Good Day: Aug. 2, 2010 

WHO'S IN TOWN
Jillian Burns,
acting director of the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Iranian Affairs, discusses U.S. policy toward Iran, offering insight into the effectiveness of current sanctions and exploring Iran’s role in the region. Her talk takes place at the World Affairs Council. [6 p.m., 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

LECTURES
Adele M. Hayutin:
The Stanford-based authority on global-aging issues talks about challenges that older women face. [5:45 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

‘Monday Night Philosophy’: Series welcomes Patricia Lundberg, Indiana University Northwest professor emerita. “The Origins of the Education of Women” is her lecture topic. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

LITERARY EVENTS
Adrienne McDonnell:
The novelist talks about “The Doctor and the Diva.” [7:30 p.m., Kepler’s Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

Michael Scott Moore: The Berlin-based journalist and novelist discusses “Sweetness and Blood.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Book talk: The Commonwealth Club hosts a discussion of the book “Under My Skin,” by Doris Lessing. [5:30 p.m., 595 Market St., S.F.]

AT THE COLLEGES
Stanford Jazz Festival:
The George Cables Trio performs. A talk precedes the concert. [Talk at 7 p.m.; concert at 8 p.m.; Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Stanford University, 471 Lagunita Drive, Stanford]

AT THE PUBLIC LIBRARY
‘First Monday Movies’:
Program presents “Crime of Passion,” a 1957 noir directed by Gerd Oswald. Barbara Stanwyck, Sterling Hayden and Raymond Burr star. [6:30 p.m., Excelsior Branch, 4400 Mission St., S.F.]

Job Seekers Lab: Session is for those who need more computer time or help to create resumes, complete applications, or perform other job-search tasks. [11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Main Library, Training Center, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

LOCAL ACTIVITIES
Didge masters:
The Didgeridoo Summit, with Stephen Kent and Ondrej Smeykal, presents a concert spotlighting the didgeridoo, a wind instrument with roots in Australia’s Aboriginal culture. [8 p.m., Yoshi’s, 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Life at sea: “Adventures at Sea,” a guided tour of the ship Balclutha, looks at the lives of 19th-century sailors, with a focus on the treacherous Cape Horn passage. [2:15 p.m., Hyde Street Pier, north end of Hyde Street, S.F.]

Classic theater: Boxcar Theatre presents Tennessee Williams’ “A Streetcar Named Desire,” one of three plays in its “Tennessee Williams in Rep” series. [8 p.m., Boxcar Playhouse, 505 Natoma St., S.F.]

In bloom: Clarkia, a pink wildflower, is a current featured plant at the San Francisco Botanical Garden, which contains more than 7,500 types of plants from around the world. [8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Lunchtime concert: People in Plazas, a series that presents free concerts in plazas and courtyards in downtown San Francisco, welcomes Saddle Cats, a western-swing band. [Noon, plaza at 101 California St., S.F.]

Art show: Creativity Explored, a visual-arts center where artists with developmental disabilities create, show and sell art, presents “Spectrum,” an exhibit of psychedelic-style artwork. [10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 3245 16th St., S.F.]

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