June 8: Lupe Fiasco, comedy and more 

Who’s in town

Philosopher, lawyer and atheist Nancy Ellen Abrams reflects on the possibility of finding something in the universe “worthy of the name God.” [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F.]

Lectures

Kitchen skills: A kitchen workshop teaches basic knife skills for easier, faster meal preparation. The $45 fee includes beer, bread and Vietnamese salad, which participants will help prepare. [6 p.m., 18 Reasons, 3674 18th St., S.F.]

Debut fiction: Emma Hooper’s debut novel, “Etta and Otto and Russell and James” plumbs the emotional depths of a quiet Canadian farm with a turbulent past. [7 p.m., Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera]

Literary events

Burn it: The Literary Foolery Cabaret whoops it up with featured reader DaveX, fire art safety manager at Burning Man. [7 p.m., Alley Cat Books, 3036 24th St., S.F.]

Poetry session: Diana Whitney, Allison Davis, and Shelley Wong are reading from their poetry. [7 p.m., Green Apple Books, 506 Clement St., S.F.]

Uneasy homecoming: Prajwal Parajuly’s new novel, “The Land Where I Flee,” follows four Nepali-Indian siblings who return to their ancestral home in the Himalayas for their manipulative grandmother’s 84th birthday. [7:30 p.m., Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

At the public library

Lunchtime: The library is serving free lunches to youths ages 18 and under through Aug. 7. [Noon, Children’s Center, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Portable newsstand: Library patrons can learn how to download full issues of popular magazines onto their computers or mobile devices with no fees or overdue fines. [2 p.m., Bayview Branch, 5075 Third St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Industrial design: Award-winning industrial designers share the role of aesthetics in their work. [5 p.m., California College of the Arts, 1111 Eighth St., S.F.]

Local activities

Comedy show: Minneapolis-born rapper Nick Peine was named funniest student at his alma mater, Boston University, and has appeared on Comedy Central’s website. Kevin O’Shea and Matt Lieb are also performing. [9 p.m., Doc’s Lab, 124 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Hip-hop showcase: Rappers Jayali, Jess J and Grind Savvy CT are among the headliners in the “Get Money Stop Hatin’” tour. [8:30 p.m., Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., S.F.]

Docfest: The San Francisco Documentary Festival is screening “Shorts 2: Don’t Call It San Fran!!!,” a collection of short films about a rapidly changing Bay Area. [7 p.m., Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., S.F.]

Rap show: Grammy-nominated rapper and producer Lupe Fiasco is touring to promote his latest album, “Tetsuo & Youth.” New York rapper Charles Hamilton is also on the bill. [8 p.m., Regency Ballroom, 1290 Sutter St., S.F.]

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