May 7: Harrison Ford honored and other San Francisco events 

click to enlarge Harrison Ford receives the San Francisco International Film Festival’s 2013 Peter J. Owens Award for excellence in acting. Also today, Ford is saluted during a special afternoon of film and conversation. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • Harrison Ford receives the San Francisco International Film Festival’s 2013 Peter J. Owens Award for excellence in acting. Also today, Ford is saluted during a special afternoon of film and conversation.

Who’s in town

  • Harrison Ford receives the San Francisco International Film Festival’s 2013 Peter J. Owens Award for excellence in acting. Also today, Ford is saluted during a special afternoon of film and conversation. [2:30 p.m., Kabuki Cinemas, 1881 Post St., S.F.; 6 p.m., Bimbo’s, 1025 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Lectures

  • Jane Chen: The CEO of Embrace Innovations explains how the Embrace infant warmer is helping premature and low-birth-weight babies and mothers in India, China and elsewhere. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]
  • Richard Jackson: The author of “Making Healthy Places” discusses the health implications of buildings, neighborhoods and cities — and the ideas that can foster a healthy environment. [6 p.m., SPUR, 654 Mission St., S.F.]

Literary events

  • Mark Bittman: The New York Times food columnist discusses “VB6.” [Noon, Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.; 6 p.m., Fairmont Hotel, 950 Mason St., S.F.; www.commonwealthclub.org]
  • William Friedkin: The film director discusses “The Friedkin Connection,” a memoir. [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]
  • Tom Sito: The animator discusses “Moving Innovation: A History of Computer Animation.” [7 p.m., Cartoon Art Museum, 655 Mission St., S.F.]
  • Nathaniel Rich: The novelist reads from “Odds Against Tomorrow” and discusses the duties of novelists in an age when science and technology offer unprecedented promise and peril. [7 p.m., City Lights, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

At the colleges

  • Book party: Evening celebrates the release of “Desert America” by journalist and visiting artist Ruben Martinez. [5:30 p.m., Stanford Humanities Center, Stanford University, 424 Santa Teresa St., Stanford]

At the public library

  • Asian arts: A docent from the Asian Art Museum gives a presentation on the museum’s “China’s Terracotta Warriors” exhibition. [7 p.m., Excelsior Branch, 4400 Mission St., S.F.]
  • Retirement planning: Class addresses the maze of questions that arises when one is planning for retirement. [7 p.m., Sunset Branch, 1305 18th Ave., S.F.]

Art show

  • The Asian American Women Artists Association presents “UnderCurrents and the Quest for Space,” an exhibit of politically charged works by Asian-American artists. [Noon to 7 p.m., SOMArts, 934 Brannan St., S.F.]

Local activities

  • Midday music: Trio Brillante — a piano, clarinet and viola ensemble — performs works by Mendelssohn and Paul Juon. Noontime Concerts presents the program. [12:30 p.m., Old St. Mary’s Cathedral, 660 California St., S.F.]
  • Scandinavian rock: Kvelertak, a six-member rock, metal and punk band from Norway, performs a concert in support of its new album, “Meir.” [7:30 p.m., Slim’s, 333 11th St., S.F.]
  • Summer arts: “Summer of Art” at United Nations Plaza presents “What’s on Stage?” Today’s featured act: American Conservatory Theater’s Master of Fine Arts Program. [Noon, Seventh and Market streets, S.F.]
  • Painting class: Four-week watercolor course begins. Participants can explore basic techniques and learn to paint landscapes, seascapes and cityscapes. [7:30 p.m., Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, 2868 Mission St., S.F.; (415) 972-9637]
  • Michael Mina, San Francisco: Personal cooking sensibilities, Japanese ingredients, and French influences come together on chef Michael Mina’s menu. The ahi-tuna tartare, with ancho chile, habanero-sesame oil, pine nut and mint, is recommended today. Also look for the Maine lobster pot pie, with purple carrot. [252 California St., S.F.; (415) 397-9222]

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