Rupa and the April Fishes perform in Union Square

Who’s in town

Stand-up comedy: Comedian Dov Davidoff — whose TV credits include  “Chelsea Lately” and “Chappelle’s Show” — appears in the second show of a four-day gig in The City. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Lectures

India and China: Experts on India and China compare the two countries and assess their present and future roles in the world economy. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Minal Hajratwala: The award-winning author of “Leaving India” speaks on what she says Americans need to know about the rapidly changing atmosphere of India. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

James N. Mattis: The U.S. Marines Corps general and current commander of U.S. Central Command speaks. [5:30 p.m., Marines’ Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter St., S.F.]

Cross-cultural communication: World Affairs Council series presents a discussion on select African cultures and how to conduct business and personal relationships on the continent. [6 p.m., WAC, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Dario Sattui: The entrepreneurial vintner appears in an evening of wine tasting and conversation. [7 p.m., California Historical Society, 678 Mission St., S.F.]

Literary events

Fatherhood anthology: Contributors to “Rad Dad: Dispatches From the Frontiers of Fatherhood” read from the book. [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Melissa Hamilton and Christopher Hersheimer: The food-writing and photography partners talk about “Canal House Cooking.” [6 p.m., Omnivore Books on Food, 3885a Cesar Chavez St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Informational gathering: USF’s Performing Arts Department hosts an open house. [8 to 10 p.m., USF, Studio Theater, Lone Mountain campus, 2800 Turk Blvd., S.F.]

At the public library

Teen reviewer session: The graphic-novel, comics and manga club invites teens to come and review new titles. [1:30 p.m., Parkside Branch, 1200 Taraval St., S.F.]

Dining out

Le Colonial: Chef Joseph Villanueva’s daily specials include whole Maine lobster, sauteed in garlic butter. Also recommended is the braised natural beef short rib, with rice noodles, bok choy and Thai basil. The short rib is slow-cooked and served in tomato broth. [20 Cosmo Place, S.F.; (415) 931-3600]

Local activities

Jurassic party: “Nightlife” at the California Academy of Sciences presents “Dinosaurs! NightLife.” Events include a fossil show-and-tell and a dinosaur-themed burlesque performance. [6 to 10 p.m., 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Meet the artist: Klezmer and classical clarinetist David Krakauer appears in an intimate evening of stories and performance. [7 p.m., Z Space, 450 Florida St., S.F.]

World music: Rupa and the April Fishes perform in Union Square as part of SFJazz’s Summerfest. The group’s music features Argentinean tango, French chanson and Gypsy swing. [6 p.m., Powell and Post streets, S.F.]

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