Good Day: Sept. 23, 2010

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Who’s in town

Dancer, choreographer and director Mark Morris appears in an onstage conversation with dance critic Sarah Kaufman. [8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Dining out

Chez Papa Resto: Chef David Bazirgan cooks French cuisine. Recommended starters include Kobe beef tartare, and fried squash blossoms stuffed with goat cheese and mozzarella. Suggested entrees include Liberty Farms duck breast with fava leaves, cipollinis, corn and sherry-plum sauce; and sauteed Alaskan halibut with Hen of the Woods, leeks, beurre blanc and black-truffle emulsion. [4 Mint Plaza, S.F.; (415) 546-4134]

Lectures

National debt: Experts with years of front-line experience in the fiscal jungle of Washington discuss how the government should approach a $13 trillion debt. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Paul Madonna: The artist and cartoonist discusses his process and theories of creative practice and presents a slide show of his work. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Literary events

Elif Batuman: The locally based writer reads from “The Possessed,” talks about Russian and Uzbek culture and literature, and recalls her time spent in Russia and Uzbekistan. [6 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Alan Fleishman: The local novelist talks about “Goliath’s Head.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 1375 Burlingame Ave., Burlingame]

At the colleges

Jan Verwoert: The Berlin-based art critic and contributing editor to Frieze gives a talk. [7 to 9 p.m., California College of the Arts, 1111 Eighth St., S.F.]

Poetry reading: Poets Nathalie Stephens and Brian Teare read from their work. [4:30 p.m., SFSU, Poetry Center, Humanities Building 512, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

At the public library

Francisco Herrera: The singer and guitarist presents a program of songs, games and tongue twisters in Spanish and English. [10:30 a.m., Main Library, Children’s Storytelling Room, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

South African stories: “Amandla!” film series presents “Invictus” (2009), directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon. [Noon, Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Local activities

Blues festival: “Mardi Gras Night” of EC’s Jook Joint Blues Series features Eddie Shaw, Lisa Haley and the Zydekats, and the Zydeco Flames. [6 and 10 p.m., West Bay Conference Center, 1290 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Jazz stars: McCoy Tyner, the influential jazz pianist, performs at Yoshi’s. Roy Hargrove, John Patitucci and Willie Jones III join him. [8 and 10 p.m., 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Stand-up comedy: Comedian Maz Jobrani, a founding member of the Axis of Evil Comedy Tour, kicks off a string of shows at Cobb’s Comedy Club. [8 p.m., 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Experimental music: The Music for People and Thingamajigs Festival features music incorporating made and found instruments. Artists include Pauchi Sasaki and Matthew Montfort. [8 p.m., Noh Space, 2840 Mariposa Street, S.F.]

Irish tenor: Anthony Kearns, lyric tenor and founding member of the Irish Tenors, brings his tour, “Songs of Opera, Broadway and Ireland,” to San Francisco. [7:30 p.m., Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon St., S.F.]

Irish cinema: The 2010 San Francisco Irish Film Festival, featuring new Irish cinema, launches with an opening-night party (6:30 p.m.) and a screening of “A Film With Me in It” (9 p.m.). [Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., S.F.]

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