Good Day: Jan. 26, 2010 


Nature photographer, mountaineer, scientist and explorer James Balog, whose latest project involves documenting the human impact on the icy regions of the world, appears in conversation with KQED’s Rachael Myrow. [8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]


Raj Patel:
The writer, activist and academic looks at the hidden ecological and social costs of common items that we currently take for granted. [6 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]
Ancient Turkey: Urban designer Eva Liebermann gives a talk titled “Cities in Asia Minor: A Contemporary Take on the Urbanism of Ancient Empires.” [12:30 p.m., SPUR, 654 Mission St., S.F.]

Rebecca Newberger Goldstein:
The author and philosopher talks about “Thirty-Six Arguments for the Existence of God.” [8 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Noir poetry: Poets Karyna McGlynn (“I Have to Go Back to 1994 and Kill a Girl”) and Donna de la Perriere (“True Crime”) read from their works. [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Charles Fracchia:
The local historian talks about “When the Water Came up to Montgomery Street: San Francisco During the Gold Rush,” his latest book. [6 p.m., Mechanics’ Institute, 57 Post St., S.F.]
‘From Russia With Love’:
Program features Russian and Ukrainian love songs with live piano music by Svetlana Chernitskaya. [7 p.m., Richmond Branch, 351 Ninth Ave.. S.F.]

Urban-fiction writing workshop: Class, presented in collaboration with WritersCorps, is for ages 14 to 22. [6 p.m., Mission Branch, 300 Bartlett St., S.F.]

Comedy benefit: “A Night of Hopeful Laughter,” a comedy show, benefits the Hope Flight Foundation. Sheila Bryson, Tony Sparks and Joe Klocek, among others, supply the humor. [7:30 p.m., Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd St., S.F.]

Film noir: “Noir City,” the festival of film noir, presents “The Postman Always Rings Twice” (7:30 p.m.) and “He Ran All the Way” (9:45 p.m.), both starring John Garfield. [Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.]
Art show: “Lux,” an exhibit of photographic banners by Christina Seely, is on view in City Hall’s North Light Court. Seely’s themes include light pollution and energy consumption. [8 a.m. to 8 p.m., 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, S.F.]


Kasa Indian Eatery:
Kasa now has a restaurant in the Marina, in addition to its Castro site. Chef Anamika Khanna serves kati rolls (flaky, buttery roti wrapped around a chosen dish), or diners can choose thali (home-style combination plate). Dishes include chicken tikka, lamb curry, turkey kabobs, aloo jeera and a rotating vegetarian special. [3115 Fillmore St., S.F. (415) 896-4008]

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