Good day: Nov. 3, 2009

Who's in town

Poland-born historian and writer Eva Hoffman talks about life in postwar Krakow. [8 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Maira Kalman: The illustrator and designer gives a lecture. [6 p.m., Braun Hall, Room 105, Stanford University]

Lectures

Eric Schlosser: The investigative journalist and “Fast Food Nation” author discusses the endemic problems in the prison system and the challenges faced by criminal-justice systems. [8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Robert Musil: The former CEO of Physicians for Social Responsibility talks about the role of grassroots efforts in combating climate change. [6 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Literary events

Kati Marton: The journalist talks about “Enemies of the People: My Family’s Journey to America.” [7:30 p.m., Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View]

Pim Techamuanvivit: The food blogger talks about “The Foodie Handbook.” [7:30 p.m., Books Inc., 2251 Chestnut St., S.F.]

At the public library

Public Schools 101: Parents share tips for choosing a public elementary school for their kids. [4 p.m., Western Addition Branch, 1550 Scott St., S.F.]

Vincenza Scarpaci: The author and historian gives a slide show to illustrate her book “The Journey of the Italians in America.” [7 p.m., West Portal Branch, 190 Lenox Way, S.F.]

Local activities

Botanical art: “Plant Portraits,” an exhibit of botanical prints by local artist Kristin Jakob, is on view in the San Francisco Botanical Garden’s Helen Crocker Russell Library of Horticulture. [10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Thai mask painting: Jakaraphan Paypai, an artist from Thailand, gives mask-making demonstrations at the Asian Art Museum. [Noon to 4 p.m., 200 Larkin St., S.F.]

Classical music: The Metro Quartet performs Brahms’ “Piano Quartet No. 3 in C minor, Op. 60.” Noontime Concerts presents the program. [12:30 p.m., Old St. Mary’s Cathedral, 660 California St., S.F.]

Dining out

Ame Restaurant: Restaurateurs Hiro Sone and Lissa Doumani and chef Greg Dunmore serve New American cuisine, and two dishes are recommended today. One is spaghettini with one-pound Maine lobster in tomato lobster sauce. Also highlighted: grilled dry-aged New York strip steak with a “vol au vent” of forest mushrooms, fall greens and crispy sweetbread. [689 Mission St., S.F.; (415) 284-4040]

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