Good Day: July 1, 2010 

Who’s in town

Artist Maira Kalman visits the Contemporary Jewish Museum, where an exhibit of her work, “Maira Kalman: Various Illuminations (of a Crazy World),” opens today. Kalman’s appearance includes the launching of the Milton (5 p.m.), a series of conceptual performance spaces for whimsy and exchange. [736 Mission St., S.F.,]


Curator talk: Frank Smigiel, associate curator of public programs at the SFMOMA, talks about David Hockney’s “Shirley Goldfarb and Gregory Masurovsky.” [6:30 p.m., SFMOMA, 151 Third St., S.F.]

Literary events

Two mystery writers: Rebecca Cantrell (“A Night of Long Knives”) and Susan C. Shea (“Murder in the Abstract”) talk about their novels. [7 p.m., “M” Is For Mystery, 86 E. Third Ave., San Mateo]

Eric Davidson: The author and punk-band frontman celebrates the release of “We Never Learn: The Gunk Punk Undergut, 1988-2001,” and toasts down and dirty rock ’n’ roll. [6 p.m., Hemlock Tavern, 1131 Polk St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Outdoor science talk: “Stem Cells and the Future of Regenerative Medicine” is the theme. Associate medical professor Jill Helms speaks. [7 p.m., lawn adjacent to Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, Stanford]

Art show: The San Francisco Art Institute presents “On Kawara: Pure Consciousness at 19 Kindergartens,” an archival project featuring work by New York City-based artist On Kawara. [11 a.m. to 6 p.m., 800 Chestnut St., S.F.]

At the public library

‘Great Teen Book Swap’: Teens receive free books with the understanding that they will give the library a bookmark review by the end of the month. [3 p.m., Glen Park Branch, 2825 Diamond St., S.F.]

‘Sean’s Shadow Puppets’: The program features folk tales from around the world. [10:30 a.m., Bayview Branch, 5075 Third St., S.F.]

Local activities

Jazz singer: The Yerba Buena Gardens Festival welcomes Italian jazz vocalist Irene Jalenti. [12:30 p.m., Mission Street between Third and Fourth streets, S.F.]

Needle night: The Museum of Craft and Folk Art hosts a “needle-felting extravaganza,” an evening of socializing and crafting with three local felting artists. [6 to 9 p.m., 51 Yerba Buena Lane, S.F.]

Shanghai summer: In conjunction with its “Shanghai” exhibition, the Asian Art Museum hosts “Shanghai Nights” on Thursdays through Sept. 2. Tours, talks and socializing are on the bill. [5 to 9 p.m., 200 Larkin St., S.F.]

Dining out

Bocadillos: Chef Bob Petzold recommends a pair of dishes. First up are the corn fritters, with chorizo, Manchego cheese and tomatillo sauce. Also, look for paprika-glazed chicken wings with a picked-vegetable garnish. [710 Montgomery St., S.F., (415) 982-2622]

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