May 14: RayKo Photo Center show, Geshe Thupten Jinpa 

click to enlarge Lindsay Morris hosts an opening reception for her photo exhibit "You Are You," which documents a summer camp where gender-nonconforming children can freely express themselves. - COURTESY  PHOTO
  • Lindsay Morris hosts an opening reception for her photo exhibit "You Are You," which documents a summer camp where gender-nonconforming children can freely express themselves.
Who’s in town

Geshe Thupten Jinpa, the Dalai Lama’s main English translator, is sharing his thoughts on the Buddhist practice of mindfulness. [7 p.m., BookShop West Portal, 80 West Portal Ave., S.F.] Lectures

Business view: Former General Electric CEO Jack Welch offers his insights on the changing business world in “The Real-Life MBA: Your No-BS Guide to Winning the Game, Building a Team, and Growing Your Career.” [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F.]

Culinary analysis: Writer Sandra Gilbert explores the relationship between food and culture in “The Culinary Imagination: From Myth to Modernity.” [6:30 p.m., Omnivore Books on Food, 3885a Cesar Chavez St., S.F.]

Beat legend: Pulitzer-winning Beat poet Gary Snyder is speaking about his life and environmental activism, as well as his upcoming poetry collection, “This Present Moment.” [7:30 p.m., Nourse Theater, 275 Hayes St., S.F.]

Literary events

Book launch: Best-selling San Francisco author Mary McNear talks about her newest book, “Moonlight on Butternut Lake.” [7 p.m., Folio Books, 3957 24th St., S.F.]

Dark Cinderella: Artist Camille Rose Garcia gives Cinderella a sinister new look in “Cinderella, or the Little Glass Slipper.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

New fiction: Christian Kiefer’s novel “The Animals” follows the manager of a rural wildlife sanctuary as he grapples with dark secrets from his past. [7:30 p.m., Green Apple Books on the Park, 1231 Ninth Ave., S.F.]

At the public library

Taiko beat: Kristy Oshiro demonstrates the Japanese art of taiko drumming. [2:30 P.M., Eureka Valley Branch, 1 Jose Sarria Court, S.F.]

At the colleges

SFAI artists: A four-day exhibit features paintings, sculpture, performances and more from 100 San Francisco Art Institute graduate students. A screening is also presenting the best moving-image media from SFAI artists. [11 a.m.-6 p.m. exhibit, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.; 6 p.m. screening, Lecture Hall, San Francisco Art Institute, 800 Chestnut St., S.F.]

Student filmmakers: “Strangers You Might Care About” showcases short documentary profiles from San Francisco State University’s experimental documentary workshop. [7 p.m., Artists’ Television Access, 992 Valencia St., S.F.]

Local activities

Maysles film fest: The Albert Maysles Memorial Film Festival concludes with "Grey Gardens" (7 p.m.), which chronicles a fascinating mother and daughter living in squalor in an East Hampton mansion, and the Rolling Stones concert film "Get Your Ya-Yas Out" (9:30 p.m.). [Vogue Theatre, 3290 Sacramento St., S.F.]

Young playwrights: Professional actors are doing staged readings of plays written by San Francisco fifth-graders in "Heroes, Geeks, and Power Freaks: Short Plays by Short People." [6:30 p.m., Brava Theater Center, 2781 24th St. S.F.]

Rock show: Experimental-pop trio Talk of Shamans is headlining a bill that also includes Summer Peaks and Future Shapes. [9 p.m., Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., S.F.]

Art reception

A reception marks the opening of "You Are You," an exhibit documenting a unique summer camp where gender-nonconforming children can express themselves freely. Photographer Lindsay Morris will be on hand to sign copies of her accompanying book, "You Are You." [6-8 p.m., Rayko Photo Center, 428 Third St., S.F.]


Museum talk: Esther Bell provides insights on the work of Joseph Mallord William Turner in "J.M.W. Turner: Painting Set Free." [10 a.m., Koret Auditorium, de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

NightLife: NightLife at the Academy is kicking off its summer music series with performances by Machinedrum, B. Bravo and more. [6 p.m., California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Hubley animation: The Oddball Films archive is showcasing the works of Oscar-winning animators John and Faith Hubley, including "Fuddy Duddy Buddy" and "The Hat: Is This War Necessary?" [8 p.m., Oddball Films, 275 Capp St., S.F.]

Stand-up comedy: Comedian Keith Alberstadt has appeared on "Last Comic Standing" and "Late Show With David Letterman." Maureen Langan and Jesse Hett are also on the comedy bill. [8 p.m., Rooster T. Feathers Comedy Club, 157 W. El Camino Real, Sunnyvale]

Metal show: Kamelot combines elements of symphonic metal, progressive rock and world music. [8 p.m., Regency Ballroom, 1290 Sutter St., S.F.]

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