'Airplane!' star flies into town 


Who’s in town

Robert Hays, star of the 1980 film comedy “Airplane!,” makes a special appearance at SF Sketchfest. The occasion is a screening of “Airplane!” and an in-person salute to writer-directors Jim Abrahams and David and Jerry Zucker. [7 p.m., Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.]


Josh Silver: The Free Press chief talks about the future of journalism and Internet access, and about reforming media policy to ensure that the public interest is served. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Brian Greene: The physics professor, best-selling author and international lecturer, who is known for his discoveries in superstring theory, appears in conversation. [8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Literary events

Deborah L. Rhode: The legal-ethics and gender-policy scholar talks about “The Beauty Bias: The Injustice of Appearance in Life and Law.” [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Cavanaugh Lee: The debut novelist launches “Save as Draft.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 3515 California St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Stephen Dobyns: The visiting poet reads from his works. [8 p.m., Cubberley Auditorium, Stanford University, Stanford] 

Michael Weinstock: The architect from the Graduate School of the Architectural Association, London, speaks. [7 p.m., California College of the Arts, 1111 Eighth St., S.F.]

Nursing program: USF’s School of Nursing presents an overview of its master’s and doctoral degree options. [4 p.m., USF, Lone Mountain campus, Room 203, 2800 Turk Blvd., S.F.]

At the public library

Job Seekers Lab: Computers are available for creating or updating your resume, preparing job applications, and searching online for jobs. [11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Main Library, Training Center, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

World-expo documentary: Hourlong film takes viewers on a tour of the 2010 Shanghai World Expo. [7 p.m., Sunset Branch, 1305 18th Ave., S.F.]

Local activities

Political humor:
Satirist Will Durst headlines an evening at Club Deluxe. [9 p.m., 1511 Haight St., S.F.]

Community screening: The Roxie Theater screens “Bad Blood: A Cautionary Tale,” a documentary about how a “miracle” treatment for hemophilia became an agent of death. [7 p.m., 3117 16th St., S.F.; RSVP: rsvp@badblooddocumentary.com]

‘Night’ music: Pianist Simone Dinnerstein and singer-songwriter Tift Merritt perform selections from “Night,” their collaborative project. [8 p.m., Yoshi’s, 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Writer and singer: Amy Tobin, who performs original music and words and has collaborated with everyone from poets to punk musicians to drag queens to rabbis, appears in a cabaret salon. [7 p.m., Z Space, 450 Florida St., S.F.]

Tai chi class: Nathan Ng, who has studied with some of the top grandmasters in the world and is a two-time tai chi chuan competition gold medalist, teaches a tai chi class. [8:15 a.m., Borders, Stonestown Galleria, S.F.]

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