October 10: Thee Oh Sees and more SF events

Thee Oh Sees begin a three-night residency at the Chapel. “Floating Coffin” is the psychedelic-folk band’s latest studio album.

Who’s in town

Comedian Jonah Ray, seen on “The Sarah Silverman Program,” “Live at Gotham” and “Conan,” performs a stand-up show. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Lectures

Herschel Cobb: The author of “Heart of a Tiger” discusses the relationship he shared with his legendary grandfather — baseball great Ty Cobb. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Transit and land-use plan: Speakers discuss Plan Bay Area, the region’s long-range transportation and land-use plan. [12:30 p.m., SPUR, 654 Mission St., S.F.]

Literary events

Davy Rothbart: The contributor to “This American Life” and publisher of Found Magazine appears in an evening of stories. “My Heart Is an Idiot” is his memoir. [8 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Ethel Rohan: The Ireland-born fiction writer reads from “Goodnight Nobody.” [7 p.m., BookShop West Portal, 80 West Portal Ave., S.F.]

Terry Tarnoff: The locally based novelist talks about “The Chronicle of Stolen Dreams.” [<i>6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

At the colleges

Coming Out Day: UC San Francisco celebrates National Coming Out Day. Events include “Gay Back in the Day,” a panel discussion. [4 p.m., School of Nursing Building, N-225, 513 Parnassus Ave., S.F.]

Depressive disorder: UC San Francisco hosts “Depression Across the Lifespan,” a lecture program focusing on depressive disorder. Speakers include comedian-actor Brian Copeland. [6:30 p.m., Byers Auditorium, Genentech Hall, 600 16th St., S.F.]

At the public library

‘Unexplored Treasures’: Four local archivists discuss their research collections, which are little-known sources of local history and national history treasures. [6 p.m., Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Meeting Room, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Fire crew: A San Francisco fire crew visits the library. Children ages 2 to 6 can meet firefighters, survey a fire engine and learn about fire safety. [10:15 a.m., Noe Valley Branch, 451 Jersey St., S.F.]

Psychedelic-folk band

Thee Oh Sees begin a three-night residency at the Chapel. “Floating Coffin” is the psychedelic-folk band’s latest studio album. [8:30 p.m., 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

Local activities

Make a craft: The Museum of Craft and Design hosts an “Etsy Meet + Make” evening, featuring craft-making opportunities and beer. Featured craft: floral- and herbal-enhanced honeys and liquors. [7 to 9:30 p.m., 2569 Third St., S.F.]

Poetry night: “Thursdays at Readers” series holds its weekly poetry reading. James Cagney and Linda King are tonight’s featured poets. [6:30 p.m., Readers Bookstore, Building C, Fort Mason, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Wine walk: The Union Street Wine Walk takes place in the popular shopping area. Restaurants and merchants offer wine samples and hors d’oeuvres. [4 to 8 p.m., Union and Gough streets and thereabouts, S.F.; www.sresproductions.com]

E&O Trading Company: The butternut-squash dumplings, with Thai red-curry sauce, are recommended today. Also look for Indonesian fried rice with gulf white prawns, char siu pork, vegetables, egg and chilies. [314 Sutter St., S.F.; (415) 693-0303]

Parties

Galaxy questing: NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences presents “Otherworldly NightLife,” a night highlighting the search for extraterrestrial life. Events include a showing of “E.T.” [6 to 10 p.m., 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Gallery reception: Gallery Paule Anglim hosts a gathering to open the exhibition “SIGHT / VISION: The Urban Milieu,” featuring painting, sculpture, drawing, collage and film by Wallace Berman, Joan Brown, Cameron Bruce Conner, Jean Conner, Jay DeFeo and others. [5:30 to 7:30 p.m., 14 Geary St., S.F.]

Theater

The Write Stuff: Playwrights Joe Napoli and John Scacco have teamed up to bring the original off-beat and edgy comedy to the San Francisco stage. [8 p.m., Shelton Theater, 533 Sutter St., S.F.]

Film

Lunafest: The 13th annual program features an array of short films for and about women. Screenings are preceded by a reception. [6 p.m., Nob Hill Masonic Auditorium, 1111 California St., S.F.]

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