April 23: Yasiin Bey, drag "Facts of Life" and more 

Who’s in town

University of Southern California professor Viet Thanh Nguyen’s debut novel, “The Sympathizer,” follows a double agent in Saigon during the aftermath of the Vietnam War. [7 p.m., City Lights, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]


Favela question: UC Berkeley lecturer Wendy Muse Sinek discusses Rio de Janeiro’s slums, or favelas, as the construction for the 2016 Summer Olympics threatens to displace them. [6:30 p.m., Dominican University, Magnolia and Palm avenues, San Rafael]

Architectural marvel: Author Les Standiford looks back at the aqueduct that created modern Los Angeles in his new book, “Water to the Angels: William Mulholland, His Monumental Aqueduct, and the Rise of Los Angeles.” [7 p.m., Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera]

Literary events

LGBT fiction: Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha’s latest book, “Bodymap,” follows a “queer disabled femme of color” as she navigates chronic illness and disability rights. [7 p.m., Modern Times Bookstore, 2919 24th St., S.F.]

Literary launch: A party marks the debut of the third issue of the Macaroni Necklace literary journal. [6 p.m., Alley Cat Books, 3036 24th St., S.F.]

Dear diary: Heidi Julavits uses the diary format to deconstruct time and memory in her latest book, “The Folded Clock.” [7 p.m., Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd St., S.F.]

At the public library

Yoga and poetry: Maia Scott leads a yoga-inspired poetry workshop that flows into a yoga class led by Nancy Yates. [5 p.m., Library for the Blind, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Women and money: A financial workshop covers money matters many women face, including having children and managing finances after losing a partner. [6 p.m., Richmond Branch, 351 Ninth Ave., S.F.]

At the colleges

Egyptian poetry: Maged Zaher reads from “The Tahrir of Poems,” which contains his translations of Egyptian poems by Ahmed Nada, Malaka Badr and more. [4:30 p.m., Poetry Center, Humanities Building, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

Local activities

Stand-up comedy: Comedian Greg Fitzsimmons has appeared on “Conan” and “The Late Show With David Letterman.” [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Drag show: Learn about the “Facts of Life” at a drag tribute that re-creates two episodes of the 1980s sitcom about Mrs. Edna Garrett and her girls. [6:30 p.m., Oasis, 298 11th St., S.F.]

EDM groove: Electronic dance music duo Maribou State is touring to promote its upcoming debut album, “Portraits.” [8 p.m., Public Works, 161 Erie St., S.F.]

Hip-hop show: Rapper Yasiin Bey, formerly known as Mos Def, is headlining a hip-hop lineup that also includes Jahi As PE 2.0, Antique and Soul from the O. [9 p.m., 1015 Folsom, 1015 Folsom St., S.F.]


N.Y. flashback: The newly restored 1981 documentary “Stations of the Elevated” documents the graffiti and street life of early ’80s New York. [7:30 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., S.F.]

Comedy show: Wil Anderson, who has appeared on “Chelsea Lately” and the popular Australian show “Gruen Transfer,” is topping a comedy bill that also includes Chris Garcia and Shanti Charan. [8 p.m., Rooster T. Feathers Comedy Club, 157 W. El Camino Real, Sunnyvale]

Gala benefit: Big Bang Party After Dark is a fundraiser for the California Academy of Sciences. The $100 entry fee includes an open bar, interactive exhibits, light shows and music by indie-rock artist Toro y Moi. [8:30 p.m., California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Strange commercials: The Oddball Films archive presents “Ad Nauseam: Vintage Commercial Extravaganza,” a show of the funniest, weirdest and creepiest television commercials from the 1950s to the early 1980s. [8 p.m., Oddball Films, 275 Capp St.,S.F.]

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