Good Day: June 16, 2010 

Newsweek columnist and best-selling author Jonathan Alter provides an inside account of President Barack Obama and his administration in action. [6 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Higher education:
Top leaders of California's public higher-education system discuss whether the beacon of educational hope has burned out and how we can improve things. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Ed Moses: The director of Lawrence Livermore Labs' National Ignition Facility discusses the development of clean fusion power. The Long Now Foundation presents the talk. [7:30 p.m., Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Mike Lawson:
The novelist talks about "House Justice." [7 p.m., "M" Is for Mystery, 86 E. Third Ave., San Mateo]

Two poets: Andrew Joron ("Trance Archive") and Will Alexander ("Exobiology As Goddess") read from their works. [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

'Bloomsday' night:
"The Voices of James Joyce" is the theme of this annual celebration. "Readings from 'Ulysses' and beyond" is on the bill. [7 p.m., Mechanics' Institute, 57 Post St., S.F.]

Travel talk:
Lonely Planet author Alison Bing hosts an interactive evening featuring her itinerary for Italy. [6:30 p.m., Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Meeting Room, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Protecting the Bay: San Francisco Baykeeper presents a talk and slide show highlighting its bay-pollution watchdog activities. [5:30 p.m., Potrero Branch, 1616 20th St., S.F.]

Stand-up show:
Comedian and Emmy Award winning writer Greg Fitzsimmons performs at the Punch Line. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Public salsa dancing: "Salsa in the Square" returns to Union Square. Introductory dance lessons are followed by an open dance floor. Avance provides live Latin music. [6 to 8 p.m., Powell and Post streets, S.F.]

Jazz artist: Saxophonist James Carter performs with his ensemble. [8 and 10 p.m., Yoshi's, 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Cooking masters: presents its Rising Stars Revue, an awards event celebrating chefs and culinary professionals. [7:30 to 10 p.m., Ghirardelli Square, S.F.]

The restaurant hosts "Piatela Wednesdays," featuring platters of Greek cuisine for $20 to $25. Veggie, meat, seafood and dessert platters are available. Featured items, created by chef Nikos Maheras, include spanakotiropita (filo stuffed with spinach, feta and herbs), melitzanosalata (smoked eggplant spread), loukaniko psito (grilled seasoned sausage) and bacaliaros (beer-battered, dried cod). [2373 Chestnut St., S.F.; (415) 409-7111]

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