April 17: 3rd on Third and other SF events 

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  • “3rd on Third,” a free event every third Thursday, features Afro-funk master Sila in concert.
Who’s in town

Comedian Jake Johannsen, whose credits include 14 appearances on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” performs at the Punch Line. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Lectures

Fran Smith and Sheila Himmel: The authors of “Changing the Way We Die” examine the shifting attitudes and practices around death and dying. [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Fred Martin: The author of “Abraham Lincoln’s Path to Reelection in 1864” discusses how Lincoln became a political genius. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Danah Boyd: The youth-culture and technology expert discusses her research into myths about how teens use social media and the truth about identity, privacy and bullying. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Ruth Gravanis: The naturalist and longtime Yerba Buena Island watcher discusses the natural and cultural legacy of Yerba Buena Island. [7:30 p.m., Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way, S.F.]

Literary events

Two authors: Dani Shapiro, whose latest memoir is “Still Writing,” and Ayelet Waldman, whose latest novel is “Love and Treasure,” appear in conversation. [7:30 p.m., Nourse Theater, 275 Hayes St., S.F.]

William Goodson: The local author shares his debut novel, “The Blue-Eyed Girl.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 2251 Chestnut St., S.F.]

Chernoh Alpha M. Bah: The Sierra Leone-born journalist and political activist presents “Neocolonialism in West Africa.” [7 p.m., Modern Times Bookstore, 2919 24th St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Cathie Bleck: The internationally known artist, best known for her works in scratchboard and kaolin clay board, discusses her work. [7 p.m., California College of the Arts, 1111 Eighth St., S.F.]

At the public library

Thursdays @ Noon Films: “Modern Times” (1936), Charlie Chaplin’s silent classic featuring sly commentary on class struggle in the Depression era, is featured. [Noon, Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Understanding dementia: Mary Hulme, of Moonstone Geriatrics, gives tips for understanding dementia and learning to live with and care for someone with the disease. [6:30 p.m., Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Room, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Community party

“3rd on Third,” a free event every third Thursday, features Afro-funk master Sila in concert. [5 p.m., Bayview Town Center, 4705 Third St., S.F.]

Local activities

History party: The Old Mint is the site and subject of “1906,” a night of earthquake history, talks, film, photos and drinks. Speakers include author Mike Castleman. FlipSide presents the event. [6 p.m., 88 Fifth St., S.F.; www.sfhistory.org/flipside]

Singer-songwriter: Folk, rock and blues singer-songwriter Bruce Cockburn brings his “Small Source of Comfort Tour” to San Francisco. [8 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

Indie rock: The 1975, a British indie-rock band, performs at The Fillmore. The group is currently promoting its self-titled debut album. [8 p.m., 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Esperpento: Recommended tapas include the garlic shrimp and the salmon strips. The seafood paella, with calamari, shrimp, clams and mussels, also is highlighted today. Entree suggestions include the garlic chicken and the rabbit stew. [3295 22nd St., S.F.; (415) 282-8867]

Nightlife

Night out: “Third Thursdays,” in the Yerba Buena area, features extended hours and special events at food and culture sites. Participating venues include Museum of the African Diaspora. [5 to 10 p.m.; www.thirdthursdaysf.org]

Film

Documentary: “A Fragile Trust,” directed by Samantha Grant, tells the story of Jayson Blair, the reporter whose acts of plagiarism and fabricated reportage rocked the New York Times and the world of journalism in 2003. [7 p.m., Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., S.F.]

Human rights movie: “Rafea: Solar Mama” is a documentary about a Jordanian Bedouin woman who is selected for the Barefoot College program in India, and travels to join 30 illiterate women training to become solar engineers. [7:30 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., S.F.]

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