Take Calvin Trillin, who's funny, and the state of the world today, which isn't; add the highly knowledgeable host of TV's The Tim Russert Show and microwave on high for 10 seconds. Turn the whole thing out onstage, live, and we're betting that the result is not only something you'll enjoy consuming, but also a dish positively swimming in intelligent observation. (Apologies for the food metaphor, Mr. Trillin.) Tim Russert, also the moderator of Meet the Press and an author himself, joins the New Yorker staff writer and inveterate foodie for this discussion. We hope they'll talk about Trillin's new book, Obliviously on He Sails: The Bush Administration in Rhyme (here's a tidbit from a piece called "A Sissy Hawk Cheer": "All-out war is still our druthers --/ Fiercely fought, and fought by others"), but the topic at hand is Russert's new book, Big Russ and Me: Father and Son, Lessons in Life. The conversation begins at 8 p.m. at the First Unitarian Universalist Church, 1187 Franklin (at Geary), S.F. Admission is $18.50; call 776-4580 or visit www.cityarts.net.
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