Good Day: May 26, 2010

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WHO’S IN TOWN
Somalia-born writer, former Dutch parliamentarian and exiled human rights activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali discusses her life in the U.S. and attempts to reconcile her Islamic past with her passionate adherence to democracy and Western values. [6:30 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.; RSVP: (415) 392-4400 or www.cityboxoffice.com]

LECTURES
Guns in public:
A panel discusses the controversy, both constitutional and moral, about open-carry gun policies. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Bio-regional park: Speakers discuss Nature in the City’s vision for a bio-regional park in San Francisco’s biodiversity-rich Twin Peaks area. [7:30 p.m., CounterPULSE, 1310 Mission St., S.F.]

LITERARY EVENTS
Naomi Shihab Nye:
The poet reads from her work. [7:30 p.m., San Francisco Zen Center, 300 Page St., S.F.]

Comedy book: Comedian Paul Provenza and photographer Dan Dion talk about “Satiristas: Comedians, Contrarians, Raconteurs and Vulgarians.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

AT THE COLLEGES
Small-business workshop:
Pacific Community Ventures launches its “Access to Capital” workshop series for small businesses. [8:30 a.m., UCSF, Mission Bay Conference Center, 1675 Owens St., S.F.; info/RSVP: www.pacificcommunityventures.org]

AT THE PUBLIC LIBRARY
Young writers:
WritersCorps students from all over San Francisco perform in the WritersCorps Literary Festival. [6 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Arts and Culture Salon: Evening features a screening of “Speaking in Tongues: 4 Kids, 4 Languages, 1 City, 1 World,” a documentary about bilingualism. [7 p.m., Excelsior Branch, 4400 Mission St., S.F.]

LOCAL ACTIVITIES
Women of vision:
Purple Moon Dance Project presents its DreamSpeakers awards to women of diversity in the arts. Honorees include writer-performer Brenda Wong Aoki. [6 to 8 p.m., Buriel Clay Theater, 762 Fulton St., S.F.]

Jazz gala: Florence Crittenton Services presents “All That Jazz,” a benefit gala. Dr. Nadine Burke receives the 2010 FCS award for service. Jazz trombonist Wayne Wallace performs. [8 p.m., Yoshi’s, 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Swing of things: Lindy in the Square, featuring the Swing Dancers, takes place in Union Square. Introductory dance lessons are followed by an open dance floor. [6 to 8 p.m., Powell and Post streets, S.F.]

DINING OUT
La Mar Cebicheria:
Chef Gaston Acurio’s Peruvian menu includes cebiches, causas (whipped potato dish), anticuchos (grilled skewers), empanadas, and classic and modern entrees. Recommended today are cebiche clasico (halibut in a leche de tigre, with onions, habanero, corn and yam) and causa limena (with Dungeness crab, avocado puree, quail egg, cherry tomatoes and aji-amarillo Huancaina sauce). [Pier 1½, S.F., (415) 397-8880]

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