March 12: Carsick Cars and other SF events 

Who’s in town

South African photographer Zanele Muholi, whose work is on view at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, appears in conversation. [7 p.m., SFJAZZ Center, 201 Franklin St., S.F.]

Lectures

Nicholas Dirks: The UC Berkeley chancellor argues that today’s citizens should continue supporting utopian goals of those who founded, supported and led public universities. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Neighborhoods on the Brink: The panel discusses displacement, gentrification, rising rents and the loss of affordable housing. Speakers include Supervisor John Avalos. [7 p.m., Bird and Beckett Books and Records, 653 Chenery St., S.F.]

John Zarobell: The former curator and University of San Francisco associate professor talks about 19th-century Paris patron Paul Durand-Ruel. [1 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Literary events

Rabih Alameddine: The novelist talks about “An Unnecessary Woman.” [7:30 p.m., The Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Sharon Kay Penman: The historical-novel writer discusses “A King’s Ransom,” the sequel to “Lionheart.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Rose Marie Beebe and Robert Senkewicz: The authors of “Testimonios” talk about their book and the lives of early California women. [6 p.m., California Historical Society, 678 Mission St., S.F.; RSVP: www.testimonios.eventbrite.com]

At the colleges

Michael Gillette: The locally based, London-schooled artist, whose work celebrates the fragmentary and jumbled nature of populist culture, discusses his work. [7 p.m., California College of the Arts, 1111 Eighth St., S.F.]

Mohsin Hamid: The novelist, whose books include “Moth Smoke” and “The Reluctant Fundamentalist,” appears. [7 p.m., Annenberg Auditorium, Cummings Art Building, 435 Lasuen Mall, Stanford University, Stanford]

Chinese rock trio

Carsick Cars, an indie-rock trio from China, bring their North America tour to town. Catchy tunes and explosive noise come together in the group’s music. [9 p.m., Brick and Mortar Music Hall, 1710 Mission St., S.F.]

Local activities

Symphony concert: The Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, with guest pianist Yuja Wang, presents works by Rachmaninoff, Brahms and Daniel Bjarnason. [8 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Flamenco guitarist: Latin Grammy-winning flamenco guitarist Tomatito, born in Almeria, Spain, performs in San Francisco joined by fellow members of his Flamenco Sextet. [7:30 p.m., Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon St., S.F.]

Stage drama: The New Conservatory Theatre Center presents “Yellow,” Del Shores’ award-winning stage drama about a complacent southern family rocked by catastrophe. [8 p.m., 25 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

M.Y. China: The wild boar scissor-cut noodles with bean sprouts, scallions and wood-ear mushrooms are popular and recommended. The wok-seared beef with Sichuan peppercorns and arugula is also highlighted today. [845 Market St., S.F.; (415) 580-3001]

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