Good Day for Monday, Nov. 23 2009

Who’s in town

Alejandro Zaera-Polo — co-founder of the London-based Foreign Office Architects, which is recognized as one of the most creative design firms in the world — speaks at the California College of the Arts. [7 p.m., 1111 Eighth St., S.F.]

Lectures

Richard Jones: The International Energy Agency deputy executive director discusses recent energy demand and supply projections, and their implications for the environment. [6 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

India ties: A panel discusses how India’s rising economic influence will affect life in the Bay Area. [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Literary events

Ann Seymour: The journalist talks about “I’ve Always Loved You.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 3515 California St., S.F.]

Lierre Keith: The writer and activist talks about “The Vegetarian Myth: Food, Politics and Sustainability.” [7 p.m., Green Arcade, 1680 Market St., S.F.]

At the colleges

MFA show: Exhibit features illustrations by Jennifer Keller and Scott Cooper, focusing primarily on children’s book illustrations. [9 a.m. to 6 p.m., 688 Gallery, Academy of Art University, 688 Sutter St., S.F.]

At the public library

Jonah Raskin: The author (“Field Days”) talks about his farm- and food-related experiences, and about Thanksgivings past and present. [7 p.m., Sunset Branch, 1305 18th Ave., S.F.]

Thomas Johnson: The director of the Naval Postgraduate School’s Program for Culture and Conflict Studies discusses policies related to U.S.-Afghanistan relations. [7:30 p.m., Los Altos Public Library, 13 South San Antonio Road, Los Altos]

Local activities

Jug bands: Devine’s Jug Band and Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Jug Band perform at Cafe Du Nord. [8 p.m., 2170 Market St., S.F.]

Photo exhibition: The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art presents “Picturing Modernity,” an exhibit containing highlights from the museum’s photography collection. [11 a.m. to 5:45 p.m., SFMOMA, 151 Third St., S.F.]

Ice rink: The Holiday Ice Rink has opened at the Embarcadero Center. Skaters can enjoy it through Jan. 3. [10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Justin Herman Plaza, adjacent to 4 Embarcadero Center and across from the Ferry Building, S.F.]

Dining out

Americano: Chef Paul Arenstam’s menu features California cuisine with rustic Italian influences. Entrees include risotto with prosciutto, Meyer lemon, pistachio and crescenza cheese; Roman-style oxtails, “coda alla vaccinara,” with new potatoes, pine nuts and lemon; and whole tai snapper, pan fried with salsa verde. Soups, salads, antipasti and pizzas also are available. [8 Mission St., S.F., (415) 278-3777]
 

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