Courtesy photo<p>Rap show: Rapper and actor Yasiin Bey

Oct. 8: Bernal Heights film night and more

Who's in town

New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, who won Pulitzer Prizes for his coverage of Tiananmen Square and Darfur, speaks about people making a difference around the world. [6:30 p.m., Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.]

Lectures

Music talk: Songwriter Stephin Merritt of Magnetic Fields shares his love for wordplay and his new book, “101 Two-Letter Words,” inspired by Scrabble. Merritt also performs a set. [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Literary events

Indonesian fiction: Publisher Lian Gouw speaks about Dalang Publishing's latest book, “Potions and Paper Cranes,” by late Indonesian author Lan Fang. [7 p.m., Books Inc., 855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto]

Buddhism in the workplace: Shambhala Buddhist teacher Lodro Rinzler shares career advice for new generations in “The Buddha Walks Into the Office.” [7:30 p.m., Books Inc., 2275 Market St., S.F.]

'Carbon Shock': Journalist Mark Schapiro reflects on pollution and its economic impacts in “Carbon Shock: A Tale of Risk and Calculus on the Front Lines of the Disrupted Global Economy.” [7:30 p.m., Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

At the public library

Beat poetry: Feminist Beat poet Diane di Prima, former San Francisco poet laureate, reads from her first book in decades, “The Poetry Deal.” [6:30 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Literary activist: Poet and activist Janice Mirikitani reads from her newest book, “Out of the Dust,” and looks back at decades of social-justice activism in San Francisco. [4:30 p.m., Education Building, USF, 2130 Fulton St., S.F.]

Curating art: Curator Lisa Freiman of Virginia Commonwealth University's new Institute for Contemporary Art speaks about the hidden art of curating. [7:30 p.m., Lecture Hall, San Francisco Art Institute, 800 Chestnut St., S.F.]

Murders in Juarez: The ongoing murders of female factory workers in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, is the subject of a panel discussion, including the mother of one of the victims. [2:10 p.m., IR Briefing Room, HSS Building, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

Local activities

Free museum day: The first Tuesday of the month is a free day at several museums around The City. [9:30 a.m.-5:15 p.m., De Young Museum, 55 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, S.F.; 9:30 a.m.-5:15 p.m., Legion of Honor, 100 34th Ave., S.F.; 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Museum of Craft and Design, 2569 Third St., S.F.]

Film screening: Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema finishes up its 2014 season with a selection of short films, including “The Last Black Man in San Francisco” and “Bug Eyed.” Filmmakers will be on hand to answer questions. [6:30 p.m., Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, 2868 Mission St., S.F.; www.bhoutdoorcine.org]

Rock show: Sonic Youth co-founder Thurston Moore headlines a bill that also includes alt-rock darlings Sebadoh. [8 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O'Farrell St., S.F.]

Rap show: Rapper and actor Yasiin Bey, formerly known as Mos Def, performs. Locksmith opens the show. [9 p.m., Mezzanine, 444 Jessie St., S.F.]

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