The Sounds bring their tour to San Francisco. “Weekend” is the latest album by the Swedish indie-rock band.

October 21: The Sounds and other SF events

Who’s in town

Latin Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Draco Rosa performs at the Regency Ballroom. [8 p.m., 1300 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Lectures

Thomas Pickering: The retired U.S. ambassador discusses treatment and torture of suspected terrorists and examines recent task-force findings on past reaction to global terrorist threats. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Higher education: Speakers discuss how higher education is undergoing immense changes, including the rise of online education, and how this might affect the physical college experience. [12:30 p.m., SPUR, 654 Mission St., S.F.]

Global town hall: The World Affairs Council’s International Forum holds its October discussion. “The War on Drugs” is the topic. [6:30 p.m., WAC, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Literary events

Lauren Grodstein: The novelist talks about “The Explanation for Everything.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Gennifer Choldenko: The award-winning author of children’s books talks about “Al Capone Does My Homework,” the final installment in her “Tales From Alcatraz” trilogy. [6:30 p.m., Books Inc., 3515 California St., S.F.]

At the colleges Julian Castro: The mayor of San Antonio, Texas, discusses the unique brand of democratic governance that is required to shape the future. [6:30 p.m., Cubberley Auditorium, Stanford University, 485 Lasuen Mall, Stanford; RSVP: aragornq@stanford.edu]

Anoka Faruqee: The internationally known artist, who creates psychedelic, optical paintings, discusses her work. [7:30 p.m., San Francisco Art Institute, 800 Chestnut St., S.F.]

Master class: The Calyx Piano Trio works with students on interpretation and performance of chamber-music masterworks. [Noon, Knuth Hall, Creative Arts Building, SFSU, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

At the public library

Digital scanning: Session demonstrates various methods of scanning, capturing and saving archival images from microfilm and microfiche. [Noon, Magazines and Newspapers Microfilm Room, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Scary film series: “The Silence of the Lambs” (1991), directed by Jonathan Demme, is the featured film. [3 p.m., Golden Gate Valley Branch, 1801 Green St., S.F.]

Swedish band

The Sounds bring their tour to San Francisco. “Weekend” is the latest album by the Swedish indie-rock band. [8 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.] Local activities

Dance makers: West Wave Dance Festival presents “We Have This,” a work curated by Jesse Hewit and featuring five pairs of dance makers known for their unstinting commitment to their art. [8 p.m., Z Space, 450 Florida St., S.F.]

Gender illusionist: Female impersonator Randy Roberts, whose personas include Cher and Joan Rivers, performs a “Live at Martuni’s” show, joined by jazz pianist Tammy Hall. [7 p.m., Martuni’s Piano Bar, 4 Valencia St., S.F.]

Singer-songwriter: Vermont-based pop and R&B singer-songwriter Myra Flynn performs at Café Du Nord. “Half Pigeon” is her latest album. [7:30 p.m., 2170 Market St., S.F.]

Parallel 37: The flank steak, with young coconut and green curry, is a popular and recommended dish. Also look for the chicken wings with poached egg, cannellini beans and persimmon. [Ritz-Carlton, 600 Stockton St., S.F.; (415) 773-6168]

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