January 13: 'Liv and Ingmar' and other SF events 

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  • “Liv and Ingmar,” a documentary about the 42-year relationship of actress Liv Ullmann and filmmaker Ingmar Bergman, both on the screen and off, screens at the Opera Plaza Cinema.
Who’s in town

New York-based artist Christine Sun Kim begins a residency at Southern Exposure. Deaf since birth, Kim creates work reflecting her relationship to sound and language. [3030 20th St., S.F.; www.soex.org]


Joshua Landy: The Stanford professor and author of “How to Do Things With Fictions” speaks. The relationship between philosophy and literature is among his primary areas of focus. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Political roundtable: Evening features a panel of political journalists commenting on current events, plus an audience discussion and a news quiz. [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Literary events

Beth Winegarner: The locally based culture writer discusses “The Columbine Effect.” [7 p.m., Bird and Beckett Books and Records, 653 Chenery St., S.F.]

Grace Marie Grafton: The poet talks about “Jester.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Carolyn Jung: The award-winning food writer, joined by special guests, talks about “San Francisco Chef’s Table.” [6:30 p.m., Omnivore Books on Food, 3885a Cesar Chavez St., S.F.]

Book group: The Broken Compass Adventure Book Club discusses “Kon-Tiki” by Thor Heyerdahl. [7:30 p.m., Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View]

At the colleges

Danielle Ofri: The essayist, editor and physician discusses ethical quandaries that arise when doctors write about patients. [5:30 p.m., James Clark Center Auditorium, Stanford University, 318 Campus Drive, Stanford; register: jmgeno@stanford.edu]

Art and science: The Leonardo/International Society for Arts, Science, and Technology presents an evening of art and science talks. [6 p.m., Fromm Hall-115, Berman Room, USF, 2130 Fulton St., S.F.]

At the public library

Older Writers Laboratory: Poetry-writing group welcomes seniors. [10 a.m. to noon, Bernal Heights Branch, 500 Cortland Ave., S.F.]

Homework help: Volunteers help K-8 students complete homework assignments, study for tests, and strengthen language and math skills. [3 to 6 p.m., Visitacion Valley Branch, 201 Leland Ave., S.F.]

New documentary

“Liv and Ingmar,” a documentary about the 42-year relationship of actress Liv Ullmann and filmmaker Ingmar Bergman, both on the screen and off, screens at the Opera Plaza Cinema. [601 Van Ness Ave., S.F.; (415) 771-0183]

Local activities

New play: Z Space presents a staged reading of “Rashomon in Kansas,” the latest play by E. H. Benedict. The story involves a deadly bombing of a clinic and three versions of what happened. [2 p.m., Z Below, 470 Florida St., S.F.]

Logic and levity: Scientist-turned-comedian Tim Lee appears at the Punch Line. PowerPoint presentations and a cerebral tone figure into Lee’s comedy performances. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Planetarium show: The California Academy of Sciences presents “Cosmic Collisions,” a planetarium show revealing space smash-ups that have shaped our solar system and life on Earth. [9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

The Abbot’s Cellar: The dayboat scallops, with roasted sunchoke, caramelized pear and mustard greens, are a recommended appetizer. For an entree, try the pheasant with braised red cabbage, heirloom carrots, mostarda and basic greens. [742 Valencia St., S.F.; (415) 626-8700]

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