Good day for Feb. 23, 2010 

Who's in town
British folk-rock artist Richard Thompson performs with his band. [8 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]


Lectures
Julia Sweig:
The Council on Foreign Relations’ specialist on Latin America and author of “Cuba: What Everyone Needs to Know” discusses U.S.-Cuba relations in the 21st century. [6 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

David Bisno: The constitutional law scholar examines thorny questions related to free speech, private speech and government speech. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]


Literary events
Danielle Ofri:
The writer and Bellevue physician discusses the subject of her new book, “Medicine in Translation: Journeys With My Patients.” [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Lisa See: The novelist talks about “Shanghai Girls.” [7:30 p.m., Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View]


At the colleges
Stewart Brand:
The creator of the Whole Earth Catalog and co-founder of the Global Business Network appears in conversation with Nils Gilman, a consultant with Monitor 360. [6 p.m., Mechanics’ Institute, 57 Post St., S.F.]


At the public library
Internet job search:
Workshop covers how to look for a job online. The same presentation occurs twice today. [10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m., Mission Bay Branch, 960 Fourth St., S.F.]

Crafts class: Teens and tweens can try crafts such as beading, braiding and weaving in this session presented in English and Mandarin. [3:30 p.m., North Beach Branch, Joe DiMaggio Playground Clubhouse, 661 Lombard St., S.F.]


Local activities
Reimagined classic: Playwright Luis Alfaro transforms Sophocles’ ancient tale into a myth for the modern age in “Oedipus el Rey,” a stage drama premiering at the Magic Theatre. [7 p.m., Building D, Fort Mason Center, S.F.]

Cutting-edge printmaking: “Prints Byte” — an exhibit exploring experimental, digital and installation-based printmaking — is on view at the SOMArts Cultural Center. [2 to 7 p.m., 934 Brannan St., S.F.]

Dining out
E&O Trading Co.:
In celebration of the Lunar New Year, the restaurant is serving special dishes like chef Arnold Eric Wong’s seared day boat scallops with dashi broth and maitake mushrooms. Also, look for a special beer offer for diners (21 and older) born in the Year of the Tiger (1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986). [314 Sutter St., S.F., (415) 693-0303]

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