Feb. 26: Jewish history, Oddball Films and more

Who’s in town

Mountain climber Melissa Arnot, who broke the women’s world record for ascents of Mount Everest, speaks about her adventures and The Juniper Fund, the charity she co-founded for Nepalese mountain workers. [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]


Chasing ‘Mona Lisa’: Dianne Hales, author of “Mona Lisa: A Life Discovered,” explores the life of Leonardo Da Vinci’s most famous muse. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F.]

Horrible bosses: Helena Worthen offers helpful tips on labor-management disputes and how managers can provide workers with the information they need to do their jobs effectively. [7 p.m., Modern Times, 2919 24th St., S.F.]

Manchurian stories: Michael Meyer shares his travels through the mysterious Chinese region of Manchuria and his new book, “In Manchuria.” [7 p.m., Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera]

PTSD recovery: Journalist Mac McClelland, who has covered stories in Haiti, Uganda and more, discusses her difficult recovery from post-traumatic stress disorder in “Irritable Hearts: A PTSD Love Story.” [7:30 p.m., Books Inc., 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Literary events

Tech thriller: Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Matt Richter tasks a computer genius with preventing World War III in his latest book, “The Doomsday Equation.” [7 p.m., BookShop West Portal, 80 West Portal, S.F.]

New fiction: Three mysterious sisters and an international quest are at the center of Pam Muñoz Ryan's latest book, “Echo.” [7 p.m., Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

At the public library

Early California: Learn about the late-18th-century Afro-Latino presences in California with a lecture by Naomi Torres, superintendent of the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail. [7 p.m., Excelsior Branch, 4400 Mission St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Legal ethics: The two-day Professional Ethical Integrity Conference opens with panels about integrity in the legal profession, ethics in international law and more. [8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Mary Kay Hall, UC Hastings College of the Law, 200 McAllister St., S.F.]

Native daughter: A concert honors the 75th birthday of San Francisco State University alumna Elinor Armer with performances of her piano and vocal works. [8 p.m., Knuth Hall, Creative Arts Building, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

Local activities

Flavorful poetry: Poets share stories of their favorite — and most hated — foods in “In Defense of Food: A Spoken Word Affair.” [7 p.m., Museum of the African Diaspora, 685 Mission St., S.F.]

Stand-up comedy: Comedian Nikki Glaser has appeared on “Chelsea Lately” and MTV’s “Nikki & Sara Live!” [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Classic blues: Grammy-winning bluesman Taj Mahal channels Caribbean influences in his music. [7:30 p.m., SFJAZZ Center, 201 Franklin St., S.F.; sold out]

Throwback Thursday: Shred Zeppelin, which pays hard-rock tribute to the music of Led Zeppelin, is sharing a bill with Fred Barchetta: A Tribute to Rush by Points North. [9 p.m., Slim's, 333 11th St., S.F.]

History lost and found: “Lost Stories, Found Images: Portraits of Jews in Wartime Amsterdam” features a trove of posed portraits from World War II and the stories of their subjects. [10 a.m.-6 p.m., Goethe-Institut San Francisco, 530 Bush St., S.F.]


Rodin talk: Bernard Barryte, chief curator of Stanford University's Cantor Arts Center, discusses “Rodin: His Life, Art and Innovations.” [10 a.m., de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, S.F.]

NightLife: NightLife at the Academy celebrates the Lunar New Year with a lion dance workshop, a tea tasting and a Year of the Ram visit with a herd of goats (close enough). [6 p.m., California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Cold War film: Andrei Tarkovsky’s “The Sacrifice,” a 1986 film about an imminent nuclear holocaust, screens in a new 35 mm print. [8 p.m., Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.]

Comedy show: Don McMillan, a Stanford University graduate, has appeared on “The Tonight Show” and A&E's “Evening at the Improv.” [8 p.m., Rooster T. Feathers Comedy Club, 157 W. El Camino Real, Sunnyvale]

'Sonic Cinema': The Oddball Films archive is hosting filmmaker David Michalak and his experimental-music group Reel Change for “Sonic Cinema,” a music talk and program of Michalak's films. [8 p.m., Oddball Films, 275 Capp St., S.F.]

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