San Francisco’s Legion of Honor is combining fine dining, fine art and cinema this summer. Starting July 12 and continuing through Aug. 23, on Thursday evenings, the Legion Café becomes a supper club featuring gourmet fare. During dinner hours, the museum’s special exhibition galleries featuring “Rembrandt to Thiebaud: A Decade of Collecting Works on Paper” will be open to visitors. Later, the Florence Gould Theater screens movies about great artists.
Reservations are recommended; seating for dinner is limited. Movie tickets are $15 general and $10 for members. Dinner pricing is separate. Call (415) 750-7633 for seating and tickets. Screenings begin at 8 p.m. Here’s the lineup:
July 12, “Moulin Rouge,” John Huston’s 1952 film based on the life of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec; July 19, “Camille Claudel,” the 1988 biopic of sculptor Camille Claudel starring Isabelle Adjani; July 26, “Caravaggio,” Derek Jarman’s 1986 biography of painter MichelangeloMerisi da Caravaggio, the enfant terrible of the Italian Renaissance; Aug. 2, “The Agony and the Ecstasy,” the 1965 film starring Charlton Heston as Michelangelo; Aug. 9, “El Greco,” Mel Ferrer stars in the title role in the 1966 film; Aug. 16, “Vincent and Theo,” 1990’s unsentimental portrait of Vincent van Gogh by Robert Altman; Aug. 23, “Girl With a Pearl Earring,” adapted from the novel, which imagines events surrounding the creation of the painting by 17th-century Dutch master Johannes Vermeer.
The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival presents “Lover Other,” Barbara Hammer’s 55-minute salute to 20th-century surrealist photographer, war resister and lesbian Claude Cahun. Hammer is considered a pioneer of lesbian-feminist experimental cinema. The program, which also includes a short film by Hammer, is at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., San Francisco. Tickets are $6 to $8. Call (415) 978-2787 or visit www.ybca.org.
« Continuing its Small Press Spotlight feature, the Cartoon Art Museum presents the art of Vanessa Davis. Davis is the creator of “Spaniel Rage,” a diary comic chronicling her toils and triumphs as a young woman in New York City. The show is open today from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Cartoon Art Museum, 655 Mission St., San Francisco. Admission is $2 to $6. Call (415) 227-8666 or visit www.cartoonart.org.