Good Day: Aug. 5, 2010 


Prominent attorney David Boies visits the Commonwealth Club to discuss his controversial cases, including his current bid to overturn California’s ban on gay marriage. [6 p.m., 595 Market St., S.F.]


Gary Roughead: The U.S. Navy admiral and chief of naval operations discusses the U.S. Navy’s global influence and the emerging security environment. [6 p.m., Marines Memorial Club, 609 Sutter St., S.F.]

Shanghai arts: Asian Art Museum curator Dany Chan and Gensler Architects present a talk on Soviet art in Shanghai. [5:30 p.m., Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St., S.F.]


Howard Bryant: The sportswriter, author and NPR correspondent reads from “Last Hero: A Life of Henry Aaron.” [7 p.m., Green Apple Books, 506 Clement St., S.F.]

Radio storytelling: The program, featuring John Biewen and the Kitchen Sisters, celebrates the anthology “Reality Radio: Telling True Stories in Sound.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Laura Fraser: The journalist and travel writer talks about “All Over the Map.” [7 p.m., Kepler’s Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

Daniel Mann: The novelist talks about “Dream of the Snake God.” [7:30 p.m., Books Inc., 2275 Market St., S.F.]

WritersCorps: Young authors featured in “City of Stairways” read from the book. [7 p.m., Green Arcade, 1680 Market St., S.F.]


Musical theater: Foothill Music Theatre presents Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes.” [8 p.m., Smithwick Theatre, Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills]


Opera film series: The program, presented by the San Francisco Opera Guild, features a film of a 2005 Wiener Staatsoper production of Jules Massenet’s “Werther.” [Noon, Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Author program: Lisa Lutz, author of “The Spellman Files,” reads from and discusses her mystery novels. A book sale follows. [6:30 p.m., Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Room, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]


Nomad’s land: “Nomadic Communities” is the theme of August’s Exploratorium After Dark gathering. Guests include Dust City Diner and Burning Man’s Harley Dubois. [6 to 10 p.m., Exploratorium, 3601 Lyon St., S.F.]

Music for peace: The Mo’Rockin Project, a brotherhood of kindred North African musicians and jazz artists, performs at Yerba Buena Gardens. [12:30 p.m., Mission Street between Third and Fourth streets, S.F.]

Crafty business: The Museum of Craft and Folk Art hosts the August edition of Craft Bar, an evening of socializing and crafting. Bookmaking and silk-screening projects are on the slate. [6 to 9 p.m., 51 Yerba Buena Lane, S.F.]

Stand-up show: Comedian John Heffron performs at the Punch Line. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

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