September 19: Sarod master and other S.F. events 

click to enlarge Amjad Ali Khan, master of the sarod (a 19-string fretless North Indian lute), performs with his sons and other musicians.
  • Amjad Ali Khan, master of the sarod (a 19-string fretless North Indian lute), performs with his sons and other musicians.

Who's in town

Tokyo-based artist Fujiko Nakaya, creator of "Fog Bridge #72494" at the Exploratorium, visits the museum to discuss her career, art and the experiences that inform her work. [7 p.m., Pier 15, S.F.]


David Bedrick: The counselor, attorney and author of "Talking Back to Dr. Phil" debunks mainstream pop-psychology fixes and discusses how we can find deep meaning in our struggles. [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Water issues: Speakers address the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, a proposal designed to preserve Northern California's natural resources. [6 p.m., PG&E Auditorium, 77 Beale St., S.F.;]

'Metro Revolution': Speakers discuss how people are returning to metropolitan areas and whether metropolises can take the lead in solving major social and economic problems. [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Sal Khan: The founder of Khan Academy discusses how his video lessons are transforming the educational divide by reaching millions worldwide. [7 p.m., Crowne Plaza Cabana, 4290 El Camino Real, Palo Alto;]

Literary events

Molly Haskell: The feminist film critic discusses "My Brother My Sister," a memoir. [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Amana Fontanella-Khan: The freelance writer and college instructor discusses "Pink Sari Revolution." [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Katherine Hill: The debut novelist presents "The Violet Hour." [7 p.m., Books Inc., 2251 Chestnut St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Women and science: "Women Changing the World Through Science and Innovation" is the theme of a symposium celebrating USF's new science and innovation center. [5 p.m., Berman Room, Fromm Hall, USF, 2130 Fulton St., S.F.]

At the public library

Paper crafts: The session covers how to make papel picado ("perforated paper"), a decorative Mexican banner featuring intricately cut tissue-paper panels. [6:30 p.m., Marina Branch, 1890 Chestnut St., S.F.]

Indian music

Amjad Ali Khan, master of the sarod (a 19-string fretless North Indian lute), performs with his sons and other musicians. [7:30 p.m., SFJAZZ Center, 201 Franklin St., S.F.]

Local activities

Bayview stories: "Sights and Sounds of Bayview," at the Bayview Opera House, contains live radio storytelling featuring notable people from the Bayview area. Food and music lead things off. [5:30 to 9 p.m., 4705 Third St., S.F.]

Restaurant launch: The extensively renovated Fog City restaurant reopens with a bash featuring music, cocktails and menu bites. Proceeds benefit Raphael House. [6 to 10 p.m., 1300 Battery St., S.F.;]

Blues show: The Selwyn Birchwood Band, an award-winning group from Florida, kicks off a two-night engagement. Sonny Rhodes opens. [8 and 10 p.m., Biscuits and Blues, 401 Mason St., S.F.]

Catch: Chef Jeremias Guerra creates seafood and land-fare dishes, California-style with Mediterranean hints. Recommended starter dishes include the crispy duck dumplings, served with pea-sprout salad and sesame-soy dipping sauce, and the tempura artichoke hearts, stuffed with Dungeness crab. For an entree, look for the sauteed blue tilapia, with tarragon risotto, white corn, and asparagus. [2362 Market St., S.F.; (415) 431-5000]


Thursdays @ Noon Films: The program features "A Better Life" (2011), a drama about an immigrant trying to start a gardening business to brighten his son's horizons. [Noon, Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Italian films: "Umberto D." Vittorio De Sica's postwar neo-realist drama about a struggling pensioner who is alone except for his dog, screens at 7 p.m. "Gomorrah," Matteo Garrone's mob tapestry, follows at 8:45 p.m. [Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.; (415) 621-6120]


Benefit for Virginia: San Francisco's Tamale Lady is the beneficiary of a club show featuring Grandma's Boyfriend, Scraper, Windham Flat and Quite Polite. [10 p.m.. Knockout, 3223 Mission St., S.F.]

S.F. rock: Local bands Hotel Eden and Bias Tape headline; Chief Enablers open. [9 p.m., Hotel Utah, 500 Fourth St., S.F.]


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