Good Day: July 29, 2010 

Who’s in town

Gallery and street artist David Choe visits the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and signs copies of his new book, “David Choe.” [6:30 to 8:30 p.m., 151 Third St., S.F.]


Lectures

AfroSolo Festival: Panel celebrates AfroSolo’s 17th anniversary and examines the arts as a medium for peace. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

‘The True Cost of Place’: A panel discussion examines the Urban Land Institute’s “Bay Area Burden” report, which details the high cost of housing and transportation in the region. [12:30 p.m., SPUR, 654 Mission St., S.F.]


Literary events

Lisa Tracy: The author and journalist talks about “Objects of Our Affection,” a memoir. [7 p.m., Books Inc., 2251 Chestnut St., S.F.]

Bowser book bash: The San Francisco Center for the Book hosts a release party for “Dog Dreams,” a children’s board book written and illustrated by Michael Wertz. [6 to 9 p.m., 300 De Haro St., S.F.]

Joanne Weir: The author of “Tequila” and host of PBS’ “Joanne Weir’s Cooking Class” conducts a tequila tasting. [6 p.m., Omnivore Books on Food, 3885a Cesar Chavez St., S.F.]


At the colleges

Evan Goldstein: The sommelier discusses food and wine matching and his new guide, “Daring Parings.” [5:30 p.m., Mechanics’ Institute, 57 Post St., S.F.]

Outdoor science talk: “The Next Wave in Wireless Technology” is the theme. Andrea Goldsmith, professor of electrical engineering, speaks. [7 p.m., on lawn adjacent to Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, Stanford]


At the public library

Post-punk scene: “Club Foot Presents: A Generous Illusion, Post-Punk S.F. (1978-82)” is the theme of an evening of film and performance. [6 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Book talk: Bernal Book Group meets to discuss Jose Saramago’s “Double.” [4 p.m., Bernal Heights Branch, 500 Cortland Ave., S.F.]


Local activities

‘Shanghai’ social: “Shanghai Deco” is the theme of tonight’s “Shanghai Nights” gathering at the Asian Art Museum. The weekly arts social is held in conjunction with the “Shanghai” exhibit. [5 to 9 p.m., 200 Larkin St., S.F.]

Moving experience: “Nightlife” at the California Academy of Sciences explores motion this week. Guests include Abada-Capoeira (demonstrating Brazilian martial art). [6 to 10 p.m., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Drum concert: Emeryville Taiko performs a concert of Japanese drumming at Yerba Buena Gardens. [12:30 p.m., Mission Street between Third and Fourth streets, S.F.]

Screen epic: Museo ItaloAmericano hosts a screening of “The Leopard” (1963), Italian director Luchino Visconti’s epic drama about Italy’s fading aristocracy. Burt Lancaster stars. [6:30 p.m., Building C, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Midday music: People in Plazas, a series presenting free concerts in plazas and courtyards in downtown San Francisco, welcomes R&B artist Larry Vann today. [Noon, plaza at 333 California St., S.F.]


Dining out

Pica Pica Maize Kitchen: Chef-owner Adriana Lopez Vermut serves arepas, cachapas and maize’wiches (grilled Venezuelan corn breads stuffed or layered with meat, cheese and vegetable fillings). Popular fillings include pabellon (shredded skirt steak, plantains, black beans and cheese) and catira (sauteed chicken, sofrito and cheddar). Also look for the new “jardinera” arepa, filled with a summer salad. [401 Valencia St., S.F.; (415) 400-5453]

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