Good day: June 7, 2010 

Who’s in town

Lael Brainard, the U.S. Treasury Department’s undersecretary for international affairs, speaks at the World Affairs Council. Recently confirmed by the Senate, Brainard is entrusted with advancing the president’s agenda to foster growth, create economic opportunities for Americans, and address transnational economic challenges. [Noon, 312 Sutter St., S.F.; RSVP:]

At the colleges

Gentle chair yoga: Class meets on Mondays. [10 a.m., UCSF, Mount Zion campus, 1701 Divisadero St., Suite 150, S.F.; RSVP:]


‘Monday Night Philosophy’: Epicurus Society founder Tom Merle explains why he believes that Epicurean principles provide a superior framework for leading a happy life. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Global town hall: The World Affairs Council’s Young Professionals International Forum hosts its monthly discussion group. Immigration is June’s theme. [6:30 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Literary events

Dan Ariely: The behavioral-economics professor and public-radio commentator talks about “The Upside of Irrationality.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Susan Rebecca White: The novelist talks about “A Soft Place to Land.” [7:30 p.m., Books Inc., 2251 Chestnut St., S.F.]

At the public library

‘First Monday Movies’: Series presents “His Kind of Woman” (1951), a film noir directed by John Farrow and starring Robert Mitchum and Jane Russell. [6:30 p.m., Excelsior Branch, 4400 Mission St., S.F.]

Local activities

Chamber Music: The Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, with guest violinist Axel Strauss, performs a new concertino by founding artistic director Kurt Rohde, plus other music. [8 p.m., Green Room, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Cabaret night: Richmond/Ermet AIDS Foundation presents a “One Night Only Cabaret,” a fundraiser featuring cast members of “In the Heights.” Special guests include Jai Rodriguez and Marga Gomez. [7:30 p.m., Theatre 39, Pier 39, S.F.]

National Queer Arts Festival: “Garage Allstars 1” concert is an all-dance program. FACT/SF, Labayen Dance, and Mannakin Theater and Dance perform. [8 p.m., the Garage, 975 Howard St., S.F.]

Dining out

Midi: Chef Michelle Mah serves adaptations of popular brasserie classics with a California touch, and she recommends two seasonal items today. First up are the scallops, served with preserved-lemon risotto and English peas. Also highlighted is a strawberry and wild-arugula salad. [185 Sutter St., S.F. (415) 835-6400]

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