Good Day: June 2, 2010 

Mahnaz Afkhami
, the founder of Women’s Learning Partnership and a leading advocate for women’s rights internationally for more than three decades, discusses the status of women in the Middle East. The International Museum of Women presents the conversation. [5 p.m., Omni San Francisco Hotel, 500 California St., S.F.; RSVP:]

Paul Clarke:
The educator and retired Air Force intelligence officer analyzes U.S. intelligence agencies and addresses myths surrounding the intelligence process. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

‘Backpacking Basics’: Session covers the essentials of backpacking gear. [7 p.m., REI, 1119 Industrial Blvd., San Carlos; register:]

Lucy Jane Bledsoe:
The novelist and adventurer talks about “The Big Bang Symphony.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Jennifer L. Holm: The award-winning writer of books for young readers talks about “Turtle in Paradise.” [6 p.m., Kepler’s Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

Nursing program:
USF’s School of Nursing presents an overview of its master’s and doctoral degree options. [4 p.m., USF, Lone Mountain Admission Presentation Room 216, 2800 Turk Blvd., S.F.]

Opera talk:
The San Francisco Opera Guild presents a lecture on Puccini’s “The Girl of the Golden West.” [Noon, Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Pride Month: The RADAR Superstars program welcomes poet Achy Obejas and artist-filmmaker Nao Bustamante, among other guests. Michelle Tea hosts. [6 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Spanish rock star:
Singer-songwriter Enrique Bunbury, one of Spain’s most popular rock musicians, performs at The Fillmore. [8 p.m., 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Lone stars: The 2010 New Voices Festival, a showcase for solo performers, begins. Marilyn Pittman (“It’s All the Rage”) and Sigal Shoham (“Squeeze the Dollar, Change Your Life”) perform today. [7:30 p.m., The Marsh, 1062 Valencia St., S.F.]

Career coaching: The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce hosts its Job Forum, a panel-conducted discussion open to anyone experiencing job-searching problems. [6:30 to 8:30 p.m., 235 Montgomery St., 12th floor, S.F.]

The restaurant specializes in petite plates of organic fare inspired by European and contemporary cuisine, and the red wine-braised short ribs, a signature dish, are recommended today from chef Jeramiah Wheeless’ menu. Yukon potato puree and brandy-glazed rainbow carrots complete the meal. [665 Bush St., S.F., (415) 343-0130]

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