Good Day: October 4, 2010

Lectures

Cybercrime prevention: Nominum’s Paul Mockapetris, Google’s Vinton Cerf and EDventure’s Esther Dyson explore how we can give the Internet an immune system. [7 p.m., Quadrus Conference Center, 2400 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park]

Joshua S. Bloom: The astronomy professor gives a talk titled “Making Sense of the Dynamic Universe in the Synoptic Survey Era.” [7:30 p.m., California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]
 
‘Monday Night Philosophy’: James Mink, litigation attorney and classics aficionado, presents Plato’s role in modern times. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Literary events

Green spirit: A book signing and panel discussion, featuring photographer Liza Gershman (“A Taste for Absinthe”), looks at the history and production of absinthe. A tasting follows. [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]
 
Book group: Book club and literary enthusiasts meet to discuss Joseph Conrad’s “The Secret Agent.” [5:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Litquake: The local literary festival continues through Oct. 9. Today’s programs include “New Writers Night” and “Words and Waves: An Evening of Surf Lit.” [3 p.m. onward, various venues, www.litquake.org]

 

At the colleges

Michael Krasny: The host of NPR’s “Forum With Michael Krasny” discusses his new book, “Spiritual Envy.” [5 p.m., SFSU, Jack Adams Hall, Cesar Chavez Student Center, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]
 
Eddie Daniels: The anti-apartheid activist, who spent 15 years in the Robben Island prison with Nelson Mandela and others, discusses his struggle and triumph. [6 p.m., USF, Xavier Chapel, Fromm Hall, 2130 Fulton St., S.F.]
 
Lynn Spigel: The writer and professor, whose topics include the cultural history of media, gives a talk titled “Imagining the Smart Home.” [Noon, Encina Hall, second floor, East Conference Room, Stanford University]

At the public library

‘First Monday Movies’: Film series presents “The Killing” (1956), director Stanley Kubrick’s first major film. Sterling Hayden and Coleen Gray star in the noir drama. [6:30 p.m., Excelsior Branch, 4400 Mission St., S.F.]
 
‘Mental Aerobics’: Class explores how to exercise the brain in fun and challenging ways to maintain and improve cognitive vitality and memory. [1:30 p.m., Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Room, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Local activities

Fixing our schools: “Waiting for ‘Superman,’” a new documentary, examines the public education crisis through the stories of five students and their families. [Kabuki Cinemas, (415) 346-3243; San Francisco Centre 9, (800) FAN-DANG 991#]

Mexican folk art: The Museum of Craft and Folk Art presents “Volver,” an exhibit whose artists engage in the tradition of folk art while updating it with a sense of playfulness. [11 a.m. to 6 p.m., 51 Yerba Buena Lane, S.F.]

 

Dining out

Nob Hill Grille: On Mondays, prime rib is on chef Heli Samaniego’s menu in the form of a three-course dinner ($27). A soup or salad begins the meal, and a 12-ounce cut of prime rib, served with garlic mashed potatoes and fresh greens, follows. Dessert — look for beignets today — finishes the meal. [969 Hyde St., S.F., (415) 474-5985]

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