Courtesy photoWrekmeister Harmonies

Courtesy photoWrekmeister Harmonies

June 4: Dave Chappelle, Union Square festival and more

Who’s in town

Comedian Dave Chappelle, star of “Chappelle’s Show,” is performing. [10:30 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.; sold out, more shows scheduled at Fillmore on Friday and Saturday]

Lectures

Expensive medical innovations: UC Berkeley professor James C. Robinson sheds light on new medical innovations, as well as the soaring cost of medical technology, in his book “Purchasing Medical Innovation.” [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F.]

Brews and Views: A screening of “Small Steps,” a short documentary about low-income mothers, is followed by a discussion with poverty experts and service providers. [6 p.m., Half Moon Bay Brewing Co., 390 Capistrano Road, Half Moon Bay]

Modern job skills: “The Modern Professional’s Toolkit” combines talks about subjects such as embracing social media and online analytics with workshops on HTML and more. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F.]

Opiate crisis: Journalist Sam Quinones examines the twin epidemics of heroin and prescription painkiller abuse in “Dreamland: A True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic.” [7:30 p.m., Green Apple Books on the Park, 1231 Ninth Ave., S.F.]

Literary events

Shocking stories: The Shipwreck erotic fan-fiction contest encourages six great writers to sink their claws into Michael Crichton’s “Jurassic Park” this month. A $12 cover charge includes an open bar. [7 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

At the public library

Stories for kids: Storyteller Doris Feyling is sharing tales, songs and puppet activities aimed toward younger children. [10:30 p.m., Noe Valley Branch, 451 Jersey St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Discussing cancer with children: Parents with cancer can learn how to better communicate with their young children in a free workshop presented by the oncology social workers at the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. [5 p.m., UC San Francisco, 400 Parnassus Ave., S.F.; register at (415) 885-3693]

Local activities

Comedy showcase: “Mission Position,” an independent comedy show, features local comedians Matt Lieb, Kate Willett, Jessica Sele, Richard Toomer and Torio Van Grol. [8 p.m., Lost Weekend Video, 1034 Valencia St., S.F.; missionpositionlive.com]

Northern alt-rock: Canadian band Walk Off The Earth has garnered millions of views on YouTube and is promoting its latest album, “Sing It All Away.” [8 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

The art of survival: A reception marks the opening of “Long-Term Survivor Project,” an exhibit by and about people living with HIV/AIDS. [6 p.m., SF Camerawork, 1011 Market St., S.F.]

Experimental sounds: Wrekmeister Harmonies, the nom de rock of J.R. Robinson, combines prog-rock, heavy metal and experimental elements. [9 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

Events

Dark fiction: Virginia Boecker is speaking at a launch party for her young-adult fantasy novel, “The Witch Hunter.” [7 p.m., Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

Food + Art: Union Square bars, shops, art galleries and more are opening their doors and offering special deals and parties for the second annual Food + Art festival. Register online for access to freebies and festivities. [5-8 p.m., check in at Emporio Rulli, 333 Stockton St., S.F.; www.eventbrite.com/e/union-square-sf-food-art-2015-registration-16701837646]

NightLife: Sustainable seafood is the slippery subject of this week’s NightLife at the Academy. Check out cooking demonstrations by Twenty Five Lusk, Fog Harbor and La Mar chefs; a surfboard challenge; sustainability talks; and more. [6 p.m., California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Stand-up comedy: Comedian Ralph Harris, who has appeared on “The Tonight Show” and an HBO special, is headlining a comedy bill that also includes Joe Tobin and Kelly McCarron. [8 p.m., Rooster T. Feathers Comedy Club, 157 W. El Camino Real, Sunnyvale]

Toledo’s finest: Rock band Fast Piece of Furniture, an Ohio-to-San Francisco transplant, is headlining. [8:30 p.m., Neck of the Woods, 406 Clement St., S.F.]artsSan Franciscothings to do

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