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Who’s in town

Christopher Bram shares his new book, “Eminent Outlaws: The Gay Writers Who Changed America.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 601 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Lectures

Landry Signe: The Stanford University lecturer discusses emerging African markets and the golden opportunity they represent for California corporations. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

David Agus:
The professor of medicine and author of “The End of Illness” offers a guide for understanding the human body and preventing disease. [7 p.m., Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto]

Avner Cohen: The writer and historian discusses Iran, Israel, the nuclear bomb and the effort toward global disarmament. [7 p.m., Bureau of Jewish Education, Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F.]

Emily Leider:
The Myrna Loy biographer presents “Nick and Nora’s San Francisco: Martinis and Mystery,” a program about Dashiell Hammett and the “Thin Man” films. [7:30 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

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Decorative arts: The American Decorative Arts Forum presents a lecture titled “Youthquake: High Style in the Swinging Sixties.” Mitchell Owens, of Architectural Digest, speaks. [8 p.m., de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Literary events

Alex Gilvarry: The debut novelist talks about “From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Michael Lerner:
The Tikkun magazine editor, best-selling author and local rabbi discusses “Embracing Israel/Palestine: A Strategy to Heal and Transform the Middle East.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Garrett Hongo: The poet (“Coral Road”) reads from his work. The event launches the 10th-anniversary celebration of Asian-American studies at USF. [5 p.m., Fromm Hall, Berman Room, University of San Francisco, 2130 Fulton St., S.F.]

Pamela Z: The composer-performer presents a program of works for voice, electronics and video in celebration of SFSU’s “SmARTspace” exhibit. [5 p.m., SFSU, Knuth Hall, Creative Arts building, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

At the public library

ITVS Community Cinema: “More Than a Month,” about a tongue-in-cheek campaign to end Black History Month, is the featured film. [5:45 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Local activities

Indie arts: The Noise Pop 2012 festival begins, celebrating indie music, art and film. Concerts, screenings and other events take place through Sunday. Today’s musical acts include the Flaming Lips at 8 p.m. at Bimbo’s, 1025 Columbus Ave., and Craig Finn at 8 p.m. at Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St. [Various venues, S.F., www.noisepop.com]

Comedy talk show:
Comedian Scott Capurro — known for his edgy, raw and dirty humor — hosts a live chat show. Scheduled guests include Matt Gonzalez and Marilyn Pittman. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Fat Tuesday festivities: FillmoreNOLA celebrates the Mardi Gras spirit and San Francisco’s Fillmore district. Festivities include live music. [5 p.m. to midnight, multiple S.F. venues; www.fattuesdayinthefillmore.eventbrite.com]

Golden anniversary:
The Chieftains perform at Davies Symphony Hall. The quartet is celebrating 50 years of spreading Celtic music and culture around the world. SF JAZZ presents the evening. [7:30 p.m., 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Town Hall:
The New Orleans-flavored eatery hosts its Fat Tuesday celebration, a night of food, drink and music. Chef Vernon Morales’ cuisine includes buttermilk fried chicken, gumbo and more. [345 Howard St., S.F.; (415) 908-3900]

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