Good Day: Sept. 15, 2010

PERSON IN TOWN

John Roos, the U.S. ambassador to Japan, gives a talk on Japan's changing political landscape and relationship with the United States. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

LECTURES

Eva Chen: The co-founder of Trend Micro Inc. discusses cyber crimes committed against businesses and shares the best practices of firms that treat data security as a top priority. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Chris McKay: The planetary scientist discusses studies of life in extreme environments, both hot and cold, as relevant to the search for life elsewhere in the solar system. [7:30 p.m., Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way, S.F.]

LITERARY

Steven Saylor: The novelist talks about “Empire: The Novel of Imperial Rome.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Michael Kalanty: The chef talks about “How to Bake Bread: The Five Families of Bread.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 601 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Mark Haskell Smith: The novelist talks about “Baked.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Barbara Corrado Pope: The novelist talks about “The Blood of Lorraine.” [7 p.m., “M” Is for Mystery, 86 E. Third Ave., San Mateo]

COLLEGES

Ron Nagle: The Bay Area visual artist, musician and teacher gives a lecture titled “The Latest and the Greatest.” [7 to 9 p.m., California College of the Arts, 1111 Eighth St., S.F.]

PUBLIC LIBRARIES

Opera preview: The San Francisco Opera Guild presents a lecture on the Mozart opera “The Marriage of Figaro.” [Noon to 2 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Architecture and the City: The festival's film series presents “Infinite Space: The Architecture of John Lautner.” [6 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.; RSVP: www.aiasf.org]

CITY

Folk-pop sisters: Lily and Abigail Chapin, aka the Chapin Sisters, perform a concert in celebration of the release of their new album, “Two.” [8 p.m., Cafe du Nord, 2170 Market St., S.F.]

Mexican rockers: Jaguares, the alternative-rock band from Mexico, brings its tour to San Francisco. [9 p.m., The Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Swamp star: The California Academy of Sciences throws a birthday party for Claude, the albino alligator, who turns 15 today. Gator-themed activities are on the bill. [9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Preview screening: The 2010 United Nations Association Film Festival presents a screening of “Climate Refugees.” A talk follows the film. [7 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Gallery reception: Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts hosts an opening reception for “Celebrate! San Francisco,” an exhibit addressing how San Franciscans are celebrating the human experience in today's times. [6 to 9:30 p.m., 2868 Mission St., S.F.]

Dining out

Oola: The bistro specializes in San Francisco cuisine, and chef Ola Fendert’s all-natural baby back ribs, with cilantro, ginger, and soy glaze, are always a favorite. The ribs are served with a cabbage-apple slaw. Also recommended: the pan-roasted filet mignon, served with Parmesan potato gratin, roasted mushrooms, and a truffle red-wine sauce. [860 Folsom St., S.F.; (415) 995-2061]

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