Good Day: Sept. 7, 2010

PERSON IN TOWN

Soprano Jessye Norman performs with the San Francisco Symphony on the opening night of its 99th season. Conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas, the gala concert features works by Ellington, Copland, Ravel and Berlioz. [8:30 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

LECTURES

Erika Lee and Judy Yung: The coauthors of “Angel Island: Immigrant Gateway to America” discuss the diversity of immigrants arriving through Angel Island. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Local arts: Steven Arkin, SFSU professor emeritus, talks about 20th-century writer and photographer Wright Morris, who left a strong local imprint through his teaching at SFSU. [Noon, SFMOMA, 151 Third St., S.F.]

LITERARY

Rebecca Schall: The local historian talks about “Historic Photos of San Francisco in the '50s, '60s, and '70s.” [7 p.m., Green Apple Books, 506 Clement St., S.F.]

Two authors: Fiction writers John Jodzio (“If You Lived Here You'd Already Be Home”) and Chelsea Martin (“The Really Funny Thing About Apathy”) read from their work. [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Poetry reading: Marin Poetry Center presents a reading by Zara Raab, Mahnaz Badihian, Kim Nunes, Renata Santerre, Bruce Sams and Ethel Mays. [7 p.m., 3300 Club, 3300 Mission St., S.F.]

Book discussion: Book group discusses Philip Roth's “Everyman.” [5:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

COLLEGES

Architecture projects: “Architecture Final Review Jury Nominee Exhibition,” featuring award-nominated student studio projects, opens. [10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., California College of the Arts, 1111 Eighth St., S.F.]

Chess night: The Mechanics' Institute hosts its Tuesday Night Marathon, an evening of serious chess playing. Players at all levels are welcome. [6:30 p.m., 57 Post St., S.F.]

PUBLIC LIBRARIES

Mexican cinema: “Mexico-in-Film Series” celebrates Mexico's contributions to cinema with a marathon of films from decades past. [Noon to 7:45 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Online archive: Program offers an overview of FoundSF.org, a lost-history website where history buffs and all San Franciscans can share stories, images and videos. [7:30 p.m., Eureka Valley Branch, 1 Jose Sarria Court, S.F.]

CITY

Indie pop: Singer-songwriter Hope Sandoval performs with the Warm Inventions. [8 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O'Farrell St., S.F.]

Classical music: Pianist Miles Graber and clarinetist Tom Rose perform music by Gade, Ravel and Brahms. Noontime Concerts presents the program. [12:30 p.m., Old St. Mary's Cathedral, 660 California St., S.F.]

Funny lines: Dana Gould headlines “Comics 4 Comix,” an evening featuring live comedy and a silent auction of comic-strip art. It benefits the Cartoon Art Museum. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Community dancing: Redwood City's Dancing on the Square series presents an evening of belly dancing, with instruction provided for beginners. [6 to 8 p.m., Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City]

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