm and general manager Will Guidara present “I Love New York: Ingredients and Recipes” and a culinary treat. [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]
  • ‘Where Lit Gets Technical’: A panel discussion explores how the Bay Area is an innovative publishing industry center with a unique meld of lit and tech. [3:30 p.m., Alley Cat Books, 3036 24th St., S.F.]

Local activities

  • Chamber orchestra: The New Century Chamber Orchestra, joined by pianist Anne-Marie McDermott,presents a concert of works by Golijov, Mozart and Chausson. [8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]
  • Book sale: Friends of the San Francisco Public Library’s Spring Book Sale begins. More than 250,000 books, DVDs, CDs and other items are available for $3 or less. [10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]
  • Comedy star: Political satirist Will Durst appears in “Elect to Laugh,” an evening of comedy held in conjunction with the library’s 2013 humor exhibit. [6:30 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]