Good Day Sept. 29, 2009

Who’s in town

Lisa Jackson, administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, lays out strategies for cleaning up the environment. [6 p.m., Fairmont Hotel, 950 Mason St., S.F.]

 

Lectures

David Byrne: The musician and artist discusses bike advocacy and the urban environment, with guests David Chiu, Leah Shahum and Mike Teitz. [8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Meena Palaniappan: The director of the Pacific Institute’s International Water and Communities Initiative talks about new solutions to the world’s water crisis. [Noon, World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

 

Literary events

Abraham Verghese: The Ethiopia-born physician and award-winning writer talks about “Cutting for Stone.” [6 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Ruth Reichl: Gourmet magazine’s editor talks about “Gourmet Today” and the craft of cooking. [6:15 p.m., Cubberley Theatre, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto]

 

At the colleges

Thomas Hampson: The baritone sings and answers questions during a free event held in conjunction with his “Song of America” concert. [7 p.m., San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., S.F.]

 

At the public library

Cemetery documentaries: Trina Lopez’s “A Second Final Rest” and Justin Schein’s “Gravediggers” screens. Lopez is scheduled to appear for a Q-and-A session. [6 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

‘Portraits, Plays, Perversions’: Controversial playwright George Birimisa reads from one of his works. The notorious Strand Theater on Market Street is the setting. [6 p.m., Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Room B, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

 

Local activities

Indian pop star: Kailash Kher — a popular Sufi, folk and rock singer from India — performs at the Fillmore. [8 p.m., 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Kubrick classic: “Dr. Strangelove” (1964), Stanley Kubrick’s Cold War satire, screens at the Red Vic Movie House. [7:15 and 9:15 p.m., 1727 Haight St., S.F.]

Baseball game: The San Francisco Giants play the Arizona Diamondbacks. [7:15 p.m., AT&T Park, 24 Willie Mays Plaza, S.F.]

 

Dining out

Ame: Restaurateurs Hiro Sone and Lissa Doumani and chef Greg Dunmore serve new American cuisine containing flavors of southern France and northern Italy filtered throughout Hiro’s Japanese culinary sensibilities. Recommended today is one of the restaurant’s most popular dishes: broiled sake-marinated Alaskan black cod and shrimp dumplings in shiso broth. [689 Mission St., S.F., (415) 284-4040]

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