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Reggie Watts kicks of ‘Reggidency’ at SF Sketchfest

Who’s in town

Vocalist, beatboxer, musician, comedian and improviser Reggie Watts kicks off his four-day, multivenue “Reggidency” at SF Sketchfest with a sold-out show at Yoshi’s. [www.sfsketchfest.com]

Lectures

Jane McGonigal: The game designer and pioneer in the field of alternate-reality gaming appears in conversation with the California Academy of Sciences’ Ryan Wyatt. [8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Paul Rosenberg: The City Hall observer speaks at the San Francisco History Association’s monthly meeting, presenting “A Madcap Romp Through San Francisco Political History.” [7:30 p.m., St. Philip’s Church, 725 Diamond St., S.F.]

Dan Roam: The founder of Digital Roam Inc. discusses what to do “when words don’t work” and how to become a better communicator through “vivid thinking” techniques. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Salesforce.com project: Speakers discuss the new Salesforce.com headquarters at Mission Bay, one of the most significant economic development deals in recent years for San Francisco. [12:30 p.m., SPUR, 654 Mission St., S.F.]

Literary events

Ben Marcus: The fiction writer and essayist talks about “The Flame Alphabet,” a novel. [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Julia Scheeres: The journalist talks about “A Thousand Lives: The Untold Story of Hope, Deception, and Survival at Jonestown.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Victoria Costello: The science writer and journalist talks about “A Lethal Inheritance: A Mother Uncovers the Science Behind Three Generations of Mental Illness.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Astronomer talk: Bruce Macintosh, an astronomer at Lawrence Livermore National Labs, gives a talk titled “Imaging Extrasolar Planets.” [4:15 p.m., Stanford University, Hewlett Teaching Center, Room 201, 370 Serra Mall, Stanford]

At the public library

Cathy Robbins: The author of “All Indians Do Not Live in Teepees (or Casinos)” discusses her book. [6:30 p.m., Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Room, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Writing workshop: “Tuesday Evening Writers” session offers techniques and inspirational tips to help you write your story or poem. [7 p.m., Bernal Heights Branch, 500 Cortland Ave., S.F.]

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