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Good Day: Aug. 10, 2010

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Who’s in town

Kassie Siegel, director of the Climate Law Institute at the Center for Biological Diversity, discusses the work that her organization is doing, shares her own journey and offers perspectives for female activists. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]


Decorative arts: The American Decorative Arts Forum presents a lecture titled “To Carve, Inlay, or Paint: New York Neoclassical Furniture.” [Small exhibit at 7:15 p.m., talk at 8 p.m., de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

State reforms: Featuring speakers Fred Silva and Dennis Qurin of California Forward, a leadership council working to reform California’s fiscal, political and governance systems. [12:30 p.m., SPUR, 654 Mission St., S.F.]

‘SF Chefs 2010’: Food and drink festival presents “Tales From the Still,” a seminar in which distillers discuss the ins and outs of the business. [3 p.m., Westin St. Francis Hotel, 335 Powell St., S.F.]

Literary events

Taylor Plimpton: The New York-based writer talks about “Notes From the Night: A Life After Dark,” a memoir. [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

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Open mike: Diamond Dave Whitaker hosts “On the Page, Off the Page,” an open-mike session featuring written word, spoken word and song. [7 to 9 p.m., Coffee to the People, 1206 Masonic Ave., S.F.]

Book group: The Book Busters Middle Reader Book Club discusses “Molly Moon’s Incredible Book of Hypnotism” by Georgia Byng. [6 p.m., Books Inc., 855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto]

At the colleges

Chess night: The Mechanics’ Institute hosts its Tuesday Night Marathon, an evening of serious chess playing. Players at all levels are welcome. [6:30 p.m., 57 Post St., S.F.]

At the public library

‘Golden Voices’: San Francisco seniors share life stories and experiences of love, laughter, hardship and persistence in this video and photo exhibit. [9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Main Library, San Francisco History Center, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

‘Family Storytime’: Family members of all ages can read, sing and play together during this session. [10:30 a.m., Main Library, Children’s Storytelling Room, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Local activities

Indie-folk artist: Canadian singer-songwriter Frazey Ford of the Be Good Tanyas brings her tour to San Francisco. [8 p.m., The Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

Baseball game: The San Francisco Giants play the Chicago Cubs. [7:15 p.m., AT&T Park, 24 Willie Mays Plaza, S.F.]

Comedy showcase: Local comedian Big Al Gonzalez hosts “Big Al’s Big Ass Comedy Show.” Up-and-coming comedians and musical guests Abraham Linkin perform. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Weird world: Singer, songwriter and parodist Weird Al Yankovic performs at the Warfield. [8 p.m., 982 Market St., S.F.]

Piano concert: Noontime Concerts’ “Piano Month” celebration welcomes pianist Daniel Glover. Music by Chopin and Barber is on the program. [12:30 p.m., Old St. Mary’s Cathedral, 660 California St., S.F.]

Dining out

Daffodil: The restaurant serves organic fare inspired by European and contemporary cuisine, and today the pan-seared sea bass with rice pilaf and grilled zucchini is recommended from chef Jeramiah Wheeless’ menu. Also highlighted: the red wine-braised short ribs (a signature dish); a summer Caprese salad with Frog Hollow peaches, strawberries and mozzarella; and build-your-own-burger options. [665 Bush St., S.F.; (415) 343-0130]

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