Courtesy photo<p>Jazz: The diverse American jazz singer Karrin Allyson is known for her scatting as well as interpretations of the Great American Songbook

Nov. 6: Jazz, Oddball Films and more

Who's in town

Wayans family scion Damon Wayans, whose credits include “In Living Color” and “My Wife and Kids,” performs stand-up. [8 p.m., Cobb's Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Lectures

IS and beyond: Stanford professor Abbas Milani discusses the changing landscape of the Middle East and the rise of the Islamic State group in Syria. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Art's price tag: Sotheby's art specialist Philip Hook, author of “Breakfast at Sotheby's,” reflects on the factors that give art its monetary value. [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Science in the news: New York Times science journalist Carl Zimmer speaks about the way compelling storytelling can help engage the public with science. [7:30 p.m., Nourse Theater, 275 Hayes St., S.F.]

Literary events

Making Snicket squirm: This month's installment of Shipwreck forces San Francisco author Daniel Handler, aka Lemony Snicket, to watch fellow authors craft literary erotic fan fiction starring Count Olaf from “A Series of Unfortunate Events.” A $10 cover charge includes an open bar. [7 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Cut copy: The Flash Fiction Collective reads short, snappy stories. [7 p.m., Alley Cat Books, 3036 24th St., S.F.]

LGBT historical fiction: Katie Gilmartin, who holds a doctorate in queer history, is debuting “Blackmail, My Love: A Murder Mystery,” which is set in 1950s San Francisco. [7:30 p.m., Books Inc., 2275 Market St., S.F.]

At the public library

Photogenic San Francisco: Jim Van Buskirk, former librarian and co-author of “Celluloid San Francisco: The Film Lover's Guide to Bay Area Movie Locations,” uses slides and film clips to showcase San Francisco's cinematic history. [6 p.m., Potrero Branch, 1616 20th St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Ethics and investments: A Business Ethics Week panel discusses “Ethical Marketing of Investment Products: An Oxymoron?” [5:30 p.m., J. Paul Leonard Library, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

Local activities

Dance collaboration: San Francisco's LEVYdance and New York-based Loni Landon Dance Projects join forces on the premiere of “Meet Me Normal.” A Q&A with the dancers follows the performance. [8 p.m., ODC Theater, 3153 17th St., S.F.]

Vroom vroom: Oddball Films, Northern California's largest private film archive, presents a high-octane evening of short films about cars, including “Automania 2000” and the school film “Safety Belt for Susie.” [8 p.m., Oddball Films, 275 Capp St., S.F.]

Keep rolling: The skateboarding film “Keep Life Rolling,” starring Matt Rodriguez, Carlos Young and Akira Imamura, debuts at a party hosted by DJ Sonny Phono. [9 p.m., Thee Parkside, 1600 17th St., S.F.]

Jazz: The diverse American jazz singer Karrin Allyson is known for her scatting as well as interpretations of the Great American Songbook, French and Brazilian music. [7 and 8:30 p.m, SFJAZZ Center, 201 Franklin St., S.F.]

NightLife: Biotechnology is the theme of this week's NightLife at the Academy, featuring a Q&A with UC San Francisco's Dr. Karunesh Ganguly on the purpose of sleep, CT scans of lizards and frogs, music by Josh Cheon and more. [6 p.m., California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Reggae show: Grammy-winning reggae star Ziggy Marley is playing music from his latest album, “Fly Rasta,” and more. [8 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Superstar: Mary Woronov, who was anointed a superstar at artist Andy Warhol's Factory, appears at a screening of Warhol's Hollywood satire “The Chelsea Girls.” [7 p.m., Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.]

Stand-up comedy: Michael Kosta, who currently appears on Fox Sports 1's “Crowd Goes Wild” and E!'s “The Soup Investigates,” headlines a comedy bill that also includes Sal Calanni and Jesse Fernandez. [8 p.m., Rooster T. Feathers Comedy Club, 157 W. El Camino Real, Sunnyvale]

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