Good Day: July 12, 2010

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WHO'S IN TOWN
Shai Agassi,
founder and CEO of Better Place, talks about his innovations to transform and electrify automobiles. He appears in conversation with Climate One founder Greg Dalton. The Commonwealth Club’s Inforum, honoring Agassi with its 21st Century Visionary Award, presents the evening. [6:45 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

LECTURES
Frank Gavin:
The historian and academic authority on world policy gives a talk titled “Five Ways to Use History Well.” The Long Now Foundation presents the event. [7:30 p.m., Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center, S.F.]

Gordon Squires: The NASA and CalTech scientist talks about space telescopes that are currently in flight, and what they have revealed. [7:30 p.m., California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, S.F.; RSVP: (800) 794-7576]

LITERARY EVENTS
Two poets: Clark Coolidge and David Meltzer read their poetry. Bassist Don Prell provides musical accompaniment. [7 p.m., Bird and Beckett, 653 Chenery St., S.F.]

AT THE PUBLIC LIBRARY
‘First Monday Movies’:
Monthly film series presents “The Big Sleep” (1946), directed by Howard Hawks and featuring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. [6:30 p.m., Excelsior Branch, 4400 Mission St., S.F.]

LOCAL ACTIVITIES
Chinatown tour:
LaborFest hosts a Chinatown walk focusing on the labor history of the nation’s largest and oldest Chinese community. [Noon; meet at Portsmouth Square, Washington Street side, near elevator at Kearny Street, S.F.]

Humor is served: Monologist Josh Kornbluth cooks up an interactive and improvised lunch performance at the Contemporary Jewish Museum. [Noon to 2 p.m., 736 Mission St., S.F.]

AIDS benefit: “One Night Only Cabaret” benefits the Richmond/Ermet AIDS Foundation. The casts of “Young Frankenstein” and “Wicked” and divas Sharon McNight and Kim Nalley perform. [7:30 p.m., Club Fugazi, 678 Green St., S.F.]

AT THE COLLEGES
Book discussion:
Mystery Readers’ Book Club meets to discuss Michael Pearce’s “Death of an Effendi.” [Noon, Mechanics’
Institute, 57 Post St., S.F.]

DINING OUT
Umami:
Sushi chef Akira Yoshizumi and chefs Sam Josi and Pablo Chan Cante serve a wide range of Japanese-style fare, and “Sumo Hour” (5:30 to 7 p.m.) sushi rolls ($4) are highlighted today. Selections include the “California” roll (crab, avocado, cucumber-tobiko), “Alaska” roll (salmon, avocado, cucumber), and “Rock N Roll” (barbecued eel, avocado, cucumber-eel sauce). [2909 Webster St., S.F.; (415) 346-3431]

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