Good Day: Jan. 27, 2010 

Singer, songwriter, poet and artist Patti Smith appears in conversation with journalist Kevin Berger. [8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

John Yoo:
The law professor and author (“Crisis and Command”) traces the history of presidential power. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Don George: The travel journalist and broadcaster shares “Ten Tips for Travel in 2010.” [7 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Amy Greene:
The novelist talks about “Bloodroot.” [7:30 p.m., Kepler’s Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

Book group: The Classics I Forgot to Read Book Club discusses Henry James’ “The Wings of the Dove.” [7:30 p.m., Books Inc., 2251 Chestnut St., S.F.]

Radio theater:
L.A. Theatre Works, a radio-theater company, performs the new docudrama “RFK: The Journey to Justice.” [8 p.m., Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Stanford University, Stanford]

Beat poetry:
The event celebrates the publication of “Beatitude: Golden Anniversary.” Poets published in early editions of the magazine are scheduled to attend. [6 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Art talk: Artist Marlene Aron gives a slide presentation on the art of impressionist painter Claude Monet. [7 p.m., Excelsior Branch, 4400 Mission St., S.F.]

Musician Trevor Hall — who has toured with Steel Pulse, Colbie Caillat and Stevie Nicks — mixes acoustic rock and reggae in a show at Cafe Du Nord. [8 p.m., 2170 Market St., S.F.]

Jill and Julia: S.F. SketchFest presents singer-songwriter Jill Sobule and monologist Julia Sweeney performing their "Jill and Julia Show," a mix of music, comedy, improvisation and monologues. [8 p.m., Yoshi’s, 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Remembering the Holocaust: The Italian Cultural Institute hosts International Holocaust Remembrance Day events. Events include film and literary presentations. [6 p.m., 425 Washington St., S.F.]

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