Good Day: Dec. 16, 2009

DINING OUT

Tangerine: Chef Sean Pattansuvoranun is featuring braised tofu with vegetable dumpling. Succulent tofu is stir-fried with sweet peas, portabella mushroom, and bell peppers and then served  over pan-seared vegetable dumplings. “Being a vegetarian never tasted so good,” says Tangerine co-owner Peter Goss. [16th and Sanchez streets, S.F.; (415) 626-1700] 

 

PERSON IN TOWN

Jazz guitarist Charlie Hunter, joined by his ensemble, presents his “Home for the Holidays” concert. [8 and 10 p.m., Yoshi’s, 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.] 

 

LECTURES

Matthew Rojansky: The national-security expert discusses the role of arms-control treaties in controlling international security in terms of nuclear weapons. [7:30 p.m., Los Altos Youth Center, 1 South San Antonio Road, Los Altos]

Rick Prelinger: The archivist and filmmaker presents “Lost Landscapes of the East Bay,” an evening of participatory film and history. [7:30 p.m., Counterpulse, 1310 Mission St., S.F.]

LITERARY

Rebecca Solnit:

Fourteen Hills: San Francisco State University’s international literary magazine presents a release party for its latest volume. Special guest: author Stephen Elliott. [7 p.m., San Francisco Motorcycle Club, 2194 Folsom St., S.F.]

COLLEGES

Art show: The Academy of Art University’s 79 Gallery presents its Italy Group Show, featuring artwork created in Corciano, Italy, by faculty members and students. [9 a.m. to 6 p.m., 79 New Montgomery St., S.F.]

PUBLIC LIBRARIES

Shakespeare play: The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival presents “Hamlet.” [6:30 p.m., Richmond Branch, 351 Ninth Ave., S.F.]

Dance critic: Joanna Gewertz Harris talks about her book, “Beyond Isadora: Bay Area Dancing, the Early Years 1916-1965,” and shows images from the era. [2 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

CITY

Hanukkah tango: The Jewish Community Center hosts “Hanukkah in Argentina,” a celebration featuring dinner, dancing and a menorah lighting. Tango No. 9 provides the music. [6:30 p.m., 3200 California St., S.F.]

Hitchcock series: The Castro Theatre launches its “Hitch for the Holidays” film series. “Rear Window” (1954) and “Shadow of a Doubt” (1943) screen today. [2:30, 4:45, 7 and 9:10 p.m., 429 Castro St., S.F.]

Chocolate tasting: The San Francisco Botanical Garden hosts a chocolate-tasting event. Brad Kintzer of TCHO Chocolates gives the presentation. [6:30 p.m., Golden Gate Park, S.F.; RSVP: www.sfbotanicalgarden.org]

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