Good Day: Oct. 27, 2009

Who’s in town

Maen Areikat, chief representative of the Palestine Liberation Organization to the United States, discusses recent developments in the Middle East peace process and looks ahead at the opportunities and challenges for a Palestinian state. [6:30 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Lectures

Financial education: Experts discuss how to raise the profile of financial literacy in our nation and offer a few practical money tips. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Henry N. Pollack: The geophysicist explains why our natural-ice wonders are disappearing while humans are prospering. [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Literary events

Miriam Pawel: The journalist talks about “The Union of Their Dreams.” [7:30 p.m., Kepler’s Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

James Workman: The journalist and water expert talks about “Heart of Dryness.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Art lecture: Painter Libby Black discusses her work. [7 p.m., California College of the Arts, 1111 Eighth St., S.F.]

At the public library

Russian folk music: Jonnie Pekelny sings, accompanied by Toku Woo on guitar. [7 p.m., Richmond Branch, 351 Ninth Ave., S.F.]

ITVS Community Cinema: “Copyright Criminals,” a film by Benjamin Franzen and Kembrew McLeod, screens. It’s followed by a discussion. [5:30 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Local activities

Come together: “Working Class Hero (A Portrait of John Lennon),” Candice Breitz’s video installation featuring 25 fans singing along to Lennon’s first solo LP, is on view. [11 a.m. to 5:45 p.m., Museum of Modern Art, 151 Third St., S.F.]

Theatrical diptych: “Mrs. Whitney” — John Kolvenbach’s comic play about heartbreak — opens at the Magic Theatre, where it runs in repertory with Kolvenbach “Goldfish.” [8 p.m., Building D, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Opera production: The San Francisco Opera presents “Salome,” Richard Strauss’ opera based on Oscar Wilde’s play about a tangled biblical triangle. [8 p.m., War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Dining out

Bocadillos: Chef Bob Petzold has returned to the restaurant, and he recommends a pair of dishes today. One is tai snapper ceviche with fuyu persimmon, key lime and Thai chili. Also highlighted is the roasted delicata squash, an heirloom variety. It’s glazed with an apple cider and maple syrup reduction. [710 Montgomery St., S.F., (415) 982-2622]

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