July 16: Dance festival launches and other events 

Who's in town

Journalist Belva Davis and Outdoor Afro founder Rue Mapp lead a discussion about a recent trip to Yosemite retracing the steps of black Buffalo Soldiers dispatched to the area at the turn of the last century. [6:30 p.m., California Historical Society, 678 Mission St., S.F.]

Lectures

Glimpse the future: Neuroscientist Adrian Hon discusses the trends of tomorrow and his new book, "A History of the Future in 100 Objects," in a seminar presented by San Francisco's Long Now Foundation. [7:30 p.m., SFJAZZ Center, 201 Franklin St., S.F.]

Turkish turmoil: Turkish political commentator Mustafa Akyol speaks about corruption allegations against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and other developments in the secular nation with a strong Muslim heritage. [7 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Medical update: Dr. Robert Rowen of Santa Rosa talks about recent advances in medicine with "Is Ozone the Miracle Cure Everyone is Talking About?" [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Literary events

'Ohlone Way': Author Malcolm Margolin and Vincent Medina, a member of the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe, mark the reissue of 1978's "The Ohlone Way." [7 p.m., Bird & Beckett, 653 Chenery St., S.F.]

Mindful book: Meditation expert Michael H. Brooks shares tips on mindfulness and more from his new book, "This. Only This: Mindfulness Strategies for Discovering Peace in Every Moment." [7:30 p.m., Books Inc., 2275 Market St., S.F.]

New novelist: Celeste Ng discusses her debut novel, "Everything I Never Told You," about a mixed-race family faced with tragedy in 1970s Ohio. [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building Plaza, S.F.]

At the library

Tai chi: Instructor Patrick Lau leads a session on the Yang-style form of tai chi. [Advanced beginner class 1:30 p.m., beginner class 2:45 p.m., Presidio Branch, 3150 Sacramento St., S.F.]

'Point of Pride': The documentary about the Bayview-Hunters Point community, featuring archival footage from the 1950s and beyond, screens. [6 p.m., Bayview Branch, 5075 Third St., S.F.]

Trips Festival: San Francisco journalist Ben Fong-Torres, a former Rolling Stone senior editor, discusses the influential Trips Festival of 1966. [7 p.m., Park Branch, 1833 Page St., S.F.]

Events

People in Parks: Shabang brings its Caribbean calypso sound to the plaza at 50 Fremont Center for a free concert in the Financial District. [Noon, 50 Fremont St., S.F.]

Mass grooving: The Polyphonic Spree crams its 22 members onto the stage at Slim's; Sarah Jaffe will open the show. [8 p.m., 333 11th St., S.F.]

Stand-up comedy: Louis Katz, who has appeared frequently on Comedy Central, performs at the Punch Line Comedy Club. [8 p.m., 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Dance performance Jaara Dance Project kicks off SAFEhouse for the Performing Arts' seventh Summer Performance Festival at the ODC Theater. [7 p.m., 3153 17th St., S.F.]

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