Local filmmaker Jenni Olson appears at a screening of “Royal Road,” her poetic documentary which won best LGBTQ film at the 2015 Ann Arbor Film Festival. (Courtesy photo)

Local filmmaker Jenni Olson appears at a screening of “Royal Road,” her poetic documentary which won best LGBTQ film at the 2015 Ann Arbor Film Festival. (Courtesy photo)

June 28-29: Royal Road, Interval Salon Talk Series, Chicago, Magic and Loss, Cathleen Schine, Mahler Symphony No. 2


Royal Road: Bernal Heights filmmaker Jenni Olson shares her award-winning movie, described “as a beautiful, cinematic essay on Junipero Serra’s Spanish colonization of California,” in a screening presented by Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema. [8 p.m., El Rio, 3158 Mission St., S.F.]

Interval Salon Talk Series: Long Now co-founder Stewart Brand hosts a talk with Cornell University’s Andrew Chignell, co-founder of the Hope and Optimism project, on “A Case for Hope in the Anthropocene.” [6:30 p.m., Building A, Fort Mason, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Scapegoat-The 1871-1906 City Hall: The S.F. History Association presents architect-historian Glenn Lym, who speaks about how destruction of S.F. City Hall following the 1906 earthquake made it a symbol for public concerns of corruption within its walls. [7:30 p.m., St. Philip’s Catholic Church, 725 Diamond St., S.F.]

Chicago: The 1970s hit-making “rock and roll band with horns” has sold more than 100 million records. [8:15 p.m., Wente Vineyards, 5050 Arroyo Road, Livermore]

Wine, Bourbon and a Movie at The Mark: The complimentary-tastings-and-film night screens “Star Trek 4, The Voyage Home.” [5:30 p.m., Top of the Mark Lounge, Intercontinental Mark Hopkins Hotel, 999 California St,, S.F.]

Magic and Loss-The Internet as Art: Cultural critic (and New York Times writer) Virginia Heffernan discusses her book, described as a “far-reaching analysis of what the Internet is and does.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Drink Steam with Prisma Guitars: Guitar maker Nick Pourfard talks about how he creates instruments from recycled skateboards in an evening featuring Anchor Steam beer tasting specials and live music. [6 to 9:30 p.m., Make Out Room, 3225 22nd St., S.F.]

Cathleen Schine: The author, described by People magazine as “a modern-day Jewish Jane Austen,” is promoting “They May Not Mean To, But They Do,” a funny novel about “aging, family, loneliness and love.” [7 p.m., Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera]

Night of the Living Data: The sketch comedy event highlights the barriers to access for women in the technology industry. [8 p.m., Montgomery Theater, 271 S. Market St., San Jose]


Mahler’s Symphony No. 2: In the first of four performances, Michael Tilson Thomas conducts the S.F. Symphony in “Resurrection,” featuring soprano Karina Gauvin, mezzo-soprano Kelley O’Connor and the S.F. Symphony Chorus led by Ragnar Bohlin. [8 p.m., Davies Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Chance Meeting on a Dissecting Table: The gallery show, a survey of the Surrealist revolution of thought including paintings, drawings and objects by Victor Brauner, Leonora Carrington, Salvador Dali, Oscar Dominguez,Max Ernst, Frida Kahlo and others, is in its last week. [10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Weinstein Gallery, 444 Clementina St., S.F.]

Tavis Smiley: The PBS broadcaster, author, publisher, advocate and philanthropist speaks about his latest book, “Before You Judge Me,” which takes “a humanizing look” at the life of Michael Jackson. [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Karen Drucker: The inspirational recording artist appears in a “seasonal celebration concert” blending ritual, reflection and creative expression. [7 p.m., Unity Spiritual Center of S.F., 2690 Ocean Ave., S.F.]

Dosa Summer Winemakers Tasting Dinner: Offerings from Jeff Emery of Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyards and Quinta Cru accompany the Indian restaurant’s $75-per-person three-course menu and pairings event. [6:30 p.m., Dosa Fillmore, 1700 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Cecilia Edefalk/MATRIX 261. A show of work by the Stockholm-based artist, who explores historical memory, time and the symbolic significance of light in paintings, photographs, watercolors and sculptures, opens with a tour led by the artist and curator Apsara DiQuinzio. [6:30 p.m., UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, 2155 Center St., Berkeley]

Mychal Denzel Smith: The contributor to The Nation — who writes on race, politics, social justice, pop culture, hip hop, mental health, feminism and black male identity — discusses his memoir “Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching.” [7:30 p.m., Green Apple Books, 1231 Ninth Ave., S.F.]

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory: Fathom Events and TCM’s Big Screen Classics series presents the 1971 movie starring Gene Wilder as the inventive candy man. [2 and 7 p.m., Century 20, 1901 Junipero Serra Blvd., Daly City]

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