Good Day: March 31, 2010 


Wendy Kopp, founder of Teach for America, takes part in a panel discussion examining the state of California’s public schools in light of the current financial crisis. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]


Joan Spero: The authority on philanthropy discusses the global role of foundations. [6 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Detecting earthquakes: Richard Allen, associate director of the Berkeley Seismological Laboratory, discusses ShakeAlert, an earthquake warning system in the development stage. [12:30 p.m., SPUR, 654 Mission St., S.F.]


Indu Sundaresan: The novelist talks about “Shadow Princess.” [7:30 p.m., Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View]

John Gerassi: The journalist and scholar discusses “Talking With Sartre.” [7 p.m., Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia St., S.F.]


Master class: Violinist Elizabeth Blumenstock coaches music students on masterworks of the Baroque-era repertoire. [8 p.m., San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., S.F.]


Ecology discussion: Panel discusses the history of environmental activism in the Bay Area. [6 to 8 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Author appearance: Novella Carpenter reads from and signs copies of “Farm City,” a memoir. [7 p.m., Bernal Heights Branch, 500 Cortland Ave., S.F.]


Opening night: American Conservatory Theatre presents “Vigil,” Morris Panych’s dark comedy about a self-involved bachelor and his dying aunt. Marco Barricelli and Olympia Dukakis star. [8 p.m., A.C.T., 415 Geary St., S.F.]

New acquisition: “Migration” (1947), an early work by significant 20th-century social-realist painter Jacob Lawrence, has entered the America collection at the de Young Museum. [9:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Youth-arts fundraiser: Precita Eyes hosts a fundraiser for its upcoming Urban Youth Arts Festival. Tonight’s fundraiser features music, art, food and drink. [9 p.m. to 2 a.m., El Rio bar, 3158 Mission St., S.F.]

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