Nashville-based Tristen comes to Bottom of the Hill

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Who’s in town

Novelist Arthur Phillips talks about his latest book, “The Tragedy of Arthur.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Lectures

Electric cars: Panelists discuss what they believe is in store for the future of electric cars. [10 a.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Xoliswa Sithole: The South Africa-based filmmaker screens recent work and shares her perspectives on poverty in Africa and how her films have been used as a tool to fight it. [6 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Eva Golinger: The Venezuela-based journalist gives a talk titled “WikiLeaks and U.S. Latin American Relations.” [7 p.m., Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, 2868 Mission St., S.F.]

Art-history lecture: Julie Charles, associate curator of education at SFMOMA, gives a talk titled “Picasso: From Politics to Passion.” [1:30 p.m., Legion of Honor, 100 34th Ave., S.F.]

Literary events

‘Thoroughly Modern Maupin’: Writers and performers celebrate the work and ideals of “Tales of the City” author Armistead Maupin. Marga Gomez emcees the show. [8 p.m., Swedish American Hall, 2174 Market St., S.F.]

Bharati Mukherjee: The India-born writer talks about her new novel, “The New Miss India.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View]

Jonathan Hayes: The novelist talks about “Hard Death.” [7 p.m., “M” is for Mystery, 86 E. Third Ave., San Mateo]

At the colleges

Chancellor’s Concert Series: Pianist Betty Woo performs a concert of Spanish music. [Noon, UCSF, Cole Hall, 513 Parnassus Ave., S.F.]

At the public library

Touring show: “Gustafer Yellowgold’s Infinity Sock,” a pop-music and animated-storybook experience for all ages, is in town. [11 a.m., Park Branch, 1950 Page St., S.F.; 3:30 p.m., Bernal Heights Branch, 500 Cortland Ave., S.F.]

Thursday film series: “Duck Soup” (1933), starring the Marx brothers, screens. [Noon, Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Get outside

Pedal power: Bike to Work Day events take place throughout San Francisco. Look for commuter convoys, “energizer stations,” “bike doctors” and a “Bike From Work Party and Fashion Show.” [www.sfbike.org]

Local activites

Acoustic pop: Nashville, Tenn.-based Tristen performs on a bill with Ezra Furman & the Harpoons. [9 p.m., Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., S.F.]

Bali night: The Asian Art Museum hosts a Matcha night. Highlights include “Makrokosma Bali,” composed by Wayne Vitale in collaboration with the gamelan group Sekaa Gong Taruna Mekar. [5 to 9 p.m., 200 Larkin St., S.F.]

Symphony concert: The San Francisco Symphony, conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas, performs Mahler’s Symphony No. 6. [8 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

American rock: Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers and the Famous appear in concert. [8 p.m., Slim’s, 333 11th St., S.F.]

Dining out

Citizen’s Band: Chef Chris Beerman cooks creative American fare. For a starter dish, he recommends the bacon and eggs, featuring braised and smoked Berkshire pork belly, and also the deep-fried soft-boiled eggs. His suggested entree is the fried chicken, served with southern spoon bread and Mariquita Farm escarole. [1198 Folsom St., S.F.; (415) 556-4901]

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