The folks at Contemporary Jewish Museum are pretty smart cookies when it comes to putting out fires. In response to the controversy that SFist wrote about earlier this week regarding a security guard who told a lesbian couple that they couldn't hold hands while viewing the current Seeing Gertrude Stein exhibit, the museum has swiftly and brilliantly organized a Hand Holding Day, which will take place this Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The event will coincide with the previously scheduled LGBT Family Morning of Stein, which is happening from 9 a.m. to Noon and consists of kid-focused art-making activities, followed by a great line-up of performances by the SF Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band, the Voices Lesbian Choral Ensemble, and Lesbian/Gay Chorus of San Francisco.

That afternoon, loved ones are encouraged to hold hands while enjoying a special free performance by actress Laura Sheppard entitled Paris Portraits: Stories of Picasso, Matisse, Gertrude Stein and their Circle, her one-woman show based on the new biography of Gertrude Stein by Harriet Levy. A conversation with Sheppard and historians Frances Dinkelspiel and Fred Rosenbaum will follow the performance.

Hand Holding Day
Contemporary Jewish Museum
763 Mission Street
Sunday, July 24
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.