Good Day: May 13, 2010 

Magician and master sleight-of-hand artist Jamy Ian Swiss appears in an evening of conversation and magic. [8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Simon Johnson:
The economist argues that the six largest banks make up a dangerous oligarchy, and that agencies in charge of policing banks have been acting in the banks’ interests. [Noon, World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Content monetization: Top minds in the digital-media industry discuss the future of content creation, distribution and monetization. [7 p.m., Computer History Museum, 1401 North Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View]

Daniel Clowes:
The award-winning cartoonist and Oscar-winning screenwriter talks about “Wilson,” a graphic novel. [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Ana Maria Spagna: The award-winning nonfiction writer talks about “Test Ride on the Sunnyland Bus.” [7 p.m., Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia St., S.F.]

‘Beyond Superheroes’:
Film series presents “Persepolis” (2007), an Oscar-nominated animated French film based on the graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi. [Noon, Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

‘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.]

Chancellor’s Concert Series: Cellist Tanya Tomkins performs works by Bach. [Noon, UCSF, Health Sciences West Building, Room 302, 513 Parnassus Ave., S.F.]

Benefit gala:
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital hosts “Miracles on the Bay,” a fundraiser featuring gourmet food, wine and live and silent auctions. [6 to 10 p.m., Galleria, San Francisco Design Center, 101 Henry Adams St., S.F.]

Folk arts: The Museum of Craft and Folk Art celebrates the opening of its new art exhibit, “Clare Rojas: We They, We They,” with an evening of folk art and music. [7 to 9 p.m., 51 Yerba Buena Lane, S.F.]

Pedal power: Bike to Work Day events take place. Look for commuter convoys, “energizer stations,” special bike parking, an evening fashion show, a bike-related film, “Rock the Bike” nightlife and more. []

Desserts have the spotlight at the vegan restaurant today, and pastry chef Anne Baptiste is featuring a tropical lemon bar. It contains a macadamia shortbread crust topped with a mango-lime curd. Caramelized-banana “ice cream” and serrano anglaise complete the dish. Also recommended: the chocolate strawberry shortcake, with chai creme. [580 Geary St., S.F. (415) 345-3900]

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