'Glitch in the Grid' kicks off animation festival

"Glitch on the Grid" (Courtesy photo)"Glitch on the Grid" (Courtesy photo)

"Glitch on the Grid" (Courtesy photo)"Glitch on the Grid" (Courtesy photo)

Who's in town

Talha Rathore, a classically trained contemporary artist born in Pakistan, visits the Asian Art Museum to demonstrate the techniques of South Asian miniature painting. [Noon to 4 p.m., 200 Larkin St., S.F.]

Lectures

David Pogue: The New York Times technology columnist appears in conversation with “Mythbusters” cohost Adam Savage. City Arts and Lectures presents the evening. [8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Andrew Feinstein: The founder of Corruption Watch discusses legitimate multibillion-dollar government arms contracts, the illicit arms trade and the links between the two. [6 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Pebble Mine: Opponents of the proposed Pebble Mine, which would be located in southwest Alaska, discuss the potential environmental and human impact of the project. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Japan’s earthquake: Planning, engineering and mental-health experts discuss what we can learn from Japan’s earthquake, and what’s next for Japan. [12:30 p.m., SPUR, 654 Mission St., S.F.]

Literary events

Scott Wallace: The journalist and photographer discusses “The Unconquered: In Search of the Amazon’s Last Uncontacted Tribe.” [7 p.m., Kepler’s Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

Melinda Palacio: The debut novelist reads from “Ocotillo Dreams.” [7 p.m., Green Apple Books, 506 Clement St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Chancellor’s Concert Series: Cellist Angela Lee and pianist Temirzhan Yerzhanov perform Rachmaninoff’s “Sonata in G Minor for Cello and Piano, Op. 19.” [Noon, UCSF, Cole Hall, 513 Parnassus Ave., S.F.]

At the public library

LGBT poems: Editor Kevin Simmons and contributors read from “Collective Brightness,” an anthology featuring LGBT poets from around the world. [6 p.m., Main Library, James C. Hormel Gay & Lesbian Center, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

‘Great Teen Book Swap’: Teens receive free books with the understanding that they will give the library a bookmark review by the end of the month. [2:30 to 5:30 p.m., Parkside Branch, 1200 Taraval St., S.F.]

Local activities

Animated films: The San Francisco Film Society’s 2011 San Francisco International Animation Festival begins. Opening feature: “Glitch in the Grid.” [7 p.m. onward; SFFS/New People Cinema, 1746 Post St., S.F.]

Native American films: The American Indian Film Festival presents “Shouting Secrets,” a drama about a Native American family coming back together in the event of a parent’s illness. [7 p.m., Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon St., S.F.]

Veteran event: Mosaic Multicultural Foundation presents “Voices of Veterans,” a welcome-home ceremony bringing together veterans of the Iraq, Afghanistan and other wars. [7 p.m., First Unitarian church, 1187 Franklin St., S.F.]

Art reception: The Museum of Craft and Folk Art hosts an opening reception for “Fiat Lux,” an exhibit of newly commissioned work by Bay Area conceptual artist Randy Colosky. [6 to 8 p.m., 51 Yerba Buena Lane, S.F.]

Floral fundraiser: San Francisco Garden Club presents “Couture et Fleurs,” a fundraiser that includes a fashion show with floral accessories, a luncheon and a silent auction. [10:30 a.m., Four Seasons Hotel, 757 Market St., S.F.]

Dining out

Zero Zero: Chef-pizzaiolo Bruce Hill’s pizzas include the “Townsend” — back on the menu due to its popularity. Ingredients include potato, rosemary oil, sopressata, roasted garlic, mozzarella and grana padano. Also recommended: a salad with grilled pan di zucchero (chicory), bacon, pear and Gorgonzola; and little-shell pasta with butternut squash, Gorgonzola and sage breadcrumbs. [826 Folsom St., S.F., (415) 348-8800]

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