Good Day: Aug. 26, 2010

PERSON IN TOWN

Comedian Patton Oswalt performs at Cobb's. Oswald's credits include the films “Ratatouille” and “Big Fan,” Showtime's “United States of Tara” and the “Comedians of Comedy” tour. [8 p.m., 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

LECTURES

Kate Kendell: The executive director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights talks about current civil-rights issues. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Belinda Taylor: The playwright provides commentary and narration for actor-performed scenes from the award-winning play “Becoming Julia Morgan.” [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

LITERARY

Teresa Gowan: The sociologist talks about “Hobos, Hustlers and Backsliders: Homeless in San Francisco.” [7 p.m., Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia St., S.F.]

WritersCorps: Young authors featured in “City of Stairways: A Poet's Field Guide to San Francisco” read from the book. [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Plaza, S.F.]

COLLEGES

Litquake Epicenter: This series of informal literary gatherings features MFA writing-program graduates and current students reading five-minute works. [6 to 8 p.m., California College of the Arts, Writers' Studio, 195 De Haro St., S.F.]

PUBLIC LIBRARIES

Filipino American heritage: The Bayanihan Center's M.C. Canlas discusses local landmarks, their relation to Filipino history and the push to create social heritage sites. [6 p.m., Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Room, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Environmental Film Fest: The program features a screening of the documentary “Power Paths.” [6 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

'Great Teen Book Swap': Teens receive free books with the understanding that they will give the library a bookmark review by the end of the month. [3 p.m., Glen Park Branch, 2825 Diamond St., S.F.]

CITY

Theater premiere: “The Penny Dreadful Project,” a dark tale that examines the relationship between an unnamed woman and three versions of her son, is onstage at San Francisco State University. [8:30 p.m., Studio Theatre, Creative Arts Building, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

Mexican music: Los Soneros, an ensemble dedicated to the preservation and dissemination of traditional Mexican son music, performs at Yerba Buena Gardens. [12:30 p.m., Mission Street between Third and Fourth streets, S.F.]

Music party: “Nightlife” at the California Academy of Sciences presents a Treasure Island Music Festival pre-party with Wallpaper, the Downer Party and LoveTech. [6 to 10 p.m., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

'Shanghai' social: “Shanghai's Modern Masters” is the theme of tonight's “Shanghai Nights” conversation at the Asian Art Museum. The weekly social is held in conjunction with the “Shanghai” exhibit. [5 to 9 p.m., 200 Larkin St., S.F.]

Italian cinema: Museo ItaloAmericano hosts a screening of Vittorio De Sica's “La Ciociara” (“Two Women,” 1960). Sofia Loren and Jean-Paul Belmondo star. [7 p.m., Building C, Fort Mason Center, S.F.]

Extended viewing hours: The de Young Museum hosts “Impressionism at Twilight,” an opportunity to view the exhibition “Birth of Impressionism” in the evening hours. [5 to 8:45 p.m., Golden Gate Park S.F.]

DINING OUT

Ana Mandara: Chef Khai Duong’s appetizer selections include edamame dumplings with coconut-juice vinaigrette. They are served with snow-pea sprout salad with truffle oil. Today’s highlighted entree is a grilled barbecued pork chop, served with broken rice and pickled vegetables. Coming up on Saturday and Sunday: authentic Vietnamese gourmet dim sum, available at lunchtime. [891 Beach St., S.F.; (415) 771-6800]

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