July 25: Jewish cinema and other S.F. events

| July 25, 2013
The Zigzag Kid
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  • The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival gets rolling. "The Zigzag Kid" (Belgium, Netherlands), a coming-of-age and detective tale, is the opening film.

Who's in town

Singer, guitarist and percussionist Raul Midon, who draws on jazz, soul, flamenco, Latin and West African influences, performs. "Invisible Chains," a live album, is his latest release. [7:30 p.m., SFJAZZ Center, 201 Franklin St., S.F.]

Lectures

'Nature's Price Tag': Larry Goulder, from Stanford University, and Tony Juniper, from the University of Cambridge, discuss ecosystem services and the economic value of nature. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Doug McConnell: The environmentalist discusses the Bay Area's green legacy and what lies ahead. Topics include the Bay and Ridge trails. [6 p.m., California Historical Society, 678 Mission St., S.F.; RSVP: www.mcconnellatchs.eventbrite.com]

Susan Choi: The novelist talks about "My Education." [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

April Moore: The author and illustrator presents "Folsom's 93: The Lives and Crimes of Folsom Prison's Executed Men." [7 p.m., Modern Times Bookstore, 2919 24th St., S.F.]

Susan Wels: The best-selling author discusses "San Francisco: Arts for the City: Civic Art and Urban Change, 1932-2012." [6 p.m., Mechanics' Institute, 57 Post St., S.F.; RSVP: (415) 393-0100]

Pam Williams: The founder of the Ecole Chocolat Professional School of Chocolate Arts discusses "Raising the Bar: The Future of Fine Chocolate." [6 p.m., Omnivore Books on Food, 3885a Cesar Chavez St., S.F.]

Vincent Meis: The local novelist reads from "Down in Cuba." [6 p.m., Alley Cat Books, 3036 24th St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Long-term care: Don Rush, from the Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program, discusses long-term care options. [3 p.m., Health Library, Stanford Hospital, 211 Quarry Road, Suite 201, Palo Alto]

Breakdance workshop: The session, presented by Destiny Arts Center and designed for ages 10 to 18, covers the basics of breaking and hip-hop dance. [4 p.m., Bayview Branch, 5075 Third St., S.F.; RSVP: (415) 355-5757]

Make a lotus flower: The class, in English, teaches how to fold a delicate lotus flower out of paper. Materials are provided. [3:30 p.m., Chinatown Branch, 1135 Powell St., S.F.]

Jewish cinema

The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival gets rolling. "The Zigzag Kid" (Belgium, Netherlands), a coming-of-age and detective tale, is the opening film. [6:30 p.m., Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.; www.sfjff.org]

Local activities

Alt-rock band: Weezer, whose songs include "Buddy Holly," "Say It Ain't So" and "Beverly Hills," performs at the America's Cup Pavilion. [7 p.m., between Piers 27 and 29, S.F.]

'Video Games Live!': The San Francisco Symphony opens a two-night, interactive engagement featuring host Tommy Tallarico. The program includes music from "Final Fantasy," "Skyrim," "Shadow of the Colossus" and a 25th anniversary "Zelda" tribute. [7:30 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Afrofunk artist: Sila, a Kenya-born Afrobeat and funk artist, is known for his dynamic live performances and for his spearheading of a polyrhythmic renaissance. [12:30 p.m., Yerba Buena Gardens, 770 Mission St., S.F.]

Surf-indie rock: San Francisco-based Dandy Lions headline a show also featuring the duo RonDre and singer-songwriters Pete Kronowitt, Zoe Evans and Jeff Hayward. [8 p.m., Milk Bar, 1840 Haight St., S.F.]

Bluegrass jam session: Atlas Cafe presents free old-time music the last Thursday of every month. [8 to 10 p.m., 3049 20th St., S.F.]

Beer basics: NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences presents "Science of Brewing NightLife," an evening exploring the art and science of making beer. Talks and tastings are on tap. [6 to 10 p.m., 50 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

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