Good Day: Jan. 14, 2010 

Who’s in town
Jamaican reggae artist Anthony B performs at The Independent. [9 p.m., 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

Lectures
Kamala Harris:
San Francisco’s district attorney — and a candidate for state attorney general — talks about The City’s progress in combating crime. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

‘Snowshoeing 101’: REI snowshoeing specialist Dominic Pascucci talks about how easy it is to experience Northern California’s winter landscapes on “shoes” and offers safety tips. [7 p.m., REI, 840 Brannan St., S.F.]

Literary events
Frances Dinkelspiel:
The journalist and biographer talks about “Towers of Gold: How One Jewish Immigrant Named Isaias Hellman Created California.” [7 p.m., BookShop West Portal, 80 West Portal Ave., S.F.]

Poetry reading: Poets Michael McClure, Jerome Rothenberg and Leslie Scalapino take part in “An Evening of Romantic Poetry.” [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

At the colleges
Book celebration: Editor Greil Marcus and contributing writers talk about “A New Literary History of America.” [6 p.m., Mechanics’ Institute, 57 Post St., S.F.]

At the public library
Documentary film:
“It’s Never Too Late to Paint,” a January film series, presents “Chris and Don: A Love Story” (2009). [Noon, Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

‘Baby Rhyme Time’: Program features rhymes, songs and books for kids up to 18 months old. [10:30 a.m., Park Branch, 1833 Page St., S.F.]

Local activities
Symphony concert:
The San Francisco Symphony, conducted by George Benjamin, performs works by Ravel, Messiaen and Benjamin himself. [2 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Heist comedy: “How to Steal a Million” (1966), directed by William Wyler and starring Audrey Hepburn and Peter O'Toole, screens at the SFMOMA. [7 p.m., 151 Third St., S.F.]

Movie event: Meet the cast and director of the upcoming film “Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief.” [6 to 8 p.m., Borders, Stonestown Galleria, 233 Winston Drive, S.F.]  

Women in the spotlight: The 2010 Women on the Way Festival begins. Innovative female theater, dance, music and comedy artists take the stage. [8 p.m., Shotwell Studios, 3252-A 19th St., S.F.; the Garage, 975 Howard St., S.F.]

Dining out
Sens:
Chef Dane Boryta recommends a pair of dishes today. First is roasted duck breast, with persimmon and vanilla jus. It is served with Russian red kale and butternut squash risotto. Also look for beef tenderloin medallions with rosemary sherry sauce and green lentil and parsnip stuffed cabbage leaf. [Four Embarcadero Center, S.F.; (415) 362-0645]

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