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Good Day: June 21, 2010

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Who’s in town

Opera diva Patricia Racette, currently performing in the San Francisco Opera’s production of “Faust,” appears in conversation with the opera company’s Kip Kranna. The evening is part of the National Queer Arts Festival. [7:30 p.m., LGBT Community Center, 1800 Market St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Red planet: Dr. Adrian Brown discusses next year’s Mars Science Laboratory’s mission to Mars. [4:15 p.m., Panofsky Auditorium, Stanford University, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, 2575 Sand Hill Rd., Menlo Park]

Local activities

Arts mixer: “Make My Monday,” an arts party with music, artists, drinks and food, presents its June edition. [6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Firehouse, Fort Mason Center, S.F.; e-mail mmm@fortmason.org to reserve spot at no-host bar]

Real-life thriller: “The Oath,” a documentary by Laura Poitras, features two men whose fateful meeting set them on divergent courses with Osama bin Laden, al-Qaeda, 9/11 and Guantanamo Bay. [Lumiere Theatre, 1572 California St., S.F.; (415) 267-4893]

Reggae Superstar: Jamaican reggae artist Gregory Isaacs performs at the Independent. His latest album is “Brand New Me.”[9 p.m., 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

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Lectures

Stephen Kinzer: The journalist reimagines the U.S. role in the Middle East and suggests that Iran may be a long-term partner for us in the region. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Joe Sestak: The U.S. congressman from Pennsylvania gives his perspective on the inner workings of big-time politics, plus his views on bailouts, health care and national security. [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Literary events

Jennifer Egan: The novelist talks about “Visit from the Goon Squad.” [7:30 p.m., Books Inc., 2251 Chestnut St., S.F.]

Carol McCleary: The novelist makes a sign-and-chat appearance to promote “The Alchemy of Murder.” [7 p.m., “M” Is for Mystery, 86 E. Third Ave., San Mateo]

At the public library

‘Playland’ film: The library hosts a screening of “Remembering Playland,” a documentary by Tom Wyrsch. [7 p.m., Sunset Branch Library, 1305 18th Ave., S.F.]

Dining out

Mexico DF: Chef Ramon Sepulveda creates Mexican cuisine, and his carnitas (Vande Rose slow-cooked pork shoulder with tortillas and salsa trio) are recommended today. Also look for a vegetarian tamale dish, with steamed, sweet corn masa, seasonal vegetables and Oaxaca cheese. Small plates include Liberty duck flautas with crema, cabbage, Cotija cheese and salsa roja. [139 Steuart St., S.F.; (415) 808-1048]

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