Good day: Thursday, June 14 

State history: Society of California Pioneers exhibits include "Continental Drift: California Painting, 1918-1939" and "Good Prospects: Life in the California Gold Fields." [10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 300 Fourth St.]

Who’s in town

Tony Wheeler, world traveler and co-founder of Lonely Planet, brings his U.S. tour to San Francisco. He discusses his new book, "Tony Wheeler’s Bad Lands: A Tourist on the Axis of Evil." [7 p.m., Get Lost Travel Books, 1825 Market St.]

City activities

Opening night: The 2007 San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival kicks off. Screenings of "The Witnesses" and "Twilight Dancers" and an opening-night gala are on the bill. [7 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.; www.frameline.org]

Cabbie appreciation day: Hotel’s "Hail to the Taxi Drivers" event includes a reading of an official proclamation and free snacks and beverages for cab drivers. [7 to 10 a.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., Westin St. Francis, 335 Powell St.]

At the public library

Bloomsday Festival: Wilde Irish Productions presents readings and performances of portions of the James Joyce novel "Ulysses." [6 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St.]

‘On the Road’ film series: "The Motorcycle Diaries" (2004) screens. [Noon, Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St.]

Lectures

Stewart Brand: The Whole Earth Catalogue founder gives a talk titled "City Planet: How Urbanization Will Drive Innovation." [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St.]

‘Gertrude and Alice’: Exhibit curator Terri Cohn and collector Hans R. Gallas explore the love story and collaboration of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas. [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St.]

At the colleges

‘Skin Deep’: Lecture looks at toxic chemicals in cosmetics and body-care products. [5 to 7 p.m., UCSF, 1600 Divisadero St., H-3805; register: (415) 885-3693]

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