Good Day: Sept. 14, 2010

Who’s in town

Singer-songwriter Eilen Jewell performs at Cafe Du Nord. [9:30 p.m., 2170 Market St., S.F.]

Lectures

Visitacion Valley: Speakers from the Visitacion Valley History Project provide a photographic journey through the “Valley of the Windmills” past and present. [7:30 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Christopher Gergen: The director of Duke University’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute discusses how being an entrepreneur is about proving that the impossible is plausible. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Russell Jaffee: The internist and biochemist shares his findings and views on catalyzing human healing. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Literary events

Rick Rowden: The expert on IMF policies discusses “The Deadly Ideas of Neoliberalism: How the IMF has Undermined Public Health and the Fight Against AIDS.” [6 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Christopher McDougall: The journalist talks about “Born to Run.” [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Angie Chau: The fiction writer talks about “Quiet As They Come,” her debut story collection. [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Jack and Gay Reineck: The longtime Haight-Ashbury residents celebrate their “Haight Ashbury Guide and Map.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

At the colleges

‘Galleons & Globalization’: History talk and gallery tour explore the effect of Asian and Central and South American art and artifacts on material culture in Mission-era California. [5:30 p.m., USF, Fromm Hall, 2130 Fulton St., S.F.]

At the public library

‘Gifts of the Great Depression’: In honor of the 75th anniversary of the New Deal, three historians discuss the impact of the programs on the Bay Area. [6 to 8 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Daniel Alarcon: The writer and editor talks about “The Secret Miracle: The Novelist’s Handbook.” [6 p.m., Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Room B, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Local activities

Classical music: Pianist Machiko Kobialka performs music by Gershwin, Barber and Chopin. Noontime Concerts presents the program. [12:30 p.m., Old St. Mary’s Cathedral, 660 California St., S.F.]

Community dancing: The Dancing on the Square series presents an evening of swing and Charleston dancing. Steve Lucky and the Rhumba Bums provide live music. [6 to 8 p.m., Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City]

Comedy showcase: NBC’s “Stand-Up for Diversity Showcase” presents a semifinals show. Comedians vie to see who deserves a slot in the showcase. Comic Kevin Shea hosts. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Senior poets: The TODCO poets — seniors in the Yerba Buena area who write poetry under the direction of Nancy Deutsch — share their work. [12:30 p.m., Yerba Buena Gardens, Mission Street between Third and Fourth streets, S.F.]

Dining out

Farallon: A summer-melon salad with lemon-verbena granita, duck prosciutto and fig coulis is recommended from chefs Mark Franz and Ryan Simas’ menu. Today’s suggested entree is the seared Mediterranean dorade, with sweetbread and pancetta hash and sherry deglacage. On Emily Luchetti and Terri Wu’s dessert menu, look for the Concord grape pie. [450 Post St., S.F., (415) 956-6969]

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