June 13: Black Film Festival and other S.F. events 

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Who's in town

Influential jazz pianist Ahmad Jamal performs with his ensemble as part of SFJAZZ's Living Legends series. [8:30 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]


Coming out at work: Successful executives who are gay or lesbian share their stories about coming out at work and the empowerment that can result from being open and honest. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Rape in the military: Radical Women hosts "A Feminist Indictment of Rape in the Military," a discussion about sexual assault in the armed forces and what it will take to stop it. [7 p.m., New Valencia Hall, 747 Polk St., S.F.]

'Moving to Work': Speakers discuss the problem of poor transit access to job sites in the region and how we can improve the situation, especially for low and moderate-income workers. [12:30 p.m., SPUR, 654 Mission St., S.F.]

Literary events

Eli Brown: The novelist talks about "Cinnamon and Gunpowder." [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Pride Month reading: Panel reading celebrates Pride Month and the publications of Manic D. Headlining author: Daniel LeVesque ("Hairdresser on Fire"). [7:30 p.m., Books Inc., 2275 Market St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Documentary showcase: The program includes screenings of nine short films made by first-year masters of fine arts documentary film and video students. A Q&A and a reception follow. [7:30 p.m., Annenberg Auditorium, 435 Lasuen Mall, Stanford University, Stanford]

At the public library

Jail art program: The event showcases the artistic voices of students in the Sheriff's Department's Five Keys program — high schools for incarcerated and post-release adults. [5:30 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

'Thursdays @ Noon Films': "Moneyball" (2011), directed by Bennett Miller and featuring Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill, is featured. [Noon, Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Black films

The San Francisco Black Film Festival gets rolling. "True Blues," a documentary, is the opening-night film. [7 p.m., Jazz Heritage Center, 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.; reception at 6 p.m., 1320 Fillmore St., S.F.; www.sfbff.org]

Local activities

Rocking out: "NightLife" at the California Academy of Sciences presents "Rock NightLife," an evening featuring rock music, rockfish, a rock collection and drinks on the rocks. [6 to 10 p.m., 50 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

A bad stretch: Writer-performer Leigh Fitzjames performs "Love & Light," her comic solo show featuring theater, yoga and a story about a spiritual journey gone wrong. [7:30 p.m., Joe Goode Annex, Project Artaud, 401 Alabama St., S.F.]

Symphony concert: The San Francisco Symphony, joined by pianist Jonathan Biss, performs a concert of works by Schumann, Schubert and Ivan Fedele. [2 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Indian Oven: Cuisine from northern India prepared with traditional methods, including the clay oven (tandoori) fired up to 1,000 degrees,is on the menu. The chicken tikka masala is recommended today. The dish consists of barbecued boneless white meat sauteed with herbs, spices and tomatoes. [233 Fillmore St. S.F.; (415) 626-1628]


Mixed media: "Want.Here.You.Now." is an exhibition of multi-disciplinary installations by Kenneth Lo, Ana Teresa Fernandez and Jennifer Locke. [Noon to 8 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., S.F.]


Stand-up: Chris D'Elia, seen on NBC's "Whitney" and "Comedy Central Presents," performs. [8 p.m., Cobb's Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]


'Paradise' trilogy: Austrian filmmaker Ulrich Seidl's "Paradise" trilogy — three dramatic films featuring a female search for fulfillment — begins with a screening of "Paradise: Love," in which a woman travels to Kenya as a sex tourist. [7:30 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., S.F.]


Once upon a time: Ray of Light Theatre presents the stage musical "Into the Woods," with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. [8 p.m., Eureka Theatre, 215 Jackson St., S.F.]

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