Good Day: Feb. 3, 2010 

Who’s in town

Comedian Sugar Sammy kicks off a string of appearances in San Francisco. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]


Peter Gleick:
The Pacific Institute president talks about the impending world water crisis and its impact on social, financial and environmental stability. [6 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Peter M. Beck: The Pantech Research Fellow at Stanford University’s Asia Pacific Research Center discusses human rights in North Korea. [6 p.m., Korean Center, 1362 Post St., S.F.; registration: (415) 441-1881 or]

Literary events

Authors at the mint:
The San Francisco Museum and Historical Society launches its Author’s Forum at the Old Mint, hosted by Charles Fracchia. Four writers take part. [4 p.m., 88 Fifth St., S.F.; RSVP: (415) 537-1105, ext. 100]

Carol Sklenicka: The biographer talks about “Raymond Carver: A Writer’s Life.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

At the colleges

‘Stanford Pioneers in Science’: Douglas Osheroff, professor of physics and a 1996 Nobel Prize recipient, speaks. [7:30 p.m., Cubberley Auditorium, School of Education, Stanford University, Stanford]

At the public library

Black History Month:
Storyteller Kirk Waller spins tales for ages 7 and older. [10:30 a.m., Main Library, Children’s Story Telling Room, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Teen cartoon workshop: Comic book artist Oliver Chin teaches participants, ages 12 to 18, how to draw comics. [4 to 6 p.m., Visitacion Valley Branch, 45 Leland Ave., S.F.; RSVP: (415) 355-2848 or]

Local activities

Symphony events:
The San Francisco Symphony performs music by Schubert and Ives, and launches “Music Without Borders: A Tribute Week for the People of Haiti.” [8 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Filmmaker salute: “The Parallel Dimensions of Terry Gilliam,” a three-Wednesday salute to the filmmaker, begins. Today’s double feature: “Brazil” (1985) and “12 Monkeys” (1995). [Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.]

Lone stars: CounterPULSE hosts “Words First,” an evening of solo theater. Nicole Maxali, Ericka Lutz, Enzo Lombard (pictured), Zahra Noorbakhsh and Martha Rynberg take the stage. [7:30 p.m., 1310 Mission St., S.F.]

Dining out

Cliff House:
Three-course Wednesday dinner specials ($25) are back in the restaurant’s Bistro. Today, chef Kevin Weber is starting things off with a baby-arugula and fennel salad with shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano, caramelized walnuts and Meyer lemon dressing. “Lazy Man’s Cioppino” is the main course. For dessert: banana bread pudding with caramel sauce and chantilly cream. [1090 Point Lobos, S.F., (415) 386-3330]

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