Good Day: Sept. 21, 2010

DINING OUT

Kasa Indian Eatery: Chef Anamika Khanna’s menu features burrito-like kati rolls — flaky buttery roti (handmade bread) wrapped around a chosen main dish. Or diners can choose thali, a home-style combination plate. Recommended main dishes include chicken tikka masala, turkey kebabs and vegetarian specials such as gobi aloo (cauliflower and potatoes). [4001 18th St., S.F.; 3115 Fillmore St., S.F.; (415) 896-4008]

PERSON IN TOWN

Novelist, screenwriter, essayist and memoirist James Ellroy discusses his many works and his own life experiences that have shaped them. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

 
LECTURES

Richard Rhodes: The journalist and author (“Twilight of the Bombs”) talks about the history of nuclear weapons. The Long Now Foundation presents the lecture. [7:30 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]
 
Paul Brinkley: The U.S. deputy undersecretary of defense discusses efforts to spur economic growth in Afghanistan’s challenging security environment. [6 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]
 

LITERARY

Dave Eggers: The local writer talks about “Zeitoun,” a work of nonfiction. [Noon, Books Inc., 601 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]
 
Peter Lewis: The Seattle author and restaurateur talks about “Dead in the Dregs,” a novel. [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]
 
Scott Simon: The NPR journalist talks about “Baby, We Were Meant for Each Other: In Praise of Adoption.” [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]
 
Koren Zailckas: The best-selling memoirist talks about “Fury: A Memoir.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 2251 Chestnut St., S.F.]
 
Eileen Myles: The poet, fiction writer and performer launches “Inferno: A Poet’s Novel.” [7 p.m., Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia St., S.F.]
 
Skip Horack: The debut novelist talks about “The Eden Hunter.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]
 

COLLEGES

Poetry reading: Mechanics’ Institute member poets Frank Cebulski, Jonathan Bracker, Charles Sullivan and Zara Raab share their work. [6 p.m., Mechanics’ Institute, 57 Post St., S.F.]
 

PUBLIC LIBRARIES

Film and talk: “A Village Called Versailles,” Leo S. Chiang’s documentary about a Vietnamese community in New Orleans, screens. A discussion follows. [5:45 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]
 
Italian-American history: Author Vincenza Scarpaci gives a talk on Italian immigration. [7 p.m., North Beach Branch, Joe DiMaggio Playground Clubhouse, 661 Lombard St., S.F.]
 

CITY

Dance and costume artist: Sha Sha Higby, a dance and theater artist who uses sculpture as a body costume that can create its own poetic plot, presents “In Folds of Gold,” a work in progress. [7:30 p.m., Marsh, 1062 Valencia St., S.F.]
 
French film: “Heartbreaker,” a French comedy about a professional seducer and breakup artist who gets a job that he can’t quite accomplish, is screening at the Embarcadero Center Cinema. [1 Embarcadero Center, S.F.; (415) 267-4893]
 
String quartet: The Ariel Quartet performs Schubert’s “Death and the Maiden.” Noontime Concerts presents the program. [12:30 p.m., Old St. Mary’s Cathedral, 660 California St., S.F.]

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