Cocky Asians comedy tour comes to San Francisco’s Punch Line 

click to enlarge Asian comics: The Cocky Asians comedy tour comes to the Punch Line. Comics Bradley Lum, above, and Mark Zhang give their take on Asian culture, relationships and families. (Courtesy photo) - ASIAN COMICS: THE COCKY ASIANS COMEDY TOUR COMES TO THE PUNCH LINE. COMICS BRADLEY LUM, ABOVE, AND MARK ZHANG GIVE THEIR TAKE ON ASIAN CULTURE, RELATIONSHIPS AND FAMILIES. (COURTESY PHOTO)
  • Asian comics: The Cocky Asians comedy tour comes to the Punch Line. Comics Bradley Lum, above, and Mark Zhang give their take on Asian culture, relationships and families. (Courtesy photo)
  • Asian comics: The Cocky Asians comedy tour comes to the Punch Line. Comics Bradley Lum, above, and Mark Zhang give their take on Asian culture, relationships and families. (Courtesy photo)

Who’s in town

Rock guitarist Pat Travers performs with his band. [8 p.m., Yoshi’s, 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Lectures

Oil pipeline:
Speakers discuss a proposed pipeline that would carry oil from Canada to U.S. refineries on the Gulf Coast, and whether it would result in energy security or energy disaster. [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

James Smith: The historian, discussing the former amusement park Playland at the Beach, is the guest speaker at the San Francisco History Association’s August meeting. [7:45 p.m., St. Philip’s Church, 725 Diamond St., S.F.]

Literary events

David Lebovitz:
The pastry chef, whose books include “Ready for Dessert” and “My Life in Paris,” celebrates the 40th anniversary of Chez Panisse restaurant. [6 p.m., Omnivore Books on Food, 3885a Cesar Chavez St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Art reception:
The San Francisco Art Institute hosts a reception for its new exhibit, “Transcultural Circumstances.” Art by Cat U-Thasoonthorn, Douglas Yee and Pallavi Govindnathan is on view. [5 to 7 p.m., 800 Chestnut St., S.F.]

At the public library

Mental illness:
The San Francisco Mental Health Association hosts a panel discussion on mental illness and treatment. [6 p.m., Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Room, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Mexican history: “Celebrating Mexico” exhibit looks at Mexico’s 1810 independence from Spain and the 1910 Mexican Revolution. [9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Main Library, International Center, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Local activities

Candidate debate:
San Francisco mayoral candidates take part in a debate. Topics include the economy. The event’s sponsors include the Potrero Hill Democratic Club. [6:30 p.m., International Studies Academy, 655 De Haro St., S.F.]

Piano concert: Noontime Concerts’ “Piano Month” series presents a concert by pianist Robert Schwartz, performing music by Chopin. [12:30 p.m., Old St. Mary’s Cathedral, 660 California St., S.F.]

Community dancing: Redwood City’s Dancing on the Square series presents an evening of community dancing. Today’s featured dance form: tango. [6 to 8 p.m., Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City]

Asian comics: The Cocky Asians comedy tour comes to the Punch Line. Comics Bradley Lum and Mark Zhang give their take on Asian culture, relationships and families. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Dining out

Citizen’s Band:
Chef Chris Beerman’s menu features creative American fare, and the macaroni and cheese is recommended today. The dish includes baked macaroni and fontina, Sonoma dry-jack fonduta, crispy onion and shaved pecorino. The fried chicken, too, is highlighted. Buttermilk-battered California poussin is served with Mariquita Farm escarole, Pinkie’s biscuits, and red-eye gravy. [1198 Folsom St., S.F.; (415) 556-4901]

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