Sept. 22: Katy Perry, comedy and more 

Who's in town

Journalist Ted Rall details his two trips to Afghanistan -- the second funded by crowdsourcing -- in "After We Kill You, We Will Welcome You Back as Honored Guests: Unembedded in Afghanistan." [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building Plaza, S.F.]


Wine tasting: Vinny Eng leads a tasting of wines perfect for San Francisco's Indian Summer. [7 p.m., 18 Reasons, 3674 18th St., S.F.]

Community journalism: The publishers of four community newspapers discuss "San Francisco Neighborhood Newspapers: Creating Healthy and Informed Environments and Neighborhoods." [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Style talk: Joe Zee, former creative director of Elle and current editor of Yahoo Style, talks about finding your own style and current fashion trends. [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Literary events

New poetry: Poet Patricia Lockwood shares her new collection, "Motherland Fatherland Homelandsexuals." [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Tales of war: Sri Lanka-born Nayomi Munaweera's debut novel spans decades of the civil war in the South Asian nation. [7 p.m., City Lights, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

S.F. crime novel: San Francisco native Patrick Hoffman, who worked as a private investigator and Public Defender's Office investigator for 10 years, introduces his new novel, "The White Van," in a discussion with Matt Gonzalez. [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

At the public library

Movie screening: "Sahara," a World War II film starring Humphrey Bogart, screens. [3 p.m., Golden Gate Valley Branch, 1801 Green St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Modern architecture: Mexico City-based architect Frida Escobedo speaks about her work. [7 p.m., Timken Lecture Hall, California College of the Arts, 1111 Eighth St., S.F.]

Banned book: Iranian writer Shahrnush Parsipur speaks about "Women Without Men: A Novel of Modern Iran," which was banned in her country and landed her in jail. [2 p.m., Humanities Auditorium, SFSU, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

Local activities

Music on film: San Francisco Contemporary Music Players host a Bay Area screening of the documentary "I Live for Art," followed by a Q&A session with filmmakers Ri Stewart and Renee Slade. [5:30 p.m., Center for New Music, 55 Taylor St., S.F.]

Memorial for Arturo: A multimedia celebration of music, dance, film and more pays tribute to drag performer Arthur Francis Galster, better known as Arturo, who died suddenly in August. [7:30 p.m., Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.]

Channeling Pink Floyd: The Australian Pink Floyd Show, which has visited 36 countries, brings the British band's music to life with live musicians, lasers, big screens and more. [8 p.m., Warfield, 982 Market St., S.F.] Pop show

Singer Katy Perry brings her "Prismatic" tour to the Bay Area with openers Tegan and Sara. [7 p.m., SAP Center, 525 W. Santa Clara St., San Jose]


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