Good Day: July 22, 2010 

PERSON IN TOWN

Arturo Sarukhan, Mexico’s ambassador to the United States, speaks about Mexico-U.S. relations, current challenges and strategies for sustainable progress. [6 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]


LECTURES

Thomas Frieden: The director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention talks about how we are combating and preventing disease at home and abroad. [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Melissa M. Rinne: The Asian Art Museum’s associate curator of Japanese art provides a historical look at the exhibit “Japan’s Early Ambassadors to San Francisco, 1860-1927.” [7 p.m., Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St., S.F.]

Hilda Chen: The photographer speaks at a reception celebrating an exhibit of her work. Her talk focuses on photography as a window for discussion about urban planning. [6:15 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]


LITERARY

‘Noir City Smackdown’: Literary match pits “San Francisco Noir” editors against “Los Angeles Noir” editors to see which city can “out-noir” the other. Guests include novelist Cara Black. [7 p.m., Cantina, 580 Sutter St., S.F.]

David Mitchell: The novelist reads from “The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Allison Owings: The author of “Hey, Waitress!” and “Indian Voices / Listening to Native Americans” reads from both works. LaborFest presents the program. [7 p.m., Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia St., S.F.]

Two poets: Alexandra Teague (“Mortal Geography”) and Sandy Tseng (“Sediment”) read from their volumes. [7 p.m., BookShop West Portal, 80 West Portal Ave., S.F.]

Gregg Hurwitz: The novelist talks about “They’re Watching.” [7 p.m., “M” Is for Mystery, 86 E. Third Ave., San Mateo]


COLLEGES

Stanford summer theater: “Around the Fire: Homer in Performance” presents a production of “The Wanderings of Odysseus.” [7 p.m., Nitery Theater, Old Union, 514 Lasuen Mall, Stanford University]


PUBLIC LIBRARIES

Environmental Film Festival: The program features a sneak preview of the documentary “Fresh.” [6 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Bookbinding arts: Members of the Hand Bookbinders of California lead tours of the organization’s annual exhibition. [11 a.m. to noon, Main Library, Skylight Gallery, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]


CITY

Movie classic: Redwood City’s Movies on the Square series presents a community screening of “An American in Paris” (1951), directed by Vincente Minnelli. [8:45 p.m., Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City]

American music: The San Francisco Symphony presents “My Classic New World,” a concert of American- and New World-themed music. Alondra de la Parra conducts. [8 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Tropical zone: “Nightlife” at the California Academy of Sciences presents “A Night in the Tropics.” The Insect Discovery Lab, conservation talks and DJ Aaron Pope are on the bill. [6 to 10 p.m., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Nombe Restaurant: Chef Nick Balla has put together a “Take no Tsuyu Grand Tasting” and pairing ($50), an evening featuring five Take no Tsuyu sake and four food dishes. His dishes include braised chicken with tofu; local albacore sashimi; green-bean tempura with curried salt; and ume coconut sorbet and black raspberries. [7 p.m., 2491 Mission St., S.F.; (415) 681-7150, www.nombesf.com]


DINING OUT

Nombe Restaurant: Chef Nick Balla has put together a “Take no Tsuyu Grand Tasting” and pairing ($50), an evening featuring five Take no Tsuyu sake and four food dishes. His dishes include braised chicken with tofu; local albacore sashimi; green-bean tempura with curried salt; and ume coconut sorbet and black raspberries. [7 p.m., 2491 Mission St., S.F.; (415) 681-7150; www.nombesf.com]

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