May 4: Manic Street Preachers, Alex Hooper and more

Courtesy photoRock show: Welsh alternative-rock trio the Manic Street Preachers are commemorating their seminal 1994 album

Courtesy photoRock show: Welsh alternative-rock trio the Manic Street Preachers are commemorating their seminal 1994 album

Who’s in town

Norwegian novelist Karl Ove Knausgaard, known for penning a 3,600-page autobiography called “My Struggle,” discusses his work with local author Daniel Handler, aka Lemony Snicket. [7:30 p.m., Nourse Theater, 275 Hayes St., S.F.]


Multicultural Europe: Sebastian Rejak, a Polish diplomat focused on relations with the Jewish diaspora, offers his insights on terrorism and how it affects minority populations in Europe. [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F.]

Disability cinema: A screening of “Capturing Grace,” a documentary about people with Parkinson’s disease who stage an unusual dance show, is followed by a talk with filmmaker Dave Iverson. [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F.]

Literary events

Poetry night: Jorge Argueta and Jerry Ferraz are reading from their work. An open-mic poetry session follows. [7 p.m., Bird & Beckett Books and Records, 653 Chenery St., S.F.]

Medical fiction: Neurologist Pedram Navab’s debut novel, “Without Anesthesia,” follows a medical student’s dark obsession with experiencing her patients’ pain. [7 p.m., Books Inc., 855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto]

New poetry: Matthew Siegel is reading from his debut poetry collection, “Blood Work,” while Timothy Liu is reading from his latest book, “Don’t Go Back to Sleep.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 2275 Market St., S.F.]

At the public library

Mother’s Day crafts: Children can get a head start on Mother’s Day by crafting special gifts. [10:30 p.m., Ingleside Branch, 1298 Ocean Ave., S.F.]

Speak up: Kids can read aloud — or just listen — as the “Alvin Ho” book club kicks off with complimentary snacks. [4:30 p.m., Visitacion Valley Branch, 201 Leland Ave., S.F.]

At the colleges

SFSU poets: San Francisco State University alumni are reading from their works in the new collection “Shadowed: Unheard Voices.” [5 p.m., Poetry Center, Humanities Building, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

Local activities

Mandolin music: Grammy-nominated mandolin master Avi Avital is playing Baroque, 20th-century and new music. [7:30 p.m., Tateuchi Hall, Community School of Music and Arts, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View]

Comics: The inaugural San Francisco Comics Fest continues with a talk by Mark Badger, who has drawn comics starring superheroes such as Batman and Spider-Man. [7 p.m., Mission Comics and Art, 3520 20th St., S.F.]

Stand-up comedy: Comedian Alex Hooper, who has appeared on “Hot in Cleveland,” is headlining a comedy lineup that also includes Neel Nanda and Aviva Siegel. [9 p.m., Doc’s Lab, 124 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Rock show: Welsh alternative-rock trio the Manic Street Preachers are commemorating their seminal 1994 album, “The Holy Bible,” by playing it in full at shows. [8 p.m., Bimbo’s 365 Club, 1025 Columbus St., S.F.]artsSan Franciscothings to do

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