Good Day: Sept. 22, 2010

PERSON IN TOWN

Tony Award-winning performer Bill Irwin stars in “Scarpin,” an adaptation, written by Irwin and by Mark O’Donnell, of Moliere’s chaotic comedy. American Conservatory Theater presents the show, which opens tonight. [8 p.m., ACT, 415 Geary St., S.F.]

DINING OUT

Bocadillos: Chef Bob Petzold recommends a pair of dishes today. First up is the country ham, from Kentucky. It is served with heirloom melons. Also look for the charred corn salad, with jicama, romaine and tomatillo dressing. [710 Montgomery St., S.F. (415) 982-2622]

LECTURES

Barry C. Lynn: The business journalist and author of “Cornered” discusses the concentration of economic power and the danger it poses to social, political and economic balances. [6 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

‘The Power of Pull’: Thought leaders highlight the role of digital infrastructures and public policy shifts in transforming how we live, work and play. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Artist talk: Artist Rigo talks about his work, which includes building-size murals, street-sign satires and commemorative sculptures. [7:30 p.m., CounterPulse, 1310 Mission St., S.F.]

LITERARY

Jonathan Safran Foer: The author of “Everything Is Illuminated” and “Eating Animals” appears in conversation with author Vendela Vida. [8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Mae Ngai: The historian talks about “The Lucky Ones: One Family and the Extraordinary Invention of Chinese America.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Will Fellows: The Milwaukee-based writer talks about “Gay Bar: The Fabulous, True Story of a Daring Woman and Her Boys in the 1950s.” [7:30 p.m., Books Inc., 2275 Market St., S.F.]

COLLEGES

T. J. Stiles: The recipient of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award discusses the challenges of writing biography. [6 p.m., Mechanics’ Institute, 57 Post St., S.F.]

Martino Zanotta: The designer and CEO of Zanotta Spa, a Milan-based industrial-design firm devoted to the “Italian way of living design,” speaks. [7 to 9 p.m., California College of the Arts, 1111 Eighth St., S.F.]

PUBLIC LIBRARIES

Exhibit gala: Opening festivities take place for the exhibit “Celebrating Fabulous/Activist Bay Area Lesbians With Disabilities.” [6 to 8:30 p.m., Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Room, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Film and talk: Excelsior Arts and Culture Salon presents “Dark Water Rising,” a film about the Hurricane Katrina pet rescue. A discussion follows. [7 p.m., Excelsior Branch, 4400 Mission St., S.F.]

CITY

Book sale: Friends of the San Francisco Public Library present their 2010 Big Book Sale. Half a million books DVDs, CDs and other items are available for $5 for less. [10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Fiendish flora: In conjunction with “Chomp! 2,” its carnivorous-plant exhibition, the Conservatory of Flowers hosts “Slurp,” an evening of beer and entertainment for those 21 and up. [5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Stir crazy: San Francisco Cocktail Week has begun. Today’s events include a farmers market happy hour — a fundraiser with food, drinks and tunes. [6 to 8 p.m., CUESA kitchen, Ferry Building, S.F.; www.sfcocktailweek.com]

Peruvian singer: Susana Baca, a primary force in the revival of Afro-Peruvian music in Peru, performs at the Palace of Fine Arts. [8 p.m., 3301 Lyon St., S.F.]

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