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Good Day: November 18, 2009

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Bach concertos: Members of the San Francisco Symphony perform Bach’s “Brandenburg” concertos. Featured artists include Alexander Barantschik (conductor, violin). [8 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Citizen Welles: Orson Welles’ “Citizen Kane” (1941) and “The Magnificent Ambersons” (1942) screen as a double feature. [2:15, 4:30, 7 and 9:20 p.m., Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.]

Preview party: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS hosts a “Table-Hop & Taste” preview of tomorrow’s “Dining by Design” gala, a benefit for UCSF’s HIV/AIDS clinic at San Francisco General Hospital. [6 to 10 p.m., Galleria, 101 Henry Adams St., S.F.]



Nob Hill Grille: The restaurant is featuring a “Tour of Mexico” ($45), a five-course feast that includes an amuse bouche and two palate cleansers. Diners can expect dishes such as mini tacos, ceviche, seared red snapper, braised beef cheek in poblano mole, and Mexican hot chocolate, all prepared with an upscale twist. [969 Hyde St., S.F.; (415) 474-5985]

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Comedian Nick Griffin performs a stand-up show. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]



‘Philanthropists Who Inspire’: Members of the philanthropy community discuss various aspects of giving. [6 p.m., PG&E Auditorium, 77 Beale St., S.F.]

John Perkins: The recovering economist details the steps for transforming the “mutant form of capitalism” into a system based on sustainability and justice. [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]



Hendrik Hertzberg: The New Yorker political commentator and author of “¡Obámanos!” appears in conversation with Rachael Myrow. [8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

John Ross: The writer, activist and traveler reads from “El Monstruo.” [7 p.m., Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia St., S.F.]



Geoffrey Lloyd: The Cambridge University historian gives a talk titled “The Importance of Understanding the Past: Greece, China, Mesopotamia.” [6 p.m., Main Quad, Building 320, Room 105, Stanford University, Stanford]



Art lecture: Artist and Van Gogh scholar Marlene Aron gives a slide lecture on the 19th-century painter. [6:15 p.m., Ingleside Branch, 1298 Ocean Ave., S.F.]

Documentary: ITVS and KQED present “In the Folds,” a film about 10 fine artists and theoretical scientists who have forged unconventional lives as origami artists. [5:45 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]



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