Good Day: March 18, 2010 

Armenia-born pianist Nareh Arghamanyan performs music by Scarlatti, Schumann, Liszt and Rachmaninoff. [8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

A. Barry Rand:
The CEO of the American Association of Retired People discusses concerns of older Americans, including health care and financial security. [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

David Shenk: The author ("The Forgetting") and filmmaker, citing recent research, reveals a highly optimistic new view of human potential. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Wendy Rouse Jorae:
The professor and historian talks about "The Children of Chinatown: Growing Up Chinese American in San Francisco, 1850-1920." [6 p.m., California Historical Society Museum, 678 Mission St., S.F.]

Kevin Killian: The locally based writer presents "Impossible Princess," his third collection of gay short fiction. [7:30 p.m., Books Inc., 2275 Market St., S.F.]

Faculty recital:
Yoshikazu Nagai (piano), Axel Strauss (violin) and Jean-Michel Fonteneau (cello) perform a program of chamber music. [8 p.m., San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., S.F.]

Census Bureau:
Workers offer census questionnaire help in English. [2 to 8 p.m., Main Library, Stong Conference Room, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Puppeteer workshop: Daniel Barash conducts a session in shadow puppetry. [3 p.m., Ocean View Branch, 345 Randolph St., S.F.]

Malian maestro:
Bassekou Kouyate, a musician from Mali known for his mastery of the ngoni, an ancestor of the banjo, performs with his band, Ngoni Ba. [8 p.m., Slim's, 333 11th St., S.F.]

Electronic duo: The UK group Groove Armada from the UK plays the first of two San Francisco shows. Lilofee opens tonight. [8 p.m, Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]  

AIDS forum: Project Inform hosts a town hall featuring new information on AIDS treatment and prevention from the annual Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections. [6:30 p.m., LGBT Center, 1800 Market St., S.F.]

Chef Eric Tucker’s new menu items include oyster mushrooms with almond-meal crust, with salsa romesco and preserved-lemon and watermelon-radish salad. A new variation on arepa, meanwhile, includes grilled oyster and cremini mushrooms and tofu “chorizo.” Also look for a bean ragout with Tierra vegetables, Oaxacan green corn and Petaluma Gold Rush beans. [580 Geary St., S.F. (415) 345-3900]

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