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San Francisco Symphony presents ‘My Classic Gershwin’

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Who’s in town

Artist and author Belle Yang gives a talk that explores how Chinese culture and history, from which she distanced herself as a young immigrant in the United States, has informed her artistic and philosophical journey. [5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Room, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Lectures

Indonesian art:
Cory Combs, the San Francisco Jazz Festival’s director of education, discusses Balinese contemporary music and video. [6:30 p.m., Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St., S.F.; RSVP: saa@asianart.org or (415) 581-3701]

Photographic arts: Photographers Jacob Aue Sobol, Jim Goldberg, Richard Misrach and Daniel Schwartz, all featured in the exhibit “Face of Our Time,” discuss their work. [7 p.m., SFMOMA, 151 Third St., S.F.]

Literary events

Vendela Vida:
The novelist presents “The Lovers.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 2251 Chestnut St., S.F.]

Rebecca Cantrell: The novelist talks about “Game of Lies.” [7 p.m., “M” is for Mystery, 86 E. Third Ave., San Mateo]

Anna North: The Jezebel.com staff writer talks about her debut novel, “America Pacifica.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Pinter play:
Stanford Summer Theater’s 2011 Memory Play Festival presents Harold Pinter’s “Old Times.” [8 p.m., Pigott Theater, Memorial Auditorium, Stanford University]

Michael R. Corbett: The author and architectural historian talks about “Port City: The History and Transformation of the Port of San Francisco, 1848-2010.” [6 p.m., Mechanics’ Institute, 57 Post St., S.F.; RSVP: rsvp@milibrary.org]

At the public library

Thursday film series:
Screening today is “There Will Be Blood,” directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, starring Daniel Day-Lewis and based on the Upton Sinclair novel “Oil!” [Noon, Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

‘Great Teen Book Swap’: Teens receive free books with the understanding they will give the library a bookmark review by the end of the month. [2:30 p.m., Parkside Branch, 1200 Taraval St., S.F.]

Gershwin music: The San Francisco Symphony presents “My Classic Gershwin,” a concert saluting composer George Gershwin. Guest vocalist: Laura Benanti. [8 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Local activities

Jazz concert:
Weather Wayne, a group focusing on the music of saxophone legend Wayne Shorter, performs at the Stanford Shopping Center. The concert is part of SFJazz’s Summerfest. [6 p.m., 180 El Camino Real, Palo Alto]

Play games: NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences has a “Fun and Games” theme. Guests can play giant versions of dominos, chess, checkers and other classic games. [6 to 10 p.m., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Greek music: The Aegeans, an ensemble specializing in traditional Greek music, performs in Jessie Square. [6 p.m., 701 Mission St., S.F.]

LaborFest: The labor festival presents a tour of the San Francisco Fire Department Museum with San Francisco City Guides and firefighters union members. [1 p.m., Presidio Avenue between Bush and Pine streets, S.F.]

Dining out

Starbelly:
Chef Adam Timney cooks creative California comfort food, and a seasonal pizza with yellow corn, cherry tomatoes and basil puree is new on the menu. Also recommended are the pan-roasted black mussels with Mexican chorizo; and the pan-seared flounder with grilled asparagus, sausage and fregola (a round Sardinian pasta). And white sangria is the featured summer drink. [3583 16th St., S.F., (415) 252-7500]