FILM: Hal Hartley fans can enjoy a double feature tonight and tomorrow night. Films include Surviving Desire, about a handsome young college professor smitten with a beautiful female student, and The Book of Life, in which Jesus Christ has second thoughts about ushering in the Apocalypse, starring PJ Harvey, Thomas Jay Ryan, William S. Burroughs and more.
7 and 8:15 p.m. // Roxie Theater (3117 16th St) // $10
LITERARY: Dennis Kruska, a California historian and bibliographer presents an illustrated talk about his recently published book, James Mason Hutchings of Yo Semite: a Biography and Bibliography. Kruska spent twelve years researching Hutchings, who had previously remained a "frequently cited but ultimately shadowy figure in the annals of literary California," and has "accorded Hutchings the scholarly attention he so richly deserves."
5 to 7 p.m. // The Book Club of California (312 Sutter St) // free
9 p.m. // Elbo Room (647 Valencia St) // $6