August 27: The Presidents of the United States and other SF events 

click to enlarge Seattle’s The Presidents of the United States showcase their skewed sense of humor on their latest album, “Kudos To You.”
  • Seattle’s The Presidents of the United States showcase their skewed sense of humor on their latest album, “Kudos To You.”
Who’s in town

Stand-up comedian Ben Roy, who was featured in the book “Mock Stars: Indie Comedy and the Dangerously Funny,” is performing in The City. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Lectures

Lunch talk: GLAAD award-winning comedian and writer Marga Gomez, who teaches solo performance as Brava Theater’s artist in residence, hosts a lunchtime discussion. [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Meet the sisters: Learn more about the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, their charity work and continuing efforts to eliminate homophobia through art and deviance. Event includes a retrospective of the sisters’ ensembles. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Literary events

Corn culture: Chef Jessica Battilana, an East Coast native and current San Francisco resident, talks about her latest book, “Corn.” [6:30 p.m., Omnivore Books on Food, 3885a Cesar Chavez St., S.F.]

Filmmaker discussion: San Francisco Film Society Executive Director Ted Hope discusses his new book, “Hope for Film: From the Frontline of the Independent Cinema.” [7:30 p.m., Books Inc., 2275 Market St., S.F.]

Long-lost poetry: Jack Hirschman debuts “Viet Arcane,” a book-length poem that was recently rediscovered after being lost for 42 years. [8:30 p.m., The Emerald Tablet, 80 Fresno St., S.F.]

At the public library

Opera cheat sheet: A musicologist provides an overview of works in the San Francisco Opera’s upcoming season. [Noon, Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Go bananas: “Mondo Banana!” looks at the cultures that revere bananas as dinner, dessert or even an exorcism tool. The screening, featuring a talk by director Ryan White, is part of the San Francisco Green Film Festival. [6 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Building detective: San Francisco History Center staff share tips on how to research buildings, including date of construction and past owners. [6:30 p.m., Glen Park Branch, 2825 Diamond St., S.F.]

At the colleges

College rock: The Depot’s free “Welcome Back to School” show features The She’s, Tino Drima, Summer Peaks and The Sweethearts. [6 p.m., Cesar Chavez Student Center, SFSU, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

Local activities

Free concert: Latin-jazz musician Michelle Pollace performs as part of the “People in Plazas” series. [Noon, One Bush Plaza, 1 Bush St., S.F.]

World War I on film: A reading of the graphic-novel version of “All Quiet on the Western Front” precedes a viewing of the 1930 film of the same name, which is also an adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque’s classic anti-war novel. The screening is part of Goethe-Institut San Francisco’s “100 Years After WWI” exhibit. [7:30 p.m., 530 Bush St., S.F.]

Stand-up comedian: Controversial comedian Doug Stanhope, whose 10th album is named “Before Turning the Gun on Himself,” performs. [8 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Free rock show: Pop-punk band Joyce Manor plays songs from its latest album, “Never Hungover Again,” and more in a free show at Amoeba Music. [5 p.m., 1855 Haight St., S.F.]

Offbeat rockers

Seattle’s The Presidents of the United States showcase their skewed sense of humor on their latest album, “Kudos To You.” [8 p.m., Slim’s, 333 11th St., S.F.]

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