Good Day Sept. 15, 2009

Who's in town
Dennis Blair, director of national intelligence, provides an inside look at the workings that occur at the highest levels of government and discusses his key priorities and challenges. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Lectures
Book arts:
Book artists discuss traditional and contemporary intersections accessible today, along with book-arts opportunities offered at the San Francisco Center for the Book. [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]
 
Literary events
Nicholas Schmidle: The author and journalist talks about “To Live or to Perish Forever: Two Tumultuous Years Inside Pakistan.” [6 p.m., Marines’ Memorial Club, 609 Sutter St., S.F.]
 
At the public library
ITVS Community Cinema:
“D Tour,” a documentary by Jim Granato about an aspiring musician and his search for a kidney donor, screens. A talk follows. [5:45 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

At the colleges
Bookstore open house:
Celebration features bookstore tours and refreshments. [11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Stanford Bookstore, Stanford University]

Dining out
Joey & Eddie’s:
As part of a region-specific cuisine of Italy series taking place Tuesdays, chef Joseph Manzare highlights the cooking of Venice. Menu selections include radicchio salad with pancetta and toasted walnuts; beet and ricotta ravioli with poppy seeds; grilled cuttlefish with black-ink risotto; and peach tiramisu. [1652 Stockton St., S.F.; (415) 989-7800]

Local activities
Cross-cultural arts:
Noh Space presents “Fox Hunts and Freedom Fighters: Korean and Western Women in Seoul 1894-1920,” a performance from pansori singer Chan Park and puppeteer-director Kathy Foley. [8 p.m., 2840 Mariposa St., S.F.]
 
Stand-up show: Comedian Ngaio Bealum performs. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

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