Feb. 12: Kinky rock, Yugoslavian cinema and more

Who’s in town

Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Lynsey Addario shares stories from her travels through war zones in the Middle East, Africa and beyond in her new book, “It’s What I Do.” [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Lectures

Medical advice: Dr. Eric Topol offers advice on how patients can take a greater role in their own medical care and health. [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F.]

Antebellum: Longtime San Franciscan Monika Trobits explores San Francisco’s role in Civil War politics in her new book, “Antebellum and Civil War San Francisco: A Western Theater for Northern & Southern Politics.” [6 p.m., Mechanics’ Library, 57 Post St., S.F.]

Ukrainian outlook: Serhiy Kvit, Ukraine’s minister of education and science, discusses her country’s ongoing conflict with Russia and its vision for the future. [7 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Literary events

Chinese New Year: Oliver Chin marks the Chinese New Year by reading from his children’s book “Year of the Sheep.” [10:30 a.m., Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

Science memoir: Science writer Amanda Gefter and her dad take a quirky field trip in search of genius in the memoir “Trespassing on Einstein’s Lawn.” [7 p.m., Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera]

Pan-Pacific redux: Lee Bruno’s book “Panorama: Tales From San Francisco’s 1915 Pan-Pacific International Exposition” marks the 100th anniversary of the fair, which Bruno’s great-grandfather helped bring to life. [7 p.m., BookShop West Portal, 80 West Portal Ave., S.F.]

Peggy Lee in print: Music journalist James Gavin documents the brilliant, complicated life of singer-songwriter Peggy Lee in “Is That All There Is?: The Strange Life of Peggy Lee.” [7:30 p.m., Books Inc., 2275 Market St., S.F.]

At the public library

Caribbean tales: Storyteller Asheba shares stories and songs of his native Trinidad. [10:30 a.m., Marina Branch, 1890 Chestnut St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Yugoslavian cinema: The Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies presents director Zoran Amar at a screening of his gritty 1986 film “Smeker.” [6 p.m., Annenberg Auditorium, Stanford University, 435 Lasuen Mall, Stanford]

Local activities

Film experience: “Olinglingo: The Movie,” is a multimedia opera incorporating film and a contemporary dance performance. [8 p.m., Artists’ Television Access, 992 Valencia St., S.F.]

Surf rock: Swami John Reis of Hot Snakes and Rocket From The Crypt is touring with The Blind Snake and playing souped-up surf instrumentals. [9 p.m., Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., S.F.]

Renaissance hombre: American actor and pop singer Jencarlos Canela, who has appeared on several popular Spanish-language novelas, is touring to promote his latest pop album, “Jen.” [8 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Latin rock: Rock band Kinky of Monterrey, Mexico, taps its acoustic side in its latest release, “MTV Unplugged.” [9 p.m., Mezzanine, 444 Jessie St., S.F.]

Events

Happy new year: Red Panda Acrobats of San Francisco bring dance, music, costumes and more to the Chinese New Year Extravaganza. [4:30 p.m., Hillsdale Shopping Center, 60 31st Ave., San Mateo]

NightLife: “Feel The Chemistry” is the theme of this week’s “NightLife” at the California Academy of Sciences, combining SF Beer Week and Valentine’s Day with a pop-up beer hall, speed dating, music and more. [6 p.m., California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Nashville girl: Nashville, Tenn., singer-songwriter Kate Voegele fuses pop, rock and country music. [8 p.m., Slim’s, 333 11th St., S.F.]

Comedy showcase: “Mission Position” showcases local comedians with hosts Kate Willett, Matt Lieb, Trevor Hill and Jessica Sele. [8 p.m., Lost Weekend Video, 1034 Valencia St., S.F.]

Stand-up comedy: Brooks Wheelan, who has appeared on “Saturday Night Live” and “Conan,” headlines a bill that includes Lydia Popovich and Gary Anderson. [8 p.m., 157 W. El Camino Real, Sunnyvale]

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