August 26: Deerhunter and other S.F. events 

click to enlarge The garage-rock and ambient-punk band Deerhunter performs a show in support of its new album, "Monomania."
  • The garage-rock and ambient-punk band Deerhunter performs a show in support of its new album, "Monomania."

Who's in town

Bill Cosby appears in an evening of solo comedy at the SFJAZZ Center. The event benefits the center's state-of-the-art facility. [7:30 p.m., 201 Franklin St., S.F.]

Lectures

Citizen science: Speakers discuss "citizen science" projects that are enabling communities to ask their own questions and better understand threats to their landscapes and well-being. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Business seminar: The Small Business Administration hosts a seminar on how to start and manage a business. [8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., SBA Entrepreneur Center, 455 Market St., S.F.; RSVP (required): www.sanfranciscoscore.eventbrite.com]

Literary events

Joyce Maynard: The novelist, journalist and columnist talks about her latest novel, "After Her." [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Poetry night: Keane's 3300 Club hosts a "Poetry at the 33" reading. Alice Rogoff is scheduled to read from her work. [7 p.m., 3300 Mission St., S.F.]

Book group: The Hands On Bay Area Book Club discusses "Don't Get Too Comfortable" by David Rakoff. [7 p.m., Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View]

At the colleges

Nursing programs: USF's School of Nursing hosts an information session highlighting graduate programs available in nursing and other health fields. [4 p.m., Lone Mountain campus, Presentation Room 216, 2800 Turk Blvd., S.F.]

Art show: "Continuing MFA Show," containing artwork by 27 MFA students, opens today and runs through Saturday. [9 a.m. to 5 p.m., San Francisco Art Institute, 800 Chestnut St., S.F.]

At the public library

Job Seekers' Lab: Computers are available for creating or updating your résumé, applying for jobs and searching online for jobs. Bring a flash drive. [11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Computer Training Room, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Older Writers Laboratory: Poetry-writing group welcomes seniors. [3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Bernal Heights Branch, 500 Cortland Ave., S.F.]

Garage rockers

The garage-rock and ambient-punk band Deerhunter performs a show in support of its new album, "Monomania." [8 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O'Farrell St., S.F.]

Local activities

Printing party: The Book Club of California hosts "A Broadside Printing Party: Celebrating 200 Years of the Columbian Hand Press." The evening includes a lecture and a printing activity. [5 to 7 p.m., 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Bluegrass night: The Amnesia bar hosts a night of bluegrass and hillbilly music. The Earl Brothers, an outlaw-hillbilly band, are the featured performers. An open jam also is on the bill. [6 p.m., 853 Valencia St., S.F.]

R&B artist: How to Dress Well, the stage project of singer-songwriter Tom Krell, performs at the Independent. Falsetto vocals and fractured beats are components of his brand of R&B. [8 p.m., 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

Solo theater: Writer-performer Fred Raker presents "How to Make Your Bitterness Work for You," his comic solo show about a self-help guru desperate for success. [8 p.m., Stage Werx, 446 Valencia St., S.F.]

Starbelly: Chef Adam Timney creates California comfort food at this Castro District spot, and a chilled rare-beef salad is the featured dish today. Basil, mint, heirloom tomatoes and finger lime (a small, flavorful Australian fruit that is also known as citrus caviar) are additional ingredients of this late-summer plate. [3583 16th St., S.F.; (415) 252-7500]

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