March 10: Yaelisa and other SF events 

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  • Flamenco artist Yaelisa and her troupe, Caminos Flamencos, present a dance concert for all ages, taking audiences on a whirlwind tour of Spain.
Who’s in town

Violinist Ray Chen, winner of the Queen Elisabeth and Yehudi Menuhin competitions, makes his Bay Area recital debut, accompanied by pianist Julio Elizalde. [7:30 p.m., SFJAZZ Center, 201 Franklin St., S.F.]

Lectures

Home robotics: Speakers discuss why it is taking so long for general-use robots to make it into the home and examine the economic and social implications of domestic robots. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

George Hammond: The author of “Rational Idealism” and “Conversations With Socrates” explains the sources of cruelty and how deeply embedded they are in our pursuit of happiness. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Literary events

Julian Hoffman: The essayist, traveler and ornithologist talks about “The Small Heart of Things: Being at Home in a Beckoning World.” [7:30 p.m., The Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Book group: The Broken Compass Adventure Book Club discusses “The Forgetting River: A Modern Tale of Survival, Identity, and the Inquisition” by Doreen Carvajal. [7:30 p.m., Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View]

Playwright reading: E.H. Benedict gives a reading of “Party at the Garden of Allah or Lesbians in Pre-Code Hollywood,” her new play, for those interested in the process of developing new work. [2 p.m., Z Below, 470 Florida St, S.F.]

At the colleges

Women of music: Piano professor Victoria Neve performs a program of music by female composers. [1:10 p.m., San Francisco State University, Knuth Hall, Creative Arts building, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

Cathy Zoi: The former White House energy official conducts a seminar on the impact of government energy policies. [4:15 p.m., NVIDIA Auditorium, Huang Engineering Center, Stanford University, Stanford]

Mauricio Soto: The assistant professor of architecture at California College of the Arts and founding partner of the Studio for Lightweight Design discusses his work. [7 p.m., CCA, 1111 Eighth St., S.F.]

At the public library

Older Writers Laboratory: Poetry-writing group welcomes seniors. [10 a.m. to noon, Bernal Heights Branch, 500 Cortland Ave., S.F.]

Homework help: Volunteers help K-8 students complete homework assignments, study for tests and strengthen language and math skills. [3 to 6 p.m., Visitacion Valley Branch, 201 Leland Ave., S.F.]

Spanish dance

Flamenco artist Yaelisa and her troupe, Caminos Flamencos, present a dance concert for all ages, taking audiences on a whirlwind tour of Spain. [9:15, 10:25, and 11:35 a.m., Kohl Mansion, 2750 Adeline Drive, Burlingame]

Local activities

String trio: The Boston Trio, a string ensemble, performs at the Music at Meyer series, playing works by Haydn, Beethoven and Arensky. [7:30 p.m., Martin Meyer Sanctuary, Congregation Emanu-El, 2 Lake St., S.F.]

World cinema: “The Rocket,” a Laos-set dramatic film about a boy who enters a rocket contest to prove himself worthy, is playing at the Opera Plaza Cinema. [601 Van Ness Ave., S.F.; (415) 771-0183]

Folk musicians: Virginia-based singer-songwriter Diane Cluck headlines an evening of folk music. [8 p.m., The Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

Americano Restaurant: The “Dine and Shine” menu, celebrating the Bay Lights’ first anniversary, is highlighted. The four-course meal includes an avocado salad, pan-roasted black cod, smoked lamb loin and merguez sausage, and a cannoli. [8 Mission St., S.F.; (415) 278-3777] Correction: This article originally incorrectly said Devendra Banhart was a co-headliner for the show at The Chapel featuring Diane Cluck.

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