Good Day: April 28, 2010

Around town

Who’s in town: Sitar player and world-music star Anoushka Shankar performs at the Palace of Fine Arts. [8 p.m., 3301 Lyon St., S.F.]

Lectures
Iran talk:
Three distinguished Iranian intellectuals — each of whom has suffered threats for questioning the regime — discuss how the power of ideas is shaping the future of Iran. [6 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Andrea Husby: The art historian talks about the life and world of Artemisia Gentileschi (1593-1652), one of the first female artists to live exclusively on her income from her art. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Literary events
Sarah Vowell:
The author (“The Wordy Shipmates”), humorist and commentator appears in conversation with Daniel Handler. [8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Isabel Allende: The best-selling author presents “Island Beneath the Sea,” a novel. [7 p.m., Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View]

At the colleges
Walead Beshty:
The Los Angeles-based photographer discusses his work. [7:30 p.m., San Francisco Art Institute, 800 Chestnut St., S.F.]

At the public library
Animal-rescue film:
“Dark Water Rising,” a documentary about the major animal-rescue effort conducted to save pets in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, screens. [6 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Poets Eleven: San Francisco poets read from their work on a district-by-district basis in this 11-part celebration of poetry and diversity. Poets from District 5 read today. [7 p.m., Western Addition Branch, 1550 Scott St., S.F.]

Local activities
Director honored:
The San Francisco International Film Festival presents its Founder’s Directing Award to Brazilian director Walter Salles. The evening includes an onstage tribute and a screening. [6:45 p.m., Kabuki Cinemas, 1881 Post St., S.F.]

Job fair: The Transgender Economic Empowerment Initiative presents its annual Transgender Job Fair, designed to help transgender job-seekers find employment in safe workplaces. [1 to 4 p.m., LGBT Community Center, 1800 Market St., S.F.]

Dining out
Bocadillos:
Chef Bob Petzold recommends a pair of dishes. First up is calamari a la plancha, with red mojo sauce (a sauce with origins in the Canary Islands) and squid ink. Also, look for the octopus carpaccio with picked rhubarb and Meyer lemon. [710 Montgomery St., S.F., (415) 982-2622]

artsentertainmentOther Arts

Just Posted

Dominion Voting Systems, a Denver-based vendor, is under contract to supply voting machines for elections in San Francisco. (Kevin N. Hume/Examiner file)
Is San Francisco’s elections director impeding voting machine progress?

Open source technology could break up existing monopoly

The 49ers take on the Packers in Week 3 of the NFL season, before heading into a tough stretch of divisional opponents. (Courtesy San Francisco 49ers)
‘Good for Ball’ or ‘Bad for Ball’ — A Niners analysis

By Mychael Urban Special to The Examiner What’s the first thing that… Continue reading

Health experts praised Salesforce for keeping its Dreamforce conference at Moscone Center outdoors and on a small scale. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
Happy birthday, Marc Benioff. Your company did the right thing

Salesforce kept Dreamforce small, which made all kinds of sense

Former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, pictured with Rose Pak in 2014, says the late Chinatown activist was “helping to guide the community away from the divisions, politically.”
Willie and Rose: How an alliance for the ages shaped SF

How the Mayor and Chinatown activist shaped San Francisco, then and now

The Grove in Golden Gate Park is maintained largely by those who remember San Francisco’s 20,000 AIDS victims.<ins> (Open Eye Pictures/New York Times)</ins>
Looking at COVID through the SF prism of AIDS

AIDS took 40 years to claim 700,000 lives. COVID surpassed that number in 21 months

Most Read