Good Day: April 27, 2010 

Actor Hal Holbrook appears in “Mark Twain Tonight!” The show is his continually evolving theatrical portrait of the writer and humorist. The performance, which is sold out, takes place at Stanford University.

‘Day and Noir’:
Novelists Cara Black, David Corbett and Joe Gores talk about their latest books during the annual noir literary program. [6 p.m., Mechanics’ Institute, 57 Post St., S.F.]

Stefan Halper:
The foreign-policy expert and author of “The Beijing Consensus” discusses China’s authoritarian model and how the U.S. might counter it. [6 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Yes Man: Andy Bichlbaum, a member of the Yes Men satirical imposter duo, speaks. The latest documentary by the pranksters with a mission is “The Yes Men Fix the World.” [7:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Andrew Revkin:
The award-winning New York Times environmental journalist appears in conversation. [8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Jim Powell: The poet reads from “Substrate.” [7 p.m., BookShop West Portal, 80 West Portal Ave., S.F.]

Armenian history:
The San Francisco chapter of the Bay Area Armenian National Committee presents a film and talk on the history of the Armenian genocide. [6 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Poets Eleven: San Francisco poets read from their work on a district-by-district basis in this 11-part celebration of poetry and diversity. Poets from District 10 read today. [6:30 p.m., Potrero Branch, 1616 20th St., S.F.]

Book-arts show: The San Francisco Center for the Book hosts its spring art show and silent auction. More than 50 artists have donated book-arts items for the occasion. [6 to 8:30 p.m., SFCB, 300 De Haro St., S.F.]

Spokes persons: S.F. Bicycle Coalition presents its Golden Wheel Awards. Honorees include Michael Helquist and San Francisco Streetsblog. Supervisor David Chiu speaks. [6 p.m., Green Room, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.; RSVP:]

String quartet
The Cypress String Quartet
, joined by cellist Jean-Michel Fonteneau, plays Schubert’s “Cello Quintet.” Noontime Concerts presents the program. [12:30 p.m., Old St. Mary’s Cathedral, 660 California St., S.F.]

Sweet Jo’s:
Chef-owner Joanna Karlinsky serves new-American and “kosherish” cuisine, and her pizzas, which feature a homemade sourdough crust, are highlighted today. Recommendations include the Sarah pizza (creamy white garlic sauce, mozzarella, butternut squash, sage and goat cheese). [Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F., (415) 345-0090]

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