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‘Are We There Yet?’ cruises into Creativity Explored

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New exhibit: Creativity Explored, a center where artists with developmental disabilities create, show and sell art, hosts a reception for “Are We There Yet?,” a new transportation-themed exhibit. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • New exhibit: Creativity Explored, a center where artists with developmental disabilities create, show and sell art, hosts a reception for “Are We There Yet?,” a new transportation-themed exhibit.

Who’s in town

Los Angeles-based artist Mark Bradford, who uses discarded materials to create massive collages resembling abstract paintings, speaks. [7 p.m., San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 151 Third St., S.F.]

Lectures

Robert Reich:
The UC Berkeley professor, former U.S. labor secretary and leading expert on work and the economy appears in conversation. [8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Francis Tapon: The world traveler and author of “The Hidden Europe” talks about the history, current status and future of Eastern Europe’s complex cultures. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Leonard Mlodinow: The physicist and author discusses how the unconscious mind shapes perception, behavior, memory and social judgment. [7 p.m., Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto]

Literary events

Michelle Dammon Loyalka:
The journalist talks about “Eating Bitterness: Stories From the Front Lines of China’s Great Urban Migration.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Victoria Sweet: The physician at Laguna Honda Hospital talks about “God’s Hotel.” [7 p.m., BookShop West Portal, 80 West Portal Ave., S.F.]

Christopher Webber: The historian discusses “American to the Backbone: The Life of James W.C. Pennington, the Fugitive Slave Who Became One of the First Black Abolitionists.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 3515 California St., S.F.]

Victoria Nelson: The essayist and fiction writer discusses “Gothicka: Vampire Heroes, Human Gods, and the New Supernatural.” [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

At the colleges

Art reception:
The San Francisco Art Institute hosts a reception for “Lin Yilin: Golden Journey,” a new exhibit documenting performances created by Chinese artist Lin Yilin with SFAI students. [5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., 800 Chestnut St., S.F.]

Local activities

New exhibit:
Creativity Explored, a center where artists with developmental disabilities create, show and sell art, hosts a reception for “Are We There Yet?,” a new transportation-themed exhibit. [7 p.m. to 9 p.m., 3245 16th St., S.F.]

Hot salsa: NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences presents “Hot and Spicy NightLife,” a pre-Cinco de Mayo celebration with salsa tasting, salsa dancing, science activities and more. [6 p.m. to 10 p.m., 50 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Comedy show: Comedian Maysoon Zayid performs with friends. Zayid has appeared on the “Arabs Gone Wild” tour and on “Countdown With Keith Olbermann,” among other credits. [8 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Americano Restaurant and Bar: Mary’s chicken, with mushroom roulade, tortellini, fried drumette, English peas, mint, and radish, is recommended today. Also look for the pan-roasted sea robin. [8 Mission St., S.F.; (415) 278-3777]

At the public library

Madeline Miller:
The author of “The Song of Achilles” presents her novel. [6:30 p.m., James C. Hormel Gay and Lesbian Center, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Teen reviewers:
The comics, graphic novel and manga program invites teens to review new titles. [3:30 p.m., Parkside Branch, 1200 Taraval St., S.F.]

Music

Singer-songwriter:
Folk-rock and indie singer-songwriter Katie Herzig performs at the Independent. “The Waking Sleep” is her latest album. [8 p.m., 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]