Good Day for Sept. 28

Who’s in town

Steve Hildebrand, deputy national campaign manager for Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential run, discusses his experience last year, the administration’s relationship with the LGBT community and the upcoming push to repeal Proposition 8. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Lectures

Nuclear weapons: Charles Ferguson of the Council on Foreign Relations and Scott Sagan, a Stanford professor and the author of “The Limits of Safety,” discuss reducing the nuclear arsenal. [6 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Literary events

Jen Yates: The creator of the blog Cake Wrecks talks about “Cake Wrecks: When Professional Cakes Go Hilariously Wrong.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Plaza, S.F.]

David Lebovitz: The pastry chef and author of “The Sweet Life in Paris” and “The Perfect Scoop” makes a bookstore appearance. [6 p.m., Omnivore Books on Food, 3885-A Cesar Chavez St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Piano program: Professor Victoria Neve discusses and performs piano music by George Crumb. [1 p.m., SFSU, Knuth Hall, Creative Arts Building, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

Nursing program: USF hosts a meeting providing information about its graduate nursing program. [4 p.m., USF, Lone Mountain Admissions Presentation Room, No. 216, 2800 Turk Blvd., S.F.]

At the public library

Jasmina Bojic: The founder of the United Nations Association Film Festival presents clips that reflect the event’s fare and focus. [7:30 p.m., Los Altos Public Library, 13 South San Antonio Road, Los Altos]

Digital scanning: Session demonstrates how to scan images, save images to a flash drive, e-mail and print images, and turn negatives into photo images. [Noon, Main Library, Microfilm Room, fifth floor, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Local activities

Real-life legal drama: “Crude” — a documentary about the $27 billion “Amazon Chernobyl” case, waged against Chevron on behalf of 30,000 rain forest dwellers — screens at the Lumiere Theatre. [1572 California St., S.F.]

In the pink: The Amaryllis belladonna, a plant with tall leafless stems and fragrant pink lilylike flowers, is in bloom at the Botanical Garden. [8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Golden Gate Park, Ninth Avenue and Lincoln Way, S.F.]

Monday mixing: Fort Mason Center hosts “Make My Monday,” an evening of cocktails and culture. [6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Building A, Fort Mason Center, S.F.; e-mail mmm@fortmason.org to reserve space at no-host bar]

Dining out

Pesce: Chef Ruggero Gadaldi serves cuisine inspired by the flavors of Venice, Italy, and cooked in the tradition of the region. Today, he’s featuring a baby octopus stew called polipetti con polenta. The octopus is cooked in red wine with tomatoes. [2227 Polk St., S.F., (415) 928-8025]

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