May 30: Motown gems at Slim's and more San Francisco events 

click to enlarge Harry & the Hit Men  headline a set of gems from the golden years of Motown and Stax records at Slim's this Thursday. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • Harry & the Hit Men headline a set of gems from the golden years of Motown and Stax records at Slim's this Thursday.

Who’s in town

  • Comedian Jake Johannsen kicks off a three-night engagement at the Punch Line. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Lectures

  • Steven Pifer: The director of the Brookings Institution’s Arms Control Initiative discusses missile-related differences between Washington and Moscow, and other issues. [7 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]
  • Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger: The founders of Instagram, in conversation with Google Ventures’ Kevin Rose, talk about their successful digital filter app. [7 p.m., Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.; www.commonwealthclub.org]
  • David Simon and David Chang: Journalist and TV producer David Simon (“Homicide,” “Treme”) and chef David Chang (Momofuku restaurant group) talk with Michael Krasny. [7:30 p.m., Nourse Theater,  275 Hayes St., S.F.]

Literary events

  • Bee Ridgway: The debut novelist talks about “The River of No Return.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto]
  • Thomas J. Osborne: The author and historian talks about “Pacific Eldorado: A History of Greater California.” [6 p.m., California Historical Society, 678 Mission St., S.F.; RSVP: www.pacificeldorado.eventbrite.com]
  • Larry Tye: The journalist and longtime Superman fan discusses “Superman: The High-Flying History of America’s Most Enduring Hero.” [7 p.m., Cartoon Art Museum, 655 Mission St., S.F.]

At the colleges

  • Gala concert: The American Liszt Society Festival presents a gala concert, “Wagner-Liszt Paraphrases and Transcriptions.” Noted pianists from around the world perform. [8 p.m., San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., S.F.]

At the public library

  • Thursdays @ Noon Films: Michael Moore’s documentary “Sicko” (2007) is the featured film. [Noon, Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]
  • Japanese crafts: The class covers how to create a flower kusudama, a ball made by sewing or gluing folded pieces of paper together. Materials are provided. Instruction is in English. [3:30 p.m., Chinatown Branch, 1135 Powell St., S.F.]

Symphony concert

  • The San Francisco Symphony performs music by Eastern European composers Dvorak, Kodaly and Bartok. Guest artist: cellist Gautier Capucon. [2 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Local activities

  • Green scenes: The San Francisco Green Film Festival begins. A screening of the documentary “Rebels With a Cause” leads things off. [7 p.m., New People Cinema, 1746 Post St., S.F.; www.sfgreenfilmfest.org]
  • Museum soiree: The Asian Art Museum hosts “Local Time,” an evening celebrating a new exhibition, “Proximities 1: What Time Is It There?” The event includes talks, music and a cocktail demo. [6:30 to 9 p.m., 200 Larkin St., S.F.]
  • Classic soul: Harry & the Hit Men  headline a set of gems from the golden years of Motown and Stax records. The Foxtails Brigade and DJ Aware open. [8 p.m., Slim’s, 333 11th St., S.F.]
  • Umami: Recommended today is a selection of hard-to-find fish, obtained directly from the Tsukiji fish market in Japan. Diners can enjoy this feature weekly, Thursdays though Sundays. [2909 Webster St., S.F.; (415) 346-3431]

Movies

  • Art film: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts presents the first of several screenings of the 2012 film “Post Tenebras Lux,” maverick Mexican director Carlos Reygadas’ poetic vision of a family torn between compassion and violence. [7:30 p.m., YBCA Screening Room, 701 Mission St., S.F.]
  • Features and shorts: Goforaloop Gallery and Studios hosts “The Long and the Short of It,” a series that presents short films by local filmmakers alongside early works of current top directors. This month’s featured director is Paul Thomas Anderson, whose short film “Cigarettes and Coffee” and first full-length feature, “Hard Eight,” screen. [7:30 p.m., 1458 San Bruno Ave., S.F.]

Music

  • Punjabi funk: BlackMahal — a P-funk and Punjabi-roots band featuring drums, DJs, horns, hip-hop MCs and Punjabi-American musician Ustad Lal Singh Bhatti — performs in Yerba Buena Gardens. [12:30 p.m., 770 Mission St., S.F.]

Tour

  • San Francisco Ghost Hunt: The guided nighttime walke covers a mile of historic Pacific Heights, where ghosts allegedly still haunt old Victorians. [7 p.m, meet at Queen Anne Hotel, 1590 Sutter St., S.F.]

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