Opera singer Stephanie Blythe's rare recital appearance leads Thursday entertainment 

Stephanie Blythe (courtesy photo)
  • Stephanie Blythe (courtesy photo)

Who's in town

Artist Richard Serra, who is best known for his sculptural work, discusses drawing and its role in his artistic production. [Book signing at 6 p.m., talk at 7 p.m.; SFMOMA, 151 Third St., S.F.; tickets are sold out, but simulcast admission is available, space permitting]


David McCullough: The author and historian talks about the American artists, writers, doctors, architects and others of high aspiration who set off for Paris in the 1800s to excel. [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Daniel Yergin: The global-energy authority and Pulitzer Prize-winning author talks about powering our future in the era of climate change. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Michael Boskin: The Stanford economics professor discusses the international implications of our growing debt. [6 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Literary events

Donia Bijan: The Iran-born chef presents “Maman’s Homesick Pie,” a memoir. [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Community reading:
A Simple Revolution hosts a group reading, with Judy Grahn, focusing on the 1960s and 1970s lesbian community and activism in the Bay Area. [5:30 p.m., Francis of Assisi, 145 Guerrero St., S.F.; RSVP: (415) 826-1300]


At the colleges

PC Munoz: The Grammy-nominated composer, percussionist and music producer gives a lecture and demonstration. [6:30 p.m., USF, Berman Hall, Fromm Hall, 2130 Fulton St., S.F.]

Michelle Kaufmann: The green architect and designer discusses her work. [7 p.m., California College of the Arts, 1111 Eighth St., S.F.]

‘Chamber Music Masters’: Violinist Joseph Swensen, joined by faculty and students, plays music by Mozart, Britten and Brahms. [8 p.m., San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., S.F.]

At the public library

‘Board Game Bonanza’: Afternoon of board games is for ages 6 to 10. Bring a favorite game to share. [3:30 to 5 p.m., Noe Valley Branch, 451 Jersey St., S.F.]

‘Wreck This Journal’: Teens participating in this workshop receive a journal to use as a scrapbook, art journal or writing journal. [3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Glen Park Branch, 2825 Diamond St., S.F.; RSVP: (415) 355-2858]

Local activities

Multimedia arts: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts presents Marc Bamuthi Joseph’s “red, black & GREEN: a blues (rbGb),” an environmentally themed collaborative multimedia performance. [7:30 p.m., YBCA, 701 Mission St., S.F.]

Opera singer: Mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe makes a rare recital appearance. [8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]



San Francisco’s 12th annual literary festival is a nine-day extravaganza featuring some 800 writers, hundreds of readings and dozens of panels. Many events are free.


Five actors channel rich voices of characters in short fiction on the topic of family in Litquake’s version of the staged story, directed by Campo Santo’s Sean San Jose. An outlaw mother takes on children abandoned by others, a teen finds a family of sorts in San Francisco and a husband copes with the death of his wife’s first child. Ann Packer’s “Her Firstborn,” Melanie Rae Thon’s “Heavenly Creatures” and Jennifer Egan’s “Sisters of the Moon” come to life on stage.

7 p.m., Delancey Street Screening Room, 600 Embarcadero, S.F. $12 to $15 www.brownpapertickets.com


Dining out

Butterfly: Chef Robert Lam, whose cuisine reflects Asian traditions, is featuring a three-course dinner special ($25.95). Appetizer selections include fire-fried calamari, caramelized onion soup and roasted miso oysters. Entrees include gnocchi and baby-squash stir fry, turmeric-grilled young snapper and Shanghai garlic noodles with a choice of meat. Dessert choices include classic creme brulee. [Pier 33, on The Embarcadero, S.F.; (415) 864-8999]

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