July 10: Serious sitar and other S.F. events 

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  • Sitarist and tabla player Ashwin Batish, whose music combines Indian classical traditions with popular styles including rock, jazz, and funk, performs at Yoshi’s.

Who’s in town

Sitarist and tabla player Ashwin Batish, whose music combines Indian classical traditions with popular styles including rock, jazz, and funk, performs at Yoshi’s. [8 p.m., 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Lectures

Pat McHenry Sullivan: The author of “Your Natural Genius” debunks the idea that geniuses are limited to brilliant, “amazing” people and discusses how we all can find our calling and shine. [5:15 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

New vehicles: Speakers discuss new urban vehicles that do not fit into existing categories such as bike or car and examine how they fit into our transportation landscape. [12:30 p.m., SPUR, 654 Mission St., S.F.]

Literary events

Darya Pino Rose: The neuroscientist, food writer and creator of SummerTomato.com talks about “Foodist.” [6 p.m., Omnivore Books on Food, 3885a Cesar Chavez St., S.F.]

Bruce Neuburger: The former farmworker and longtime radical political activist talks about “Lettuce Wars.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 2251 Chestnut St., S.F.]

Dawn Bohulano Mabalon: The author and historian discusses “Little Manila Is In the Heart: The Making of the Filipina/o American Community in Stockton, California.” [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

At the colleges

Hearing loss: Medical professor Robert Jackler gives a talk on the most common kinds of hearing loss and how they can be treated. [7 p.m., Stanford Hospital Health Library, 211 Quarry Road, Suite 201, Palo Alto]

At the public library

Film screening: “The Lady From Shanghai” (1947), Orson Welles’ noir thriller, is featured. [6:30 p.m., Excelsior Branch, 4400 Mission St., S.F.]

Research a building: The San Francisco History Center presents an overview of resources that can be used to research the history of a San Francisco home or commercial building. [7 p.m., Park Branch, 1833 Page St., S.F.]

Two comics

Mo Mandel, seen on “Chelsea Lately,” and Doug Benson, presenting his “7/10 Day Celebration,” perform stand-up shows. [Mandel at 8 p.m., Benson at 10:15 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Local activities

Indie pop: The Canadian indie-pop band False Priest performs in San Francisco. “Uncanny Valley” is the group’s latest album. [9 p.m., Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., S.F.]

Still groovin’: The Flamin’ Groovies, a San Francisco rock band founded in the 1960s, performs at the Chapel. [9 p.m., 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

Outdoor blues: Crosscut, a locally based blues and rock band, performs in Union Square. [6 to 8 p.m., 333 Post St., S.F.]

Nojo: The chicken-skin skewer is recommended. It is crunchy on the outside, chewy on the inside and very popular. The fried Japanese eggplant salad with Sungold tomatoes is also highlighted. [231 Franklin St., S.F.; (415) 896-4587]

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