Good Day: August 16, 2010

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WHO’S IN TOWN
Ray Mabus:
The U.S. secretary of the Navy discusses his efforts to shift the Navy from fossil fuel dependency to renewable energy use. [6:30 p.m., Fairmont Hotel, 950 Mason St., S.F.]

LECTURES
Dena Anthony:
The psychotherapist and researcher talks about defining gender differences in the workplace and making the most of them. [5:15 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Women and food: Panel reveals how women are working diligently and effectively to change the way we eat and farm. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

LITERARY EVENTS
Poetry reading:
Poets Charles Curtis Blackwell and Alfonso Texiedor read from their work. [7 p.m., Bird and Beckett Books and Records, 653 Chenery St., S.F.]

Open mike: Weekly poetry session, presented by Philip Hackett, takes place. [6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Caffe Greco, 423 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

AT THE COLLEGES
Master’s program:
An informational session for the University of San Francisco’s sports management master’s degree program.
[6 p.m., USF, Kalmanovitz Hall, Room 499, 2130 Fulton St., S.F.]
 
AT THE PUBLIC LIBRARY
Josie Iselin:
The photographer and author talks about “Beach: A Book of Treasure.” [7 p.m., Sunset Branch, 1305 18th Ave., S.F.]

‘Mental Aerobics’: Class explores how to exercise the brain in fun and challenging ways to maintain and improve cognitive vitality and memory. [1:30 p.m., Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Room, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Job-seekers lab: Session is for those who need more computer time or help to create résumés, complete applications or perform other tasks. [11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Main Library, Training Center, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

LOCAL ACTIVITIES
Our intriguing relatives: “Extreme Mammals,” an exhibit exploring the often-extraordinary world of extinct and living mammals, continues at the California Academy of Sciences. [9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Loving art: “Calder to Warhol,” an exhibit introducing viewers to the collection of Doris and Donald Fisher, who collected a wide array of works by artists they loved, continues at SFMOMA. [10 a.m. to 5:45 p.m., 151 Third St., S.F.]

Lunchtime jazz: People in Plazas, a series that presents free concerts in plazas and courtyards in downtown San Francisco, welcomes smooth-jazz artist Larry Vann. [Noon, plaza at 101 California St., S.F.]

Indian film: “Peepli Live” — a satirical film from India about Indian bureaucracy, politics, media, rural society and life itself — is playing at the Balboa Theater. [3630 Balboa St., S.F., (415) 221-8184]

DINING OUT
Beretta:
The restaurant is hosting a rum-tasting and dinner event ($65) featuring rum education from mixologist Ryan Fitzgerald and Italian cuisine from chef Ruggero Gadaldi. The evening includes four rums, two cocktails and a family-style meal of chef favorites, including antipasti and pizza, from the regular menu (see www.berettasf.com). Reserve space at www.liquor.com. [6:30 p.m., 199 Valencia St., S.F., (415) 695-1199]

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