Good Day Oct. 21, 2009

Who’s in town

Ehud Olmert, former prime minister of Israel, discusses the challenges facing the Middle East and the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. [6:30 p.m., Westin St. Francis Hotel, 335 Powell St., S.F.]

Lectures

Tim Tompkins: The Times Square Alliance president discusses the ongoing trial of a new pedestrian plaza in the famed Manhattan space and what the public realm can teach business groups. [12:30 p.m., SPUR, 654 Mission St., S.F.]

Joe Cunningham: The quilter and author talks about the quilts of the Amish. [10 a.m., Legion of Honor, 100 34th Ave., S.F.]

Literary events

Timothy Egan: The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist talks about “The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire That Saved America.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 601 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Kristin Clark Venuti: The debut novelist talks about “Leaving the Bellweathers.” [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

At the colleges

Journalism talk: Panel discusses the current struggle of traditional print newspapers to stay afloat and what that means for journalism. [7:30 p.m., Cubberley Auditorium, Education Building, Stanford University, Stanford]

At the public library

Elaine Elinson and Stan Yogi: The authors and civil rights advocates talk about “Wherever There’s a Fight.” [6:30 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Senior care services forum: Cathy Murphy of Home Instead Senior Care provides an overview of the types of home care services available to seniors. [6:30 p.m., Marina Branch, 1890 Chestnut St., S.F.]

Local activities

Leukemia walk: The Light the Night Walk, in which people carry balloons, benefits the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The evening also includes food and music. [5 to 8 p.m.; starts at Union Square, 333 Post St., S.F.]

Minimalist art: The de Young Museum presents “Donald Judd and Sol LeWitt: Conceptual Color in Print,” an exhibit that compares the prints of the two 20th-century artists. [9:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., 75 Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

San Francisco Jazz Festival: Omar Sosa and John Santos, two of the highest-profile bandleaders in Latin American music, appear with their ensembles. [7:30 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Dining out

Kasa Indian Eatery: Chef Anamika Khanna’s menu features kati rolls, a flaky roti (handmade bread) wrapped around a chosen dish with marinated onions and chutney. Or, diners can choose thali, a combination plate. Today’s recommended dish is saag paneer, spinach with sauteed cubes of Indian cheese. [4001 18th St., S.F.; (415) 621-6940]

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