Oct. 8: Bernal Heights film night and more 

click to enlarge Rap show: Rapper and actor Yasiin Bey, formerly known as Mos Def, performs. Locksmith opens the show. [9 p.m., Mezzanine, 444 Jessie St., S.F.] - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • Rap show: Rapper and actor Yasiin Bey, formerly known as Mos Def, performs. Locksmith opens the show. [9 p.m., Mezzanine, 444 Jessie St., S.F.]

Who's in town

New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, who won Pulitzer Prizes for his coverage of Tiananmen Square and Darfur, speaks about people making a difference around the world. [6:30 p.m., Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.]

Lectures

Music talk: Songwriter Stephin Merritt of Magnetic Fields shares his love for wordplay and his new book, "101 Two-Letter Words," inspired by Scrabble. Merritt also performs a set. [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Literary events

Indonesian fiction: Publisher Lian Gouw speaks about Dalang Publishing's latest book, "Potions and Paper Cranes," by late Indonesian author Lan Fang. [7 p.m., Books Inc., 855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto]

Buddhism in the workplace: Shambhala Buddhist teacher Lodro Rinzler shares career advice for new generations in "The Buddha Walks Into the Office." [7:30 p.m., Books Inc., 2275 Market St., S.F.]

'Carbon Shock': Journalist Mark Schapiro reflects on pollution and its economic impacts in "Carbon Shock: A Tale of Risk and Calculus on the Front Lines of the Disrupted Global Economy." [7:30 p.m., Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

At the public library

Beat poetry: Feminist Beat poet Diane di Prima, former San Francisco poet laureate, reads from her first book in decades, "The Poetry Deal." [6:30 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Literary activist: Poet and activist Janice Mirikitani reads from her newest book, "Out of the Dust," and looks back at decades of social-justice activism in San Francisco. [4:30 p.m., Education Building, USF, 2130 Fulton St., S.F.]

Curating art: Curator Lisa Freiman of Virginia Commonwealth University's new Institute for Contemporary Art speaks about the hidden art of curating. [7:30 p.m., Lecture Hall, San Francisco Art Institute, 800 Chestnut St., S.F.]

Murders in Juarez: The ongoing murders of female factory workers in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, is the subject of a panel discussion, including the mother of one of the victims. [2:10 p.m., IR Briefing Room, HSS Building, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

Local activities

Free museum day: The first Tuesday of the month is a free day at several museums around The City. [9:30 a.m.-5:15 p.m., De Young Museum, 55 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, S.F.; 9:30 a.m.-5:15 p.m., Legion of Honor, 100 34th Ave., S.F.; 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Museum of Craft and Design, 2569 Third St., S.F.]

Film screening: Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema finishes up its 2014 season with a selection of short films, including "The Last Black Man in San Francisco" and "Bug Eyed." Filmmakers will be on hand to answer questions. [6:30 p.m., Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, 2868 Mission St., S.F.; www.bhoutdoorcine.org]

Rock show: Sonic Youth co-founder Thurston Moore headlines a bill that also includes alt-rock darlings Sebadoh. [8 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O'Farrell St., S.F.]

Rap show: Rapper and actor Yasiin Bey, formerly known as Mos Def, performs. Locksmith opens the show. [9 p.m., Mezzanine, 444 Jessie St., S.F.]

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