Good Day: December 10, 2009

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LECTURES

Art talk and film: Program features a docent lecture by Carol Nelson, titled “Cartier and America,” and a screening of the film “Cartier: Jeweler to Kings.” [10 a.m., Legion of Honor, 100 34th Ave., S.F.]

Daniela Soleri: The culinary historian gives a talk titled “Globalization and Traditional Foods: A Case Study of Tejate, a Maize and Cacao Beverage From Oaxaca, Mexico.” [5:30 p.m., Omnivore Books, 3885A Cesar Chavez St., S.F.]

LITERARY

Deborah Shlian and Linda Reid: The novelists and physicians talk about “Dead Air.” [7 p.m., “M” Is for Mystery, 86 E. Third Ave., San Mateo]

Joel Richard Paul: The writer and law professor talks about “Unlikely Allies: How a Merchant, a Playwright, and a Spy Saved the American Revolution.” [6 p.m., Books Inc., 601 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

COLLEGES

Chanticleer: The male chorus performs “A Chanticleer Christmas.” [8 p.m., Memorial Church, Stanford University, Stanford]

PUBLIC LIBRARIES

‘Back in the GDR’: Film series presents “The Spy Who Came in From the Cold” (1964), directed by Martin Ritt and starring Richard Burton. [Noon, Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

‘Reading Buddies’: Older schoolchildren practice reading with younger children in this program for ages 5 and older. [4 to 6 p.m., Excelsior Branch, 4400 Mission St., S.F.]

CITY

Jazz giant: Renowned jazz pianist Ahmad Jamal performs at Yoshi’s. [8 and 10 p.m., 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Satire and celebration: As part of its 50th-anniversary events, the San Francisco Mime Troupe presents “Ghosts” — a production performed only once prior. [7:30 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Forum, 701 Mission St., S.F.]

Old movie: “It’s a Gift” (1934), directed by Norman Z. McLeod and starring W.C. Fields, screens at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. [7:30 p.m., 701 Mission St., S.F.]

PERSON IN TOWN

Award-winning memoirist, poet and activist Jimmy Santiago Baca celebrates the release of his first novel, “A Glass of Water.” [7 p.m., Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia St., S.F.]

DINING OUT

2223: Chef Melinda Randolph is featuring braised veal with creamy herb polenta, glazed root vegetables and horseradish cream. Also look for ashiote-rubbed double-cut pork chop with chile relleno, smoked tomato sauce and chayote squash. Coming up on Saturday: brunch (formerly served only on Sunday). [2223 Market St., S.F.; (415) 431-0692]

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