March 16: Jeff Applebaum and other SF events

COurtesy photoJeff Applebaum headlines a night of comedy.

COurtesy photoJeff Applebaum headlines a night of comedy.

Something to read

The Book of Forgiving

By Desmond Tutu and Mpho Tutu ($25.99)

The book by the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize winner and his daughter, an Episcopal priest, is an instructional and practical guide offering a four-step process toward healing for everybody. Mpho Tutu is scheduled to appear at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco on Thursday.

Lend a hand

Rocket Dog Rescue: Volunteers are needed for various jobs, including handling dogs at adoption sites. Interested people can meet group members at Pet Food Express. [Noon to 5 p.m., 3160 20th Ave., S.F.;]

Get outside

Bayview history: The California Historical Society hosts “In Their Shoes,” a walking tour of the Bayview neighborhood. Featured sites include the Bayview Opera House. [10 a.m., 678 Mission St., S.F.; RSVP (required): (415) 357-1848]

Bridge run: Emerald Across the Bay 12K, a St. Patrick’s Day north-to-south run or walk across the Golden Gate Bridge, benefits Edgewood Center for Children and Families. Festivities follow the run. [8:30 a.m.; starts in Sausalito;]

Whale watching: The Oceanic Society hosts naturalist-led whale-watch cruises, departing from the Peninsula. Gray-whale migration is the focus. [9 a.m., Pillar Point Yacht Harbor, Half Moon Bay;]

Yoga gathering: Sunday yoga, featuring instruction provided by teachers from the Purusha yoga community, takes place in Dolores Park. Bring a mat and blanket. [11 a.m. to noon; 18th and Dolores streets, S.F.]

Around town


Cello collective: The Portland Cello Project, a cellist collective whose repertoire ranges from classical works to jazz standards to movie themes to hip hop, performs at Yoshi’s. [8 p.m., 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]


Purim bash: The Jewish Community Center hosts its Purim festival, a family bash with food, crafts, noise-making and entertainment. Bring a new blanket, book or stuffed animal to donate to Project Night Night. [11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 3200 California St., S.F.]


Stand-up show: Jeff Applebaum headlines a night of comedy. “The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson,” “Comedy.TV” and appearances on KGO Radio are a few of his credits. [<i>7:30 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]


Asian cinema: CAAMFest, featuring Asian and Asian-American cinema, runs through March 23. Today’s films include “American Revolutionary,” a documentary about activist-feminist-author Grace Lee Boggs at 6:30 p.m. at the Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F. [Multiple sites;]

Literary events

Moon lit: Lunada, a literary-lounge and open-mike night held during the full moon, presents its March edition. [7:30 p.m., Galeria de la Raza, 2857 24th St., S.F.]


Storyteller show: “The Vent,” a monthly storytelling series, presents Kate Willett (“The Buddhism Isn’t Working”) and Steve Budd (“What They Said About Love”). [7 p.m., Stage Werx, 446 Valencia St., S.F.]


1300 on Fillmore: Chef David Lawrence’s “Gospel Brunch” dishes include scrambled eggs with creamy grits, chicken-apple sausage and applewood-smoked bacon; spicy tasso Cajun ham and eggs Benedict with buttermilk-chive biscuits, Tabasco hollandaise and breakfast potatoes; and cinnamon-brioche French toast with maple syrup, caramel-glazed apples and French-vanilla-bean cream. [11 a.m. and 1 p.m., 1300 Fillmore St., S.F.; (415) 771-7100]

College men's basketball

NCAA Tournament Selection Show

3 p.m, CBS (KPIX, Ch. 5)

March Madness officially kicks off when the field for the 68-team NCAA tournament is unveiled during the selection show.

Other game

NBA: The Warriors head north for a key Western Conference game against the Trail Blazers. [6 p.m., Moda Center, Portland, CSN Bay Area]artsJeff Applebaum

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