August 19: Dirty Heads and other SF events 

Who’s in town

Welsh musician and Beatles scholar Dulais Rhys outlines the band’s history, music and influence exactly 50 years after the Fab Four arrived in the Bay Area for a Cow Palace concert. [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]


Learning Latin: Miramonte High School Latin teacher Matt Davis shares the enduring appeal of the undead language. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Human rights: Khalid Malik of the United Nations Development Programme discusses pressing human-rights issues around the world and the results of the 2014 Human Development Report. [6:30 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Literary events

Author discussion: The Peninsula Parlour presents best-selling author Ellen Sussman (“A Wedding in Provence”) in conversation with prominent writer Lalita Tademy. [7 p.m., Books Inc., 855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto]

Writing help: Author Tamim Ansary leads a weekly workshop for writers. [7 p.m., Alley Cat Books, 3036 24th St., S.F.]

At the public library

Tranquility session: Meditation group encourages mindfulness and relaxation. [Noon, Gay and Lesbian Center, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Button crafts: Kids ages 8 and up are invited to create custom buttons for jackets, bags and more. [3 p.m., Parkside Branch, 1200 Taraval St., S.F.]

Homework help: Volunteer tutors help students in kindergarten through third grade. [4:30 p.m., Potrero Branch, 1616 20th St., S.F.]

S.F. suspense: Jimmy Stewart, Kim Novak and the city of San Francisco itself star in “Vertigo,” Alfred Hitchcock’s indelible tale of obsession. [6:30 p.m., West Portal Branch, 190 Lenox Way, S.F.]

At the colleges

Cake time: The “Someone Left the Cake Out in the Rain” art exhibit opens with a reception and screening of the film “We All Die at the End.” [5 p.m. reception and 7 p.m. screening, Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute, 800 Chestnut St., S.F.]

Local activities

Film festival: The Bay Area Global Health Film Festival includes short films on public-safety topics, including the needless 1.24 million traffic deaths that occur worldwide every year. [6 p.m., Public Works, 161 Erie St., S.F.]

Roller-skating night: Lace up your skates for the LGBT/Gay Night Roller Disco. [7 p.m., Church of 8 Wheels, 554 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Stand-up comedy: Yayne Abeba finds comedy in tales of growing up the child of Ethiopian immigrants in the Haight. Ronn Vigh and Kaseem Bentley are also on the bill. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Canadian punk: Polaris Music Prize winner F---ed Up brings its hardcore punk sound to the Bay Area. [8 p.m., Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

Reggae sound

Reggae-rockers Dirty Heads are touring to promote their new album, “Sound of Change.” [8 p.m., Warfield Theatre, 982 Market St., S.F.]


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