Good Day for Feb. 2, 2010 

WHO'S IN TOWN

Novelist Rebecca Stead presents her new young-adult book, “When You Reach Me,” which received the 2010 Newbery Medal. [6:30 p.m., Borders Books, Stonestown Galleria, 233 Winston Drive, S.F.]

 

LECTURES

Brian Tucker: The president of GeoHazards International gives a talk titled “Preventing Another Haitian Crisis: Preparedness and Mitigation as Aid.” [6 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Eastern European history: Panel discusses 1968’s Prague Spring, the Soviet oppression that followed the liberalization, and the historical significance of the events. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

 

LITERARY EVENTS

Rick Smith and Bruce Lourie: The authors and environmentalists talk about “Slow Death by Rubber Duck.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Stephen Elliott: The local author, focusing on his “The Adderall Diaries,” conducts a memoir-writing seminar. [7 p.m., 826 Valencia, 826 Valencia St., S.F.]

 

AT THE COLLEGES

Ancient history: Professor Andrew G. Jameson gives a lecture titled “The Library of Alexandria and Its Revival.” [6 p.m., Mechanics’ Institute, 57 Post St., S.F.]

 

AT THE PUBLIC LIBRARY

Poet laureate: Diane DiPrima, San Francisco’s new poet laureate, gives her inauguration address, discussing poetry as spiritual practice. [5 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Immigration services: Cindy Liou, attorney at API Legal Outreach, gives an overview of immigration services offered by her organization and addresses immigration-related FAQs. [6:30 p.m., Chinatown Branch, 1135 Powell St., S.F.]

 

LOCAL ACTIVITIES

Classical music: Jannie Lo (piano) and Burke Schuchmann (cello) perform works by Mendelssohn and Beethoven. Noontime Concerts presents the program. [12:30 p.m., Old St. Mary’s Cathedral, 660 California St., S.F.]

Jurassic jokers: San Francisco’s “Dinosaurs of Comedy” — veteran comedians Johnny Steele, Michael Meehan and Larry “Bubbles” Brown — perform. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Independent cinema: “Fish Tank” — director Andrea Arnold’s coming-of-age drama set in a British housing complex — is playing at the Embarcadero Center Cinema. [1 Embarcadero Center, S.F.]

 

DINING OUT

Tangerine: Chef Sean Pattansuvoranun’s special is stewed shitake chicken with port wine. Slow-cooked free-range chicken breast swims in a special broth of port wine and soy sauce, and is served with baked baby potatoes. “This chicken is truly finger-lickin’ good, but you will need a spoon,” Tangerine owner Peter Goss says. [16th and Sanchez streets, S.F., (415) 626-1700]

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