Sept. 16: Lil Wayne, Drake and more 

Drake and Lil Wayne throw down the gauntlet in an onstage rap battle. [7 p.m., Shoreline Amphitheatre, 1 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View] - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • Drake and Lil Wayne throw down the gauntlet in an onstage rap battle. [7 p.m., Shoreline Amphitheatre, 1 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View]

Who's in town

Shanghai-based journalist Dan Washburn discusses "The Forbidden Game: Golf and the Chinese Dream," which follows China's politically taboo golf scene. [6 p.m., Nixon Peabody LLP, 1 Embarcadero Center, Suite 1800, S.F.]

Lectures

New energy industry: Siva Power CEO Brad Mattson and SunEdison founder Jigar Shah speak about advances in the solar-power industry and boosting other sources of renewable energy. [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Online and off: OKCupid co-founder Christian Rudder talks about what our online profiles reveal about us. [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

New life: Bioengineering expert Drew Endy speaks about the impact of the annual International Genetically Engineered Machines competition, which challenges students to create beneficial new mirco-organisms. [7:30 p.m., SFJAZZ Center, 201 Franklin St., S.F.]

Literary events

Language of food: Stanford professor Dan Jurafsky examines the places where language, history and food intersect, such as how a South Asian fish sauce evolved into the omnipresent condiment ketchup. [7:30 p.m., Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

'Men of the Manor': Author and editor Rob Rosen shares "Men of the Manor," an anthology of gay erotica. [7:30 p.m., Books Inc., 2275 Market St., S.F.]

Debut fiction: Courtney Moreno speaks about her debut book, "In Case of Emergency." [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

At the public library

'Wild Woman': Folk-singing Renaissance woman Barbara Dane, whose life was recently documented in a radio program called "A Wild Woman Sings the Blues," sings a few songs in a night that also includes radio excerpts and a Q&A session. [6 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Sports: The San Francisco State men's soccer team hosts Dominican University. [1 p.m., Cox Stadium, SFSU, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

DA's story: District Attorney George Gascón speaks about his life, from his Cuban roots to being a high school dropout to becoming the first Latino DA of The City. [4:30 p.m., McLaren Conference Center, University of San Francisco, 2130 Fulton St., S.F.]

Local activities

Free concert: Gypsy-jazz group Le Jazz Hot performs at Mechanics Plaza. [Noon, Bush and Market streets, S.F.]

Stinky Cheese Club: Lovers of cheese (stinky or otherwise) unite at a monthly meeting featuring cheese, cheese and more cheese (and crackers). Bring a snack to share and get a free can of Pabst Blue Ribbon. [5:30-8 p.m., Bender's Bar and Grill, 806 S. Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Women in tech: Pocket Gems and Girls in Tech join forces for a discussion on how to increase diversity and inclusion in the gaming industry. [6 p.m., 220 Bush St., Suite 750, S.F.]

Rock performance: Mike Doughty of Soul Coughing performs a free set to promote his new album, "Stellar Motel." [6 p.m., Amoeba, 1855 Haight St., S.F.]

Hip-hop show

Drake and Lil Wayne throw down the gauntlet in an onstage rap battle. [7 p.m., Shoreline Amphitheatre, 1 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View]

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