Sept. 15: Open-mic comedy and more 

click to enlarge The darkly introspective Los Angeles band Flaamingos is playing songs from its self-titled debut and new songs.  [9 p.m., Knockout, 3223 Mission St., S.F.] - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • The darkly introspective Los Angeles band Flaamingos is playing songs from its self-titled debut and new songs. [9 p.m., Knockout, 3223 Mission St., S.F.]

Who's in town

Retired four-star Gen. Tony Zinni speaks about the factors that determine a successful military campaign and the importance of going into war with a clear focus. [7 p.m., Marines' Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter St., S.F.]

Lectures

Constitution Day lecture: Judge Carlos Bea of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals speaks about constitutional issues concerning religion and public life. [4:30 p.m., Paul Brest Hall, Stanford University, 555 Salvatierra Walk, Stanford]

Aging and intimacy: Rick Nizzardini speaks about positive views of sexuality in later life in "Still Got It, Still Doing It: Sexuality and Intimacy in Older Adults." [5:15 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Energy sources: Alternative-medicine expert and author Deepak Chopra speaks about changing attitudes toward energy resources as a way to elevate public consciousness. [9 a.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Literary events

Bedtime stories for grown-ups: Rose Caraway and Rachel Kramer Bussel speak about "The Sexy Librarian's Big Book of Erotica," which includes sexy stories by Bussel, Salome Wilde and others, including Caraway, the sexy librarian herself. [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Lit Slam: Audience members are the judges in a monthly poetry competition. [8:30 p.m., Shelton Theatre, 533 Sutter St., S.F.]

At the public library

Homework help: Volunteers help kindergarten through eighth-grade students complete homework assignments, study for tests, and strengthen language and math skills. [3 p.m., Portola Branch, 380 Bacon St., S.F.]

Aging well: City College of San Francisco professor Hope Levy speaks about how staying engaged and keeping active can reap benefits for aging individuals, including free and low-cost activities in San Francisco. [1:30 p.m., Latino/Hispanic Room, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Urban design: Architect and urban designer Neeraj Bhatia speaks about balancing urban growth and management of natural resources. [7 p.m., Timken Lecture Hall, California College of the Arts, 1111 Eighth St., S.F.]

Local activities

Open-mic comedy: The newly opened Doc's Lab, located at the former home of the legendary Purple Onion comedy club, hosts its first open-mic comedy night. [7 p.m., Doc's Lab, 124 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Drug secrets: Director Eric Merola and whistle-blower Ralph W. Moss speak at a showing of "Second Opinion: Laetrile At Sloan-Kettering," which explores a cover-up regarding an unconventional cancer therapy. [7 p.m., Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., S.F.]

Theater preview: The Marsh presents works in progress. [8 p.m., 1062 Valencia St., S.F.]

Get funky: Los Angeles instrumental-funk group Vulfpeck is on its "Sleepify" tour. [9 p.m., Brick and Mortar Music Hall, 1710 Mission St., S.F.]

Rock show

The darkly introspective Los Angeles band Flaamingos is playing songs from its self-titled debut and new songs. [9 p.m., Knockout, 3223 Mission St., S.F.]

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