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Patton Oswalt talks about ‘Zombie Spaceship Wasteland’

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Who’s in town

Comedian Patton Oswalt appears in conversation. His new book, “Zombie Spaceship Wasteland,” is an autobiography of sorts told through essays on Edgar Allen Poe and Dungeons & Dragons, among other things. The evening benefits 826 Valencia college scholarships. [8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]


Around town

Lectures

Life in China:
Matt Schiavenza, a UC San Diego graduate, discusses his experiences in China, where he taught, studied and worked for six years. [7 p.m., Museo ItaloAmericano, Building C, Fort Mason Center, S.F.; RSVP: (415) 673-2200]

World-affairs committee: The World Affairs Council’s Young Professionals International Forum Steering Committee meets to explore international affairs through informal discussion. [6:30 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]


Literary events

‘Feast of Words’:
Writers and foodies take part in a “literary potluck.” January’s literary guest is Faith Adiele, and the culinary guest is Peter Jackson (Canvas Underground). [7 to 9 p.m., SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan St., S.F.]


At the colleges

Physics colloquium:
Professor Andrew MacKenzie gives a presentation titled “Complex Oxides: A New Playground for Physics and Technology.” [4:15 p.m., Hewlett Teaching Center, Room 201, Stanford University]

Women’s basketball: San Francisco State hosts CSU Monterey Bay. [5:30 p.m., Main Gymnasium, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]


At the public library

City history:
The “Crossing the Street” display tells the story of the Portola district via interactive book installations created by artists Kate Connell and Oscar Melara. [10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Portola Branch, 380 Bacon St., S.F.]

‘Great Teen Book Swap’: Teens receive free books with the understanding that they will give the library a bookmark review by the end of the month. [6 to 8:30 p.m., Parkside Branch, 1200 Taraval St., S.F.]

Homework help: Volunteers assist K-7 students with assignments. [4 to 6 p.m., Mission Branch, 300 Bartlett St., S.F.]

Knitting session:
Instruction, in English and Mandarin, is for ages 13 and up. Experienced knitters should bring their own yarn and needles. [3:30 to 5 p.m., Chinatown Branch, 1135 Powell St., S.F.; sign up: (415) 355-2888]


Local activities

French music:
Claire Tremblay (hautbois) and Angela Kraft-Cross (piano) perform works by Francois Couperin, Camille Saint-Saens and Louis-Claude Daquin. [12:30 p.m., Old St. Mary’s Cathedral, 660 California St., S.F.]

Film and talk:
SFMOMA screens David Wojnarowicz’s short film “A Fire in My Belly.” A talk about its controversial footage, and about the freedom of museums to present all aspects of cultural history, follows. [5:30 p.m., 151 Third St., S.F.]

Young comedians: The “Young Guns of Comedy” showcase features emerging local comedians. Sam Davidoff hosts the show. Kabeezy is the headliner. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Kurosawa and Mifune: Viz Cinema is presenting a series of Akira Kurosawa’s films featuring Toshiro Mifune. Screening today: “Drunken Angel” (4:30 p.m.) and “Stray Dog” (7:15 p.m.). [1746 Post St., S.F.]


Soul Singer:
Grammy-nominated soul and R&B artist Anthony David performs at Yoshi’s. [8 p.m., 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]


Dining out

Mission Beach Cafe:
Chef Trevor Ogden is featuring “Pot Pie Tuesday.” Diners can choose one of options — seafood, rabbit, Prather Ranch short rib or vegetable — from this weekly winterlong menu. [198 Guerrero St., S.F., (415) 861-0198]