Good day: Thursday, June 7

Lectures: Zbigniew Brzezinski: The former U.S. national-security adviser discusses foreign policy and how the nation can regain lost prestige. [6:30 p.m., Westin St. Francis, 335 Powell St.]

Who’s in town

Khaled Hosseini: The best-selling Bay Area author of “The Kite Runner” reads from his new novel, “A Thousand Splendid Suns.” [7 p.m., Herbst International Exhibition Hall, 385 Moraga Ave., in the Presidio]

City activities

Opening night: The 2007 S.F. Black Film Festival opens. “The Front Line,” a thriller from Ireland that addresses issues of immigration and the horrors of genocide in Africa, screens. [6 p.m., Theater Artaud, 450 Florida St.]

Author, author: The Commonwealth Club honors winners of the 2007 California Book Awards with a ceremony and a reception. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St.]

Museum social: The Asian Art Museum hosts its June “Matcha” mixer. Highlights include Japanese hip hop and tours of the exhibits “Tezuka: The Marvel of Manga” and “Yoshitoshi’s StrangeTales.” [5 to 9 p.m., 200 Larkin St.]

Lectures

‘Art for the Environment’: Series continues with a discussion titled “Urban Nature and Design.” [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St.]

Literary events

Rebecca Solnit: The locally based essayist and historian discusses “Storming the Gates of Paradise: Landscapes for Politics.” [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave.]

Female authors: Members of the Women’s National Book Association, San Francisco Chapter, read from their recent work. [7 p.m., BookShop West Portal, 80 West Portal Ave.]

At the colleges

LGBT Film Series: “Daddy and Papa” screens, in celebration of Father’s Day. A talk with filmmaker and father Johnny Symons follows. [Noon, UCSF, Health Sciences West Building, 513 Parnassus Ave.]

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