Feb. 5: Indie film fest, NightLife and more

Who's in town

Journalist Eric Schlosser, author of “Fast Food Nation” and “Reefer Madness,” discusses nuclear security in his latest book, “Command and Control.” [7:30 p.m., Nourse Theater, 275 Hayes St., S.F.]


Brews and Views: Dr. Lawrence J. McQuillan, director of the Center on Entrepreneurial Innovation, discusses his latest book, “California Dreamin': Resolving the Public Pension Crisis.” [6 p.m., Half Moon Bay Brewing Co., 390 Capistrano Road, Half Moon Bay]

Better way of death: Science writer Katy Butler, author of “Knocking on Heaven's Door,” shares her experiences with her mother's death. [6 p.m., 555 Post St., S.F.]

UC forecast: University of California President Janet Napolitano and former UC President Mark Yudof are discussing challenges the system's 10 universities are facing. [6:30 p.m., Lafayette Library, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette]

Literary events

Comics: Comic book illustrator Jonny Negron is signing copies of his latest book, “Song of Mercury.” [5 p.m., Mission: Comics & Art, 3520 20th St., S.F.]

New thriller: Journalist Paula Hawkins' first thriller, “The Girl on the Train,” follows an ordinary commuter who witnesses a shocking crime. [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building Plaza, S.F.]

Steamy tales: Shipwreck, a low-stakes erotic fan-fiction contest, is sinking its fangs into the “Twilight” series. A $12 ticket includes an open bar. [7 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

At the public library

Learning fun: Parent-educator Lisa Mejia-Sandoval shows parents fun learning activities to share with their preschoolers. [10:30 a.m., Western Addition Branch, 1550 Scott St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Female scientists: Women share tips on thriving in the science field. [Noon, RH-102 Auditorium, Mission Bay Campus, UC San Francisco, 1550 Fourth St., S.F.]

Tinseltown jazz: National Jazz Museum director Loren Schoenberg leads a listening session focusing on jazz in Hollywood. [Noon, Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford]

Local activities

Art reception: A reception marks the opening of two exhibits at RayKo Photo Center: “The Visual Voice, new photo book narratives,” and “The Changing Mission, to whom does San Francisco's oldest neighborhood belong?” [6 p.m., RayKo Photo Center, 428 Third St., S.F.]

Ska sounds: Ska-punk group Mustard Plug is playing songs spanning 21 years of rock 'n' roll. [8 p.m., Slim's, 333 11th St., S.F.]

Sweet riffs: Former “Mystery Science Theater 3000” stars Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett are mocking bad movies for “RiffTrax Night of the Shorts 5: A Good Day to Riff Hard.” [8 p.m., Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.]

Pop music: Swedish singer Seinabo Sey is playing music from her EP “For Madeleine” and more. [9 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

Film fest: The two-week IndieFest 2015 kicks off with “HITS,” a dark comedy written and directed by David Cross. [7:30 p.m., Brava Theater, 2781 24th St., S.F.]


Chinese museum: The Chinese Historical Society of America Museum is free on the first Thursday of every month. [Noon-5 p.m., Chinese Historical Society, 965 Clay St., S.F.]

NightLife: Showing off is the theme of this week's NightLife at the Academy, with public-speaking workshops, dance sessions, karaoke and more. [6 p.m., California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Country spectacle: Country star Eric Church employs a 360-degree stage and special effects in “The Outsiders World Tour.” [7 p.m., SAP Center, 525 W. Santa Clara St., San Jose]

Altman onscreen: “Altman” follows the life of filmmaker Robert Altman, creator of films including “M*A*S*H” and “Nashville.” The documentary screens as part of the Altmanesque festival. [7:30 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., S.F.]

Jazz tribute: Musicians offer their tributes to late jazzman Lawrence D. “Butch” Morris as part of “New Frequencies Fest: Jazz@YBCA.” [8 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts theater, 700 Howard St., S.F.]

Stand-up comedy: Myq Kaplan, who has appeared on “The Tonight Show,” “The Late Show” and other nocturnal television programs, is headlining a bill that also includes Carla Clayy and Phil Griffiths. [8 p.m., Rooster T. Feathers Comedy Club, 157 W. El Camino Real, Sunnyvale]

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