Good Day: March 25, 2010 

German experimental pianist and composer Hauschka, aka Volker Bertelmann, performs at Café Du Nord. His work is based on an exploration of the possibilities of the prepared piano — a playfully disruptive intervention into the notion of the piano as a pure-toned, perfected instrument. [7:30 p.m., 2170 Market St., S.F.]

Ian Buruma:
The journalist and professor of human rights examines the relationship between religion and democracy. [6 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

John Marks: The Search for Common Ground president demonstrates how popular culture can be used to prevent violence and promote positive social change. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Richard Becker:
The author and activist reads from “Palestine, Israel and the U.S. Empire.” A Q&A follows. [7 p.m., Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia St., S.F.]

Canyon Sam: The writer and performer talks about “Sky Train.” [7:30 p.m., Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View]

Randall Grahm:
The writer and winery-founder talks about his new book, “Been Doon So Long: A Randall Grahm Vinthology.” [6 p.m., Mechanics’ Institute, 57 Post St., S.F.]

Journalism today:
Society of Professional Journalists hosts a forum where residents can discuss the local news with leading figures in journalism and other fields. [5:30 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin 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.]

Bark place:
The 2010 Bark & Whine Ball, benefiting the San Francisco SPCA’s Cinderella Fund, features food, drinks and dancing. Well-behaved dogs are invited. [6:30 p.m., Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.; tickets/info: (415) 554-3052]

Bluegrass band: The Montana Slim String Band performs at the Independent. [8 p.m., 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

Music fundraiser: Education Though Music Bay Area hosts a benefit for its music programs for schoolchildren. The evening includes performances, food and drink and a silent auction. [6 p.m., Women’s Building, 3543 18th St., S.F.]

Town Hall:
Recommended dishes from chef Vernon Morales’ menu include, first, an appetizer: octopus carpaccio with mango and avocado salad, extra-virgin olive oil, lime juice, and pimenton. For an entree, look for the barbecued squab, with beluga lentils, frisee, and bacon-Banyuls warm vinaigrette. [345 Howard St., S.F.; (415) 908-3900]?

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