Good Day: Aug. 11, 2010 

Who’s in town

Samar Minallah, a documentary filmmaker and the founder of the Pakistan-based human rights organization Ethnomedia, shares excerpts from her documentaries and discusses how she uses video as an advocacy tool for women’s rights in Pakistan and Afghanistan. [6 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]


Pamela Hawley: The founder of UniversalGiving, which assists firms with their social-responsibility programs around the world, discusses setting the bar for ethical business conduct. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Funny business: Comedians Marcella Arguello, W. Kamau Bell, Michael Capozzola and Marga Gomez share their rants and raves on some of the major issues. [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Literary events

Howard Norman: The novelist reads from and signs copies of “What Is Left the Daughter.” [7 p.m., Green Apple Books, 506 Clement St., S.F.]

Vendela Vida: The novelist talks about “The Lovers.” [7 p.m., Kepler’s Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

Bill Ong Hing: The law professor and immigration-policy expert reads from “Ethical Borders.” [6 p.m., Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Farmers market: The weekly market features fresh, seasonal and local produce. [10 a.m. to 2 p.m., UCSF, Mission Bay campus, on the plaza at Gene Friend Way near Third Street, S.F.]

At the public library

‘Water Is Life’: Lisa Nash of Blue Planet Network presents a photographic journey focusing on the beauties and tragedies of water, and what people worldwide are doing to save it. [6 p.m., Ingleside Branch, 1298 Ocean Ave., S.F.]

‘Fun Flicks’: Program includes short films based on children’s books and stories for young children. This month’s feature: “The Beast of Monsieur Racine.” [6:30 p.m., Potrero Branch, 1616 20th St., S.F.]

Local activities

Great divas: Singer Denise Perrier performs “Bessie, Dinah and Me ... Denise Perrier,” a show in which she brings blues and jazz icons Bessie Smith and Dinah Washington to life. [8 p.m., Rrazz Room, 222 Mason St., S.F.]

Civic Center tour: The San Francisco Museum and Historical Society hosts a tour of San Francisco’s Civic Center and City Hall. [1 p.m., meet at Pioneer Monument, Fulton Street between the Main Library and Asian Art Museum, S.F.]

Japanese folk music: The Yoshida Brothers, Japan’s young masters of the ancient tsugaru-shamisen, perform at Yoshi’s. [8 p.m., 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]

California dreaming: The California Historical Society hosts “California Nights,” its monthly gathering with refreshments, music and a focus on all things California. [5 to 8 p.m., 678 Mission St., S.F.]

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

Men of ‘My Boys’: Jamie Kaler and Mike Bunin, both from the TBS sitcom “My Boys,” kick off a string of comedy shows. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Dining out

Zare at Fly Trap: Chef-owner Hoss Zare serves Mediterranean cuisine that reflects Persian influences, and his three-cheese ravioli is highlighted today. The summer dish includes locally produced cheeses, heirloom-tomato water broth and fermented and black garlic. It’s finished with ricotta salata. Also recommended is the lamb shank abgusht, with black-eyed beans and torshi (Persian pickled vegetables). [606 Folsom St., S.F., (415) 243-0580]

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