Good Day: Oct. 14, 2009

Who’s in town

Rana Husseini — a Jordanian journalist, feminist and human rights defender, and the world’s leading advocate against honor killings — discusses her international investigative journalism and activism and launches her new book, “Murder in the Name of Honor.” [7 p.m., Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia St., S.F.]

Lectures

Nicholas Kristof: The Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist outlines the imperative for global action on the empowerment of women. [6 p.m., Fairmont Hotel, 950 Mason St., S.F.; RSVP: www.itsyourworld.org]

Meals for Change: Speakers discuss how the “social enterprise kitchen” is on the cutting edge of feeding the most vulnerable people in our community. [7 p.m., Ferry Building, Port Commission Hearing Room, second floor, S.F.]

Literary events

Litquake: As part of the festival, Kathleen Kent will read from “The Heretic’s Daughter.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 601 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

John Rubino: The local author and raconteur talks about “Yano: From the Prune Ranch to Skyscrapers,” a memoir. [6:30 p.m., Red Hill Books, 401 Cortland Ave., S.F.]

At the colleges

Jazz talk: Loren Schoenberg, director of the National Jazz Museum in New York City’s Harlem neighborhood, gives a lecture with a focus on Duke Ellington. Keyboardist Adam Benjamin joins him. [Noon, Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, Stanford]

At the public library

Disaster preparedness: Session focuses on how to build a disaster supply kit and respond safely to earthquakes, fires and other disasters. [7 p.m., Excelsior Branch, 4400 Mission St., S.F.]

Opera talk: The San Francisco Opera Guild presents a lecture on Richard Strauss’ “Salome.” [1 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Local activities

Stage comedy: “Goldfish,” playwright John Kolvenbach’s comedy about falling in love and dealing with parents, opens at the Magic Theatre. [8 p.m., Building D, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Violin virtuoso: Violinist and conductor Itzhak Perlman leads the San Francisco Symphony and plays Bach’s “Violin Concerto No. 2.” [8 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Literary theater: Word for Word presents a staged reading of Nathan Englander’s short story “The Tumblers.” [8 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Dining out

La Provence: Chef-owner Lionel LaFite is featuring “saumon mariné à l’anis” this week. Fresh salmon, marinated in anise, is lightly sauteed and served with parsnip puree and accompanied by a mango and pink-peppercorn dressing. “If you’ve got taste, we’ve got flavor,” LaFite says. [1001 Guerrero St., S.F., (415) 643-4333]

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