July 24: Cumbia jams and other S.F. events

Who's in town

Nigerian artist Ibitayo Ojomo discusses his paintings and the development of African art. The evening includes a reception and a viewing of the exhibit “J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere, Nigerian Photographer.” [6 p.m., Museum of the African Diaspora, 685 Mission St., S.F.; RSVP: www.artasmetaphor.eventbrite.com]


Economic forecast: A high-level panel discusses the outlook for the California and U.S. economies for the remainder of the year. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Sanjay Basu: The assistant medical professor at Stanford discusses how some austerity measures have led to large public-health problems and how this can be prevented. [7 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Muni overhaul: The San Francisco Transit Riders Union hosts a forum on the Transit Effectiveness Project, a Muni overhaul plan aimed at improving Muni service significantly. [6 p.m., LGBT Community Center, 1800 Market St., S.F.]

Burning Man: Co-founders of Burning Man, Larry Harvey and Danger Ranger, join “This Is Burning Man” author Brian Doherty to explore the past, present and future of the cultural festival. [7 p.m., Z Space, 450 Florida St., S.F.]

Andrew Sean Greer: The novelist talks about “The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Ivy Pochoda: The novelist talks about “Visitation Street.” [7:30 p.m., Kepler's Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

Brian Appleton: The nonfiction author, who has written extensively about Iran, talks about “Shamshone: Son of Assyria.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 2251 Chestnut St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Breast reconstruction: Stanford physician Gordon Lee discusses the newest techniques in breast reconstruction. [7 p.m., Stanford Hospital, Health Library, 211 Quarry Road, Suite 201, Palo Alto]

Public libraries

S.F. Library Film Festival: “Vertigo” (1958), Alfred Hitchcock's thriller about passion, obsession and acrophobia, is featured. [5:30 p.m., Portola Branch, 380 Bacon St., S.F.]

Legal Book Club: John Grisham’s 2010 book “The Confession” is discussed. [6:30 p.m., Fourth Floor, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Local activities

Cumbia band: Chico Trujillo, a Chilean band playing cumbia music seasoned with bolero, ska, Andean-folk, hip-hop, reggae and rock, appears. [8 p.m., Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

Kiosk museums: Two news kiosks in San Francisco (at Grant Avenue and Maiden Lane; and at Stockton and Post streets) reopen as street museums featuring “A World View of Puppets.” [Festivities: 11 a.m., Grant Avenue and Maiden Lane, S.F.; www.kioskmuseum.com]

Going 'Grey': The touring stage show “50 Shades! The Musical” is in town. Sexy doings occur in this parody of the novel “Fifty Shades of Grey.” [8 p.m., Marines' Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter St., S.F.]

Comedy show: Comedian Julian McCullough, seen on “Very Funny News,” “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” and “Comedy Central Presents,” performs a stand-up show. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Dining Out

McCormick & Kuleto's: Seafood dominates chef Liz Ozanich's menu. The crabcake with Meyer lemon butter sauce and crispy parsnips is a popular appetizer. The macadamia nut-crusted mahi mahi with fried plaintains, papaya mango salsa and guava butter is a highlighted entree. Also look for a classic cioppino. [900 North Point St., S.F., (415) 929-1730]

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