San Francisco Jewish Film Festival opens with ‘Hava Nagila (The Movie)’

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Jewish cinema: The 2012 San Francisco Jewish Film Festival opens with festivities. “Hava Nagila (The Movie)
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Who’s in town

Singer-songwriter Ray Davies, best known as the frontman of the Kinks, performs at the Fillmore. [8 p.m., 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Lectures

Bayview homes: Speakers explore how the recession and the foreclosure crisis have affected homeowners in San Francisco’s Bayview neighborhood. [6 p.m., SPUR, 654 Mission St., S.F.]

Bird life: Golden Gate Audubon Society presents a talk by Jack Dumbacher, leader of a recent expedition to Papua New Guinea, on bird life and avian diseases. [7:30 p.m., First Unitarian Universalist Church and Center, 1187 Franklin St., S.F.]

Literary events

Nichole Bernier: The novelist talks about “The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 3515 California St., S.F.]

Max and Whit Alexander:
The two brothers — one a journalist, and one a co-creator of the Cranium board game — talk about “Bright Lights, No City.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Maria Duenas: The novelist presents “The Time in Between.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View]

Maria Ross:
The author and speaker talks about “Rebooting My Brain,” a memoir. [7 p.m., Books Inc., 601 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

At the colleges

Bookbinding exhibit: The Hand Bookbinders of California host an opening reception for their 40th-anniversary exhibition. [4 to 6 p.m., Green Library, Stanford University, 557 Escondido Mall, Stanford]

Bach festival:
“Rameau the Revolutionary” is the theme of a program presented by American Bach Soloists’ summer Bach festival as part of its lecture series. [5 p.m., S.F. Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., S.F.]

At the public library

Stern Grove exhibit: The exhibition looks at how the Stern Grove Festival became a treasured San Francisco institution. [9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Steve Silver Music Center, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Book arts for kids:
Children can make a book by hand with papers and collage materials during this session for ages 6 to 10. [1:30 p.m., Eureka Valley Branch, 1 Jose Sarria Court, S.F.]

Local activities

Jewish cinema: The 2012 San Francisco Jewish Film Festival opens with festivities. “Hava Nagila (The Movie),” a documentary about the song, is the opening-night film. [7 p.m., Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.; www.sfjff.org]

Batman marathon: Director Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy — “Batman Begins,” “The Dark Knight” and the new “The Dark Knight Rises” — presented in 35 mm, make up the bill. [6 p.m., Balboa Theatre, 3630 Balboa St., S.F.] Opera presentation: Merola Opera Program presents Dominick Argento’s rarely performed “Postcard From Morocco,” a surrealistic opera that follows characters at a train station and their luggage. [8 p.m., Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Ozumo: Recommended today: “Hanabi” (hamachi with avocado and warm ginger-jalapeno ponzu) and “Dohyo” (spicy tuna tartare with avocado, cucumber, edamame, tobiko, ponzu and wasabi oil). [161 Steuart St., S.F.; (415) 882-1333]

Music

American composers: The San Francisco Symphony presents “My Classic Americana Composers,” a concert featuring music by Copland, Gershwin and Bernstein. [7:30 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Mix well: NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences presents “Mixology, Mixtapes, and Remixes at NightLife.” Guests include hip-hop producer Dan the Automator. [6 to 10 p.m., 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Concert:
Conveyor, a Brooklyn, N.Y.-based band playing acid-soaked pop, plays a CD release show; Handshake, Fierce Creatures and Coast Jumper also are on the bill. [9 p.m., Bottom of the 1233 17th St., S.F.]

Indie-pop: Fountains of Wayne play the Great American Music Hall. [8 p.m., 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

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