Courtesy photoGeorge Thorogood & The Destroyers are performing at the Fillmore.

Sept. 23: Dance music, classic rock and more

Who's in town

Les Claypool and Larry LaLonde of Primus launch the new book “Primus: Over the Electric Grapevine: Insight into Primus and the World of Les Claypool.” [7 p.m., Doc's Lab, 124 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Lectures

India's future: India scholars discuss the country's new government, cultural shifts and emerging economy. [6 p.m., Asia Society, Bechtel Conference Room, 500 Washington St., S.F.]

Astronomy for everybody: Cosmologist Roberto Trotta of Imperial College London discusses concepts such as black holes, dark matter and the origins of the universe in plain language in his new book, “The Edge of the Sky.” [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Literary events

French cooking: Chez Panisse chef Jean-Pierre Moulle and his wife, Denise Moulle, speak about the French and California influences on their cooking and their book, “French Roots: Two Cooks, Two Countries, and the Beautiful Food Along the Way.” [6:30 p.m., Omnivore Books, 3885a Cesar Chavez St., S.F.]

Mystery novel: Kelli Stanley's new book follows private investigator Miranda Corbie on a noir adventure in the days just before the outbreak of World War II. [7 p.m., BookShop West Portal, 80 West Portal Ave., S.F.]

Upsides to online living: Sarah Granger discusses her new book, “The Digital Mystique: How the Culture of Connectivity Can Empower Your Life.” [7:30 p.m., Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

New poetry: Poets Maria Mazziotti Gillan and Jan Beatty read from their work. [7 p.m., Bird & Beckett Books and Records, 653 Chenery St., S.F.]

'Harem' book: Alev Lytle Croutier is marking the 25th anniversary edition of her best-selling book “Harem: The World Behind the Veil,” an illustrated history. [7 p.m., Books Inc., 601 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

At the public library

Radar reading: Local writers read from their favorite banned books for Banned and Challenged Books Week. [6 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Liquid art: “Water Work,” which explores the concepts of water and fluidity, opens with a reception. [5:30 p.m., California College of the Arts, 1111 Eighth St., S.F]

Local activities

Film screening: “The Connection,” a documentary exploring the mind's connection to health and recovery from chronic illnesses, screens in a benefit for the Preventive Medicine Research Institute. [7 p.m., Clay Theatre, 2261 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Music documentary: “This Ain't No Mouse Music!” documents indigenous music from New Orleans to Appalachia and beyond. [7 and 9 p.m., Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., S.F.]

Free concert: CelloJoe, who combines beatboxing, classical music and cerebral lyrics, is performing a free show. [8 p.m., Chapel bar, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

Electronic dance music: Arca, Total Freedom and Jesse Kanda promise to bring an audio-visual extravaganza. [8 p.m., Gray Area Art & Technology Theater, 2665 Mission St., S.F.]

Classic rock

George Thorogood & The Destroyers are marking four decades of music on their “40 Years Strong” tour. [8 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

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