Good Day Nov. 17, 2009 

Who’s in town

Author Barbara Kingsolver appears in conversation with book critic Patricia Holt. “The Lacuna” is Kingsolver’s new novel. [8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Lectures

James Lentz: The president and COO of Toyota USA Inc. talks about what automakers are doing to ensure that vehicles will benefit, not burden, society. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Joan Fitzgerald: The professor and author (“Emerald Cities”) discusses how a shift to a green economy will affect manufacturing and industrial production in U.S. cities. [6 p.m., SPUR, 654 Mission St., S.F.]

Literary events

Amy Goodman: The “Democracy Now” host talks about “Breaking the Sound Barrier.” [Noon, Book Passage, 1 Ferry Plaza, S.F.; 7 p.m., Palo Alto Presbyterian Church, 1140 Cowper St., Palo Alto]

Amy Bach: The author and attorney talks about “Ordinary Injustice: How America Holds Court.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Student film festival: International students in San Francisco State University’s Cinema Department present their work. [4 to 6 p.m., SFSU, Rosa Parks A-C, Cesar Chavez Student Center, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

At the public library

Fred Bove: The permaculturist and former director of adult education at Strybing Arboretum talks about gardening in small urban spaces. [6 p.m., Main Library, Latino/Hispanic B, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Two poets: H.D. Moe and Jeffrey Grossman read their poetry. [7 p.m., North Beach Branch, 2000 Mason St., S.F.]

Local activities

Italian films: The San Francisco Film Society’s New Italian Cinema series presents the mob-related drama “The Sicilian Girl” and the romantic comedy “Ex.” [6 and 9 p.m., Embarcadero Center Cinema, 1 Embarcadero Center, S.F.]

Eco-awards: The 2009 Cleantech Open Awards Gala salutes green technology companies. Special guests include Bill Weihl, Google green-energy czar. [10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Nob Hill Masonic Center, 1111 California St., S.F.]

LGBT gala: The San Francisco LGBT Community Center hosts a “teaser reception” for its 2010 gala. Guests include cabaret chanteuse Veronica Klaus. [5:30 to 7:30 p.m., 1800 Market St., S.F.; RSVP: www.sfcenter.org]

Dining out

Farallon: Kona blue kampachi tataki is recommended from chefs Mark Franz and Ryan Simas’ appetizer menu today. It is served with somen noodle salad, avocado and micro wasabi. For an entree, the grilled Atlantic diver scallops are highlighted. They are served with Yukon Gold potato galette, oxtail ragout and crisp sage. [450 Post St., S.F.; (415) 956-6969]
 

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