Good Day for Monday, Aug. 23, 2010 


Novelist Betty Webb talks about “The Koala of Death,” the second book in her Gunn Zoo mystery series. [7 p.m., “M” Is for Mystery, 86 E. Third Ave., San Mateo]



Women in Afghanistan: Katherine Brown, of the Truman National Security Project, and Olga Oliker, of the RAND Corporation, discuss issues hampering progress for Afghan women. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]


Karen Walker-Tunoa: The author of “Getting Past Go When Life Says, ‘Stop’” talks about her research on resilience and offers ways to enhance confidence and ascension. [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]



Merl Reagle: The crossword-puzzle creator speaks, answers questions, and signs books. [7 p.m., Books Inc., 2251 Chestnut St., S.F.]


Jane Porter: The novelist presents “She’s Gone Country.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto]


Open mike: Weekly poetry session, presented by Philip Hackett, takes place. [6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Caffe Greco, 423 Columbus Ave., S.F.]



New exhibit: “Galleons and Globalization,” an exhibit of art and artifacts, explores the California mission arts and their link to the Pacific Rim. [8 a.m. to midnight, USF, Thacher Gallery, Gleeson Library, 2130 Fulton St., S.F.]



Job Seekers Lab: Session is for those who need computer access or staff help to create resumes, complete applications, or perform other job-search tasks. [11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Main Library, Training Center, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]


‘Mental Aerobics’: Class explores how to exercise the brain in fun and challenging ways to maintain and improve cognitive vitality and memory. [1:30 p.m., Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Room, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]



Rock band: The Australia- and New Zealand-rooted band Crowded House brings its North America tour to San Francisco. “Intriguer” is the group’s new album. [8 p.m., Warfield, 982 Market St., S.F.]


Australian cinema: “Animal Kingdom,” an Australian crime-family drama written and directed by David Michod, screens at the Kabuki cinemas. [1881 Post St., S.F.; (415) 346-3243]


Art show: Creativity Explored, a visual-arts center where artists with developmental disabilities create, show, and sell art, presents “And Then…,” an exhibit of sequential, or comics-style, art. [10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 3245 16th St., S.F.]


Baseball game: The San Francisco Giants play the Cincinnati Reds. [7:15 p.m., AT&T Park, 24 Willie Mays Plaza, S.F.]


Lunchtime jazz: People in Plazas, a series that presents free concerts in plazas and courtyards in downtown San Francisco, welcomes smooth-jazz artists Larry Walker and Jim Nichols. [Noon, plaza at 101 California St., S.F.]


Playwright tribute: Boxcar Theatre’s Tennessee Williams series presents a free evening of staged readings of lesser-known works by the playwright. [8 p.m., Boxcar Playhouse, 505 Natoma St., S.F.]


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