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July 9: Masanori Murakami, comedy and more

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Latin sounds: Latin rock band Ozomatli is performing with Oakland-born drummer Sheila E. [7:30 p.m., Mountain Winery, 14831 Pierce Road, Saratoga] (Courtesy Photo)

Who’s in town

Portland writer Lidia Yuknavitch is discussing her new novel, “The Small Backs of Children,” with “Fight Club” author Chuck Palahniuk. [6:30 p.m., Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.]

Lectures

Hughes letters: Stanford professor Arnold Rampersad is the co-editor of “Selected Letters of Langston Hughes,” which sheds light on the poet’s life and work. [6 p.m., Mechanics’ Institute, 57 Post St., S.F.]

Literary events

Bilingual poetry: “Voz Sin Tinta,” a bilingual poetry reading, is followed by an open-mic session. [6:30 p.m., Alley Cat Books, 3036 24th St., S.F.]

Mrs. Earp: Mary Doria Russell’s new novel, “Epitaph: A Novel of the O.K. Corral,” weaves a fictional story around Josephine Sarah Marcus, the real common-life wife of outlaw Wyatt Earp. [7 p.m., Books Inc., 855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto]

New thriller: Licensed therapist Holly Brown launches her latest thriller, “A Necessary End,” which follows a couple trying to conceive a child and a pregnant teen with her own agenda. [7 p.m., Books Inc., 3515 California St., S.F.]

At the public library

Baseball Giant: Masanori Murakami, who became the first Japanese pitcher in the major leagues when he joined the Giants in 1964, discusses his new book, “Mashi: The Unfulfilled Baseball Dreams of Masanori Murakami, the First Japanese Major Leaguer.” [6 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Bugging out: Kids can get up close with millipedes, scorpions and more at the Insect Discovery Lab. [11 p.m., Eureka Valley Branch, 1 Jose Sarria Court, S.F.]

Local author: Natalie Baszile discusses her novel “Queen Sugar,” the story of a woman who unexpectedly inherits a sugarcane farm. [6:30 p.m., Bayview Branch, 5075 Third St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Healing words: Members of Pegasus Physician Writers, a group for doctors who like to write, are sharing their poetry, prose and nonfiction stories. [5:30 p.m.,  Humanities Center, Stanford University, 424 Santa Teresa St., Stanford]

Local activities

Comedy import: U.K. comedian Russell Howard has a hit show on the BBC called “Russell Howard’s Good News.” [8 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Local laughs: San Francisco-born comedian Jacob Sirof, who has appeared on Comedy Central’s “Live at Gotham” and more, is headlining a comedy bill that includes Jabari Davis and Kate Willett. [8 p.m., Doc’s Lab, 124 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Art films: Filmmaker-artist Kerry Laitala presents films from her “City Luminous Series,” which contains images of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition, and more. [8 p.m., Oddball Films, 275 Capp St., S.F.]

Electronic sounds: Porcelain Raft is the synth-pop alter ego of New York composer Mauro Remiddi. [9 p.m., Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., S.F.]

Latin sounds: Latin rock band Ozomatli is performing with Oakland-born drummer Sheila E. [7:30 p.m., Mountain Winery, 14831 Pierce Road, Saratoga]

Events

Free concert: The Okinawan Folk Ensemble presents traditional Japanese music and dance as part of the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival. [12:30 p.m., Yerba Buena Gardens, 773 Mission St., S.F.]

NightLife: The music is bumping at this week’s NightLife at the Academy, with performances by The Dodos, Doe Eye and more. [6 p.m., California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Eye on Israel: The documentary “Sayed Kashua: Forever Scared” follows Arab writer Sayed Kashua and his family’s life in Israel. [7 p.m., Jewish Community High School of the Bay, 1835 Ellis St., S.F.]

Story of a scandal: Eliana Lopez’s one-woman show “What Is the Scandal? / ¿Cuál es el Escándalo?” tells her side of the story behind husband Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi’s 2012 abuse scandal. [8 p.m., Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, 2868 Mission St., S.F.; missionculturalcenter.org]

Stand-up comedy: Mitch Fatel has appeared on “Late Show With David Letterman” and his own Comedy Central special.  Kelsey Cook is also performing. [8 p.m., Rooster T. Feathers Comedy Club, 157 W. El Camino Real, Sunnyvale]

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