Pablo Francisco opens a four-night gig at Cobb’s Comedy Club 

click to enlarge Standup act: Pablo Francisco — known for funny takes on pop culture and the Comedy Central show “They Put It Out There” — opens a four-night gig at Cobb’s Comedy Club. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • Standup act: Pablo Francisco — known for funny takes on pop culture and the Comedy Central show “They Put It Out There” — opens a four-night gig at Cobb’s Comedy Club.

Who’s in town

Author Charles Yu, named one of the National Book Foundation’s “5 under 35” fiction writers to watch, discusses his new collection, “Sorry Please Thank You: Stories.” [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Lectures

Harvey Rose:
San Francisco’s independent budget and legislative analyst explains his approach and the critical need for independent analysis in the public sector. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Lawrence Baldassaro: The author of “Beyond DiMaggio” discusses the evolution of Italian-Americans in baseball. [6:30 p.m., Museo ItaloAmericano, Building C, Fort Mason, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.; RSVP: (415) 673-2200]

Panel discussion: Sisters United Front for Survival, a project of Radical Women, sponsors a talk about rescinding  budget cuts to CalWORKS, a welfare program for poor parents. [7 p.m., New Valencia Hall, 747 Polk St., S.F.]

Literary events

Rob Reid:
The novelist talks about “Year Zero.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Three mystery writers:
Cara Black (Aimee Leduc mystery series), Laurie R. King (Mary Russell novels) and Heather Haven (Alvarez family mysteries) discuss their work. [7 p.m., Books Inc., 74 Town and Country Village, Palo Alto]

Justin Hall: The award-winning cartoonist talks about “No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics.” [7:30 p.m., Books Inc., 2275 Market St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Stanford Jazz Festival: Pianist and violinist Victor Lin, joined by Stanford Jazz Workshop faculty, presents his “Westside Stories.” [7:30 p.m., Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Stanford University, 471 Lagunita Drive,  Stanford]

Donald MacDonald: The architect and bridge designer talks about “Golden Gate Bridge: History and Design of an Icon.” [6 p.m., Mechanics’ Institute, 57 Post St., S.F.; RSVP: (415) 393-0100 or rsvp@milibrary.org]

At the public library

’Thursdays @ Noon Films’:
“Milk” (2008), director Gus Van Sant’s biopic about San Francisco’s first openly gay public official, is the feature attraction. [Noon, Koret Auditorium, Main Library,  100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Meet the reptiles: “Lizard Lady” Teressa Killeen visits the library with her live reptiles. [2 p.m., Chinatown Branch, 1135 Powell St., S.F.]

Standup act: Pablo Francisco — known for funny takes on pop culture and the Comedy Central show “They Put It Out There” — opens a four-night gig at Cobb’s Comedy Club. [8 p.m., 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Local activities

Poetry festival:
The third San Francisco International Poetry Festival presents its kickoff party. Hosts include poets Jack Hirschman and Lawrence Ferlinghetti. [7 to 9 p.m., Kerouac Alley in North Beach, S.F.]

Comedy: Nick Kroll does stand-up. FX’s “The League,” ABC’s “Cavemen” and the film “Date Night” are some of his credits. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Moviegoing, 1939 style: The Bridge Theatre celebrates its 73rd anniversary with a screening of “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” (1939), period short films and the 1939 ticket price (30 cents). [7 p.m., 3010 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Gitane: Chef Bridget Batson creates dishes inspired by the cuisine of Spain, Portugal, southern France and neighboring Morocco. Today, she recommends the barley-crusted rockfish. [6 Claude Lane, S.F. (415) 788-6686]

Film

Documentary:
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts presents the 2011 film “Tahrir: Liberation Square,” which follows three Egyptian citizens who were involved in their country’s massive movement of street protest for political freedom. [7:30 p.m. YBCA screening room, 701 Mission St., S.F.]

Rock ’n’ roll:
“Kids of Today,” a 2011 documentary in which rock critic Yves Adrien becomes an obsession for a young counterculture group, screens. [7 p.m., Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., S.F.]

Music

Jazz artist:
Guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli, one of the prime interpreters of the Great American Songbook and beyond, performs at Yoshi’s. [8 and 10 p.m., 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Party

Art attack:
The Asian Art Museum hosts a Matcha mixer. This month, the artist-led project Space Bi brings together 28 local artists in a friendly takeover of the museum. [5 to 9 p.m., 200 Larkin St., S.F.]

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