Good Day: April 15, 2010

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Who’s in town

Comedian Anjelah Johnson, from “Nail Salon” and “MADtv,” performs at Cobb’s Comedy Club. [8 p.m., 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

At the colleges

China studies: Historian Christopher Leighton gives a talk titled “Red Capitalism in 1950s China.” [4:15 p.m., Okimoto Conference Room, Encina Hall, East Wing, third floor, Stanford University]

Literary event

Dana Sachs: The author and journalist talks about “The Life We Were Given: Operation Babylift, International Adoption, and the Children of War in Vietnam.” [7 p.m., BookShop West Portal, 80 West Portal Ave., S.F.]

At the public library

‘Canines on Camera’: The film series screens “The Hound of the Baskervilles” (1959), a Sherlock Holmes story starring Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. [Noon, Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Author talk: M. E. Harrigan talks about “9800 Savage Road: A Novel of the National Security Agency.” [7 p.m., San Carlos Library, 610 Elm St., San Carlos]

Local activities

Electro-pop: Passion Pit, a group from Cambridge, Mass., plays on a bill with Mayer Hawthorne and the Country Bear Hands. [8 p.m., Warfield, 982 Market St., S.F.]

Sounds of silents: The San Francisco Symphony presents Charlie Chaplin’s original score written for “The Gold Rush,” along with a screening of the classic silent film starring Chaplin. [2 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Formidable felines: “Nightlife” at the California Academy of Sciences presents “Extremely Warm-Blooded NightLife,” an evening featuring a big-cat show and music by Aaron Pope. [6 to 10 p.m., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Piano recital: Renowned Hungarian pianist Jeno Jando plays the music of Chopin and Schumann. [8 p.m., Green Room, War Memorial Veterans Building, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Dining out

Ana Mandara: The restaurant is celebrating its 10th anniversary, and chef Khai Duong is featuring 10 special dishes ($10 each) for the occasion. Selections include Vietnamese crispy rolls with crab, shrimp, and shitake mushrooms. Also available: a 10-item, seven-course tasting menu ($63). [891 Beach St., S.F.; (415) 771-6800]

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