April 9: Ghostface Killah and Raekwon, "Birthright?" onstage and more 

click to enlarge Ghostface Killah and Raekwon, members of the Wu-Tang Clan, are headlining a hip-hop showcase that also includes DJ Amen, Sellassie and Equipto. [10 p.m., 1015 Folsom, 1015 Folsom St., S.F.] - AP FILE PHOTO
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  • Ghostface Killah and Raekwon, members of the Wu-Tang Clan, are headlining a hip-hop showcase that also includes DJ Amen, Sellassie and Equipto. [10 p.m., 1015 Folsom, 1015 Folsom St., S.F.]
Who’s in town

Jon Ronson, author of the best-sellers “The Men Who Stare at Goats” and “Lost at Sea,” examines social media in his latest book, “So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed.” [7:30 p.m., Nourse Theater, 275 Hayes St., S.F.]

Lectures

Architecture talk: Architectural historian Mark A. Wilson, author of “Frank Lloyd Wright on the West Coast,” explores dozens of Wright’s lesser-known structures. [6 p.m., Mechanics’ Institute, 57 Post St., S.F.]

Pork persuasion: Atlanta chef Kevin Gillespie, who appeared on the sixth season of “Top Chef,” chronicles the culinary possibilities of the divine swine in “Pure Pork Awesomeness.” [6:30 p.m., Omnivore Books on Food, 3885a Cesar Chavez St., S.F.]

World War II story: Journalist Greg Archer examines his Polish family’s persecution under Stalin in the memoir “Grace Revealed.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 2275 Market St., S.F.]

Literary events

Bilingual poetry: “Voz Sin Tinta” is a monthly bilingual poetry reading and open mic. [6:30 p.m., Alley Cat Books, 3036 24th St., S.F.]

Tea and literature: Have a cup of tea and listen to a reading by Annameekee Hesik from her new book, “Driving Lessons: The You Know Who Girls: Soph Year,” which draws on her experiences coming out at age 15. [7 p.m., Folio Books, 3957 24th St., S.F.]

At the public library

Thursdays@Noon Films: “Crumb” documents the life of R. Crumb, a key figure in San Francisco’s underground comics scene. [Noon, Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Author talk: Jacqueline Woodson discusses her memoir “Brown Girl Dreaming,” which details life in the South during the Jim Crow era. [6 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Buy a car: Learn the basics of buying a car, from choosing a vehicle to financing it. [6 p.m., Richmond Branch, 351 Ninth Ave., S.F.]

At the colleges

Middle East diplomacy: Listen to a panel of experts reflect on law and diplomacy in the Middle East in an event honoring the late Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, a UC Hastings College of the Law graduate who was killed in Libya in 2012. [3:30 p.m., Mary Kay Kane Hall, UC Hastings College of the Law, 200 McAllister St., S.F.]

Local activities

Comedy showcase: “Mission Position,” a monthly comedy showcase, features Stefani Silverman, Stroy Moyd, Matty Goldberg and Michael James Benson. [8 p.m., Lost Weekend Video, 1034 Valencia St., S.F.]

Puerto Rican sounds: “Dancing With the Drum,” a documentary about Puerto Rico’s bomba music scene, is part of the CubaCaribe Festival of Dance and Music. [7 p.m., Museum of the African Diaspora, 685 Mission St., S.F.]

Feminist theater: “Birthright?” looks back at 25 years of highlights from the Medea Project, an arts-based approach to rehabilitation for female inmates. Women’s health and reproductive rights are also a main focus of the show. [8 p.m., Brava Theater, 2781 24th St., S.F.]

Rap show: Ghostface Killah and Raekwon, members of the Wu-Tang Clan, are headlining a hip-hop showcase that also includes DJ Amen, Sellassie and Equipto. [10 p.m., 1015 Folsom, 1015 Folsom St., S.F.]

Events

Evening picnic: Check out food trucks, cocktails and live music under the stars at Twilight at the Presidio, which runs through October. [4-9 p.m., Main Post Lawn, 103 Montgomery St., Presidio, S.F.]

NightLife: NightLife at the Academy is honoring late cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin — the first person in space — with planetarium shows, live music by Space Cowboys and a tasting of Ground Control, a limited-edition beer made with yeast that has been to space (yes, space). [6 p.m., California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Jazz story: Director N.C. Heikin and producer James Egan are appearing at a screening of “Sound of Redemption: The Frank Morgan Story,” a documentary about the sax player who survived three decades of drug abuse and intermittent incarceration before making a musical comeback. [7:30 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., S.F.]

Stand-up comedy: Comedian Brandon T. Jackson has appeared on “Showtime at the Apollo” and MTV’s “Wild ’N Out.” Paco Romane and David Nguyen are also on the bill. [8 p.m., Rooster T. Feathers Comedy Club, 157 W. El Camino Real, Sunnyvale]

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