Tina Fey appears in conversation at Orpheum

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Comedian Tina Fey appears in conversation at the Orpheum Theatre. NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” and “30 Rock” and the film “Date Night” are a few of her credits. City Arts and Lectures presents the sold-out event. [8 p.m., Orpheum Theatre, 1192 Market St., S.F.]


Transforming education: Michelle Rhee, founder of Students First, and Kevin Johnson, mayor of Sacramento, discuss what can be done to save the nation’s education system. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Francis Fukuyama: The political economist and author shares his insights on the development of political order, the nature of government, and what it might mean for people today. [6 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Literary events

Joel Brinkley: The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist talks about “Cambodia’s Curse: The Modern History of a Troubled Land.” [7 p.m., Kepler’s Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

Richard Tagett: The longstanding San Francisco-based poet launches “Demodulating Angel: Selected Poems 1960-2010.” [7 p.m., Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia St., S.F.]

Nancy Lord: The historian and naturalist talks about “Early Warming: Crisis and Response in the Climate-Changed North.” [7 p.m., Green Arcade, 1680 Market St., S.F.]

Lydia Davis: The author and translator talks about her new translation of the French classic “Madame Bovary.” [7:30 p.m., Verdi Club, 2424 Mariposa St., S.F.]

Susie Bright: The sex educator, activist and writer talks about “Big Sex Little Death.” [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Jane Applegate: The small-business expert talks about “201 Great Ideas for Your Small Business.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

At the colleges

Martino Gamper: The London-based designer discusses his work. [7 p.m., California College of the Arts, 1111 Eighth St., S.F.]

At the public library

Make a journal: Participants in this Writers Corps session can make journals and other items from recycled paper. [4 to 6 p.m., Excelsior Branch, 4400 Mission St., S.F.]

Dining out

E&O Trading Company: Chef Arnold Eric Wong cooks contemporary Asian-inspired cuisine. Popular small plates include the Indonesian corn fritters with sweet chili soy sauce. Today’s recommended entree is the black-pepper shaking beef – filet mignon with red onions, chilies, tomatoes, watercress, and herbs. [314 Sutter St., S.F.; (415) 693-0303]

Local activities

Salsa night: “Salsa in the Square,” featuring Latin music and dancing, takes place in Union Square, with Avance providing the music. The event includes dance lessons and an open dance floor. [6 to 8 p.m., Powell and Post streets, S.F.]

History tour: The San Francisco Museum and Historical Society hosts a tour of Civic Center and City Hall. “Architecture, History and Mythology” is the theme. [1 p.m.; meet at Pioneer Monument, Fulton Street near Larkin Street, S.F.]

Classic movies: “Elmer Gantry” (1960) screens as part of Turner Classic Movies’ “Road to Hollywood” tour. Special live guest: Shirley Jones. [7:30 p.m., Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.; ticket info: www.tcm.com/roadtohollywood]

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