Good day: March 1, 2010 

Who’s in town

Author Jeff Stone, who is best known for his kung-fu-themed stories for middle-grade readers, talks about “Dragon,” the seventh and final book in his “Five Ancestors” series. [7 p.m., Kepler’s Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

At the colleges

Chris Anderson: The editor-in-chief of Wired magazine discusses cultural, social and economic aspects of living in a technologically wired world. [7:30 p.m., Cubberley Auditorium, School of Education, Stanford University]

Lectures

‘Monday Night Philosophy’: Violist and attorney Steven Machtinger presents both words and music to examine whether music can express concepts without words. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Literary events

Judith Warner: The journalist talks about “We’ve Got Issues: Children and Parents in the Age of Medication.” [7:30 p.m., Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View]

Poetry night: Evening features Sharon Doubiago, reading recent poems and excerpts from the memoir “My Father’s Love,” plus poet Dorren Robbins and an open-mic session. [7 p.m., Bird and Beckett, 653 Chenery St., S.F.]

At the public library

Film noir: “First Monday Movies” series presents “In a Lonely Place” (1950), directed by Nicholas Ray and starring Humphrey Bogart and Gloria Grahame. [6:30 p.m., Excelsior Branch, 4400 Mission St., S.F.]

Homework help: Volunteers assist K-7 students with homework assignments. [4 to 6 p.m., Mission Branch, 300 Bartlett St., S.F.]

Local activities

Theatrical reading: Magic Theatre’s “Virgin Play” series presents a script-in-hand reading of “Six,” a comedy by Israeli playwright Zohar Tirosh-Polk. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Music and discussion: San Francisco Contemporary Music Players present “Longing for Utopia.” The evening features a work by Luigi Nono. Violinist Graeme Jennings performs. [7:15 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., S.F.]
 
Plant life: Banksia seminuda, an Australian plant with flower spikes, is in bloom at the San Francisco Botanical Garden, which contains more 7,500 types of plants from around the world. [8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

‘Nuclear Tipping Point’: Film and talk focus on eliminating nuclear weapons. Former presidential cabinet secretaries George Shultz and William Perry speak. [6:30 p.m., Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center, S.F.; RSVP: (415) 775-2244]

Dining out

A-16: It is “Monday Meatballs” night at the restaurant, and a pork and beef meatball is chef Liza Shaw’s featured dish. The meatball is braised in tomato, with basil and grana padano cheese. [2355 Chestnut St., S.F.; (415) 771-2216]

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