Scottish virtuoso percussionist Colin Currie appears at Stanford 

click to enlarge Marimba master: Scottish virtuoso percussionist Colin Currie appears with the Stanford Philharmonia Orchestra. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • Marimba master: Scottish virtuoso percussionist Colin Currie appears with the Stanford Philharmonia Orchestra.

Who’s in town

Nelly McKay
presents “I Want to Live,” her cabaret show based on the 1958 film about death row inmate Barbara Graham. [8 p.m., Rrazz Room, Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St., S.F.]

Lectures

Michael Ellsberg:
The author of “The Education of Millionaires” shares insights on the higher-education crisis and the future role self-education will play in career success. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Edward Miguel: The UC Berkeley professor talks about the emerging economies of Africa and how the rise of “south-south cooperation” will affect the global landscape. [Noon, World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Climate policy: A panel discussion, “From Durban to Rio,” examines international efforts to wean the world off fossil fuels. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Life after redevelopment: Local leaders discuss what the death of redevelopment means for urban development in the Bay Area. [12:30 p.m., SPUR, 654 Mission St., S.F.]

Literary events

Cindy Crabb:
The creator of the zine Doris talks about “The Encyclopedia of Doris.” [7 p.m., Modern Times Bookstore, 2919 24th St., S.F.]

Leap Day poetry: Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts hosts “A Leap Forward,” a poetry reading. Featured poets include devorah major, Jack Hirschman, Mary Rudge and others. [7 p.m., MCCLA, 2868 Mission St., S.F.]

Trinie Dalton: The fiction and arts writer reads from “Baby Geisha,” a story collection. [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

At the colleges

‘Radical Directing’:
The lecture series welcomes filmmaker Terry Zwigoff (“Crumb,” “Ghost World”). [7:30 p.m., San Francisco Art Institute, 800 Chestnut St., S.F.]

At the public library

Floral presentation:
Local florist Kathleen Dooley demonstrates the art of flower arranging and discusses different cultural meanings of flowers and colors. [7 p.m., Richmond Branch, 351 Ninth Ave., S.F.]

Quilting talk: Quilter and designer Joy-Lily discusses her debut book, “Carefree Quilts,” and her craft. [7 p.m., Bernal Heights Branch, 500 Cortland Ave., S.F.]

Local activities

Marimba master:
Scottish virtuoso percussionist Colin Currie appears with the Stanford Philharmonia Orchestra. [8 p.m., Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Stanford University, 471 Lagunita Drive, Stanford]

Leapin’ libations:
Cocktails of the Farmers Market series kicks off with an all-female lineup of star bartenders for Lady Leap Year. Guests can enjoy drinks and snacks. [5:30 to 8 p.m., Harry Bridges Plaza, Ferry Building, Market Street at The Embarcadero, S.F.]

Bygone vistas: Archivist and filmmaker Rick Prelinger presents “Lost Landscapes 6,” a program of rare footage of a vanished San Francisco (1910s-1970s).  [7:30 p.m., CounterPulse, 1310 Mission St., S.F.]

Mussel up: Local chefs — including Alicia Jenish of the Grand Cafe — vie for top honors in the Grand Cafe Mussel Battle. Diners can taste the mussels and help decide the winner. Proceeds benefit Glide. [5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Grand Cafe, 501 Geary St., S.F.; www.grandcafe-sf.com]

Dining out

Aziza:
Chef Mourad Lahlou creates Moroccan food and showcases organic produce and free-range meats from local farms. A grain-based entree, green farro, is recommended today. [5800 Geary Blvd., S.F.; (415) 752-2222]

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