Jan. 29: The Wailers, jazzy comedy and more 

click to enlarge Reggae jam: The Wailers, Bob Marley's band, kick off three sold-out nights by playing the "Exodus" album in its entirety. [9 p.m., Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.] - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • Reggae jam: The Wailers, Bob Marley's band, kick off three sold-out nights by playing the "Exodus" album in its entirety. [9 p.m., Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

Who's in town

Julián Castro, secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, speaks about how energy-efficient buildings can combat climate change. [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]


View of Iran: Iranian journalist Nazila Fathi weighs in on the challenges facing the turbulent Middle Eastern nation and where it's headed. [7 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Literary events

Bay Area love story: Attorney and author Barbara Rhine is reading from her book "Tell No Lies," which explores the love triangle between a black militant, a farmworker organizer and a Berkeley feminist. [7 p.m., Modern Times, 2919 24th St., S.F.]

Environmental justice: Co-editor Joshua Russell Kahn is sharing stories from "A Line in the Tar Sands: Struggles for Environmental Justice." [7 p.m., Green Arcade, 1680 Market St., S.F.]

New dystopia: Robert Repino is marking the release of his debut novel, the dystopian "Mort(e)." [7 p.m., Green Apple Books, 506 Clement St., S.F.]

Writer talk: Bich Minh Nguyen and Yiyun Li share thoughts on their new novels, respectively, the Laura Ingalls Wilder mystery "Pioneer Girl" and murder tale "Kinder Than Solitude." [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building Plaza, S.F.]

At the public library

Pan-Pacific expo: "Come to the Water: African Americans at the Panama Pacific International Exposition" is a preview of an exhibit focusing on the black community and the landmark 1915 world's fair. [6 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Opening reception: An opening reception for the exhibit "From 'Mississippi Freedom Summer 1964' to 'Hands Up Don't Shoot, Ferguson, 2014': Battling the 'Old Jim Crow' and the 'New Jim Crow" includes a panel discussion and film clips illuminating the fight for civil rights. [4:30-5:30 p.m. reception, 6 p.m. panel, Conlan Hall, City College of San Francisco, 50 Phelan Ave., S.F.]

Sound artist: Performance artist and musician Christina Kubisch discusses her decadeslong career. [6 p.m., Timken Lecture Hall, California College of the Arts, 1111 Eighth St., S.F.]

Local activities

Art reception: Jeremiah Barber and Ingrid Rojas Contreras, artistic collaborators as well as husband and wife, speak at a reception for their exhibit "The Marvelous Real (Lo Real Maravilloso)." [5 p.m., Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, 2868 Mission St., S.F.]

Guitar rock: Guitar goddess Pamela Parker plays music from her latest album, "Evolutionary Process." [8 p.m., Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St., S.F.]

Jazz comedy jam: SF Sketchfest presents comedians Keith Lowell Jensen, Ngaio Bealum, Kaseem Bentley and Johnny Taylor performing with the accompaniment of jazz musicians. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Disappearing helium: Thomas Belcher, president of Underwater Resources Inc., discusses helium's vital industrial role, as well as troubling helium shortages on the horizon. [7:30 p.m., Exploratorium, Pier 15, S.F.]

Reggae jam: The Wailers, Bob Marley's band, kick off three sold-out nights by playing the "Exodus" album in its entirety. [9 p.m., Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]


Farmers market: The Mission Community Market combines tasty eats, live music, art, and plenty of fruits and vegetables. [4-8 p.m., Mercado Plaza, Bartlett and 22nd streets, S.F.]

NightLife: This week's edition of NightLife at the Academy is devoted to the SF Sketchfest comedy festival, with performances by the Groundlings, Competitive Erotic Science Fan Fiction and music courtesy New Wave City DJs. [6 p.m., California Academy of Science, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Special correspondent: "The Daily Show" correspondent Aasif Mandvi discusses his latest book, "No Land's Man," with "Mythbusters" host Adam Savage. [7 p.m., Santa Clara Convention Center Theatre, 5001 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara]

Stand-up comedy: Comedian Ahmed Ahmed, who plays Ahmed (of course) on TV's "Sullivan & Son," is headlining a night of comedy that also includes Feraz Ozel and Paul Green. [8 p.m., Rooster T. Feathers Comedy Club, 157 W. El Camino Real, Sunnyvale]

Record-release party: San Francisco's Will Weston is marking the release of his debut album, "Quiet, Sirens." [9 p.m., Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., S.F.]

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