Good Day: April 21, 2010 

Astrophysicist and “NOVAscienceNOW” host Neil deGrasse Tyson, joined by producer Paula Apsell, discusses “The Pluto Files,” a “NOVA” program based on his book. KQED presents the evening. [8 p.m., Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon St., S.F.]

Bill McKibben:
The environmentalist, writer and founder gives a talk titled “Why the World Needs to Rise to the Challenge of the Climate Crisis.” [6 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Science expedition: The California Academy of Sciences’ Bob Drewes and Roberta Ayres talk about their recent expedition to Sao Tome, off the western equatorial coast of Africa. [12:30 p.m., CAS, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Yann Martel:
The “Life of Pi” author talks about his new novel, “Beatrice and Virgil.” [7:30 p.m., Sundance Kabuki Theater, 1181 Post St., S.F.]

Jeffrey Zaslow: The journalist and columnist talks about “The Girls From Ames.” [7 p.m., Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto]

Dance concert:
The Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, led by Paris-born artistic director and former Alvin Ailey dancer Benoit-Swan Pouffer, performs. [8 p.m., Memorial Auditorium, Stanford University, Stanford]

Italian-American experience:
Author Vincenza Scarpaci gives a slide presentation on Italian immigration to the United States. [6 p.m., Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Room A, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

‘Water Dilemma’: Renee Sharp of the Environmental Working Group discusses chemical contaminants that have been found in bottled water. [6 p.m., Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Room B, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Classic thriller:
Orson Welles’ “The Lady From Shanghai” screens at a “Road to Hollywood” event honoring the first TCM Classic Film Festival. Peter Bogdanovich introduces the movie. [7:30 p.m., Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.]

Jazz and pop artist: Norah Jones performs at The Fillmore. [8 p.m., 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Outdoor art show: Red Umbrellas, an organization of independent artists that organizes art shows in public spaces, presents an exhibition in Union Square. [9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Powell and Post streets, S.F.]

The Magic Flute:
The LaCavera family serves California-Italian cuisine, and both the fusilli alla Bolognese (pasta with meat and pork ragu) and the filet mignon (served with pink and green peppercorn sauce, Blue Lake green beans and garlic mashed potatoes) are recommended today. Also available is a three-course prix-fixe dinner ($19.81) celebrating the restaurant’s 29th anniversary. [3673 Sacramento St., S.F.; (415) 922-1225]

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