Good Day: July 8, 2010 

Who’s in town

Artist and writer Belle Yang talks about “Forget Sorrow: An Ancestral Tale,” her debut as a graphic memoirist. [7:30 p.m., Kepler’s Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

At the colleges

Music showcase: The American Bach Soloists Academy presents “Academy-in-Action I,” a program showcasing its 2010 class. [8 p.m., San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., S.F.]


Kevin Starr: The California historian and state librarian emeritus talks about the Golden Gate Bridge, with a focus on the iconic structure’s creation and significance. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Two artists: Painter Hanneline Rogeberg and digital artist Camille Utterback present their work. The event is part of “The Expert’s Mind,” a San Francisco Zen Center series. [7:30 p.m., de Young Museum, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Literary events

Maile Meloy: The fiction writer talks about her new story collection, “Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Plaza, S.F.]

Peter Ward: The species-extinction expert discusses “Flood Earth.” [7:30 p.m., Books Inc., 2251 Chestnut St., S.F.]

At the public library

Bookbinding exhibit: Members of the Hand Bookbinders of California lead tours of the organization’s 38th annual exhibition. [11 a.m., Main Library, Skylight Gallery, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Bay documentary: Film series presents “Marvel of Nature,” the first episode of “Saving the Bay,” a four-part documentary. [Noon, Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Local activities

Hilarity ensues: “LOL SF,” a festival of funny films, kicks off with “Soul Kitchen,” a German comedy directed by director Fatih Akin and set in a greasy spoon. [7:30 p.m., Vogue Theatre, 3290 Sacramento St., S.F.]

Photographer spotlight: The World Affairs Council hosts an evening honoring photographer Karen Ande and presents “Faces of Hope,” an exhibit in which Ande looks at African children and AIDS. [6 to 8 p.m., 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Scare tactics: The 2010 Another Hole in the Head Film Festival, featuring indie-horror and grindhouse cinema, begins. Films from Serbia and Japan screen today. [5 to 11 p.m., Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., S.F.]

Piano pairs: The Milton and Peggy Salkind International Piano Duo Festival, featuring internationally distinguished pianists, including Anderson and Roe, presents its Opening Gala Concert. [8 p.m., San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., S.F.]

Dining out

Ponzu: Chef Adam Carpenter cooks the cuisine of Asia, including  Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Korean, Vietnamese, and other flavors. Small plates, large plates, side dishes and desserts are available. Recommended today is a large plate: teriyaki chicken. [401 Taylor St., S.F.; (415) 775-7979]

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