Feb. 3: Joyce Carol Oates, sketch comedy and more 

click to enlarge Rock show: Philadelphia psychedelic-pop group Nothing headlines a bill that includes Whirr and The Videos. [9 p.m., Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., S.F.] -  - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • Rock show: Philadelphia psychedelic-pop group Nothing headlines a bill that includes Whirr and The Videos. [9 p.m., Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., S.F.]

Who's in town

Joyce Carol Oates, who was awarded the National Medal of Humanities by President Barack Obama, is reading from her latest book, "The Sacrifice." [7 p.m., City Lights, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Lectures

Alzheimer's science: Scientist Patricia Renaut Spilman shares new advances in the fight against Alzheimer's disease and discusses lifestyle changes that could lower the risk of the disease. [5:15 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Master negotiator: William Ury, best-selling author of "Getting to Yes," discusses how to be a better negotiator. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Water crisis: Photographer Rudi Dundas, who has traveled the world documenting the hardships of people who lack access to clean water, shares stories from her travels. [6 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Literary events

Book club: The Women We'd Like to Lunch With Book Club discusses "We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves" by Karen Joy Fowler. [7 p.m., Books Inc., 3515 California St., S.F.]

At the public library

Chocolate tasting: Youths 8-18 can sample a variety of sweets in a Valentine's Day chocolate tasting. [3:30 p.m., North Beach Branch, 850 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Chinese New Year crafts: Artist Maria Fong demonstrates how red envelopes can be turned into paper fish in a Chinese New Year crafting session. Register in advance by calling (415) 355-5727. [4 p.m., Western Addition Branch, 1550 Scott St., S.F.]

Award-winning fiction: NoViolet Bulawayo, winner of the Pen/Hemingway Award, reads from her book "We Need New Names" and answers questions. [6 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Women in film: The Clayman Institute for Gender Research hosts professor Jan Krawitz speaking about her film "Perfect Strangers," which follows an ill woman and an organ donor on parallel journeys. [4:15 p.m., Serra House, Stanford University, 589 Capistrano Way, Stanford]

Local activities

Asylum documentary: Frederick Wiseman's documentary "Titicut Follies" explores the Bridgewater State Hospital for the Criminally Insane in Massachusetts. [7 p.m., Pacific Film Archive, 2526 Bancroft Way, Berkeley]

Comedy troupe: SF Sketchfest presents Los Angeles-based sketch troupe Good Neighbor, which features members of the "Saturday Night Live" cast. [8 p.m., Cobb's Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Stand-up comedy: Nico Santos, who has appeared on Showtime's " Pride Comedy Jam," got his comedy start in the Bay Area. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Live music: Pop duo The Blow is eschewing laptops and sound machines in favor of live instruments in its "Unplugged" tour. [8 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

Rock show: Philadelphia psychedelic-pop group Nothing headlines a bill that includes Whirr and The Videos. [9 p.m., Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., S.F.]

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