Good Day: March 17, 2010 

Archbishop Desmond Tutu,
South African human-rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize recipient, appears in an onstage conversation. The Rev. Mpho Tutu, his daughter, joins him. [8 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Robert Mnookin:
The Harvard law professor and conflict-resolution expert discusses the art of international negotiation. [6 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Jack Dumbacher: The California Academy of Sciences’ curator of birds and mammals talks about his field expeditions to Papua New Guinea. [12:30 p.m., CAS, Golden Gate Park, S.F.; RSVP: (800) 794-7576]

Anil Ananthaswamy:
The science writer talks about “The Edge of Physics: A Journey to Earth’s Extremes to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe.” [7:30 p.m., Kepler’s Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

Shilpi Somaya Gowda: The novelist talks about “Secret Daughter.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Plaza, S.F.]

St. Patrick’s Day concert:
The Gas Men, a band specializing in Irish music, perform. [Noon, UCSF, the Red Stage, Millberry Union Vendor Court, 500 Parnassus Ave., S.F.]

Korean cartoon art:
UC Berkeley Professor Sung Lim Kim gives a talk titled “Realities and Ideals in 1950s and 1960s Korean Comics.” [6:30 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

‘Toddler Tales’: Program features stories, songs, rhymes and puppets for ages 18 months to 36 months. [4:30 p.m., Ingleside Branch, 1298 Ocean Ave., S.F.]

Soul and jazz artist:
Pianist and vocalist Gil Scott-Heron performs with friends. [8 and 10 p.m., Yoshi’s, 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Gala benefit: The Rrazz Room hosts its second-anniversary gala, benefiting Haiti earthquake relief. The lineup includes Lucie Arnaz, Paula West, Kim Nalley, Wesla Whitfield and others. [8 p.m., Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St., S.F.]

Public performance: “Intimate Visibility,” a video performance installation by Levydance, runs today through March 26 in busy public areas of San Francisco. [Washington Square (8 p.m.) and Union Square (9 p.m.), S.F.;]

Cliff House: Three-course Wednesday dinner specials ($25) are back in the restaurant’s Bistro. and chef Kevin Weber is featuring a St. Patrick’s Day special -- corned beef and cabbage with boiled potatoes and carrots -- today. An arugula salad leads things off. For dessert, look for apple almond cobbler with chantilly cream. [1090 Point Lobos, S.F.; (415) 386-3330]

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