Good Day: Nov. 8, 2010

Who’s in town

Singer and songwriter Marc Cohn performs selections from his new album, “Listening Booth: 1970,” along with other songs. [8 p.m., Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon St., S.F.]

Lectures

Munir Jiwa: The Islamic-studies professor discusses the broader implications of the debate over the plan to build a mosque and Muslim community center near Ground Zero. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Patenting life: The World Affairs Council’s Young Professionals International Forum hosts a global town hall. “Should Genes Be Patented?” is the theme. [6:30 p.m., WAC, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Literary events

Daniel Pinchbeck: The New York-based writer and counterculture figure talks about “Notes From the Edge Times.” [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Agatha Hoff: The locally based writer talks about “Burning Horses,” a fact-inspired fictional account of a Hungarian woman’s survival of the Holocaust. [7 p.m., Kepler’s Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

Todd Crawshaw: The debut novelist talks about “Exploits of the Satyr.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Plaza, S.F.]

At the colleges

Architecture talk: Francois Roche, a cofounder of R&Sie(n), an architectural practice based in Paris, speaks. [7 to 9 p.m., California College of the Arts, 1111 Eighth St., S.F.]

Political discussion: Reporter, author, and commentator Ari Berman talks about what is next for the Democratic Party. [6 p.m., USF, Maier Room, Fromm Hall, 2130 Fulton St., S.F.; RSVP: (415) 422-5662]

At the public library

Older Writers Laboratory: OWL presents a poetry-writing session for senior citizens. [3:30 p.m., Bernal Heights Branch, 500 Cortland Ave., S.F.]

Architecture book: Author Jacquie Proctor shows slides from “Bay Area Beauty: The Artistry of Harold G. Stoner, Architect.” [7 p.m., West Portal Branch, 190 Lenox Way, S.F.]

Local activities

Funny folk: Kung Pao Kosher Comedy presents “Comedy Returns to El Rio.” Comics Dhaya Lakshminarayanan, Sammy Obeid, Pippi Lovestocking, David Kleinberg and Lisa Geduldig perform. [8 p.m., El Rio, 3158 Mission St. S.F.]

Contemporary music: The San Francisco Contemporary Music Players present “Points in Recent History,” a program of 20th- and 21st-century music. [Concert at 8 p.m.; talk at 7 p.m.; Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Dance showcase: WestWave Dance presents an evening spotlighting five choreographers. Featured artists include Lisa Townsend Company and Robert Dekkers (Post:Ballet). [8 p.m., Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center, S.F.]

Local cinema: The San Francisco Film Society hosts “SF360.org Presents: Essential SF,” an evening feting filmmakers Les Blank, Lynn Hershman Leeson and others. A party follows a short ceremony. [7:30 p.m., Lab, 2948 16th St., S.F.]

Symphony concert: The San Francisco Symphony performs Orff’s “Carmina burana,” plus other music. The evening benefits the orchestra’s Pension Fund. [8 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

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