Good Day: Aug. 4, 2010 

PERSON IN TOWN

Scientist turned comedian Tim Lee, whose shows combine stand-up comedy with science and humorous PowerPoint visuals, performs at the Punch Line. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]


LECTURES

Elizabeth Blackburn: The UCSF-based molecular biologist and Nobel Prize recipient talks about her life in science, in conversation with UCSF chancellor Susan Desmond-Hellmann. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Julia Geist: The Fine Arts Museums docent lecturer talks about the fashion designs of Yves Saint Laurent and how they changed how women dressed. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Senior programs: Leaders of three local organizations that offer programs to meet the needs of specific senior communities talk about their approaches to supporting urban seniors. [12:30 p.m., SPUR, 654 Mission St., S.F.]


LITERARY

Alex Kava: The novelist talks about “Damaged.” [7 p.m., “M” Is for Mystery, 86 E. Third Ave., San Mateo]

Eric Shapira: The geriatrics clinician and educator talks about “New Wrinkle.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View]


COLLEGES

Nursing program: USF’s School of Nursing presents an overview of its BSN program. [4 p.m., USF, Lone Mountain Admission Presentation Room, No. 216, 2800 Turk Blvd., S.F.]

Farmers market: The weekly market features seasonal and convenient food. [10 a.m. to 3 p.m., UCSF, ACC Breezeway, between Milberry Union and the Ambulatory Care Center, 400-500 Parnassus Ave., S.F.]

New exhibit: “Mami Wata: Arts for Water Spirits in Africa and Its Diasporas” opens at Stanford University’s Cantor Arts Center. [11 a.m. to 5 p.m., off Palm Drive, at Museum Way and Lomita Drive, Stanford]


PUBLIC LIBRARIES

Art talk: Docent Peggy Gordon gives a presentation on “Birth of Impressionism: Masterpieces From the Musee d’Orsay,” on view at the de Young Museum. [6:30 p.m., Glen Park Branch, 2825 Diamond St., S.F.]

Earthquake preparedness: Matt Springer, assistant professor of medicine at UCSF, gives a presentation on how to lessen earthquake damage at home and at work. [6:30 p.m., Potrero Branch, 1616 20th St., S.F.]

Book discussion: Sunset Book Group meets to discuss Carson McCullers’ “The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter.” [7 p.m., Sunset Branch, 1305 18th Ave., S.F.]


CITY

Rock band: Blondie performs at the Fillmore. [8 p.m., 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Lone stars: “Words First,” a monthly showcase for solo performers, welcomes Bruce Pachtman, Debra Netkin, Kim Page and Nicole Maxali. [7:30 p.m., Counterpulse, 1310 Mission St., S.F.]

Dennis Hopper double bill: “Dennis Hopper: R.I.P.” film series kicks off with a double bill of “Easy Rider” (1969) and “Colors” (1988), both directed by the actor. [2:40, 4:35, 7 and 8:55 p.m., Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.]


DINING OUT

Hot Spud: The jacket potato, long loved in Europe, has center stage at this Wharf-area restaurant. Chef Simone Powers serves 12-ounce potatoes, baked in a King Edward oven and containing signature or personalized toppings. A current top-seller, she says, is the chicken spud (grilled chicken, sour cream, hot wing sauce, bacon, corn, green onion, olive). [2640 Mason St., S.F.; (415) 399-1065]

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