Good Day: October 18, 2010 

Who's in town

Tim Geithner:
The U.S. Secretary of the Treasury discusses the Obama administration’s proposals to help get more Americans back to work and to help reinforce long-term growth at home, among other economic issues. [1 p.m., Schultz Cultural Hall, Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto]


James Zogby:
The founder of the Arab American Institute discusses what people in the Middle East are thinking right now and how we can better understand them. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Condoleezza Rice: The former U.S. secretary of state discusses her newly published memoir, “Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family.” [Noon, Intercontinental Mark Hopkins Hotel, 999 California St., S.F.]

Hari Muthy: The psychological-assessment services coordinator at San Quentin State Prison explains how psychopaths are biologically different from the rest of us. [5:15 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Global town hall: “Free Money: A Radical New Way to Solve Global Poverty?” is the theme of a discussion hosted by the World Affairs Council’s Young Professionals International Forum. [6:30 p.m., W.A.C., 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Literary events

A.S. Byatt:
The British novelist and poet speaks. Her books include “A Whistling Woman.” [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Andrew Lam: The journalist and essayist talks about “East Eats West: Writing in Two Hemispheres.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Jonah Lehrer: The contributing editor at Wired and author of “How We Decide” and “Proust Was a Neuroscientist” appears in conversation. [8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Raina Telgemeier: The young-adult graphic novelist talks about “Smile.” [7 p.m., Green Apple Books, 506 Clement St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Deborah Eisenberg:
The short-fiction writer reads from her work. [8 p.m., Cubberley Auditorium, Stanford University, Stanford]

At the public library

Ballot measures:
Program features explanations of current ballot measures by a representative from the League of Women Voters. [7 p.m., Western Addition Branch, 1550 Scott St., S.F.]

Lizard program: Session offers the chance to see and learn about a variety of reptiles, some of them endangered. [10:30 a.m., Visitacion Valley Branch, 45 Leland Ave., S.F.]

Local activities

Canine companion:
“My Dog Tulip,” a bittersweet animated film about the long friendship of author J. R. Ackerley and his adopted German shepherd, is screening at the Clay Theatre. [5:45 and 7:45 p.m., 2261 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Floral fundraiser: The Foothill Auxiliary to Peninsula Family Service hosts “Holidays on a High Note,” a benefit with a floral and home-entertainment focus. [9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Menlo Circus Club, 190 Park Lane, Atherton; RSVP: (650) 403-4300]

Political satire: Comedian Will Durst performs his current show, “In a State of Confusion.” [8 p.m., Rrazz Room, Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St., S.F.]

Dining Out

A-16: It’s “Monday Meatballs” night at the Italian restaurant in San Francisco’s Marina neighborhood, and a pork and beef meatball is chef Liza Shaw’s featured dish. The meatball is braised in tomato, with basil and grana padano cheese. [2355 Chestnut St., S.F.; (415) 771-2216]

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