May 23: Laughs at Punch Line and Z Space, and more San Francisco events 

click to enlarge Barry Rothbart, seen on “Punk’d” and the “Tonight” show with Jay Leno, performs tonight at Punch Line Comedy Club. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • Barry Rothbart, seen on “Punk’d” and the “Tonight” show with Jay Leno, performs tonight at Punch Line Comedy Club.

Who’s in town

  • Comedian Barry Rothbart, seen on “Punk’d” and the “Tonight” show with Jay Leno, performs. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]


  • Paul Farmer: The physician, medical anthropologist and humanitarian, whose latest book is “Haiti: After the Earthquake,” appears in conversation with Adam Hochschild. [7:30 p.m., Nourse Theater, 275 Hayes St., S.F.]
  • Art lecture: Curator Timothy Anglin Burgard gives a talk titled “The Curator’s View: Richard Diebenkorn: The Berkeley Years.” [10 a.m., de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Literary events

  • Kevin Smokler: The essayist discusses “Practical Classics: 50 Reasons to Reread 50 Books You Haven’t Touched Since High School.” [7:30 p.m., Kepler’s Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]
  • Greg Wrenn: The poet discusses his debut collection, “Centaur.” [7:30 p.m., Books Inc., 2275 Market St., S.F.]
  • Two novelists: Joanna Hershon (“A Dual Inheritance”) and Hilary Reyl (“Lessons in French”) present their novels. [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]
  • Lori Eanes: The photographer talks about “Backyard Roots: Lessons on Living Local From 35 Urban Farmers.” [6 p.m., Omnivore Books on Food, 3885a Cesar Chavez St., S.F.]

At the colleges

  • Philip Cohen: The Maryland-based sociology professor gives a talk titled “Gay Marriage, the Supreme Court, and the Politics of Sociology.” [4:15 p.m., Levinthal Hall, Humanities Center, 424 Santa Teresa St., Stanford University, Stanford]

At the public library

  • ‘Thursdays @ Noon Films’: Michael Moore’s documentary “Fahrenheit 911” (2004) is featured. [Noon, Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]
  • Job-searching class: “Job Searching With Social Media” is the focus of this computer class. [6 p.m., Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Room, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Touch of Glass

  • The evening, part of a Philip Glass 75th-birthday celebration, features an appearance by the Philip Glass Ensemble and a screening of Jean Cocteau’s “La Belle et La Bete” (1946). [8 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 700 Howard St., S.F.]

Local activities

  • Comic monologue: Josh Kornbluth performs “Love and Taxes,” his comic monologue about a man who must get out of a bad tax situation before his baby is born. The evening benefits Z Space. [8 p.m., Z Space, 450 Florida St., S.F.]
  • Beat portraits: The Contemporary Jewish Museum hosts an opening event for the exhibit “Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg.” The evening includes a pop-up poetry salon. [6:30 p.m., 736 Mission St., S.F.]
  • Ride the rail: Californians for High Speed Rail honor U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi with a “champion of high-speed rail” award at a luncheon event with special guest, high speed rail advocate and former Assembly menber Fiona Ma. [Noon, SPUR, 654 Mission St., S.F.]
  •  Blues guitarist: Louisiana blues and slide guitarist Sonny Landreth performs at Yoshi’s. “Elemental Journey,” an all-instrumental work, is his latest album. [8 p.m., 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]


  • Chancellor’s Concert Series: Violinist Dan Carlson and pianist June Choi Oh perform Franck’s Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major. [Noon, UCSF, Millberry Union Event and Meeting Center, 500 Parnassus Ave., S.F.]


  • Dueling pianos: Guests pick the set list at the popular merry musical sing-along. [9:30 p.m., Johnny Foley’s Irish House, 243 O’Farrell St., S.F.]


  • Group show: “Mayhem” is a large, anarchic show featuring works by artists from Alabama, Alaska, California, Illinois, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas juried Alan Bamberger of [1 to 6 p.m., Arc Studios & Gallery, 1246 Folsom St., S.F.]
  • New works: Artists Travis Kerkela, Joe Enos and Andrew Mills display creations in a exhibit called “The Alembic.” [5 to 8 p.m., Incline Gallery, 766 Valencia St., S.F.]

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