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Midsummer Mozart Festival Orchestra Ensemble with flutist Maria Tamburrino performs

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Danish chamber-folk singer-songwriter Agnes Obel performs a show in support of her debut record, “Philharmonics.” [8 p.m., Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St., S.F.]

Re-evaluating microfinance: Speakers discuss the state of the microfinance world today and what it might mean for the future of poverty alleviation. [6 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]
Carl Zimmer: The science journalist talks about the dynamics and evolution of viruses. The Long Now Foundation presents the talk. [7:30 p.m., Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center, S.F.]
Gary Shapiro: The CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association and author of “The Comeback” discusses how consumer electronics is driving innovation in the United States and abroad. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]
Bruce Bodaken: The CEO of Blue Shield of California discusses new initiatives to address rising health care costs in the context of national health care reform. [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]
Home-mortgage interest: “Should Home Mortgage Interest Continue to Be Tax Deductible?” is the topic of an open-floor debate. [7 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Vendela Vida and Jennifer Egan: The authors of the novels “The Lovers” and “A Visit From the Goon Squad,” respectively, appear in conversation with Michael Krasny. [8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]
Michael McClure and Jerome Rothenberg: The poets and friends read from select works. [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]
Erik Larson: The nonfiction author talks about “In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Seth Fletcher: The science journalist discusses superbatteries, electric cars and the new lithium economy. Drew Baglino of Tesla Motors also speaks. [6 p.m., Mechanics’ Institute, 57 Post St., S.F.]


LGBT cinema: Program provides a preview of the Hormel Center’s comprehensive archive of Frameline’s San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival. [6 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]
Library tour: Tour of the Main Library reveals the results of the $6 million first-floor facelift received by the Civic Center institution. [Noon, Atrium (meet at information desk), Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]


Lunchtime music: The Midsummer Mozart Festival Orchestra Ensemble, with flutist Maria Tamburrino, performs. Noontime Concerts presents the program. [12:30 p.m., Old St. Mary’s Cathedral, 660 California St., S.F.]
Theater double bill: Fury Factory Festival, celebrating ensemble theater, presents “All I Wanted to Say” by Silvia Girardi Acting and “Getting to Know Yu-gen” by Theatre of Yugen. [7:30 p.m., Noh Space, 2840 Mariposa St., S.F.]
Modern life: “Playtime,” Jacques Tati’s 1967 comic film about confusion in the age of technology, featuring endearingly clumsy Monsieur Hulot, screens as part of the 77mm Festival. [5 and 8 p.m., Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.]


Amber India Restaurant: Chef Sandeep Basrur’s three-course Dine About Town dinner ($34.95) is highlighted today. Appetizer options include palak chaat and Baluchi chicken tikka. Main-course choices include butter chicken (a signature dish) and badam bhara baingan (eggplant with caramelized onions and almonds). For dessert: sorbet or gulab jamun (warm milk dumplings in rose-flavored syrup.) [25 Yerba Buena Lane, S.F.; (415) 777-0500]

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