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May 21: Greg Proops, Cool Ghouls and more

Who’s in town

Filmmaker John Waters shares adventures from his latest book, “Carsick,” for which he hitchhiked across the country from his home in Baltimore to San Francisco. [7:30 p.m., Nourse Theater, 275 Hayes St., S.F.; sold out]

Lectures

Silicon Valley documentary: Filmmaker Norm Kline is speaking at a screening of his Silicon Valley documentary “Changing Boundaries: The History of San Jose.” [6 p.m., Half Moon Bay Brewing Co., 390 Capistrano Road, Half Moon Bay]

Picnic time: Portland Picnic Society members Marnie Hanel, Andrea Slonecker and Jen Stevenson share tips for a perfect picnic in “The Picnic: Recipes and Inspiration from Basket to Blanket.” [6:30 p.m., Omnivore Books on Food, 3885a Cesar Chavez St., S.F.]

Wise guy: Comedian Greg Proops, a Bay Area native, explains absolutely everything in his new book, “The Smartest Book in the World.” [6:30 p.m., McRoskey Mattress Factory, 1687 Market St., S.F.]

New motherhood: Writer Jillian Lauren shares her experiences of motherhood and reinventing herself in the memoir “Everything You Ever Wanted.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 2275 Market St., S.F.]

Devo deconstructed: Oakland writer Evie Nagy’s latest book, “Devo’s Freedom of Choice,” analyzes the new wave band’s landmark album. [7 p.m., Green Apple Books, 506 Clement St., S.F.]

Literary events

Sideshow girl: A girl raised in a Coney Island sideshow seeks her missing sister and crosses paths with two women at an asylum in Leslie Parry’s “Church of Marvels.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building Plaza, S.F.]

At the public library

Personal finance: Learn the basics of personal finance, from budgeting to investing for retirement, in a free workshop. [7 p.m., Excelsior Branch, 4400 Mission St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Classical music: A poetry reading by Dr. David Watts will be followed by live classical music. Lunch is served while supplies last. [Noon, Cole Hall Auditorium, UC San Francisco, 513 Parnassus Ave., S.F.]

Local activities

Stand-up show: Comedian Robert Hawkins has appeared on “Late Night” and his own Comedy Central special. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Avant-garde film: Experimental filmmaker tooth, whose work has appeared at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Exploratorium, appears at a screening of his short films. [8 p.m., Oddball Films, 275 Capp St., S.F.]

Comedy showcase: “The Mission Position,” an indie comedy showcase, features Tushar Singh, Andrew Holmgren and Johan Miranda this week. [8 p.m., Lost Weekend Video, 1034 Valencia St., S.F.]

Local rock: Cool Ghouls’ latest album, “Alright Cassette,” is not actually on a cassette, but does feature the San Francisco band’s harmony-laden folk-rock-pop sound. [8:30 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

Events

NightLife: Extinction is the theme of this week’s NightLife, which features a lecture about taxidermied bear Monarch. The California grizzly, one of the last of his species, was captured in 1889 on the order of former San Francisco Examiner publisher William Randolph Hearst and served as the model for the state flag. [6 p.m., California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Museum soiree: Indie-rock group The She’s is laying down the soundtrack for Night at the Jewseum, which also features cheesecake and poetry readings. [6 p.m., Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F.]

Swayze redux: Watch Patrick Swayze in two of his most iconic roles, playing a tough bouncer in 1989’s “Road House” (7 p.m.) and a suave surfer-criminal in 1991’s “Point Break” (9:10 p.m.) [Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.]

Stand-up comedy: Comic Mo Mandel has appeared on “Chelsea Lately,” “Conan” and “Modern Family.” [8 p.m., Rooster T. Feathers Comedy Club, 157 W. El Camino Real, Sunnyvale]artsSan Franciscothings to do

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