Good Day: May 25, 2010 

Filmmaker John Waters, whose works include the campy 1988 hit “Hairspray” and decades of off-beat independent films that have earned him cult status, appears in conversation with journalist Kevin Berger. [8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Michael Gruber:
The novelist talks about “The Good Son.” [7 p.m., “M” is for Mystery bookstore, 86 E. Third Ave., San Mateo]

Ian Graham: The nonfiction writer talks about “Unbillable Hours,” a memoir. [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Plaza, S.F.]

Sebastian Junger:
The author (“War” and “The Perfect Storm”) and filmmaker (“Restrepo”) explores the harsh realities of soldiers dealing with war and combat. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Uldis Kruze: The USF professor gives a talk titled “China: Leadership in the 21st Century.” [Noon, World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Robert Hofler:
The biographer and Variety magazine senior editor gives a talk titled “Gay Hollywood From 1933 to 1989.” [6 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

‘Creative Crafts’: Program, for ages 8 to 18, offers a chance to try different craft projects, including beading, weaving and drawing. [3:30 to 5 p.m., North Beach Branch, Joe DiMaggio Playground, 661 Lombard St., S.F.]

Goli Taraghi:
The Iranian writer gives a talk titled “Women in Modern Iranian Literature.” [6 p.m., Pigott Hall, Building 260, Room 113, Stanford University]

Theater benefit:
Theatre Rhinoceros’ “Rhino Benefit Spectacular” features food, drink and LGBT entertainment. Performers include Laurie Bushman, Connie Champagne and Tom Orr. [8 p.m., Eureka Theatre, 215 Jackson St., S.F.]

Tappy feet: Tap-dance finals contestants compete in “So You Think You Can Tap,” a National Tap Dance Day event. [8 p.m., Royce Gallery, 2901 Mariposa St., S.F.]

Helping Haiti: “An Evening of Giving and Saving Lives” benefits J/P Haitian Relief Organization. Scheduled guests include comic Frank Ferrante, singer Joan Baez and actor Sean Penn. [7 p.m., Teatro ZinZanni, Pier 29, The Embarcadero at Chestnut Street, S.F.]

Restaurateurs Hiro Sone and Lissa Doumani and chef Greg Dunmore serve seasonal New American cuisine. Recommended today is a popular signature dish: broiled sake-marinated Alaskan black cod and shrimp dumplings in shiso broth. [689 Mission St., S.F., (415) 284-4040]

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