Jan. 15: Cornel West, jazz for Martin Luther King Jr. and more 

click to enlarge Rock anniversary: The Fresh & Onlys, who specialize in experimental, atmospheric pop, are headlining a 10th anniversary show for music presenter (((folkYEAH!))). [7:30 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O'Farrell St., S.F.] - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • Rock anniversary: The Fresh & Onlys, who specialize in experimental, atmospheric pop, are headlining a 10th anniversary show for music presenter (((folkYEAH!))). [7:30 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O'Farrell St., S.F.]

Who's in town

Union Theological Seminary professor and cultural commentator Cornel West is speaking about Martin Luther King Jr. and his latest book "The Radical King." [7 p.m., Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.; sold out, see commonwealthclub.org for webcast]

Lectures

Star watchers: UC Berkeley professor Geoffrey Marcy shares the latest discoveries of planets around other stars. [5:30 p.m. star party on roof, 7 p.m. talk, Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Invasive plants: Lew Stringer sheds light on the invasive species that have elbowed their way into the Bay Area, including ice plants, mattress wireweed and more. [7:30 p.m., Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way, S.F.]

Literary events

Book launch: Readings and music by The Molasses Gospel mark the release of "The Way Will Break You" by Minori Sanchiz-Fung. [6 p.m., Alley Cat Books, 3036 24th St., S.F.]

At the movies: Writer Tara Ison, who penned the screenplay for the cult comedy "Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead," shares her new memoir, "Reeling Through Life: How I Learned to Live, Love, and Die at the Movies." [7 p.m., Green Apple Books, 1231 Ninth Ave., S.F.]

At the public library

Small-business session: Corporate marketing professional Karla Erovick provides information on how small businesses can use social media to promote themselves and thrive. [12:30 p.m., Latino/Hispanic Room, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Digital archiving: A one-hour session covers the basics of personal digital archiving, including digitizing family photos, video and more, as well as organizing files for posterity. [6:30 p.m., DIGI Center, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Death and dying: UC Hastings College of the Law professor David Faigman and UC San Francisco's Dr. John Luce and Dr. Laura Petrillo discuss "No One Here Gets Out Alive," a medical and legal analysis of death and dying. [7 p.m., Exploratorium, Pier 15, S.F.]

War film: Stanley Kubrick's 1957 film "Paths of Glory," an anti-war look at World War I, is part of Stanford University's yearlong look at the Great War. [7:30 p.m., Annenberg Auditorium, Cummings Art Building, Stanford University, 435 Lasuen Mall, Stanford]

Local activities

Prison stories: The editors of the book "Inside This Place Not of It: Narratives From Women's Prisons," which includes 13 oral histories about the prison experience, are discussing problems and abuses in the U.S. prison system. [6:30 p.m., Museum of the African Diaspora, 685 Mission St., S.F.]

Jazz for MLK: The Marcus Shelby Trio is marking the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. with a special jazz performance interspersed with commentary and images reflecting the fight for civil rights. [7 p.m., Officers' Club, 50 Moraga Ave., Presidio, S.F.; RSVP requested at presidio.gov]

Dance improvisation: The "Sonic Body Series," part of the Fresh Festival, features a night of improvisation by dancers, musicians and other artists. [7:30 p.m., CounterPulse, 1310 Mission St., S.F.; www.thefreshfestival.com]

Rock anniversary: The Fresh & Onlys, who specialize in experimental, atmospheric pop, are headlining a 10th anniversary show for music presenter (((folkYEAH!))). [7:30 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O'Farrell St., S.F.]

Events

Autism benefit: The "Voices of Latin Rock Autism Awareness Benefit," which aids the Alex Speaks Foundation, features Richard Bean & Sapo, Salvador Santana, Blanca and more. [6 p.m., Bimbo's 365 Club, 1025 Columbus Ave., S.F.; latinrockinc.net]

NightLife: "Habitat Earth" is the topic of this week's NightLife, featuring a new planetarium show, music by DJ Midnight Artist and more. [6 p.m., California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

LGBT history: The documentary "Limited Partnership," which follows two pioneering men who legally married in 1975 thanks to a sympathetic county clerk and then fought to keep one partner from being deported to Australia, is screening in a free encore presentation. [7 p.m., Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., S.F.]

Stand-up showcase: The "Learn From Me" comedy showcase features Matt Morales, George Chen and more. [7 p.m., Doc's Lab, 124 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Comedy: Wendy Liebman headlines a bill that also includes Grant Lyon and Michael Montgomery. [7:15 p.m., Rooster T. Feathers Comedy Club, 157 W. El Camino Real, Sunnyvale]

Rock show: Lyrical rocker Freedy Johnston is playing music from his latest album, "Rain On The City," and more. [9 p.m., Hotel Utah, 500 Fourth St., S.F.]

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