August 7: Vidya and other SF events 

click to enlarge Vidya, which combines South Indian classical music and jazz sounds, performs.
  • Vidya, which combines South Indian classical music and jazz sounds, performs.
Who’s in town

Billed as the “legendary, pimpadelic funkmaster,” Morris Day brings The Time to The City on the 30th anniversary of Prince’s “Purple Rain,” which featured Day and the band. [8 and 10 p.m., Yoshi’s, 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]


Food forum: Investigative journalist Nina Teicholz talks about changing perceptions of a healthy diet in “The Big Fat Surprise — Are Butter, Meat and Cheese Healthy?” [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

AIDS vaccine: Dr. Donald Francis speaks about the latest developments in the drive to create a vaccine against the disease. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Literary events

New fiction: Psychotherapist Amy Bloom, a creative writing professor at Yale, discusses her new novel, “Lucky Us.” [7 p.m., Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

Trans fiction: Filmmaker Leslie L. Smith shares his new book, “Sally Field Can Play the Transsexual: Or I Was Cursed by Polly Holliday.” [7:30 p.m., Books Inc., 2275 Market St., S.F.]

At the public library

Science workshop: Aquarium of the Bay leads a workshop for kids in kindergarten through first grade explaining how humans have affected the earth’s environment, plus possible solutions. [11 a.m., Richmond Branch, 351 Ninth Ave., S.F.]

Thursdays@Noon Films: “Gay Purr-ee,” a 1961 animated musical featuring the voice of Judy Garland, screens. [Noon, Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Salsa sessions: Destiny Arts teachers show kids the basics of salsa dancing. [2 p.m., Ingleside Branch, 1298 Ocean Ave., S.F.]

Poetry: San Francisco Poet Laureate Alejandro Murguia does a reading in connection with the library’s “Serigrafia” exhibit. [6:30 p.m., Latino/Hispanic Room, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

At the colleges

LASER talk: Artists, scientists and philosophers gather to discuss their latest projects. [7 p.m., Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge, Stanford School of Medicine, 291 Campus Drive, Palo Alto]

Chamber group: Trio 180, currently in residence at University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music, performs chamber music and more. [7:30 p.m., Center for New Music, 55 Taylor St., S.F.]

Local activities

Mission planning: The Planning Department discusses the Mission Street Public Life Plan, which seeks to preserve the identity of Mission Street while boosting transit and public arts. [6 p.m., Women’s Building, 3543 18th St., S.F.]

Recognizing local writers: The Quiet Lightning literary group honors Bay Area writers in its “Neighborhood Heroes” program. [7 p.m., Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F.]

Stand-up comedy: Comedian Baron Vaughn, who has appeared on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” and the USA network show “Fairly Legal,” headlines the bill. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Blues-country hybrid

Memphis, Tenn.-based singer Grace Askew, who blends blues and country into a sound she calls “bluntry,” plays from her new album, “Scaredy Cat,” recorded at Sun Studios. [7 p.m., 50 Mason Social House, 50 Mason St., S.F.]


Stand-up comedy: Nick Griffin, who has appeared on “Conan” and “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson,” performs. Forrest Shaw and Kate Willett open the show. [7:15 p.m., Rooster T. Feathers, 157 W. El Camino Real, Sunnyvale]

Bingo: The Knockout pairs the ancient art of bingo with drinks, music and tacos every Thursday night. [7 p.m., 3223 Mission St., S.F.]

NightLife: “Illuminate” is the theme of this week’s NightLife, featuring live performances by Typhoon & Yesway, who will also be performing at this weekend’s Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival. [7 p.m., California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, S.F.]

Fusion group: Vidya, which combines South Indian classical music and jazz sounds, performs. [7:30 p.m., Red Poppy Art House, 2698 Folsom St., S.F.]


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