Feb. 18: Chinese New Year, Octopalooza and more

Who’s in town

Artist Emily Spivack, creator of the Smithsonian’s historical fashion blog, Threaded, collects people’s stories of their favorite clothes in the best-selling “Worn Stories.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Lectures

Modern fitness: Nutrition coach J.D. Griffin shares tips for fitting fitness into busy lives. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F.]

Literary events

Spanish war: Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Rhodes, a Peninsula resident, looks to the past in his latest book, “Hell and Good Company: The Spanish Civil War and the World it Made.” [7 p.m., City Lights, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Supernatural novel: Playwright Robert Levy explores themes of alienation and belonging is his new supernatural thriller, “The Glittering World.” [7:30 p.m., Books Inc., 2275 Market St., S.F.]

At the public library

Chinese New Year: An Hui Province Art Troupe brings magic, folk dance and music to the library in honor of the Chinese New Year. [1-4 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Softball game: The Gators are kicking off a six-game series with a doubleheader against Hawaii-Hilo. [1 p.m., softball field, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

Civil-rights novel: U.S. Rep. John Lewis and Andrew Aydin discuss their graphic novel “March: Book Two,” which documents Lewis’ life and the civil-rights movement. [1 p.m., Student Life Center, San Francisco State University annex, 1 North State Drive, S.F.]

Comedy: Iranian comedian Maz Jobrani, who has performed on the “Axis of Evil Comedy Tour” and two Showtime specials, discusses his new book, “I’m Not a Terrorist, But I’ve Played One on TV.” [6:30 p.m., McCaw Hall, Arrillaga Alumni Center, Stanford University, 326 Galvez St., Stanford]

Local activities

Tentacle festival: Celebrate Octopalooza with activities, lectures and an Ink Lab honoring the noble cephalopod. [10 a.m.-8 p.m., Aquarium of the Bay, The Embarcadero and Beach Street, S.F.]

Stand-up comedy: Joe Derosa has appeared on Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend.” [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

‘Gold’ tones: Israeli singer Asaf Avidan is touring to promote his latest album, “Gold Shadow.” [8 p.m., Bimbo’s 365 Club, 1025 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

S.F. rock: Folk-pop band Assateague is headlining a bill that also includes New Zealand’s shoulderblades. [9 p.m., Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., S.F.]

College rock: Groundation, which coalesced in Sonoma State University’s jazz program, melds reggae, jazz, funk and more. [9 p.m., Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

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