Good Day: March 4, 2010 


Beth Noveck, U.S. deputy chief technology officer and leader of President Barack Obama’s Open Government Initiative, gives a talk titled “Transparent Government.” The Long Now Foundation presents the lecture. [7:30 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]


City budget: City officials discuss San Francisco’s Capital Plan and how The City intends to deal with infrastructure needs in the current economic climate. [12:30 p.m., SPUR, 654 Mission St., S.F.]

Asian arts: The Asian Art Museum’s Cathy Mano and Katherine Holbrow talk about the creation of the museum’s “Shanghai” exhibit. [6:30 p.m., Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St., S.F.; RSVP: or (415) 581-3701]


Steve Luxenberg: The author and journalist talks about “Annie’s Ghosts: A Journey Into a Family Secret.” [7:30 p.m., BJE Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F.]

Shane Harris: The journalist talks about “The Watchers: The Rise of America’s Surveillance State.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Plaza, S.F.]


Bill Guttentag: The Oscar-winning filmmaker talks about his debut novel, “Boulevard.” [6 p.m., Stanford Bookstore, main level, foreign-language section, Stanford University, Palo Alto]


Avoiding foreclosure: Library’s Deaf Services Center presents a program titled “Home Loan Modification: Avoiding Foreclosure,” in American Sign Language. [6 p.m., Main Library, Latino/Hispanic B, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Bubble Lady: The program features unusual bubbles. [5 p.m., Visitacion Valley Branch, 45 Leland Ave., S.F.]


New music: The 15th annual Other Minds Festival begins. Jurg Frey, Chou Wen-chung and Lisa Bielawa are today’s featured composers. [Talk at 7 p.m.; concert at 8 p.m.; Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Rock benefit: “Rock the Rick” features the bands Pollux and the Gun and Doll Show, plus dancing and an auction. Liam Mayclem hosts. Proceeds go to the George Mark Children’s House. [8 p.m., Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St., S.F.]

Warped visions: The Exploratorium’s “After Dark” series presents “Distortion.” Attractions include psychedelic 3-D animation by Kerry Laitala and “visual music” by the late Harry Smith. [6 to 10 p.m., 3601 Lyon St., S.F.]


Pot de Pho: Chef Khai Duong is serving a soup featuring ahi tuna, a fish he introduced in the United States years ago. The pho also contains fresh-made noodles, pickled onion, and ginger. Also highlighted: catfish clay pot, with steamed rice and broccoli; and a salad with green papaya, prawns, cilantro, peanuts, and Vietnamese vinaigrette. [3300 Geary Blvd., S.F.; (415) 668-0826]

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