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March 13: Hiromi and other SF events

Who’s in town

Danish folk-singer and songwriter Agnes Obel, promoting her latest album “Aventine,” appears. The show, originally slated for last week, was rescheduled. [8 p.m., Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]


Ed Lee: San Francisco’s mayor discusses what’s next for San Francisco, both as a city of distinctive neighborhoods and a global hub for economy industries. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Tony Bucher: The writer and historian celebrates St. Patrick’s Day by presenting tales of Irish residents of San Francisco’s past. [6 p.m., Mechanics’ Institute, 57 Post St., S.F.; RSVP: (415) 393-0103]

Rebecca Goldstein: The philosophy professor and author of “Plato at the Googleplex” probes current human issues by letting us eavesdrop on Plato as he encounters the modern world. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Food women: The event celebrates female food entrepreneurs with a focus on those who started their business through La Cocina’s incubator kitchen. [6 p.m., California Historical Society, 678 Mission St., S.F.; RSVP:]

Literary events

Jason Friedman: The local fiction writer talks about “Fire Year,” a story collection. [7:30 p.m., Books Inc., 2275 Market St., S.F.]

Dia Felix: The writer and filmmaker celebrates the launch of “Nochita,” the latest novel in the City Lights/Sister Spit series edited by Michelle Tea. [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Masha Gessen: The journalist talks about “Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot.” [7:30 p.m., The Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Chamber music: The San Francisco-Shanghai International Chamber Music Festival presents its 2014 program. Students and faculty from conservatories in both cities perform. [8 p.m., San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., S.F.]

At the public library

Creative-writing class: The session, led by filmmaker-journalist Shevi Rosenfeld Loewinger, covers how to write stories, develop characters and find a unique voice. [12:30 p.m., Potrero Branch, 1616 20th St., S.F.]

Reading tutor: A volunteer tutor helps children in the K-4 grades who want to improve their reading. [4 to 6 p.m., Ingleside Branch, 1298 Ocean Ave., S.F.]

Contemporary jazz

Piano superstar, improviser and composer Hiromi presents The Trio Project. The artist, opening a four-night engagement, is known for her virtuosic technique and energetic live shows. [7:30 p.m., SFJAZZ Center, 201 Franklin St., S.F.]

Local activities

Stand-up show: Comedian Greg Fitzsimmons, seen on Vh1’s “Best Week Ever,” “Comedy Central Presents” and “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” appears. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Bluegrass Beatle tribute: The “Britgrass Invasion” show features Bill Evans, Rubber Souldiers, Pam Brandon, Belle Monroe & her Brewglass Boys and others. [7 p.m., The Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

Bark place: The 2014 Bark & Whine Ball features food, music and a chance to dance with your dog. It benefits the San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelity to Animals. [6:30 p.m., Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, Buchanan Street and Marina Boulevard, S.F.]

La Mar: The “Passion Scallops” are recommended today. The dish consists of three seared diver scallops atop a red quinoa, cucumber and beet salad with a passion fruit leche de tigre. Crispy quinoa and micro cilantro act as garnish. [Pier 1½, S.F. (415) 397-8880]


Opening night: CAAMFest, featuring Asian and Asian-American films, launches its 2014 lineup. “How to Fight in Six Inch Heels,” a comedy from Vietnam, leads things off. [7 p.m., Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.;]

Water movies: The film and video program of recent short works and works-in-progress is inspired by extreme water weather conditions and avant-garde filmmaker Ralph Steiner's films. [8 p.m., Artists’ Television Access, 992 Valencia St., S.F.]


Performance art: Treat Social Club, San Francisco's experimental arts collaborative, hosts a show featuring a 20-piece all-star jazz orchestra, aerial artists and food and drink. [8 p.m., Albert and Janet Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto]

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