Good Day: May 17, 2010 

PERSON IN TOWN

Theodore Sorensen, who served as special counsel to President John F. Kennedy, gives an inside look at the legacy of the Camelot era times of the Cuban Missile Crisis, the civil-rights movement, and the decision to go to the moon. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]


LECTURES

Wally Jansen: The collector speaks at the San Francisco Center for the Book. The theme of the conversation is “100 Years of Woodblock Prints: The Rueter Family Legacy.” [6 to 8 p.m., 300 De Haro St., S.F.]


LITERARY

Cory Doctorow: The blogger and science-fiction writer talks about “For the Win,” a novel. [7 p.m., Borderlands Books, 866 Valencia St., S.F.]

Kim Severson: The New York Times food writer talks about “Spoon Fed: How Eight Cooks Saved My Life.” [6 p.m., Omnivore Books on Food, 3885a Cesar Chavez St., S.F.]


COLLEGES

Joseph Newhouse: The Harvard University professor gives a talk titled “Why Is Health Reform Such a Sisyphean Task?” [3:30 p.m., UCSF, Health Sciences West Building, Room 300, 513 Parnassus Ave., S.F.]

Deborah L. Rhode: The Stanford University professor and author of “The Beauty Bias: The Injustice of Appearance in Life and Law,” speaks. [12:45 p.m., Robert Crown Law Library, second floor, Stanford University, Stanford]


PUBLIC LIBRARIES

Job Seekers Lab: Session is for those who need more computer time or help to create resumes, complete applications, or perform other job-search tasks. [11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Main Library, Computer Training Room, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Homework help: Volunteers assist K-7 students with homework assignments. [4 to 6 p.m., Mission Branch, 300 Bartlett St., S.F.]


CITY

Money talks: The Porchlight storytelling series presents an evening of stories about money. Storytellers include journalist-farmer Novella Carpenter and comedian-actor David Moss. [8 p.m., Verdi Club, 2424 Mariposa St., S.F.]

Greed acres: “Casino Jack and the United States of Money,” a documentary about the rise and fall of Washington superlobbyist Jack Abramoff, screens at the Embarcadero Center Cinema. [1 Embarcadero Center, S.F.; (415) 267-4893]

Music and business: The SF MusicTech Summit features discussions about the music-business-technology ecosystem by leaders therein. Speakers include conductor Michael Tilson Thomas. [9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Hotel Kabuki, 1625 Post St., S.F.]


DINING OUT

Wexler’s: The restaurant serves southern-flavored comfort food and barbecue fare. Entrees include slow-roasted smoked king salmon with heirloom-bean salad, fines herbes, and “deviled egg” sauce; Wexler’s plate of pork with cut and seasonal garnish; and smoked farotto with Shelburne Farms cheddar, green garlic, and black trumpet mushrooms. Appetizers and desserts, too, are available. [568 Sacramento St., S.F.; (415) 983-0102]

 

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