Good day, San Francisco: July 17

Double trouble: “Ball of Fire,” a film series saluting Barbara Stanwyck, continues with a double bill of Billy Wilder’s “Double Indemnity” and Fritz Lang’s “Clash by Night.” [7 and 9:05 p.m., Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St.]

Who’s in town

John R. Bolton, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, talks about the U.N., domestic and global security in the wake of 9/11, and the future of international relations. [Noon, Fairmont Hotel, 950 Mason St.]

City activities

Word affairs: The TODCO Poets, made up of seniors from the South of Market neighborhood, read their poetry. [12:30 p.m., Yerba Buena Gardens, Third and Mission streets]

Only temporary: “Untitled No. 128,” a sculptural installation by Aeneas Wilde, explores the evolution and impermanence of ideas as it stands “on the edge of falling.” [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Exploratorium, 3601 Lyon St.]

Literary events

Elizabeth McKenzie: The debut novelist discusses “MacGregor Tells the World.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 3515 California St.]

Matthew Rothschild: The Progressive editor and “Progressive Radio Show” host discusses “You Have No Rights: Stories of America in an Age of Repression.” [7:30 p.m., Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia St.]

Lectures

Corporate sustainability: Panel discusses how corporate leaders can turn environmental-sustainability talk into action. [11:30 a.m., L’Olivier, 465 Davis Court]

Horror cinema: “Too Scary for Television — Redefining Horror,” a panel talk, explores the appeal and the nature of the horror film genre. [6:30 p.m., 111 Minna Gallery, 111 Minna St.]

At the public library

Polaroid photo workshop: Participants can create mysterious photos and stories during this session conducted by Rayko Photo Lab, designed for ages 5 and older. [1:30 p.m., Visitacion Valley Branch, 45 Leland Ave.]

‘Russian Collection’: Program, for ages 5 and older, features Russian dance, costume, music and song. [3:30 p.m., Eureka Valley Branch, 1 Jose Sarria Court]

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