Good Day: Feb. 17, 2010 

Who’s in town

Bates Gill — director of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, one of the world’s top think tanks — discusses how armed violence is increasingly being carried out by non-state entities, and examines the challenges that this presents for global stability. [6 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]


Lowell Bergman: The investigative reporter and “Frontline” producer discusses a broad range of global issues, including corruption and terrorism. [7:30 p.m., Los Altos Youth Center, 1 South San Antonio Road, Los Altos]

Same-sex marriage: Panelists examine the question of who defines marriage, the state or the nation? [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Literary events

Ash Wednesday at City Lights: Bookstore hosts Ash Wednesday readings by Annie La Ganga (“Stoners and Self-Appointed Saints”) and Bill Cotter (“Fever Chart”). Special guest: Dave Eggers. [7 p.m., 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

At the colleges

College preparation: Workshop is designed for 11th-graders and their parents. Bring high school transcripts for evaluation. [5:30 p.m., UCSF, Millberry Union, Golden Gate Room, 500 Parnassus Ave., S.F.]

At the public library

Adult job workshop: FORWARD (Focusing on Rewarding Work and Restoring Dignity) session helps economically challenged individuals boost workplace skills. [6 p.m., Main Library, Paley Room, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Library databases: Hands-on computer class focuses on the library’s reference databases containing full-text magazine and newspaper articles. [2 p.m., Main Library, Training Center, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Local activities

A cappella ensemble: The King’s Singers, a Grammy-winning group, performs. The program includes a new work by Bay Area composer Gabriela Lena Frank. [8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Funny folk: Andrew Norelli, Beth Schumann, Maggie Newcomb (host) and other comedians appear in “Comedy for a Cause.” The show benefits the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation. [8 p.m., San Francisco Comedy College, 414 Mason St., S.F.]

Opera on screen: The San Francisco Opera’s Grand Opera Cinema Series presents a cinema-cast of Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” featuring soprano Patricia Racette. [6:30 p.m., Kabuki Cinemas, 1881 Post St., S.F.]

Dining out

Farallon: Seared Mediterranean rouget with Dungeness crab, leek soubise and truffled blood orange vinaigrette is recommended from chefs Mark Franz and Ryan Simas. For an entree, the seared Alaskan cod is highlighted. The cod is served with melted leeks, Iacopi Farms gigante beans and crisp leek greens. [450 Post St., S.F., (415) 956-6969]

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