Good Day: May 19, 2010 


Hiromitsu Agatsuma, who plays the Tsugaru-shamisen, performs with his ensemble on opening night of the 2010 S.F. International Arts Festival. The concert is the only West Coast appearance on his 2010 U.S. tour. [8 p.m., Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center, Buchanan Street and Marina Boulevard, S.F.]


Jay Xu: The Asian Art Museum director talks about the museum’s “Shanghai: Art of the City” exhibition and about the power of cultural diplomacy. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

‘Sip and Swirl’: Alan Abrams, cellar master of Alan’s Wine Cellar, leads a session of wine tasting and education. [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]


Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman: The husband-and-wife writers, authors of “Manhood for Amateurs” and “Bad Mother,” respectively, speak and sign books. [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Bukowski night: A celebration of the release of “Absence of the Hero,” a volume of uncollected stories and essays by Charles Bukowski, with readings and conversation. [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]


Astronomy lecture: UC Berkeley astronomer Alex Filippenko talks about black holes in space. [7 p.m., Smithwick Theatre, Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos]


Art talk: “Monet, Pissarro, and the Impressionist Movement” is the subject. [6:15 p.m., Ingleside Branch, 1298 Ocean Ave., S.F.]

‘Altered Books 4 Teens’: Teens and tweens can learn how to turn old books into journals, and fill pages with favorite images and text, during this session. [4:30 p.m., Excelsior Branch, 4400 Mission St., S.F.]


Latin dancing: Salsa in the Square, with Dos Four y Los Mios, takes place in Union Square. The evening features introductory dance lessons and an open dance floor with live music. [6 to 8 p.m., Powell and Post streets, S.F.]

On the map: Creativity Explored, a center where artists with developmental disabilities create, exhibit and sell art, presents “Where Are We?,” an exhibit whose theme is maps. [10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 3245 16th St., S.F.]

Singer-songwriter: Chris Pureka performs at Slim’s. “How I Learned to See in the Dark” is her third studio album. [8 p.m., 333 11th St., S.F.]


Sens: Chef Dane Boryta recommends a pair of dishes. On the business-lunch menu is seared tombo tuna with warm oyster-mushroom sauce. The plate also includes sauteed spinach, green-garlic Spanish-paprika potato fritters and tarragon aioli. Also look for a dinner dish: filet of local halibut, with chorizo and English-pea saffron rice, romesco sauce and braised broccolini. [4 Embarcadero Center, S.F., (415) 362-0645]

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