Good Day: Nov. 9, 2010

Who’s in town

British author Antonia Fraser appears in conversation. Fraser has written historical books, biographies and detective fiction. Her latest book is a memoir, “Must You Go?: My Life With Harold Pinter.” [8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]


Lectures

Islam in Indonesia: Indonesian religious experts discuss the country’s promotion of moderate Islam and tolerant interfaith coexistence. [Noon, World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Diane M. Wilson: The marriage and family therapist talks about the challenges and rewards of caring for an elder. [5:15 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Local history: Three local historians look at San Francisco’s Telegraph Hill neighborhood. The San Francisco Museum and Historical Society presents the talk. [7:30 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Laurie David:
The author of “The Family Dinner” discusses how sitting around the table with family for a meal can improve a child’s well-being. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]


Literary events

Anna Badkhen: The journalist talks about “Peace Meals: Candy-Wrapped Kalashnikovs and Other War Stories.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 2251 Chestnut St., S.F.]

Yunte Huang: The literary sleuth talks about “Charlie Chan: The Untold Story of the Honorable Detective and his Rendezvous With American History.” [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Shailja Patel: The poet, playwright and activist talks about “Migritude.” [7 p.m., Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia St., S.F.]

‘Lit & Lunch’:
The Center for the Art of Translation welcomes translator Stephen Kessler, who will discuss the work of Spanish poet Luis Cernuda. [12:30 p.m., 111 Minna Gallery, 111 Minna St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Art reception: Event celebrates the opening of the annual “Stillwell Student Show.” [4 to 6 p.m., SFSU, Fine Arts Gallery, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

At the public library

‘Open Books’: Rebecca Solnit talks about her latest book, “Infinite City.” A book sale follows the talk. [6:30 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Dog behavior:
Session, presented by a San Francisco SPCA volunteer and geared toward kids 7 and under, covers dog behavior, dog safety and related topics. [10:30 a.m., Western Addition Branch, 1550 Scott St., S.F.]

<br>Local activities

American theater: The American Conservatory Theater presents Tarell Alvin McCraney’s “Marcus; or The Secret of Sweet,” a comedy coming-of-age story about a young gay man in Louisiana. [7 p.m., A.C.T., 415 Geary St., S.F.]

Classical music: Violinist Christina Mok, cellist Joanne Lin and pianist Lori Lack perform Shostakovich’s “Piano Trio No. 2” and other music. [12:30 p.m., Old St. Mary’s Cathedral, 660 California St., S.F.]

JFK assassination:
“Dark Legacy,” a film about President John Kennedy’s assassination, screens. Navy veteran and former Peace and Freedom Party candidate Paul Kangas speaks at 6:30 p.m. [7 and 9 p.m., Red Vic Movie House, 1727 Haight St., S.F.]

Dining out

Daffodil: Chef Jeramiah Wheeless serves organic fare inspired by European and contemporary cuisine, and the red wine-braised short ribs, which are marinated for 24 hours and cooked for six hours, are recommended today. Also, look for the build-your-own burger and for a comfort dish, homemade chicken pot pie. [665 Bush St., S.F., (415) 343-0130]

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