Good Day: Sept. 28, 2010

Who’s in town

Jazz alto saxophonist Lee Konitz performs. He and his ensemble are touring to promote their latest recording, “Lee Konitz New Quartet: Live at the Village Vanguard.” [8 and 10 p.m., Yoshi’s, 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Lectures

Robert Reich: The public policy professor and former U.S. secretary of labor explores a blueprint for lasting improvement to our economy. [6 p.m., Fairmont Hotel, Gold Room, 950 Mason St., S.F.]

Uldis Kruze: The USF-based expert on U.S.-China relations explores the future of leadership in China and what it may mean for the rest of the globe. [Noon, World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Green business event: Urban Solutions presents “Innovations in Sustainability,” a symposium for those interested in green business. [1:30 to 6:30 p.m., LGBT Community Center, 1800 Market St., S.F.; register: www.urbansolutionssf.org]

Sebastian Mallaby: The director of the Council on Foreign Relations Center for Geoeconomic Studies gives a talk titled “Hedge Funds: Heroes or Villains?” [6 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Healy Hamilton: The biodiversity researcher discusses the effects of climate change on animal and plant species. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Literary events

Guillermo del Toro: The filmmaker and novelist (writing with Chuck Hogan) discusses “The Fall,” the second book in the pair’s “Strain” trilogy. [7:30 p.m., Sundance Kabuki Theater, 1881 Post St., S.F.; ticket info: www.booksmith.com]

John Vaillant: The Vancouver, British Columbia-based writer talks about “The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival.” [7 p.m., Kepler’s Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

Dianne Jacob: The food writer and blogger discusses “Will Write for Food.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

At the colleges

Art reception: Event celebrates the opening of “Huckleberry Finn,” the final show in a trilogy of exhibits that examine canonical novels through art. [6 to 8 p.m., California College of the Arts, 1111 Eighth St., S.F.]

At the public library

‘Scout, Atticus, and Boo’: The program, featuring a film and talk, commemorates the 50th anniversary of the publication of “To Kill a Mockingbird.” [6 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

‘Lizard Lady’: Program, for ages 5 and younger, features creeping, crawling and slithering creatures. [11 a.m., North Beach Branch, Joe DiMaggio Playground Clubhouse, 661 Lombard St., S.F.]

Local activities

Glass Harvest: The Great Glass Pumpkin Patch has returned to the Palo Alto Art Center. Eight-thousand hand-blown glass pumpkins crafted by 30 artists are on view. [10 a.m. to 9 p.m., 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto]

Oyster events: McCormick and Kuleto’s seafood restaurant hosts its annual Shuck and Swallow Oyster Competition, plus an oyster-and-wine pairing event benefiting the Marine Mammal Center. [5 p.m., 900 North Point St., S.F.]

Classical music: Cellist Samsun van Loon and pianist Michael Tan perform music by Beethoven and Chopin. Noontime Concerts presents the program. [12:30 p.m., Old St. Mary’s Cathedral, 660 California St., S.F.]

Dining out

Ponzu: Chef Adam Carpenter cooks the cuisine of Asia ¾ Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Korean, Vietnamese, and other flavors ¾ and small plates, large plates, side dishes, and desserts are available. Recommended today is the tartare duo, a small plate consisting of tuna with white soy vinaigrette and diced avocado with pickled onions and taro chips. [401 Taylor St., S.F.; (415) 775-7979]

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