March 6: Robert Moses' Kin and other SF events 

Who’s in town

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage, author of “Ruined” and “Intimate Apparel,” appears in conversation. [4 p.m., Pigott Theater, 551 Serra Mall, Stanford University, Stanford]

Lectures

Dayo Olopade: The author of “The Bright Continent” talks about creativity that has sprung from difficulty in Africa and how progress lies in innovative solutions Africans are finding. [7 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Art talk: Melissa Buron, assistant curator of European art for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, discusses the upcoming exhibition “Intimate Impressionism From the National Gallery of Art.” [1 p.m., Legion of Honor, 100 34th Ave., S.F.]

Douglas Kenning: The professor gives a talk titled “Sicily, Pivot of Western Civilization: The Glory of the Greeks.” [7 p.m., Museo ItaloAmericano, Building C, Fort Mason Center, Buchanan Street and Marina Boulevard, S.F.; RSVP: (415) 673-2200]

Literary events

Janie Chang: The novelist talks about “Three Souls.” [7:30 p.m., Kepler’s Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

Stephanie Pearl-McPhee: The writer, blogger and knitter talks about “The Amazing Thing About the Way It Goes: Stories of Tidiness, Self-Esteem and Other Things I Gave Up On.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 601 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Food book: Contributing authors Peggy Wolff, Elizabeth Berg and Phyllis Florin talk about “Fried Walleye & Cherry Pie.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Brandon Sanderson: The fantasy and sci-fi writer talks about “Words of Radiance.” [6 p.m., Borderlands Books, 866 Valencia St.. S.F.]

At the colleges

Chamber music: Cellist Norman Fischer appears with fellow musicians, performing works by Britten and others. [8 p.m., San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., S.F.]

At the public library

Exhibit tour: The informal walk explores the exhibit “Endangered Birds of the Philippines” and offers a chance to meet mixed-media artist David Tomb. [6:30 p.m., Main Library, Environmental Center, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Shadow puppetry: Sean’s Shadows presents “The Gingerbread Baby,” a shadow-puppet show based on an ancient folktale, for ages 4 and up. [10:30 a.m., Mission Bay Branch, 960 Fourth St., S.F.]

Dance concert

Robert Moses’ Kin presents “BY Series” and “Draft,” a double bill featuring commissioned choreographers, RMK dancers and artists from the Black Choreographers Festival. [8 p.m., ODC Theater, 3153 17th St., S.F.]

Local activities

Photography exhibit: David Sokosh’s “American Tintypes,” an exhibit of photographs created with the 19th-century wet-plate collodion process, opens at Robert Tat Gallery. [11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., 49 Geary St., Suite 410, S.F.]

Symphony concert: The San Francisco Symphony, conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas and joined by violinist Julia Fischer, presents works by Prokofiev and Berlioz. [2 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Stand-up show: Dana Gould — whose comedy credits include “The Simpsons,” “The Ben Stiller Show” and the late-night talk shows — appears. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

La Urbana: The ceviche de pescado, served in a jar, is recommended today. The dish features agua chile, orange, market fish, mesquite, avocado, and, when the jar is opened, a bit of smoke. [661 Divisadero St., S.F.; (415) 440-4500]

Film

Documentary: The film “16 Acres” tells the story of the rebuilding of ground zero, one of the most architecturally, politically and emotionally complex urban planning projects in U.S. history. [7:30 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Screening Room, 701 Mission St., S.F.]

Surf show: “Groove Move,” about alternative surfboard designs and the surfers who ride them, is the focus of the documentary directed by Jack Coleman. [7:30 p.m., Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., S.F.]

Clear the Air Film Fest: Sponsored by Breathe California, the event showcases student-produced short films that focus on improving lung health. [7 p.m., New People Cinema, 1746 Post St., S.F.]

Nightlife

Party time: The Contemporary Jewish Museum launches Thursday Nights at The Jewseum, a new quarterly social event for the after-work crowd. [6 p.m., 736 Mission St., S.F.]

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