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Good Day: Jan. 20, 2009

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Who’s in town

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma appears in a morning rehearsal and an evening concert with the San Francisco Symphony. [10 a.m. and 8 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F. Both events are sold out.]

Lectures

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Michael Wara: The Stanford University law professor discusses the recent Copenhagen climate change conference and the likely course of policy development. [7:30 p.m., Los Altos Youth Center, 1 South San Antonio Road, Los Altos]

Patrick Geary: The UCLA medieval-history professor discusses the recent resurgence of ethnocentric nationalism in Europe and the dangers of this ideology. [5:15 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Literary events

Richard Bolles: The author of “What Color Is Your Parachute?” — the longtime best-selling job-hunting book — speaks. [2 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.; RSVP: (415) 292-1233 or arts@jccsf.org]

Michael Thomas Ford:
The novelist talks about “Jane Bites Back.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Performance troupe: ABADA-Capoeira San Francisco — a troupe whose performances include martial arts, music and dance — performs. [Noon, UCSF, Genentech Hall Atrium, 600 16th St., S.F.]

At the public library

Film screening: “Silver Feet,” a PBS documentary, centers on three aspiring ballerinas auditioning for the San Francisco Ballet. [6 p.m., Ingleside Branch, 1298 Ocean Ave., S.F.]

Marvin K White: The poet hosts a panel of LGBT black writers. [6 p.m., Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Room B, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Local activities

San Francisco Ballet: The troupe’s 2010 opening night gala, featuring a show and festivities, is a “Silver Celebration” honoring Helgi Tomasson’s 25 years as artistic director. [8 p.m. concert, War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Opening night: American Conservatory Theater, with the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, presents Timberlake Wertenbaker’s adaptation of Jean Racine’s “Phedre.” Illicit passions and ancient power struggles occur. [8 p.m., A.C.T., 415 Geary St., S.F.]

Music salon: The Salons at the Rex series welcomes the Cypress String Quartet. The program includes works by Debussy, Schulhoff and Higdon. [6:30 p.m., Hotel Rex, 562 Sutter St., S.F.]

Dining out

Millennium: Chef Eric Tucker is highlighting a North African?flavored dinner selection whose components begin with berbere-grilled portobello. The dish also includes African ground nut and cardamom stew; seared butternut, millet, and squash cake; a saute of brassica and brussels sprouts; and baby mustard green and shaved Meyer lemon salad. [580 Geary St., S.F. (415) 345-3900]



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