Good Day: Feb. 11, 2010 

Pulitzer Prizewinning historian Garry Wills, whose new book is "Bomb Power," argues that the atom bomb paved the way for presidential authority that has continued to threaten the Constitution and the balance of power. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

B.R. Myers:
The scholar, commentator and North Korea specialist provides a look at modern-day life and culture in that closed society. [6 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Art mini-symposium: "Scientific Testing of Art and Textiles" is the focus. Scholars from around the globe speak. [9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., de Young Museum, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Sara Houghteling:
The debut novelist talks about "Pictures at an Exhibition." [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Katharine Weber: The novelist, appearing in conversation with Annabelle Candy Company's Susan Karl, talks about "True Confections." [7:30 p.m., Kepler's Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

Civil rights:
"Unfinished Victory: The Fight for Civil Rights" is the theme of a panel discussion. Speakers include authors Elaine Elinson and Stan Yogi and author Elizabeth Partridge. [6 p.m., Mechanics' Institute, 57 Post St., S.F.]

'Great Teen Book Swap':
Teens receive free books with the understanding that they will give the library a bookmark review by the end of the month. [3 p.m., Glen Park Branch, 2825 Diamond St., S.F.]

Valentine program: The session for school-age children features stories and crafts for Valentine's Day. [3:30 p.m., Portola Branch, 380 Bacon St., S.F.]

Opening gala:
The San Francisco Museum and Historical Society hosts a gala for its "Swinging Chinatown" exhibit. Guests include the Grant Avenue Follies and author Trina Robbins. [6 to 8 p.m., Old Mint, 88 Fifth St., S.F.]

Tuvan folk music: Huun Huur Tu, a musical ensemble from Tuva, Russia, is in town. The group's music features throat singing, one of the oldest forms of music making. [8 p.m., Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center, S.F.]

Hospital benefit: "Hearts After Dark," benefiting San Francisco General Hospital Foundation, features food, drink and entertainment. Musical guests: Tainted Love and DJ Solomon. [7 to 10 p.m., Union Square, Post and Powell streets, S.F.]

Le Colonial:
Chef Joseph Villanueva is featuring seared day-boat scallops, with seafood sticky rice containing chunks of lobster and some baby shrimp. Wilted spinach and spicy tamarind drizzle complete the dish. Coming up this weekend: special hours — 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. — for Valentine’s Day, Chinese New Year and Vietnamese New Year (Tet). [20 Cosmo Place, S.F.; (415) 931-3600]

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