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May 8: Born Ruffians rock Slim's and other San Francisco events

Who’s in town

  • Award-winning fiction writer Jill McCorkle talks about “Life After Life,” her new novel. [7:30 p.m., Kepler’s Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park].


  • Education talk: Program addresses how urban planning can improve access to quality education in San Francisco. Speakers include San Francisco schools Superintendent Richard Carranza. [6 p.m., SPUR, 654 Mission St., S.F.]
  • ‘Bike+Design’: Three-part series, which starts today, highlights the history, innovation and design of Bay Area bicycle culture. [7 p.m., Coalesse Design Center, 660 Third St., S.F.;]

Literary events

  • Anchee Min: The best-selling author shares “The Cooked Seed,” the sequel to her memoir, “Red Azalea.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 2251 Chestnut St., S.F.]
  • David Downie: The food, culture and travel writer, in conversation with Sandra M. Gilbert, talks about “Paris to the Pyrenees.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]
  • Ruth Behar: The author and anthropologist talks about “Traveling Heavy.” [7 p.m., Modern Times Bookstore, 2919 24th St., S.F.]
  • ‘Writing Outside the Box’: The series features artists presenting work outside their usual genre. Playwright Octavio Solis, reading poetry, is today’s guest. [7 p.m., Z Below, 470 Florida St., S.F.]
  • Book group: The SFLGBT Book Club discusses “Jack Holmes and His Friend” by Edmund White. [7 p.m., Books Inc., 2275 Market St., S.F.]

At the colleges

  • Hillary Chute: The author of “Graphic Women: Life Narrative and Contemporary Comics” discusses how comic art has helped document war. [6 p.m., board room, Stanford Humanities Center, Stanford University, 424 Santa Teresa St., Stanford]

At the public library

  • Jazz group: The Bernal Jazz Quintet performs. The group plays both standards and new compositions, from bop to blues to ballads. [6:30 p.m., Bernal Heights Branch, 500 Cortland Ave., S.F.]
  • Board Game Bonanza: Session for ages 4 and up offers the chance to play Monopoly, Clue, Connect Four and other board games. [4 to 6 p.m., Merced Branch, 155 Winston Drive, S.F.]


  • Born Ruffians, a Canadian indie-rock band, perform material from their new album, “Birthmarks.” [8 p.m., Slim’s, 333 11th St., S.F.]

Local activities

  • Exhibit and reception: Swords to Plowshares presents “Shout,” a reception featuring art created by female military veterans. [6 to 9 p.m., Women’s Building, 3543 18th St., S.F.; RSVP:]
  • Singer-songwriter: Acoustic-rock singer-songwriter Curt Yagi performs with his band, the People Standing Behind Me. [8 p.m., Brick and Mortar Music Hall, 1710 Mission St., S.F.]
  • Comedy show: Musical comedian Henry Phillips, seen on “Comedy Central Presents” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” performs at the Punch Line. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]
  • Lolinda: The lengua — beef tongue — is recommended today. The tongue is braised in Malbec wine and served with chayote picadillo and salsa verde. [2518 Mission St., S.F.; (415) 550-6970]

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