SF Film Fest, lectures and other San Francisco events

Courtesy PhotoThe 56th San Francisco International Film Festival gets rolling. “What Masie Knew

Courtesy PhotoThe 56th San Francisco International Film Festival gets rolling. “What Masie Knew

San Francisco events for Thursday, April 25, 2013.

Who’s in town

  • Documentary photographer Catherine Opie speaks at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Her subjects have included the LGBT community, California surfers and high school football players. [7 p.m., 151 Third St., S.F.]

Lectures

  • Climate change: The Brews and Views program looks at climate change past, present and future. Speakers include Peter Joseph from the Climate Reality Project. [6 p.m., Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, 390 Capistrano Road, Half Moon Bay]
  • Art talk: Brett Cook and Jeff Chang discuss the changing perspectives on contemporary portraiture and the art of the hip-hop diaspora in regard to artist Kehinde Wiley’s work. [6:30 p.m., Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F.]

Literary events

  • Peggy Riley: The debut novelist talks about “Amity and Sorrow.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]
  • David Talbot: The best-selling author celebrates the paperback release of “Season of the Witch” in an atmosphere of cocktails and conversation. [7 p.m., San Francisco Elks Lodge No. 3, Kensington Park Hotel, third floor, 450 Post St., S.F.]
  • Helene Wecker: The debut novelist talks about “The Golem and the Jinni.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]
  • Louisa Shafia: The chef and cookbook author discusses “The New Persian Kitchen.” [6 p.m., Omnivore Books on Food, 3885a Cesar Chavez St., S.F.]

At the colleges

  • Natalie Bakopoulos: The award-winning fiction writer discusses her work. [7:30 p.m., Humanities Building, Room 587, SFSU, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

At the public library

  • Book group: Bernal Book Club meets to discuss “The Language of Flowers” by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. [4 p.m., Bernal Heights Branch, 500 Cortland Ave., S.F.]
  • Building with Legos: Children ages 5 to 12 and their parents and caregivers can build projects during the monthly session. [4 p.m., North Beach Branch, playground clubhouse, 661 Lombard St., S.F.]

Opening night

  • The 56th San Francisco International Film Festival gets rolling. “What Masie Knew,” a loose adaptation of Henry James’ novel, is the opening-night feature. [7 p.m., Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.]

Local activities

  • Symphony concert: The San Francisco Symphony, conducted by Christoph Eschenbach and featuring guest baritone Matthias Goerne, performs works by Wagner and Dvorak. [8 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]
  • Ghostbusters: Live! Tim Kay, Thomas Apley, Adam Curry, Shawn Miller, Becky Hirschfeld, Adam Vogel, Alexia Staniotes, Scott McNeil and Christina Shonkwiler battle paranormal ghosts (OK, puppets) in an  onstage re-enactment of the 1980s movie. [8 p.m., Dark Room Theater, 2263 Mission St., S.F.]
  • Dancing to the music: David Dorfman Dance presents “Prophets of Funk,” a performance celebrating the music of Sly and the Family Stone. [8 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., S.F.]
  • Zuppa: The roasted whole Rocky Jr. chicken, with toasted ciabatta, charred onions and assorted vegetables, is recommended today. The dish serves two. Also look for the ragu di campagna. [564 Fourth St., S.F.; (415) 777-5900]

Music

  • Rock on: Bon Jovi brings its “Because We Can” tour to the South Bay. [7:30 p.m., HP Pavilion, 525 W. Santa Clara St., San Jose]

Art reception

  • Art show: Yarek Godfrey ends his San Francisco residence and closes “Bittersweet Dreams” with a reception. [6 to 8 p.m., Hotel California, 580 Geary St., S.F.]

Nightlife

  • Early summer: The California Academy of Sciences hosts “Spring Into Summer NightLife.” Highlights include a miniature edition of Sunday Streets with lawn bowling, hula-hooping and dancing. [6 to 10 p.m., 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Comedy

  • Stand-up show: Comedian Kevin Nealon, best known as a cast member on “Saturday Night Live” from 1986 to 1995, performs a stand-up show. [8 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

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