Good day: Thursday, May 3

Musician and American Idol judge Randy Jackson appears at the Orpheum Theatre as a guest of the Conan O’Brien show, which is taping from San Francisco allweek. Comedian Patton Oswalt and former Grateful Dead guitarist and vocalist Bob Weir are also on the guest list. The show starts at 12:35 a.m. on NBC.

City activities

Scrolling along: “Telling Tales,” an exhibit of illustrated storytelling scrolls, is on view at the Asian Art Museum. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 200 Larkin St.]

Russian room: Cellist Steven Isserlis and pianist Kirill Gerstein perform an all-Russian concert. Featured composers are Rubinstein, Glazunov, Shostakovich and Prokofiev. [8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave.]

Lectures

Peter Maurer: Switzerland’s first permanent ambassador to the United Nations discusses both the challenges facing the U.N. and the U.N.’s increased focus on Asia. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St.]

Robert Thurman: The expert on world religions, Asian history and Tibetan Buddhism gives a talk titled “Eastern Traditions and Jewish Life.” [8 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St.; sold out]

Literary events

Marisha Pessl: The debut novelist discusses “Special Topics in Calamity Physics” and her whirlwind year in the limelight. [12:30 p.m., Stacey’s Bookstore, 581 Market St.]

Sandra Dallas: The novelist discusses “Tallgrass.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 3515 California St.]

At the public library

Puppet Company: The troupe presents “The Puppet Circus.” [10:30 a.m., Mission Bay Branch, 960 Fourth St.]

Penguin documentary: “Animals Are Beautiful People” film series leads off with a screening of “March of the Penguins.” [Noon, Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St.]

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