Feb. 24: Doom metal, stories of faith and more

Who’s in town

Victoria Zackheim and other authors explore spiritual themes in the new book “Faith: Essays from Believers, Agnostics, and Atheists.” [7 p.m., Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera]

Lectures

S.F. madam: San Francisco native and amateur historian Hank Chapot shares the story of Dolly Fine, The City’s most notorious madam. [7:45 p.m., St. Philip’s Church, 725 Diamond St., S.F.]

Tasty talk: Lorraine Walker of Eatwell Farm in Dixon chats about the farm’s community-supported agriculture program as well as good cooking with good produce. The $45 fee includes a three-course meal featuring Eatwell ingredients. [6:30 p.m., 18 Reasons, 3674 18th St., S.F.]

Literary events

New mystery: Best-selling author Laurie R. King’s “Dreaming Spies” is the latest installment of her Mary Russell mystery series. [7 p.m., Books Inc., 3515 California St., S.F.]

Debut author: The Zyzzyva literary journal presents Matt Sumell discussing his debut novel, “Making Nice.” [7:30 p.m., Green Apple Books, 1231 Ninth Ave., S.F.]

‘Other’ story: Elizabeth Collison’s first novel, “Some Other Town,” follows a funny, fierce heroine as her life unravels. [7:30 p.m., Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

At the public library

Health fair: A free health fair offers blood-pressure tests, body mass index assessments and question-and-answer opportunities. [3-5 p.m., Merced Branch, 155 Winston Drive, S.F.]

African story: Storyteller Rotimi Agbabiaka shares a West African folk tale and traditional songs. [3:30 p.m., Western Addition, 1550 Scott St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Spring preview: The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute is offering a preview of its spring session classes. [3 p.m., San Francisco State University downtown campus, 835 Market St., S.F.]

Disability studies: Dancer and choreographer Alice Sheppard gives a lecture about “Movement in the Movement: Art, Activism, and Disability Aesthetics.” [4 p.m., Room 587, Humanities Building, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

Local activities

Stand-up comedy: The Comedians at Law, including Alex Barnett, Siobhan Beasley and Kevin Israel, feature comics desperate to avoid using their law degrees. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Funny fighting: “Arguments & Grievances,” the Chicago show that pits funny people against each other in nonsensical debates, is taping the latest episode of its podcast in The City. [8 p.m., Lost Weekend Video, 1034 Valencia St., S.F.]

Just dance: Australian electronic-dance group Flight Facilities is known for its jumpy remixes. [8 p.m., Regency Ballroom, 1290 Sutter St., S.F.]

Noise Pop: San Francisco doom-metal group King Woman is opening a Noise Pop Festival bill that also includes The Black Ryder and Vinyl Williams. [7:30 p.m., Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St., S.F.; www.noisepop.com]

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