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Lectures

‘Monday Night Philosophy’: The program, with NBC Bay Area news anchor Diane Dwyer, explores the disruptive force of the Internet throughout the established news media. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Global town hall: The World Affairs Council’s Young Professionals International Forum holds its May discussion. “Religion’s Role in Society: A Private or Public Affair?” is the topic. [6:30 p.m., WAC, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]


Literary events


Kay Ryan: The 2011 Pulitzer Prize recipient and former U.S. poet laureate appears in conversation. [8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Francisco Goldman: The novelist reads from “Say Her Name.” [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Two film critics: Richard Schickel (“Conversations With Scorsese”) appears in conversation with David Thomson (“The New Biographical Dictionary of Film”). [7:30 p.m., Books Inc., 2275 Market St., S.F.]

Sloane Crosley: The essayist talks about “How Did You Get This Number.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Left Coast Writers: James J. Patterson (“Bermuda Shorts”) and Joanna Biggar (“That Paris Year”) are the featured authors. [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]


At the colleges


Richard Meyer: The author of “Outlaw Representation” gives a talk titled “Quarantined: Alice Austen and the Secret History of American Art.” [5:30 p.m., Cummings Art Building, AR2, Stanford University]


At the public library

Old-movie series: “Arsenic and Old Lace,” directed by Frank Capra and starring Cary Grant, is the feature attraction. [11 a.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

‘Mr. Mystic Live’: Bay Area entertainer Mr. Mystic performs a show of comedy and magic. [7 p.m., Sunset Branch, 1305 18th Ave., S.F.]

Funny biz: Kung Pao Kosher Comedy presents “The Second Anniversary of Comedy Returns to El Rio.” Five comedians will perform. London-based Shazia Mirza headlines the evening. [8 p.m., El Rio, 3158 Mission St., S.F.]


Local activities

American cinema: “Taxi Driver” (1976), directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Robert De Niro, screens with a new 35mm print. [7 and 9:20 p.m., Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., S.F.]

Clown show: The Picklewater Clown Cabaret presents its May show. Professional and student circus artists, comedians and merrymakers of all stripes take the stage. [7 p.m., Stage Werx Theatre, 533 Sutter St., S.F.]

Improvised music: Experimental guitarist Fred Frith and clarinet iconoclast Beth Custer, who have been improvising together for more than 17 years, perform a set of spontaneous music. [8 p.m., Yoshi’s, 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Luella: Chef Ben de Vries and general manager Leah Lidsky feature Mediterranean-inspired cuisine. Highlights include grilled portabella mushrooms stuffed with baby-vegetable ragout, with wild arugula. For dessert: strawberry creme fraiche tart. [1896 Hyde St., S.F.; (415) 674-4343]

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