Good Day: Sept. 8, 2010

Who’s in town

Jane Lubchenco, administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, is joined by Nancy Sutley, chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, to discuss what the Obama administration is doing to clean up the Gulf of Mexico and better manage our oceans. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Lectures

Susan Leal: The former head of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission discusses the looming water crisis and describes possible solutions. [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Matthew Kahn: The UCLA professor and author of “Climatopolis” discusses how capitalism both has caused and can provide solutions to climate change. [6 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Crosstown cycling: San Francisco Bicycle Coalition representatives discuss “Connecting the City,” a new San Francisco program featuring a continuous network of crosstown bikeways. [12:30 p.m., SPUR, 654 Mission St., S.F.]

Literary events

Joseph Mattson: The debut novelist talks about “Empty the Sun.” [7 p.m., Green Apple Books, 506 Clement St., S.F.]

Rhys Bowen: The whodunit novelist talks about “Royal Blood.” [7 p.m., “M” Is for Mystery, 86 E. Third Ave., San Mateo]

John Hollway: The attorney and writer talks about “Killing Time.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto]

At the colleges

Open house: SFSU’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, which provides learning opportunities for people ages 50 and up, hosts an open house. [3 to 5 p.m., SFSU, Downtown Campus, 835 Market St., sixth floor, S.F.]

At the public library

Opera preview: The San Francisco Opera Guild presents a lecture on the Jules Massenet opera “Werther.” [Noon to 2 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Architecture and the City: The festival’s film series presents “Make No Little Plans: Daniel Burnham and the American City.” [6 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.; RSVP: www.aiasf.org]

Animal welfare: The Disaster Preparedness Coalition for Animals presents a talk titled “Preparing Yourself and Your Companion Animal for a Disaster.” [6 p.m., Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Room, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Local activities

Fringe binge: The 2010 San Francisco Fringe Festival, a multivenue marathon of indie and edgy theater, begins. Shows include “Vitch Slapped,” Ally Johnson’s “The Self Rose” and “Arousal.” [7 to 11:30 p.m., downtown S.F.; www.sffringe.org]

Celebrating California: The California Historical Society hosts “California Nights,” its monthly gathering with refreshments, music and a focus on all things California. [5 to 8 p.m., 678 Mission St., S.F.]

Stand-up comedy: Roz G., star and finalist of the fourth season of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” kicks off a string of shows. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Lunchtime music: Composer, flute master and guitarist Oscar Reynolds, whose music is rooted in Bolivian traditions, performs in Union Square. [12:30 p.m., Post and Powell streets, S.F.]

Dining out

Fior d’Italia: Chef Gianni Audieri cooks authentic northern Italian cuisine, and pasta selections are half-price today. Recommended dishes include linguine tutto mare (with prawns, scallops, calamari, clams and mussels) and linguine con polpette al pomodoro (with veal meatballs and tomato sauce). Soups, salads, and chicken, beef, fish and vegetable dishes also are available. [2237 Mason St., S.F., (415) 986-1886]

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