Good Day: June 29, 2010 

Who’s in town

Novelist and former CIA operative Barry Eisler talks about his new thriller, “Inside Out.” [7:30 p.m., Kepler’s Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]


At the colleges

Book talk: Aife Murray talks about “Maid as Muse: How Servants Changed Emily Dickinson’s Life and Language.” [3 p.m., UCSF, Nursing Building, Room 225, 513 Parnassus Ave., S.F.]


Lectures

Azby Brown: The author, architect and director of the KIT Future Design Institute discusses lessons traditional Japan can teach us when it comes to living green. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Guillermo Toro-Lira: The author presents the history of Pisco punch, a drink invented in San Francisco. The San Francisco History Association presents the talk. [7:30 p.m., St. Philip’s Church, 725 Diamond St., S.F.]


Literary events

Economics and comics: Seth Tobocman, Eric Laursen and Jessica Wehrle talk about “Understanding the Crash,” a graphic nonfiction work. [7 p.m., Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia St., S.F.]

Two poets: Gillian Conoley (“The Plot Genie”) and Craig Santos Perez (“from unincorporated territory [saina]”) read. [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]


At the public library

Giants player: Relief pitcher Sergio Romo visits the library to read stories, answer questions and sign autographs for children (ages 5 and older). [Noon, Main Library, Children’s Storytelling Room, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]


Local activities

Local leader: Green-collar economy booster Van Jones receives a 21st Century Visionary Award from the Commonwealth Club. [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.; after party at Temple, 540 Howard St., S.F.]

Midday music: The Midsummer Mozart Festival Ensemble performs works by the composer. Noontime Concerts presents the program. [12:30 p.m., Old St. Mary’s Cathedral, 660 California St., S.F.]

Poetry in the gardens: The TODCO Poets, made up of seniors from the South of Market neighborhood, give a reading. [12:30 p.m., Yerba Buena Gardens, Esplanade, Mission Street between Third and Fourth streets, S.F.]


Dining 0ut

Presidio Social Club: Chef Ray Tang serves California cuisine and San Francisco fare with occasional twists. Dinner specials include roasted range chicken with mushroom vinaigrette and seasonal vegetables, and a whole-fish dish. Recent “standards” include meatloaf with shaved carrots and smashed potatoes. Every Tuesday features half-price glasses of wine and beer. [Building 563, Ruger Street, Presidio, S.F., (415) 885-1888]

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