From Paul Madonna’s “Everything Is Its Own Reward”

Litquake’s ‘museum crawl’

Litquake, the annual literary festival that takes hold of San Francisco (this year it’s Oct. 5-13), will include two events at the Contemporary Jewish Museum. In “Drawn Out Stories,” comic artists will describe their creative processes and share slides from their comic strips. Another program will feature authors Amy Sohn (“Prospect Park West”) and Katie Crouch (“Girls in Trucks”) talking about writing, literature and sex at the event
“Wine, Women and Words.”

“Drawn Out Stories: Comic Book Art and Artists,” 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7. Included with admission. “Wine, Women and Words,” 7 p.m. Thursday,
Oct. 11. $10; advance tickets suggested. 21 and older. At Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F. www.thecjm.org


“A Retrospective: Then and Now.” Ceramic Judaica by Susan Duhan Felix opens. Through Jan. 27. At the Jewish Heritage Museum at Reutlinger Community for Jewish Living, 4000 Camino Tassajara, Danville. (925) 648-2800.


“Imaging Religions.” Visual and textual expressions of religious beliefs. Includes Jewish scrolls, Orthodox coins, Catholic paintings and more. Opening at 1:30 p.m. Through Jan. 31. At Graduate Theological Union, 2400 Ridge Road, Berkeley. Free. www.gtu.edu.


“The Art of Prophetic Justice.” Works of San Francisco artist Bernard Zakheim (1896-1985). Opening at 4 p.m. Through Feb. 3. At BJE Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. Free. www.bjesf.org /adults_events.htm.


“Designing Sacred Architecture.” San Francisco Zen Center hosts “300 Page Street, A Place of Refuge,” tracing the history of the Zen Center building designed by Julia Morgan as a refuge for Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe. Opening at 7 p.m. Exhibit runs through Oct. 31. At Zen Center, 300 Page St., S.F. Free. www.sfzc.org.


“The Radical Camera.” Photography exhibit on New York’s Photo League (1936-1951) opens. At Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F. www.thecjm.org.


“California Dreaming.” Multimedia exhibit exploring Jewish life in the Bay Area from Gold Rush to present. Through Oct. 16. “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.

“Ethiopian Jews in Israel.” Exhibit by photographer and former Bay Area Rabbi Bernie Robinson. At Congregation Kol Shofar, 215 Blackfield Drive, Tiburon. Through October. Free. www.kolshofar.org.

“La Habana.” Photos of Jewish life in Cuba by Victoria Montoro Zamorano. Through Nov. 17. At JCC of San Francisco, 3200 California St., S.F. www.jccsf.org.

“Memories from Syria.” Avraham Shemi-Shoham’s paintings on life of the Halab community, which fled to Israel. Through Nov. 7. “Vanishing Birds.” Art by Rita Sklar. Through Oct. 26. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. Free. www.paloaltojcc.org.

“Reborn: Posters from the European Jewish Cultural Renaissance, 1963-1994,” “Typo/Graphics: Studying Jewish Types in Print and Photography,” “The Inventory Project” and “Modern Jewish History 101: The Art Files.” Through Dec. 16. At Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley. www.magnes.org.

“You Did WHAT To My Comics?” Illustrations of Torah stories by Brynjegard-Bialik using collages of comic books. Through Nov. 30. At Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. Free. www.marinjcc.org.