July 30: Laughs from 'Sullivan & Son' and more S.F. events 

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Who's in town

Rock and country singer-songwriter Daughn Gibson performs at the Rickshaw Stop. "Me Moan" is his new album. [8 p.m., Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St., S.F.]

Lectures

Orville Schell and John Delury: The co-authors of "Wealth and Power: China's Long March to the Twenty-First Century" discuss the rise of China. [7 p.m., Cubberley Theatre, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto]

Michael Phipps: The director of the Friends of the Cable Car Museum speaks at the San Francisco History Association meeting, discussing San Francisco's cable car heyday. [7:45 p.m., St. Philip's Church, 725 Diamond St., S.F.]

David A. Hall: The author, professor and Buddhist priest discusses martial arts and the spirit of the samurai. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

LaborFest: Events include a forum on Northern California braceros, immigration, and labor and human rights. Speakers include labor organizer Al Rojas. [7 p.m., ILWU Local 34, 801 Second St., S.F.]

Literary events

Adam Johnson: The award-winning novelist, appearing in conversation with IDG News Service correspondent Martyn Williams, discusses "The Orphan Master's Son." [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Robin Chapman: The author and television journalist talks about "California Apricots: The Lost Orchards of Silicon Valley." [7:30 p.m., Kepler's Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

Tony Jupiter: The British environmentalist and sustainability adviser discusses "What Has Nature Ever Done for Us?" [7 p.m., Green Arcade, 1680 Market St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Stanford Jazz Festival: The Calvin Keys Quartet, featuring Keys on jazz guitar, performs. [7:30 p.m., Campbell Recital Hall, Braun Music Center, Stanford University, 471 Lagunita Drive, Stanford]

At the public library

Maxine De Felice: The author reads from her memoir, "May the Spirit Be Unbroken," which follows three generations of activist families. [7 p.m., Bernal Heights Branch, 500 Cortland Ave., S.F.]

Chocolate tasting: Program, for ages 10 and up, offers a chance to learn about and taste different kinds of chocolates and to make a truffle. [4 p.m., Parkside Branch, 1200 Taraval St., S.F.]

Comedy tour

The "Sullivan & Son" comedy tour, featuring cast members from the family-bar-themed TV series, comes to San Francisco. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Local activities

Funk and hip-hop: Swift Technique, a funk, soul and live hip-hop band with a three-piece horn section, performs a show in support of its new EP, "You Boys Be Aight." [8 p.m., Hotel Utah, 500 Fourth St., S.F.]

Alt-country band: Son Volt, an alternative-country and Americana band, performs at the Fillmore. "Honky Tonk" is the group's latest album. [8 p.m., 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Symphony concert: The San Francisco Symphony, joined by guest vocalists, presents Orff's "Carmina Burana" and Juan J. Colomer's "Fierabrass." [7:30 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Nopa: Chef Laurence Jossel creates rustic dishes featuring locally sourced ingredients at this gathering place north of the Panhandle. He recommends the olive-oil-poached local albacore. The fish is served with a "myriad of super-summery things," including green beans, boiled potatoes, confit of tomato, aioli and farm egg. [560 Divisadero St., S.F.; (415) 864-8643]

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