Courtesy photoLGBT cinema: Director Jonah Mossberg is speaking at a screening of his documentary “Out Here

March 18: Unlawful comedy, gay farmers and more

Who’s in town

Biographer Annie Cohen-Solal discusses the life of Marcus Yakovlevich Rothkowitz, aka groundbreaking abstract-expressionist artist Mark Rothko. [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]


Psychiatry reflections: Columbia professor Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman and Dr. Renee Binder, president-elect of the American Psychiatric Association, discuss the evolution of treatment of psychiatry. [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F.]

Looking back in Myanmar: Photographer Geoffrey Hiller has been visiting Myanmar since 1987 and covers its move toward democracy in “Daybreak in Myanmar.” [7 p.m., Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera]

Mysteries of the mind: Scientist Michael Gazzaniga, often called the father of cognitive neuroscience, discusses his career in “Tales from Both Sides of the Brain: A Life in Neuroscience.” [7:30 p.m., Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

Literary events

German poetry: Learn more about Paul Celan, a German poet, with poet-translator Pierre Joris at the release of “Breathturn Into Timestead: The Collected Later Poetry of Paul Celan.” [7 p.m., City Lights, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.] Scary stories: Editor Marjorie Sandor and writer Narwal Serpell discuss “The Uncanny Reader,” which compiles eerie tales from masters such as Edgar Allan Poe and Shirley Jackson as well as modern writers such as Joyce Carol Oates and Serpell. [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

At the public library

Ocean View history: Uncover the mysteries of Ocean View, like why Broad and Randolph streets connect so oddly, in a history lecture. [6:30 p.m., Ocean View Branch, 345 Randolph St., S.F.]

Film talk: Filmmaker Dominic Angerame discusses the work of early directors like George Melies, the Lumiere brothers and even Thomas Edison. [6 p.m., North Beach Branch, 850 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

At the colleges

Art talk: Artist Nia King is doing a lecture in conjunction with the exhibit “Quoting Ourselves,” which focuses on the works of queer and trans artists of color. [6:30 p.m., Art Gallery, Cesar Chavez Student Center, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

Local activities

Ladies’ night: Comedians Marga Gomez, Karinda Dobbins, Natasha Muse and other funny ladies are taking over Doc’s Lab. [7 p.m., Doc’s Lab, 124 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Unlawfully hilarious: “Comedians With Criminal Records” features comedians who have ended up in handcuffs, including Michael D’Bey (arrested for stealing Pogs from Wal-Mart), Story Moyd (vandalism) and Duat Mai (ice cream thief). [8 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Rock show: The San Francisco indie-rockers of Talkie headline a bill that also includes Sea/Son and The Insufferables. [9 p.m., Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., S.F.]

LGBT cinema: Director Jonah Mossberg is speaking at a screening of his documentary “Out Here,” which examines the lives of LGBT farmers across the nation, many of whom are living in less open parts of the country. [8 p.m., Artists’ Television Access, 992 Valencia St., S.F.]

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