LECTURE: Jonah Lehrer of Wired Magazine and Radio Lab fame will be be talking about his latest book, Imagine: How Creativity Works, which shatters the myths of muses and “creative types” and argues that creativity is instead a variety of distinct thought processes that anyone can learn to use effectively, presented by City Arts & Lectures and the Contemporary Jewish Museum. (8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Avenue)

LITERARY: Litquake presents its 2nd annual Regreturature, featuring members of the acclaimed San Francisco Writers’ Grotto including Katie Crouch, Heather Donohue, Isaac Fitzgerald, Jeff Greenwald, Rachel Levin, James Nestor, Todd Oppenheimer, Caroline Paul, and Mary Roach, who will "sheepishly read works they may now regret, from fiction to nonfiction, blogs, journalism, opinion pieces, even diary entries. Emceed by Litquake co-founder Jack Boulware, with the piano stylings of J. Raoul Brody. (7 p.m., Verdi Club, 2424 Mariposa Street)

MUSIC: Tonight's installment of the monthly Penny Arcade music showcase hosted by Raul Sanchez will feature The Aerosols, Vows, David Dondero, Pancho-San, and Upstairs Downstairs. (8 to 11 p.m., Make Out Room, 3225 22nd Street)