Good Day: Sept. 16, 2010

Who’s in town

Stephen Breyer, the U.S. Supreme Court justice and author of the new book “Making Our Democracy Work,” appears in conversation. [8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Lectures

Max Seybold: The CherryPal CEO talks about the entry of Africa into the information age and the economic and political impact of bridging the “digital divide.” [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Oberlin Dance Collective: ODC founder Brenda Way and other guests celebrate the completion of ODC’s $20 million arts complex in the Mission district. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Derek Leebaert: The foreign-policy professor and author of “To Dare and to Conquer” gives a talk titled “Examining the Missteps of Wartime Foreign Policy.” [6 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Literary events

Rebecca Solnit: The locally based author (“A Paradise Built in Hell,” “Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas”) speaks. [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Project Censored: Mickey Huff and Peter Phillips discuss the year’s most censored stories and celebrate the release of “Censored 2011.” [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Julia Glass: The novelist discusses “The Widower’s Tale.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 3515 California St., S.F.]

Joyce Maynard: The fiction and nonfiction author talks about “The Good Daughters,” a novel. [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Saul Austerlitz: The culture writer and critic talks about “Another Fine Mess: A History of American Film Comedy.” [7 p.m., Green Apple Books, 506 Clement St., S.F.]

At the colleges

San Francisco Rights Conference: The two-day event that explores the question and place of rights in U.S. history, politics and society begins. [8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., SFSU, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

At the public library

South African film: “Amandla!” film series presents the documentary “Amandla!: A Revolution in Four Part Harmony” (2003). [Noon, Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

‘Back-to-School Books’: Children of all ages can create a book to use as a journal, notebook, or keepsake during this crafts session. [3:30 p.m., Ocean View Branch, 345 Randolph St., S.F.]

Local activities

Latino cinema: The San Francisco Latino Film Festival kicks off with a screening of “Undertow,” a Peruvian ghost story about a married fisherman devoted to his ostracized male lover. [7:30 p.m., Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., S.F.]

Outdoor theater: Direct Arts and the San Francisco Fringe Festival present a new production of “Paper Angels,” Genny Lim’s play about immigration politics. [Dusk, Portsmouth Square, Grant Avenue and Clay Street, S.F.]

Asian arts: Korean embroidery master Han Sang-soo visits the Asian Art Museum to demonstrate traditional techniques and present the history of Korean embroidery. [Noon to 4 p.m., 200 Larkin St., S.F.]

Dining out

Tres Agaves: Two special events take place today. First up is a Mexican Independence Day celebration (5 p.m.), with tequila, margaritas, tacos, DJs and mariachis. Also, look for the Distillery Dinner (7 p.m., $75, RSVP required), featuring tequila tastings, a talk by a distillery principal and a Mexican meal. Featured tequila: Tequila Arette. [130 Townsend St., S.F., (415) 227-0500; RSVP: ashley@tresagaves.com]

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