Good Day: May 5, 2010 

Canadian indie and pop musician Owen Pallett performs at the Independent. [8 p.m., 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

Vacant-lot use:
Discussion looks at two ideas for "interim use" of vacant lots in San Francisco: portable retail, restaurant and gallery structures; and a community farm. [12:30 p.m., SPUR, 654 Mission St., S.F.]

Rebecca Johnson: The California Academy of Sciences invertebrate zoologist discusses her research on the biology and diversity of sea slugs. [2:30 p.m., CAS, Golden Gate Park, S.F.; RSVP: (800) 794-7576]

Jean Kwok:
The novelist talks about "Girl in Translation." [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Plaza, S.F.]

Judy Rebick: The Canadian journalist and activist talks about "Transforming Power: From the Personal to the Political." [7 p.m., Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia St., S.F.]

Tzvetan Todorov:
The Paris-based philosopher talks about the life of 20th-century anthropologist, historian and French Resistance member Germaine Tillion. [5 p.m., Stanford University, Humanities Center, 424 Santa Teresa St., Stanford]

Water issues:
The Pacific Institute's Matthew Heberger discusses how clean-water scarcity can affect social, financial and environmental stability. [7:30 p.m., Los Altos Public Library, 13 South San Antonio Road, Los Altos]

GreenFinanceSF: City staff and green-funding experts talk about funding opportunities for property owners investing in green home improvements. [6:30 p.m., Richmond Branch, 351 Ninth Ave., S.F.]

History night:
The California Historical Society's "California Nights" open-house series celebrates Cinco de Mayo. Refreshments, DJ music and the exhibit "Think California" are on the bill. [6 to 8 p.m., CHS, 678 Mission St., S.F.]
Opening night: American Conservatory Theater presents Alan Ayckbourn's "Round and Round the Garden." Librarian Norman channels his inner Casanova during a family gathering in this sex farce. [8 p.m., ACT, 415 Geary St., S.F.]

Hot salsa: Orquesta Borinquen, a locally based salsa band, performs a Cinco de Mayo concert. [8 p.m., Yoshi's, 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]

The restaurant and chef Gonzalo Guzman serve organic Mexican food, and slow-cooked rustic dishes are a specialty. Recommended menu selections include the carnitas. Ingredients include long-braised pork, orange, bay leaf, cinnamon, and beer. Cabbage salad, pickled jalapenos, salsa de tomatillo, and the restaurant’s house-made tortillas complete the meal. [306 Broderick St.; (415) 437-0303]

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