Good Day: Aug. 9, 2010

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WHO’S IN TOWN
Don McGlashan,
a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from New Zealand who has been a member of From Scratch, the Whizz Kids, the Mutton Birds and other bands, performs at Cafe du Nord. [8 p.m., 2170 Market St., S.F.]

LECTURES
Richard Bolles:
The author of the best-selling job-hunting book “What Color Is Your Parachute?” speaks. [9 a.m., Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St., S.F.]

Citizen journalism: Key players in public-interest reporting discuss emerging models that will compete with and complement the incumbents bringing us Bay Area news. [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Hugh Renfro: The consultant and retired oil executive discusses Saudi Arabia and shows a DVD of “Arabia.” [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Global town hall: “The Economic and Policy Challenges of Global Climate Change” is the theme. [6:30 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

LITERARY EVENTS
Doug Dorst:
The fiction writer talks about “Surf Guru,” a story collection. [7 p.m., Books Inc., 2251 Chestnut St., S.F.]

Nan E. Chase: The architecture and landscape-design writer presents “Eat Your Yard.” [7 p.m., Bird & Beckett Books and Records, 653 Chenery St., S.F.]

Reginald Nelson: The founding board president of Congo Square Theatre Company talks about “How to Start Your Own Theater Company.” [12:30 p.m., Alexander Book Co., 50 Second St., S.F.]

AT THE COLLEGES
Book discussion:
Mystery Readers’ Book Club discusses Robert B. Parker’s “Now and Then.” [Noon, Mechanics’ Institute, 57 Post St., S.F.]

AT THE PUBLIC LIBRARY
Job Seekers Lab:
Session is for those who need more computer time or help to create resumes, complete applications or perform other job-search tasks. [11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Main Library, Training Center, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Preschool videos: Program is for ages 3 to 5. [10:30 a.m., Glen Park Branch, 2825 Diamond St., S.F.]

LOCAL EVENTS
Classic theater:
Boxcar Theatre presents “The Glass Menagerie,” the last of three plays in its “Tennessee Williams in Rep” series. [8 p.m., Boxcar Playhouse, 505 Natoma St., S.F.]

Lunchtime jazz: People in Plazas, a series that presents free concerts in plazas and courtyards in downtown San Francisco, welcomes the Kurt Ribak Trio, a jazz ensemble. [Noon, plaza at 101 California St., S.F.]

Comedy fundraiser: “Comedy for a Cause” benefits the Mbukuni School, a primary school in Kenya. Sue Walden, Jeff Jacobson and Christine Silver supply the humor. [7:30 p.m., Northside Theater, Building D, Fort Mason Center, S.F.]

Baseball game: The Giants play the Chicago Cubs and honor music legend Jerry Garcia on the 15th anniversary of his death. [7:15 p.m., AT&T Park, 24 Willie Mays Plaza, S.F.]

DINING OUT
Jardiniere:
Chef-coowner Traci Des Jardins features pre-fixe menus on Mondays, and today’s dinner has a French Provencal theme. Dishes include sardines a la Nicoise, with haricots verts, fingerling potatoes, and wild arugula; a beef main course, with braised short rib and heirloom tomatoes, plus buttered noodles; and gateau de Muscat, with roasted peaches and almonds. [300 Grove St., S.F.; (415) 861-5555]

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