July 31: Tuku music and more S.F. events 

click to enlarge Zimbabwe-born pop and African-roots musician Oliver Mtukudzi, founder of "Tuku" music, performs a concert to promote his new album, "Sarawoga."
  • Zimbabwe-born pop and African-roots musician Oliver Mtukudzi, founder of "Tuku" music, performs a concert to promote his new album, "Sarawoga."

Who's in town

Comedian Adam Ray, whose credits include "Two Broke Girls," "Arrested Development" and the film "The Heat," performs stand-up. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Lectures

Fernando Iglesias: The Argentinean professor discusses revolts taking place in the Arab world, Istanbul, Athens and elsewhere and how they stimulate global democracy campaigns. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Larry Harvey: The co-founder of Burning Man provides an inside look at the Burning Man festival and talks about what makes it such a unique experience. [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Klaus Schmidt: The German archaeologist gives a talk on Turkey's Gobekli Tepe, regarded as the oldest human-made place of worship yet discovered. [6 p.m., Legion of Honor, 100 34th Ave., S.F.; RSVP: ancientart@famsf.org]

Literary events

Richard Kadrey: The locally based writer talks about "Kill City Blues," the latest novel in his "Sandman Slim" series. [7 p.m., Books Inc., 301 Castro St., S.F.]

Franny Stephens and Andrew Feinberg: The cookbook authors celebrate the release of "Franny's: Simple Seasonal Italian" with a crostini bash. [8 to 11 p.m., Tartine Bakery, 600 Guerrero St., S.F.; RSVP: www.frannysattartine.eventbrite.com]

Michael Hearst: The musician and writer gives a family-friendly animal-themed presentation celebrating his new book, "Unusual Creatures." [7 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Opera performance: Bay Area Summer Opera Theater Institute students perform Verdi's "Falstaff." [7:30 p.m., San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., S.F.]

Film screening: The program features "Seeking Haven," a documentary about Kim Young-soon, who defected from North Korea to South Korea. [7 p.m., Cubberley Auditorium, Education Building, 485 Lasuen Mall, Stanford University, Stanford]

At the public library

Salsa workshop: Destiny Arts Center Presents a salsa-dance workshop and fiesta for ages 5 to 12. [2 p.m., Portola Branch, 380 Bacon St., S.F.]

Animated feature: "Up" (2009), the adventure about an elderly man who launches his house into the sky with thousands of balloons, is the featured film. [3 p.m., Ortega Branch, 3223 Ortega St., S.F.]

African musician

Zimbabwe-born pop and African-roots musician Oliver Mtukudzi, founder of "Tuku" music, performs a concert to promote his new album, "Sarawoga." [8 p.m., Yoshi's, 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Local activities

Dance series: The San Francisco Conservatory of Dance's summer series presents "Arrowed," a duet choreographed by Bobbi Jene Smith of Tel Aviv's Batsheva Dance Company. [8 p.m., Z Space, 450 Florida St., S.F.]

Milestone event: The Romane Event Comedy Show celebrates its 100th show. Paco Romane, Bucky Sinister, Joe Tobin, Ronn Vigh and other comedians take the stage. [8 p.m., Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd St, S.F.]

Indie rock: Sebadoh, an indie-rock band with a lo-fi sound, performs at Café Du Nord. [9 p.m., 2170 Market St., S.F.]

Dining out

Colibri Mexican Bistro: Chef Edgar Castro's menu features the cuisine of central Mexico. The house-made guacamole served with fresh handmade corn tortillas is recommended today. Also try the mole poblano. The dish includes chicken, Mexican rice and a sauce of spices, chili, nuts and chocolate. [438 Geary St., S.F.; (415) 440-2737]

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