Good Day: October 26, 2009

Local activities

Firmly rooting: “Big Fan,” a comedic drama written and directed by Robert Siegel and starring Patton Oswalt as an extreme New York Giants fan, is screening at the Lumiere Theatre. [1572 California St., S.F.]

Halloween haunts: San Francisco City Guides leads a “Ghost Walk” at City Hall. Topics include disinterred remains, assassinations and macabre lore. [6:30 p.m., meet at South Light Court, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, S.F.]

Digital-age stitchery: “Open Source Embroidery” — an exhibit combining art, needlework and computing — is on view at the Museum of Craft and Folk Art. [11 a.m. to 6 p.m., 51 Yerba Buena Lane, S.F.]

 

Who’s in town

Novelist A.S. Byatt appears in a conversation with poet Robert Haas. Byatt’s books include “The Children’s Book,” “Possession” and “Angels and Insects.” [8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

 

Lectures

Judith Horstman: The journalist and medical writer talks about what your brain is doing during a typical day of sleeping, waking, fighting, loving and making key decisions. [5:15 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Sally Pipes: The author of “The Top Ten Myths of American Health Care” discusses what you need to know to get the best health care available. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

 

Literary events

Bruce Bueno de Mesquita: The political scientist discusses “The Predictioneer’s Game” and how he predicts the outcomes of peace talks and other key events. [6 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

David Sax: The journalist talks about “Save the Deli.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Plaza, S.F.]

 

At the colleges

Kristina Johnson: The U.S. undersecretary of energy talks about clean-energy opportunities and alternatives. [7 p.m., Tresidder Union,  Oak Room East, Stanford University, Stanford]

At the public library

Job-seekers lab: Session is for those who need more computer time or help to create résumés, complete applications or perform other tasks. [10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Main Library, Training Center, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Homework help: Volunteers assist K-7 students with homework assignments. [4 to 6 p.m., Excelsior Branch, 4400 Mission St., S.F.]

 

Dining out

Millennium: Two items on chef Eric Tucker’s menu are recommended today. One is a pizza-style flat-bread dish with smoked leek “butter,” roasted chanterelles and fingerling potatoes. Also look for the huitlacoche tamale, with roasted poblano chile and tequila “cream” and chile peron and pumpkin seed salsa. It’s served with roasted corn and root vegetable succotash. [580 Geary St., S.F., (415) 345-3900]

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