Good Day: April 20, 2010 

PERSON IN TOWN
Food critic and memoirist Ruth Reichl offers her take on food, family and love. [11 a.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

LECTURES
Vinod Khosla:
The clean-tech capitalist, who is the founder of Khosla Ventures, assesses the economic prospects for green energy. [6:30 p.m., InterContinental Mark Hopkins Hotel, Peacock Court, 1 Nob Hill Circle, S.F.]

Eric Morris: The Stanford University international-studies scholar examines how the United States can successfully integrate the tools of peace-building into its statecraft. [Noon, World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

LITERARY
Richard O. Moore:
The 90-year-old poet, filmmaker and public-broadcasting notable celebrates the release of “Writing the Silences.” Poet Brenda Hillman introduces him. [7 p.m., City Lights, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Alice Walker: The essayist, poet, fiction writer and social activist appears in conversation with Michael Krasny. “Overcoming Speechlessness” is her latest book. [8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

COLLEGES
Diane di Prima:
San Francisco’s poet laureate appears in conversation with writer Alan Kaufman. [6 p.m., Mechanics’ Institute, 57 Post St., S.F.]

PUBLIC LIBRARIES
GreenFinanceSF:
City staff and green-funding experts talk about funding opportunities for property owners investing in green home improvements. [6 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Poets Eleven: S.F. poets read from their work on a district-by-district basis in this 11-part celebration of poetry and diversity. Poets from District 8 read today. [7 p.m., Eureka Valley/Harvey Milk Branch, 1 Jose Sarria Court, S.F.]

CITY
Art abloom:
The de Young Museum’s 2010 “Bouquets to Art” exhibition, featuring floral displays interpreting the museum’s permanent collection, opens. Events include lectures and teas. [9:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Italian arts: Emanuele Segre, an acclaimed guitarist from Italy, performs a concert of classical European and South American music. [6:30 p.m., Italian Cultural Institute, 425 Washington St., S.F.]

Breakfast with author: Breast Cancer Connections hosts a breakfast fundraiser with best-selling author Ayelet Waldman (“Bad Mother”). [8 a.m., Sharon Heights Golf and Country Club, 2900 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park]

DINING OUT
Soluna Cafe and Lounge:
The restaurant serves locally inspired California cuisine, and chef Francis Hogan’s early spring menu includes small plates, large plates, side items and a prix-fixe dinner. Today’s highlighted dish is the seared Sonoma Liberty duck breast, with grains-of-paradise gnocchi, spring pea shoots, lavender-honey duck jus and shaved San Andreas cheese. [272 McAllister St., S.F.; (415) 621-2200]

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