On the cutting edge

What do pastrami and paintings have in common? The Contemporary Jewish Museum will give experts a chance to answer that question at “The Big Eat, ” with Bay Area artists, chefs and distillers talking about innovations in food and art. Speakers include Evan Bloom (left) and Leo Beckerman from Wise Sons Delicatessen, “Do Not Destroy” artist Deborah Lozier and Blue Bottle Rooftop Café pastry chef Leah Rosenberg.

6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9 at Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F. $10 (includes museum admission). Advance tickets recommended. www.thecjm.org.


Invitational artwork sale. Personalized tours of “Do Not Destroy: Trees, Art, and Jewish Thought” with museum staff. At Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F. 5 p.m. Included with admission. www.thecjm.org.


“Prophecy in Motion.” Animation students display art based on classic sources. At Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F. 6:30 p.m. Included with admission. www.thecjm.org.


Anniversary art show. Art by 14 Bay Area Russian Jewish artists celebrating 20 years of programming by Oshman Family JCC’s Russian department. Through Aug. 30. At JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. www.paloaltojcc.org.

“An American Experience: Growing Up Jewish in America.” Exhibit displays heritage of residents and family members of the Reutlinger Community for Jewish Living. Through Aug. 27. At Jewish Heritage Museum, 4000 Camino Tassajara, Danville. www.rcjl.org.

“California Dreaming.” Multimedia exhibit exploring Jewish life in the Bay Area from Gold Rush to present. Through Oct. 16. “Do Not Destroy: Trees, Art, and Jewish Thought.” Exhibit explores tree design, purpose and Jewish thought. Through Sept. 9. “Stanley Saitowitz: Judaica.” New perspectives from the S.F.-based architect. Through Oct. 16. At Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F. www.thecjm.org.

“Jews of Kaifeng.” Exhibit of maps, photos and documents on the Jews of Kaifeng, China. Part of Israel China Cultural Festival. Through Aug. 31. At JCC of San Francisco, 3200 California St., S.F. Free. www.jccsf.org.

“More Than Enough: Redefining Excess.” Jewish artists answer “When do we need more than enough?” Through Aug. 5. At BJE Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. www.bjesf.org/adults_events.htm.

“Nazi Hunters.” PBS series on the search for Joseph Mengele, Adolf Eichmann and Hermann Goering following World War II. Various times through Aug. 10 on KQED-TV Channel 9 and KQED Life. www.kqed.org.

San Francisco Jewish Film Festival. Screenings of 63 films from 12 countries. Remaining showings in Berkeley, Piedmont and San Rafael. Through Aug. 6. For complete listings, visit www.sfjff.org.