Sept. 24: Free film screening, comedy and more 

Who's in town

TV host and author Tavis Smiley talks about Martin Luther King Jr.'s troubled final year in "Death of a King." [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Lectures

Thinking ahead: Mathew J. Burrows, director of the Strategic Foresight Initiative, leads a talk on "Alternative Futures: The World in 2030." [7 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Privacy lost: Adam Tanner of the Institute for Quantitative Social Science talks about privacy dangers on the Internet and the increasing intrusions by tech companies and retailers. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Literary events

Mother-son chat: Sean Wilsey, who described growing up in San Francisco high society in "Oh the Glory of it All," talks about his new book, "More Curious," with his mom, Pat Montandon, author and ex-socialite. [7 p.m., Hattery, 414 Brannan St., S.F.]

Graphic tales: Author and illustrator MariNaomi's latest work is "Dragon's Breath and Other True Stories," which includes nearly 400 pages of comics. [7 p.m., City Lights, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Author conversation: "Cloud Atlas" author David Mitchell talks about his new book, "The Bone Clocks," with Adam Johnson, writer of the Pulitzer-winning "The Orphan Master's Son." [7:30 p.m., Kabuki Theatre, 1881 Post St., S.F.]

At the public library

S.F. history: Photographer and author Janet Delaney talks about "South of Market: 1978 - 1986," her portrait of a neighborhood in the throes of urban renewal. [6:30 p.m., Latino/Hispanic Room, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

At the colleges

History lecture: Historian Gary Kurutz discusses "Romanticizing the Frontier: Anglo-European Encounters with Native American Peoples." [2 p.m., Sutro Library, SFSU, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

Families and food: The PBS documentary "Family Ingredients" explores food, family and culture in Asia and the Pacific Islands. [5 p.m., Xavier Auditorium, USF, 2130 Fulton St., S.F.]

Film screening: Dennis Hopper and Henry Fonda drive across a tension-wracked United States in "Easy Rider." [7:30 p.m., Pigott Hall, Stanford University, Lasuen Mall and Escondido Mall, Stanford]

Local activities

Pandemics Festival: Science writer Thomas Goetz speaks as part of the California Academy of Sciences' science festival exploring epidemics and pandemics, including past outbreaks and current research across the globe. [7 p.m., African Hall, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Stand-up comedy: Comedian Greg Edwards, who lived in San Francisco for several years and won the Punch Line Comedy Club's Dan Crawford Award, performs at the newly opened Doc's Lab. [8 p.m., 24 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Comedy from up north: Canadian comedian Phil Hanley, who has appeared on "The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson," performs. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Rock show

Everyone is Dirty tops a bill presented by the Bay Area Record Fair, an event Saturday that will include live music and direct sales from dozens of local record labels. [6 p.m., the Depot, SFSU, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

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