Good Day: May 20, 2010 

Poet Gary Snyder, author of 17 books and translator of a number of classical Chinese poems, reads from his work. The program, “West Coast Sensibility and Traditional Chinese Lyrics,” takes place at the Asian Art Museum. [7 p.m., 200 Larkin St., S.F.]

Michael Moss:
The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist shares insights gained while uncovering some of the food industry’s best-kept secrets. [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Sibella Kraus: The Sustainable Agriculture Education director gives a talk titled “The New Ruralism: Smart Growth and Local Food.” [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Michael R. Stevens:
The novelist talks about “Fortuna.” [7 p.m., “M” Is for Mystery, 86 E. Third Ave., San Mateo]

Two authors: Maile Chapman (“Your Presence Is Requested at Suvanto”) and Tiphanie Yanique (“How to Escape From a Leper Colony”) read from their works of fiction. [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Charles Fracchia:
The local historian talks about his latest book, “When the Water Came Up to Montgomery Street.” [6 to 8 p.m., Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Room, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

‘Beyond Superheroes’: Film series presents Kevin Smith’s “Chasing Amy” (2000). [Noon, Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Chancellor’s Concert Series:
Cellist Peter Wyrick and pianist June Choi Oh perform works by Poulenc and Faure. [Noon, UCSF, Cole Hall, 513 Parnassus Ave., S.F.]

Health night:
“Nightlife” at the California Academy of Sciences presents “Health in a New Era.” Author Thomas Goetz speaks. Musical guests include Gunz and Ammo from the BASSYX crew. [6 to 10 p.m., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

International arts: Derevo, a Russian physical-theater company inspired by butoh, performs at the San Francisco International Arts Festival. [8 p.m., Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center, S.F.]

Symphony concert: The San Francisco Symphony, conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas, performs music by Ravel, Stravinsky and Bernstein. [8 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Tres Agaves:
The restaurant hosts a Third Thursday Distillery Dinner ($75), which includes tequila samplings, a talk by a distillery principal, a multicourse Mexican meal, margaritas and entertainment. Tequila Antiguo is May’s featured tequila. Chef Kelvin Ott’s menu includes tamale de camerones with pineapple mole sauce and other dishes. [6:30 to 9:30 p.m., 130 Townsend St., S.F.; RSVP:]

On Wednesday’s Good Day page, a photo of Melissa Ferrick incorrectly appeared in connection with Chris Pureka’s performance at Slim’s.

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