July 1: Prince Rama and more S.F. events 

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  • The psych-rock group Prince Rama, whose shows feature elements of psychedelic ceremony and performance art, brings its tour to San Francisco.

Who's in town

Physicist Cristiano Galbiati, a noted investigator in the effort to detect dark matter in the universe, speaks at Stanford University's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, discussing the work of the DarkSide program of the National Laboratory of Gran Sasso, in Italy. [4:15 p.m., Kavli Auditorium, 2575 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park]

Lectures

Michael Fullilove: The historian tells the untold story of the five special envoys sent by Franklin Roosevelt on dramatic missions to Europe in the lead-up to the U.S. entry into World War II. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Sunday Streets meeting: Livable City and Sunday Streets host a community meeting to discuss the future of the Sunday Streets event on 24th Street in the Mission district. [6 p.m., Modern Times Bookstore, 2919 24th St., S.F.]

Literary events

Finn Brunton: The assistant professor of information at the University of Michigan talks about "Spam: A Shadow History of the Internet." [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Michael Spurgeon: The novelist, interviewed by journalist Paul Wilner, talks about "Let the Water Hold Me Down." [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

John Sundstrom: The chef discusses "Lark: Cooking Against the Grain." [6 p.m., Omnivore Books on Food, 3885a Cesar Chavez St., S.F.]

Book discussion: Literature lovers meet to discuss "Chango's Beads and Two-Tone Shoes" by William Kennedy. [5:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Public health careers: USF hosts a meeting for those interested in its Master of Public Health program. [4 p.m., Lone Mountain Campus, Presentation Room, No. 216, University of San Francisco, 2800 Turk Blvd., S.F.]

At the public library

'First Monday Movies': "The Divorcee" (1930), directed by Robert Z. Leonard and featuring Norma Shearer, is July's featured film. [6:30 p.m., Excelsior Branch, 4400 Mission St., S.F.]

Learn to knit: Participants can learn the basics of knitting and create a flower accessory in this session for ages 10 and up. Yarn and needles are provided. [4 p.m., Glen Park Branch, 2825 Diamond St., S.F.]

Psychedelic rock

The psych-rock group Prince Rama, whose shows feature elements of psychedelic ceremony and performance art, brings its tour to San Francisco. [9 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

Local activities

Literary fundraiser: Radio Silence magazine and Stag Dining Group host a fundraiser with author Tobias Wolff. Dinner, wine, a reading and live jazz are on the bill. [7 p.m., Verdi Club, 2424 Mariposa St., S.F.; www.maintainradiosilence.com]

Clown cabaret: Picklewater Clown Cabaret presents a circus-arts show benefiting the family of seriously injured circus-community member Juan Cardenas. Local clown Jeff Raz emcees. [8 p.m., Stage Werx, 446 Valencia St., S.F.]

Dance class: Swing or Nothing classes teach how to dance the Lindy Hop. No partner is needed. [7 p.m. (beginner) and 8:30 p.m. (intermediate), Women's Building, 3543 18th St., S.F.; www.swingornothing.com/mondays]

Japanese music: Koto (Japanese harp) master Tomoko Sunazaki performs a small concert in Golden Gate Park's Japanese Tea Garden, joined by shakuhachi (bamboo flute) master Masayuki Koga. [2 p.m., www.japaneseteagardensf.com]

Tacolicious: Tacos are a prime attraction. Recommended fillings include fried local rock cod with cabbage and tangy crema; "shot-and-a-beer braised chicken"; and guajillo-braised beef short rib. Non-taco highlights include the ahi-tuna tostada and a popular dessert — traditional churros with Mexican hot chocolate. [741 Valencia St., S.F., (415) 626-1344]

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