The Daniel Castro Band performs at Biscuits and Blues 

click to enlarge Blues band: The Daniel Castro Band, specializing in the blues, performs at Biscuits and Blues. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • Blues band: The Daniel Castro Band, specializing in the blues, performs at Biscuits and Blues.

Who’s in town

Rock, folk and country singer-songwriter Erica Sunshine Lee performs a concert to promote her latest album, “I’m Still Me.” [9 p.m., Brick and Mortar Music Hall, 1710 Mission St., S.F.]

Lectures

Prasad Thenkabail:
The U.S. Geological Survey research geographer discusses cropland and water challenges relating to the rising global demand for food. [7 p.m., USGS, Building 3 Auditorium, 345 Middlefield Road, Menlo Park]

Film and talk: The program features a screening of “Light of the Valley,” a film about the 15th restoration of the Swayambhu stupa in Katmandu, Nepal. A conversation precedes the film. [7 p.m., Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St., S.F.]

Literary events

Laird Harrison:
The novelist presents “Fallen Lake.” [7 p.m., Modern Times Bookstore, 2919 24th St., S.F.]

Amy Butcher: The debut mystery novelist launches “Paws for Consideration.” [7 p.m., Women’s Building, 3543 18th St., S.F.]

Poetry night: Readers Bookstore hosts its Thursdays at Readers Poetry Series. Kristine Brown and Mary Rudge are this week’s featured poets. [6:30 p.m., Building C, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

At the colleges

Art show:
The Cantor Arts Center presents “When Artists Attack the King: Honore Daumier and La Caricature, 1830-1835,” an exhibit of pioneering satirical art. [11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Cantor Arts Center, Palm Drive at Museum Way, Stanford University, Stanford]

Open house: The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, which offers education programs for ages 50 and up, hosts an open house. [1 p.m., SFSU Downtown Campus, 835 Market St., sixth floor, S.F.]

At the public library

‘The Lost Garden’:
Soumyaa Kapil Behrens, of Bay Area Women in Film and Media, talks about Alice Guy-Blache (1873-1968), the film industry’s first female filmmaker. [6 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Chocolate Tasting for Teens: Event for ages 10-18 offers a chance to taste and identify chocolates of the world. [4:30 p.m., Portola Branch, 380 Bacon St., S.F.; (415) 355-5660]

Health

Blood drive:
American Red Cross holds a blood drive. Call (800) 733-2767 or visit www.redcrossblood.org (sponsor code: FIDMSF) for an appointment. [10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, 55 Stockton St., S.F.]

Local activities

Blues band:
The Daniel Castro Band, specializing in the blues, performs at Biscuits and Blues. [8 and 10 p.m., 401 Mason St., S.F.]

Laugh time: Dan Cummins headlines the stand-up show; Sandy Stec and Justin Harrison open. [8 p.m., Punch Line, 444 Battery St., S.F.]  

Rock show: Lusjoints — a new, more expansive outfit from musicians formerly in El Capitan — play a CD release concert. [8:30 p.m., Café Du Nord , 2170 Market St., S.F]

CD release party: San Jose-indie rockers Ugly Winner celebrate their second full-length recording “Inside Your Wave.” Big Mitten opens. [9 p.m., Hemlock Tavern, 1131 Polk St., S.F.]

Dining out

Starbelly:
Fiery spaghetti is a menu staple. House-made pasta, jalapeño, tomato sauce, basil and house-made bacon make up the dish. The restaurant’s chicken-liver pate is also recommended.  [3583 16th St., S.F.; (415) 252-7500]

Music

Collaboration:
Bluegrass and genre-busting banjo virtuoso Béla Fleck appears in a collaborative evening with the jazz-focused Marcus Roberts Trio. [8 and 10 p.m., Yoshi’s, 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Movies

Silent classics:
Charlie Chaplin’s “City Lights” (1931) and Buster Keaton’s “Sherlock Jr.” (1924) screen at the Castro Theatre. [“City Lights” at 2, 4:45 and 7:30 p.m.; “Sherlock” at 3:45, 6:30 and 9:15 p.m.; 429 Castro St., S.F.]

All is Welles: Redwood City’s Movies on the Square series presents a community screening of Orson Welles’ “Citizen Kane.” [8 p.m., Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City]

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