August 15: Best Coast and other S.F. events

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Who's in town

Brazilian jazz pianist, singer and composer Eliane Elias performs at Yoshi's. “I Thought About You (A Tribute to Chet Baker)” is her new album. [8 (sold out) and 10 p.m., 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]


Natural capital: Leaders of the Natural Capital Project and the Nature Conservancy take part in a discussion titled “Investing in Natural Capital.” [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Mountain Lake: Jonathan Young and Brian Hildebidle from the Presidio Trust discuss the past, present and future of the Presidio's Mountain Lake. [7:30 p.m., Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way, S.F.]

Michael Flanagan: The writer and scholar tells the story of how bohemian and Beat San Francisco blended — and didn't blend — together in the 1950s. [7 p.m., GLBT History Museum, 4127 18th St., S.F.]

Literary events

Leslie Helm: The journalist discusses “Yokohama Yankee: My Family's Five Generations as Outsiders in Japan.” [5:30 p.m., Japan Society of Northern California, 500 Washington St., S.F.; RSVP:]

M.L. Stedman: The bestselling novelist talks about “The Light Between Oceans.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 74 Town and Country Village, Palo Alto]

Yangsze Choo: The debut novelist talks about “The Ghost Bride.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Poetry series: The monthly poetry gathering presents its August edition. David Meltzer, Alan Kaufman, Neeli Cherkovski, A.D. Winans and Julie Rogers share their work. [7 p.m., Alley Cat Books, 3036 24th St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Midday concert: Kevin Wong and the BASSment, whose music contains jazz, blues and funk, performs. [Noon, UC San Francisco, the Pub, Mission Bay campus, 1675 Owens St., S.F.]

Art criticism: The San Francisco Art Institute's Art Criticism Conference presents a keynote talk by Julia Bryan-Wilson, writer and UC Berkeley associate professor. [7:30 p.m., SFAI, 800 Chestnut St., S.F.]

At the public library

Earthquake preparedness: Matt Springer, an associate professor at UCSF, gives a presentation on how to lessen earthquake damage at home and at work. [6:30 p.m., Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Room B, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

'Great Teen Book Swap': Teens receive free books with the understanding that they will give the library a bookmark review. [3 to 5:30 p.m., Parkside Branch, 1200 Taraval St., S.F.]

Indie rock

Best Coast, featuring the Southern California duo of Bethany Cosentino and Bobb Bruno, performs at the Fillmore. “The Only Place” is the pair's latest album. [8 p.m., 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Local activities

True colors: The Exploratorium hosts “Full Spectrum Science: Mixing Color,” an adult-geared evening exploring the physicality of color. Scientist Ron Hipschman speaks. [7 to 10 p.m., Pier 15, the Embarcadero, S.F.]

Night out: “Third Thursdays” night, in the Yerba Buena area, features extended hours and special events at culture sites. Venues include the Cartoon Art Museum. [5 to 7 p.m.;]

Album debut: Adam Partridge, also known as Atropolis (his electronically global infused alter-ego), presents his new recording, “Transitions.” Resident DJs Pleasuremaker and Señor Oz also are on the bill. [9:30 p.m., Elbo Room, 647 Valencia St., S.F.]

Ozumo: Chef Yo Matsuzaki creates Japanese cuisine. The grilled wagyu, featuring A4-grade beef from Japan's Miyazaki Prefecture, is recommended today. Available in only a dozen San Francisco restaurants, Miyazaki A4-grade beef is considered superior in quality to Japanese Kobe beef. Side items include tamanegi wasabi daikon, oroshi, miso-pickled garlic, yamamomo, tamari, and togarashi matcha salt. [161 Steuart St., S.F.; (415) 882-1333]


Turkish Film Festival: Closing day of the free fest features a screenings of “Turkish Passport” at 7 p.m. and “Romantic Comedy 2” at 9 p.m. [New People, 1746 Post St., S.F.]

'Neon Slime': The bill features 1980s films set in a glittery and grimy Hollywood: “Angel,” about a high-school honor student who is also a hooker, at 9:15 p.m., and “Vice Squad,” director Gary Sherman's killer-pimp drama, at 11 p.m. [Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., S.F.]


Mexican band: Son de Madera, a band from Veracruz, Mexico, home of son jarocho music, performs at the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival. [12:30 p.m., Yerba Buena Gardens, 770 Mission St., S.F.]

Hardwell: The popular international DJ (as well as marketer, record label executive and mentor) appears. [9 p.m. Ruby Skye, 420 Mason St., S.F.]

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