Good Day: October 28, 2009

PERSON IN TOWN
Iranian-American scholar and journalist Haleh Esfandiari talks about her experiences as a prison inmate in Iran, how Iran came to be what it is today and Iran’s complex relationship with the United States. [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.; 6 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

DINING OUT
Le Colonial: Chef Joseph Villanueva is featuring braised boneless beef short ribs with wild-mushroom puree, Bloomsdale spinach and a star-anise reduction. For dessert, diners can enjoy an apple tart tatin à la mode, with vanilla ice cream. Also tonight: live jazz, with singer Kim Nalley. [20 Cosmo Place, S.F.; (415) 931-3600]

LECTURES
Rick Steves: The PBS travel host discusses his adventures and his belief that thoughtful travel can expand our worldview. [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.; 7 p.m., Cubberley Theatre, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto]

Mireille Guiliano: The author of “French Women Don’t Get Fat” and “Women, Work, and the Art of Savoir Faire” shares tips for fulfillment. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

LITERARY
Jonathan Lethem: The author of “Chronic City,” “You Don’t Love Me Yet” and “Motherless Brooklyn” appears in conversation. [8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

John Freeman: The writer and book critic talks about “The Tyranny of E-mail.” [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

COLLEGES
Examining stereotypes: The program features a screening of “Who Speaks for Islam?: Muslims on Screen,” followed by a discussion. [7 p.m., Cubberley Auditorium, Stanford University, Stanford]

PUBLIC LIBRARIES
‘Evidence of Evolution’: The program, celebrating the 150th anniversary of the publication of “On the Origin of Species,” features nature photos and an overview of evolution. [6 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Halloween crafts: Kids of all ages can make ghoulish crafts during this session. [4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Mission Bay Branch, 960 Fourth St., S.F.]

CITY
Opening night: American Conservatory Theater presents “November,” a new satirical comedy by David Mamet about American politics. [8 p.m., A.C.T., 415 Geary St., S.F.]

Powerhouse drummer: Jazz drummer Cindy Blackman, appearing with Another Lifetime and paying tribute to Tony Williams, performs at the San Francisco Jazz Festival. [8 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

Horror flicks: Two 1960s horror films — “The Last Man on Earth” and the Edgar Allan Poe-based “Tomb of Ligeia” — screen as a “Vincent Price Double Feature.” [7 p.m., Clay Theatre, 2261 Fillmore St., S.F.]
 

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