Good Day for Jan. 6, 2010 

Who’s in town

Liu Jianqiang, an award-winning environmental journalist from China and a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley, gives his perspective on China’s environmental movement. [6 p.m., Asia Foundation, 465 California St., S.F.]


Italian immigrants: Professor Paola Sensi Isolani discusses Italian immigrants who worked in agriculture and became successful entrepreneurs. [7 p.m., Museo ItaloAmericano, Building C, Fort Mason Center, Buchanan Street and Marina Boulevard, S.F.; RSVP: (415) 673-2200]

Yosemite in winter: Yosemite Association naturalist Pete Devine shares slides and information on snowshoeing, skiing and camping destinations in the park. [7 p.m., REI, 1119 Industrial Blvd., San Carlos]

Literary events

Raj Patel: The author of “Stuffed and Starved” talks about “The Value of Nothing: How to Reshape Market Society and Redefine Democracy.” [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Book party: Poet H.D. Moe and other poets read from their work during an evening celebrating the publication of Moe’s new book, “Death Kick.” [7:20 p.m., Sacred Grounds Coffee House, Hayes and Cole streets, S.F.]

At the colleges

Population studies: Dr. Evelyne Heyer, of the Musée de l’Homme, Paris, gives a talk titled “Social Behavior, Lifestyle and Genetic Diversity in Human Populations.” [4:15 p.m., Herrin Hall, Room T-175, Stanford University, Stanford]

At the public library

Earthquake preparedness: Matt Springer, assistant professor of medicine at UCSF, gives a presentation about how to lessen earthquake damage at home and at work. [6 p.m., Main Library, Latino/Hispanic B, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

‘Toddler Tales’: Program features stories, songs, rhymes and puppets for ages 18 to 36 months. [4:30 p.m., Ingleside Branch, 1298 Ocean Ave., S.F.]

Local activities

Stand-up show: Comedian Tom Rhodes performs at the Punch Line. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Life before Dorothy: “Wicked” continues at the Orpheum Theatre. The hit musical tells the story of Oz’s two best-known witches, in their early years. [2 and 8 p.m., 1192 Market St., S.F.]

Downtown ice skating: The holiday ice rink in Union Square is still open. Skaters can enjoy it through Jan. 18. [10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Post and Powell streets, S.F.]

Dining out

RNM: Chef Justine Miner’s special of the day is pan-roasted squab. It is served on chestnut puree with blood-orange gastrique, sauteed Lacinato kale, and shaved Himalayan truffles. [598 Haight St., S.F.; (415) 551-7900]

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