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

click to enlarge The 2013 San Francisco Silent Film Festival opens with festivities. Feature attraction: the restored "Prix de Beaute" (France, 1930), featuring Louise Brooks.
  • The 2013 San Francisco Silent Film Festival opens with festivities. Feature attraction: the restored "Prix de Beaute" (France, 1930), featuring Louise Brooks.

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.]

Lectures

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.]

CITY

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 50x50" are on the bill. [5 to 9 p.m., 200 Larkin St., S.F.]

Dance

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.]

Film

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.]

Theater

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.]

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