May 5: Trio Sol and other SF events 

Person in town

Comedian Brody Stevens, headlining the “Road 2 Oddball Tour,” performs at the Punch Line. “Late Night With Conan O’Brien,” “Chelsea Lately,” and the film “The Hangover” are a few of his credits. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Lectures

Political roundtable: Evening features a panel of political journalists commenting on current events, plus an audience discussion and a news quiz. Election issues are the focus today. [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Katherine Freese: The Michigan-based physics professor recounts the hunt for dark matter and provides an overview of this cosmic cocktail. [7:30 p.m., California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, S.F.; RSVP: (877) 227-1831]

Literary events

Three poets: Kate Gale (“The Goldilocks Zone”), Douglas Kearney (“Patter”), and Peggy Shumaker (“Toucan Nest”) read from their poetry books. [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

‘Odd Mondays’: Series presents an evening with memoirist Frances Payne (“They Make Us Dangerous”) and fiction writer Andrew McIntyre (“The Short, the Long, and the Tall”). [7 p.m., Folio Books, 3957 24th St., S.F.]

Jerry Ferraz: The poet and troubadour performs “The Golden Key.” [7 p.m., Bird and Beckett Books and Records, 653 Chenery St., S.F.]

Book discussion: Session features a discussion of “A Hero of Our Time,” the Russian classic by Mikhail Lermontov. [5:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Cinco de Mayo: Hourlong celebration includes a performance by the salsa band Mezacote. [Noon, UCSF, Millberry Union Plaza, 500 Parnassus Ave., S.F.]

Art show: “From Here: The 15th Thacher Art + Architecture Annual” contains student-made art, architecture, and design. The show runs until July 3. [10 a.m. to 6 p.m., USF, Gleeson Library, Geschke Center, 2130 Fulton St., S.F.]

At the public libraries

‘Movies @ Excelsior’: “Brief Encounter” (1945), directed by David Lean and starring Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard, is the featured film this month. [6:30 p.m., Excelsior Branch, 4400 Mission St., S.F.]

Homework help: Volunteers help K-8 students complete homework assignments, study for tests, and strengthen language and math skills. [3 to 6 p.m., Visitacion Valley Branch, 201 Leland Ave., S.F.]

Local activities

Metal band: The death-metal band Nile, whose songs are inspired by ancient Egyptian culture and by the writings of H.P. Lovecraft, performs material from its latest album, “At the Gate of Sethu.” [8 p.m., Slim’s, 333 11th St., S.F.]

Benefit gala: “Reclaiming Cinco de Mayo,” an arts gala, benefits the San Francisco Living Wage Coalition and Las Hormigas. The event includes an art auction. [6 p.m., Redstone Labor Temple, 2940 16th St., S.F.; www.livingwage-sf.org]

World cinema: The San Francisco International Film Festival runs through May 8. Today’s films include “We Are the Best,” Swedish filmmaker Lukas Moodysson’s teen-rebellion comedy. [All day, multiple venues; www.sffs.org]

Mexican music

Trio Sol de America, a mariachi trio, performs at the Chapel, in celebration of Cinco de Mayo. [8 p.m., 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

Gracias Madre: Chef David Perez creates organic, vegan Mexican food. The quesadillas de camote are a recommended appetizer. Ingredients include sweet potato, caramelized onions, tortillas, cashew nacho “cheese,” and pumpkin-seed salsa. For an entree, look for the pozole, a hominy stew not often found in vegan form. [2211 Mission St., S.F.; (415) 683-1346]

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