May 6: 'The Unknown' and other SF events 

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  • The S.F. International Film Festival screens Tod Browning's 1927 thriller “The Unknown” starring Lon Chaney, accompanied live Stephin Merritt of The Magnetic Fields, playing his score.

Puppeteer Basil Twist talks about his work in a lecture titled “Puppetry With a Twist.” [5 p.m., Nitery Theater, 514 Lasuen Mall, Building 590, Stanford University, Stanford]


Benjamin Jealous and Belva Davis: Jealous, former NAACP president, and Davis, the first African-American woman to become a TV reporter on the West Coast, appear in conversation. [7 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., S.F.]

Tim Draper: The venture capitalist and regular keynote speaker presents his “case for six Californias.” [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Syndi Seid: The founder of Advanced Etiquette discusses what head, facial, hand, leg and toe gestures mean on various continents. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Culture and construction: Speakers discuss the role of culture and the value of art in the shaping of contemporary urban space. SFMOMA presents the talk. [7 p.m., SFJAZZ Center, 201 Franklin St., S.F.]


Author tribute: The evening features readings and discussion about the life and work of Don Carpenter, whose novels include “Fridays at Enrico’s.” [7 p.m., Book Club of California, 312 Sutter St., S.F.; RSVP: (415) 362-8193 or]

Kathryn Hamm and Thea Dodds: The co-creators of “The New Art of Capturing Love: The Essential Guide to Lesbian and Gay Wedding Photography” discuss their book. [7:30 p.m., Books Inc., 2275 Market St., S.F.]


Samar Habib: The author discusses the making of “Rughum and Najda,” her novel about same-sex love in the Arab world of the first millennium. [1:10 p.m., SFSU, Humanities building, Room 587, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

David Silverman: The president of American Atheists discusses his organization’s efforts to normalize atheism in U.S. culture. [6 p.m., Braun Auditorium, Mudd Chemistry Building, 333 Campus Drive, Stanford University, Stanford]


Ballot issues: An election outreach team provides information about what’s on the June ballot in this session conducted in both English and Cantonese. [4 p.m., Chinatown Branch, 1135 Powell St., S.F.]

Arthur Dong: The curator and filmmaker talks about his new book, “Forbidden City, USA: Chinese American Nightclubs, 1936-1970.” [6 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]


Silent classic: The S.F. International Film Festival screens Tod Browning's 1927 thriller “The Unknown” starring Lon Chaney, accompanied live Stephin Merritt of The Magnetic Fields, playing his score. [8 p.m. Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F. ]

Midday music: The Farallon Quintet performs works for clarinet and string quartet by Jean Francaix and Giacomo Myerbeer. Noontime Concerts presents the program. [12:30 p.m., Old St. Mary’s Cathedral, 660 California St., S.F.]

Israeli celebration: A community celebration of Israel’s 66th Independence Day, presented by the Jewish Community Federation, takes place in Justin Herman Plaza. Festivities include music and local leaders. [Noon, 2 Market St., S.F.]

Singer-songwriter: Folk and rock singer-songwriter Iain Matthews, of Fairport Convention, performs a concert to promote his new album, “The Art of Obscurity.” [8 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]


Trattoria Da Vittorio: Chef-owner Vittorio D’Urzo serves Italian fare, including recipes from his mother, Francesca, and dishes reflecting Calabrian traditions. He recommends the lasagna, which features Francesca’s traditional lasagna meat sauce, today. He also highlights the eggplant Parmigiana and the spaghetti con Polpette with Francesca’s homemade meatball. [150 West Portal Ave., S.F.; (415) 742-030]

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