Good Day: Aug. 31, 2010

Who’s in town

Sen. Barbara Boxer shares her thoughts on jobs, the economy and California’s future. [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Lectures

Janet A. Flammang: The political science professor and author of “The Taste for Civilization” talks about dinnertime rituals and the civilizing function of food. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Richard and Megan Prelinger: The founders of the Prelinger Library and online archives talk about those resources. The San Francisco History Association presents the talk. [7:45 p.m., St. Philip’s Church, 725 Diamond St., S.F.]

Deborah Koons Garcia: The filmmaker shows clips from “Symphony of the Soil,” a work in progress that examines soil in all its complexity. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Italian history: Museo ItaloAmericano hosts a lecture titled “Italy 1960 to 2000: Progress and Problems of a Modern Nation” by Albert Milani. [7 p.m., Building C, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Literary events

Dave Mustaine: The metal-rock guitarist and singer talks about “Mustaine.” [10:30 a.m., Borders, Stonestown Galeria, 233 Winston Drive, S.F.]

Book group: Mr. Bookclub meets to discuss “The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet” by Reif Larsen. [7:30 p.m., Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View]

At the colleges

Chess night: The Mechanics’ Institute hosts its Tuesday Night Marathon, an evening of serious chess playing. Players at all levels are welcome. [6:30 p.m., 57 Post St., S.F.]

At the public library

Bernard von Bothmer: The author of “Framing the Sixties: The Use and Abuse of a Decade From Ronald Reagan to George W. Bush” discusses his book. [6:30 p.m., Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Room, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

‘Toddler Tales’: Program, designed for ages 18 to 36 months, features books, rhymes, music and movement. [10:15 a.m., Noe Valley Branch, 451 Jersey St., S.F.]

Local activities

Singer-songwriters: Pop and rock singer-songwriter Jason Reeves performs at Cafe Du Nord. Singer-songwriters Brendan James and Todd Carey also are on the bill. [8 p.m., 2170 Market St., S.F.]

Community dancing: Redwood City’s Dancing on the Square series presents an evening of salsa dancing, with instruction provided for beginners. [6 to 8 p.m., Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City]

Asian comedy: The Cockyasians Comedy Tour features comedians Bradley Lum and Mark Zhang giving their takes on Asian culture, relationships, families and society. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Classical piano: Pianist William Wellborn performs music by Beethoven and Liszt. Noontime Concerts presents the program. [12:30 p.m., Old St. Mary’s Cathedral, 660 California St., S.F.]

Baseball game: The San Francisco Giants play the Colorado Rockies. [7:15 p.m., AT&T Park, 24 Willie Mays Plaza, S.F.]

Dining out

Moya: Chef Fana Alemayehu serves Ethiopian cuisine at this South of Market restaurant, which hosts grand-opening festivities from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. today. Entrees include kik alitcha (split yellow peas cooked with onions, garlic, ginger and turmeric) and zilzil tibs (beef sirloin strips sauteed in jalapeno, onion, rosemary and clarified butter). Injera (spongy bread) accompanies every meal. [1044 Folsom St., S.F., (415) 431-5544]

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