Good Day: Aug. 19, 2010

PERSON IN TOWN

Nicole Hollander, creator of the nationally syndicated comic strip “Sylvia,” visits the Cartoon Art Museum for a special presentation and book signing. [7 to 9 p.m., 655 Mission St., S.F.]

LECTURES

Marissa Muller: The solar-powered-bicycle pioneer shares her message of clean power. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Matthew Bettelheim: The wildlife biologist and nature historian talks about the history and future of the western pond turtle, our only native freshwater turtle. [7:30 p.m., Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way, S.F.]

LITERARY

Rob Elias: The sportswriter and USF professor talks about “The Empire Strikes Out: How Baseball Sold U.S. Foreign Policy and Promoted the American Way Abroad.” [7 p.m., Green Apple Books, 506 Clement St., S.F.]

Two authors: Elizabeth Brundage (“A Stranger Like You”) and Zoe Ferraris (“City of Veils”) talk about their novels. [7 p.m., “M” Is for Mystery, 86 E. Third Ave., San Mateo]

Ed Behr: The founder, editor and publisher of the food magazine The Art of Eating talks about his work. [6 p.m., Omnivore Books on Food, 3885a Cesar Chavez St., S.F.]

Angela S. Choi: The local novelist talks about “Hello Kitty Must Die.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Plaza, S.F.]

COLLEGES

Art show: “Dan Perjovschi: The Institute Drawing” is on view at the San Francisco Art Institute. Perjovschi is a Romanian artist who often creates drawings in museum spaces. [11 a.m. to 6 p.m., 800 Chestnut St., S.F.]

PUBLIC LIBRARIES

Opera film series: The program, presented by the San Francisco Opera Guild, features a film of a 2009 production of Wagner’s “Gotterdammerung” (acts two and three). [Noon, Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

‘Boomerstock’: Nick Maffei discusses affordable travel and Internet travel planning for adults age 50 and up. [6 p.m., Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Room, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

CITY

Acoustic music: Singer-songwriter Darrell Scott performs tunes from his sixth solo album “A Crooked Road.” Elliot Randall is also on the bill. [8 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

Photography exhibition: “Photographer: ‘unknown’” opens at Robert Tat Gallery. The exhibit concentrates on the vernacular photograph as “accidental art.” [11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., 49 Geary St., Suite 211, S.F.]

Thrills on deck: The San Francisco Maritime National Park Association’s “Floating Films” series presents Steven Spielberg’s “Jaws” (1975) on the ferryboat Eureka. [8 p.m., Hyde Street Pier, Hyde and Jefferson streets, S.F.]

World music: Prasant Radhakrishnan’s VidyA, a group that blends the virtuosity of jazz with the melodic nuance of South Indian classical music, performs at Yerba Buena Gardens. [12:30 p.m., Mission and Third streets, S.F.]

Taste of Shanghai: “Drunken Dish” is the theme of the Asian Art Museum’s August “Matcha” gathering. Chefs Nei Chia Ji and Martin Yan discuss and cook Shanghai cuisine. [5 to 9 p.m., 200 Larkin St., S.F.]

Social sense: The Contemporary Jewish Museum hosts a senses-themed “Milton” (conceptual space for whimsy and exchange). Accordion vibes, “edible histories” and scent “aura readings” take place. [5 to 8 p.m., 736 Mission St., S.F.]

DINING OUT

Epic Roasthouse: Chef Jan Birnbaum’s menu features steak, prime rib, seafood, starter dishes and potato items. Recommended today is a Golden prime Angus steak for two — a three-pound rib-in steak described as a truly supreme piece of meat. It is cooked in a wood-fired oven and served with morels and fingerling potatoes. [369 Embarcadero, S.F. (415) 369-9955]

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