July 18: Silent film and other S.F. events

Check out Bring Your Own Queer

Who's in town

Classical pianist Valentina Lisitsa, performing Beethoven's “Piano Concerto No. 3,” appears with the San Francisco Symphony. [7:30 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]


Pavel Khodorkovsky: The president of the Institute of Modern Russia discusses the human-rights and political situation in Russia and the importance of supporting civil society there. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Matthew Booker: The author of “Down by the Bay” discusses San Francisco Bay as a landscape shaped by both natural and human activity. [6 p.m., California Historical Society, 678 Mission St., S.F.; RSVP: www.downbythebay.eventbrite.com]

'Dance Discourse': The program features an interview with performance and gender theorist Judith Butler, plus performances by DaveEnd, Xandra Ibarra and Hentyle Yapp. [7:30 p.m., CounterPulse, 1310 Mission St., S.F.]

'Full-Spectrum Science': Exploratorium scientist Ron Hipschman discusses different aspects of physics, including sound, color, heat and temperature. [7 p.m., Exploratorium, Pier 15, S.F.]

Literary events

Poetry night: “Thursdays at Readers” series holds its weekly poetry reading. Alejandro Murguia and Maketa Smith-Groves are the featured poets this evening. [6:30 p.m., Building C, Fort Mason, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Jonathan Lyons: The journalist talks about “Society for Useful Knowledge: How Benjamin Franklin and Friends Brought the Enlightenment to America.” [6 p.m., Mechanics' Institute, 57 Post St., S.F.; RSVP: (415) 393-0100]

'Epicenter' series: Litquake series welcomes novelist Gabriel Roth, in conversation with National Novel Writing Month founder Chris Baty. “The Unknowns” is Roth's new book. [7 p.m., Hotel Rex, 562 Sutter St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Art lecture: Curator Elizabeth Mitchell gives a talk about the French drawing tradition. [5:30 p.m., Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford]

At the public library

Make jewelry: The session led by the Museum of Craft and Design shows how to make looped necklaces with ribbon and washers or braided bracelets with twine and washers. [3 to 5:30 p.m., Richmond Branch, 351 Ninth Ave., S.F.]


Silent types

The 2013 San Francisco Silent Film Festival opens with festivities. Feature attraction: the restored “Prix de Beaute” (France, 1930), featuring Louise Brooks. [7 p.m., Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.]

Local activities

Rock bands: Counting Crows, touring with a fellow alternative-rock band, the Wallflowers, performs at the America's Cup Pavilion. [7 p.m., between Piers 27-29, The Embarcadero, S.F.]

Stanford Summer Theater: The 2013 festival, called “He's Funny That Way: Wilde and Beckett,” opens with “The Importance of Being Earnest.” A reception follows the show. [ 8 p.m., Pigott Theater, Memorial Auditorium, Stanford University, 551 Serra Mall, Stanford]

Collecting art: The Asian Art Museum hosts “Collection Obsessions,” a night exploring the passion of collecting. Short presentations and a preview of the documentary “Herb & Dorothy 50×50” are on the bill. [5 to 9 p.m., 200 Larkin St., S.F.]


Site-specific show: Bandaloop premieres “Harboring,” an hourlong site-specific dance inspired by Fort Mason's past and present. A VIP gala follows the performance. [8:30 p.m., in and around Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]


Documentary screening: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts presents “Band of Sisters,” director Mary Fishman's recent movie about Catholic nuns and their work for social justice after the Vatican II reforms of the 1960s. Fishman will appear in Q&A sessions after each screening. [6 and 8 p.m., YBCA Screening Room, 701 Mission St., S.F.]

Micro Film Festival: The Yerba Buena Community Benefit District's “Arts and Dialogue” series hosts a free event featuring award-winning contemporary films, poetic documentaries and a panel discussion. [6 p.m. Children's Creativity Museum, 221 Fourth St., S.F.]


Shadow puppetry: Sean Powers' shadow-puppet theater, specializing in folk tales from around the world, presents a show for all ages. [11 a.m., Excelsior Branch, 4400 Mission St., S.F.]

activitesartslecturesSan Francisco events

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

Music venue owners warn ‘hospitality and entertainment are dying’

Industry leaders plead with city, state for help

Advocates call for permanent moratorium on ‘poverty tows’

Ron Trathen hates change. He recalls moving around a lot as a… Continue reading

Anti-police protester sues over arrest at 2019 Pride Parade

A protester whose arrest at San Francisco’s 2019 Pride Parade intensified pressure… Continue reading

Veritas offers to forgive unpaid rent, but tenants are wary

Calls for rent forgiveness have been answered, but with some caveats. The… Continue reading

Dozens gather for candlelight vigil to honor victims in Beirut explosion

Dozens of people gathered at Rincon Park on Thursday evening to show… Continue reading

Most Read