"30 Rock's" Morgan brings standup act to San Francisco 

Who's in town

Comedian and actor Tracy Morgan, currently seen on “30 Rock,” kicks off a weekend of standup shows. [8 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

 

Lectures

Joel Brinkley: The journalist discusses Cambodia, a nation he describes as struggling to move forward while still haunted by the tyranny of Pol Pot and a decade of civil war. [6 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

‘Wagner Through a Jewish Lens’: Speakers look at both the music and anti-Semitism of Wagner and explore whether the elements can be separated. [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Literary events

Ann Packer: The novelist talks about “Swim Back to Me,” a story collection. [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Tomas Mournian: The investigative journalist shares “Hidden,” a novel. [7:30 p.m., Books Inc., 2275 Market St., S.F.]

Michael Shermer: The science writer talks about “The Believing Brain.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Helen Wang: The columnist, consultant and China expert talks about “The Chinese Dream.” [7 p.m., Kepler’s Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

Travel book: Editor Lavinia Spalding and contributors share “Travelers’ Tales: The Best Women’s Travel Writing 2011.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 2251 Chestnut St., S.F.]

At the colleges

William C. Dement: The head of Stanford University’s Division of Sleep reviews the importance of sleep and the consequences of sleep deprivation. [7 p.m., Stanford Blood Center, 3373 Hillview Ave., Palo Alto]

At the public library

Thursday film series: Orson Welles’ “Citizen Kane” (1941) screens. [Noon, Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Teen GN Reviewers Club: The group welcomes teens to review new graphic novels, comics and manga titles. [1:30 p.m., Parkside Branch, 1200 Taraval St., S.F.]

 

Local activities

Fab femmes: “Divafest,” a showcase for female writers and performers, continues through Saturday. Shows include “A Most Notorious Woman,” “Lucky Girl” and “Eleanor.” [8 p.m., Exit Theatre, 156 Eddy St., S.F.]

Live art: The SFMOMA hosts “Muybridge in Three Movements,” an evening of dance, film and conversation inspired by the art of Eadweard Muybridge (1830-1904). Guests include author Rebecca Solnit. [7 p.m., 151 Third St., S.F.]

Baseball game: The San Francisco Giants play the Florida Marlins. [12:45 p.m., AT&T Park, 24 Willie Mays Plaza, S.F.]

Solo performance: Playwright and actor David Greenspan presents his one-man show “Plays,” a word-for-word performance of the Gertrude Stein essay of the same name. [7 p.m., Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F.]

 

Dining out

Radius: Chef Matt Kerley creates French-inspired California cuisine. A pork duo (pork loin and pork belly) served with butter beans, apple gastrique and picked mushrooms is on the menu today. The lamb shank also is highlighted. It’s served with seasonal vegetables, including peewee fingerling potatoes, English peas and spring onions. [1123 Folsom St., S.F., (415) 525-3676]

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