Feb. 4: Extinction events, new rock and more

Who's in town

SF Sketchfest presents Rhett Miller of the Old 97's in “Wheels Off,” an evening of music, comedy, and special guests Michael Chabon and Paul F. Tompkins. [8 p.m., Cobb's Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Lectures

Extinction event: Paleobiologist Anthony D. Barnosky sheds light on the ways that humanity could trigger another mass extinction on Earth. [6 p.m., 555 Post St., S.F.]

Ivory trafficking: David J. Hayes, vice chairman of President Barack Obama's Federal Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking, discusses efforts to stop the ivory trade. [7 p.m., Los Altos Youth Center, 1 North San Antonio Road, Los Altos]

Social justice in Israel: Rabbi Andrew Sacks discusses the fight against sexism and prejudice against the LGBT community, as well as discrimination against Palestinians. [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Literary events

Love recipe: Ashley Rodriguez shares ideas for romance, and dinner, in “Date Night In: More than 120 Recipes to Nourish Your Relationship.” [6:30 p.m., Omnivore Books on Food, 3885a Cesar Chavez St., S.F.]

At the public library

Poetry tribute: Musician and writer Kevin Simmonds hosts “Not a Luxury,” a tribute to the works of LGBT black poets. Speakers include Scott Nakagawa, Arisa White, Adrienne Torf and Joshua Merchant. [6 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Love story: Wong Kar-wai's acclaimed film “In the Mood for Love” screens. [6 p.m., North Beach Branch, 850 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

At the colleges

Book culture: Professor Katrina Olds discusses the history of books and the exhibit “Reformations: Dürer & the New Age of Print.” [1 p.m., Thacher Gallery, University of San Francisco, 2130 Fulton St., S.F.]

Documentary film: The “Real Fictions” series presents “Nostalgia for the Light,” Patricio Guzmán's documentary contrasting Chile's astronomy research with efforts to find the remains of victims of Augusto Pinochet's regime. [7 p.m., Pigott Hall, Building 260, 50 Serra Mall, Stanford University, Stanford]

Local activities

Yosemite documentary: “Valley Uprising: Yosemite's Rock Climbing Revolution” documents the modern adventurers who have clashed with the National Park Service. [7 p.m., David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley]

Sublime songs: Badfish: A Tribute to Sublime channels the spirit of the Southern California rock band. [8 p.m., Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

Spanish comedy: Venezuelan comedian Luis Chataing has appeared on “Por Fin en Fin” and “¿Sucede en Serio?” [8:30 p.m., Brava Theater Center, 2781 24th St., S.F.]

Comedy summit: Mission CTRL, a San Francisco sketch-comedy startup, is joining forces with The Understudies for a night of comedy presented by SF Sketchfest. [8 p.m., Eureka Theatre, 215 Jackson St., S.F.]

Indie rock: Morgan Delt is playing music from his debut album, the six-song cassette “Psychic Death Hole,” and more. [8 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

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