Good Day: Aug. 17, 2010 

Who’s in town

Chef, restaurateur and TV personality Rick Bayless shares his culinary philosophy and talks about why supporting local, sustainable farms is so important to him. [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]


Lectures

Mass transit: David Alumbaugh of The City’s Planning Department and former Planning Director Dean Macris discuss plans for the new Transbay Transit Center and nearby neighborhoods. [12:30 p.m., SPUR, 654 Mission St., S.F.]

Green living: Twana Karney of Acterra’s Green@Home program discusses easy ways to save energy at home and reduce global warming pollution. [5 p.m., Kepler’s Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]


Literary events

Idiolexicon poetry series: Carrie Hunter, Della Watson and Jessica Wickens, poets active in the local experimental-writing scene, read from their work. [7 p.m., Rancho Parnassus, 132 Sixth St., S.F.]

John Everson: The novelist chats with readers and signs copies of “Siren.” [7 p.m., Borders, Westfield San Francisco Centre, 845 Market St., S.F.]

Greg Sullivan: The editor of Afar magazine speaks at a program of the San Francisco Travel Club and Lecture Series. [7:30 p.m., Books Inc., 2251 Chestnut St., S.F.]


At the colleges

Art show: “Home Is When I Belong,” an exhibit of photography by Heike Liss, is on view at Stanford University’s Clayman Institute. [10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Serra House, 589 Capistrano Way, Stanford University]


At the public library

Filipino-American history: “Singgalot: The Ties That Bind,” a panel exhibition, tells the story of the Filipino-American experience. [9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Main Library, Jewett Gallery, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

‘Fish Tales, Fish Friends’: Program, for children of all ages, features stories about fish and a fun fish craft. [3:30 p.m., Ocean View Branch, 345 Randolph St., S.F.]


Local activities

Community dancing: Redwood City’s Dancing on the Square series presents an evening of tango dancing, with instruction for beginners. [6 to 8 p.m., Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City]

Rock star: Billy Idol comes to The City. [9 p.m., The Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Stand-up comedy: Comedian Alex Koll performs. The show is set to be recorded for a CD. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Improvisational theater: The San Francisco Improv Festival honors local improviser Barbara Scott with its Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Improv Community. [7:30 p.m., Eureka Theatre, 215 Jackson St., S.F.]

Student dance showcase: Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet School presents its “Summer Showcase.” [8 p.m., Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center, S.F.]

Piano concert: Pianist Tien Hsieh performs music by Robert Schumann. Noontime Concerts presents the program. [12:30 p.m., Old St. Mary’s Cathedral, 660 California St., S.F.]


Dining out

Waterfront: Chef Erik Hopfinger cooks California cuisine, seafood dishes and other items. New appetizers include lobster and black-truffle macaroni and cheese, and a dish containing sauteed Prince Edward Island mussels, green grapes, cherry tomatoes and grappa-oregano broth. Also recommended is the seafood pasta, with handmade linguini, lobster, shrimp, mussels, crab, clams and white wine lemon-garlic broth. [Pier 7, The Embarcadero, S.F., (415) 391-2696]

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