Good Day: Feb. 17, 2010 

Person in town
Elizabeth C. Economy,
director of Asia studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and an expert on Chinese domestic and foreign policy, discusses the environmental consequences of China’s economic growth, and what Chinese leaders are doing about it. [5:45 p.m., USF, Fromm Hall, 2130 Fulton St., S.F.]


Lectures
Steven Hill:
The political writer and director of the Political Reform Program at the New America Foundation talks about what the United States can learn from the European way. [6 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Gordon Bell and Jim Gemmell: The pioneering computer scientists talk about an impending revolution in electronic memory and how it will affect our lives. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]


Literary events
Steven Amsterdam:
The Australia-based writer talks about “Things We Didn’t See Coming,” a story collection. [7:30 p.m., Kepler’s Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

Peter Hessler: The journalist and travel writer talks about “Country Driving: A Journey Through China From Farm to Factory.” [7 p.m., BookShop West Portal, 80 West Portal Ave., S.F.]

At the public library
Buffalo Soldiers:
Frederik Penn, of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, discusses the role of the African-American 9th Cavalry in shaping the national-park system. [6:30 p.m., Richmond Branch, 351 Ninth Ave., S.F.]

William Isse: The historian gives a talk titled “Catholics, Communists and Urban Power in San Francisco During the Great Depression and World War II Years.” [6 p.m., Main Library, Latino/Hispanic B, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]


Colleges
Human Rights Film Festival:
The three-day event opens with “Ugandan Days: A Video Journal,” “Tapestries of Hope,” “Ask Not” and “Crude.” [1 to 8 p.m., USF, Presentation Theater, 2350 Turk Blvd., S.F.]


City
Dance troupe:
The Akram Khan Company performs “Bahok,” a work that explores the ways in which the body carries national identity and a sense of belonging. [8 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 700 Howard St., S.F.]

Tiger tales: The Asian Art Museum’s Matcha mixer series celebrates the Year of the Tiger. Attractions include the “Shanghai” exhibit, kung fu demos, docent talks, DJ music and art activities. [5 to 9 p.m., 200 Larkin St., S.F.]

Symphony concert: The San Francisco Symphony, conducted by Herbert Blomstedt, performs music by Beethoven and Haydn. Guest cellist: Joshua Roman. [2 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

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