Good Day: Jan. 12, 2010 

PERSON IN TOWN
Fatmir Sejdiu
— president of Kosovo, the world’s youngest country — discusses the present and future for his nation. [6 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

DINING OUT
Joey & Eddie’s:
As part of a region-specific cuisine-of-Italy series, chef Joseph Manzare highlights the cooking of Venice today. Antipasti selections include olive-oil-whipped cod with creamy polenta, while primi selections include black-ink risotto with fresh calamari. Other items include crispy duck leg with cippolini onions, borloti beans and sweet-and-sour sauce. For dessert: Honey-and-hazelnut frozen mousse. [1652 Stockton St., S.F.; (415) 989-7800]

LECTURES
Solar power in California:
Panel discusses the bright future for sun energy in the Golden State. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

National parks: Howard Levitt of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area talks about the GGNRA’s goal of “bringing parks to the people.” [7:30 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

LITERARY
Charles Todd:
The novelist talks about “The Red Door: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery.” [7:30 p.m., Kepler’s Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

Robin Ekiss: The poet talks about “The Mansion of Happiness.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

COLLEGES
Philosophy talk:
Oxford professor George Pattison gives a talk titled “The Heart Could Never Speak: Reflections on Language in an Age of Technology.” [5:15 p.m., Levinthal Hall, Stanford Humanities Center, 424 Santa Teresa St., Stanford]

PUBLIC LIBRARIES
Dogs and safety:
SPCA-presented program, for ages 3 and up, features a dog, a human and information about safety issues relating to dogs. [11 a.m., North Beach Branch, 2000 Mason St., S.F.]

Book program: Author and Lambda Literary Award finalist Leslie Larson reads from her new book, “Breaking Out of Bedlam.” [6:30 p.m., Main Library, Latino/Hispanic B, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

CITY
Fun with science:
Scientist-turned-comedian Tim Lee performs at the Punch Line. Lee’s shows feature stand-up comedy with science and humorous PowerPoint visuals. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Top Gunns: Popular baritone Nathan Gunn makes his San Francisco recital debut, performing Schubert’s “Die schone Mullerin.” His wife, pianist Julie Gunn, accompanies him. [8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Downtown ice skating: The holiday ice rink in Union Square is still open. Skaters can enjoy it through Jan. 18. [10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Post and Powell streets, S.F.]

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