March 3-5: Les Colombes, SF History Days, HP Mendoza, Abhinaya Dance Company, Talking Book Open House, SF Girls Chorus, Guy Kawasaki, Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, Cinequest, Irshad Manji, Mardi Gras San Francisco Style Blues Concert


Les Colombes: “The Doves,” a 45-foot long aerial sculpture made of 2,000 paper doves symbolizing peace created by German artist Michael Pendry, remains on view through Thursday. [8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St., S.F.]

San Francisco History Days: More than 80 exhibitors and dozens of authors share their knowledge at the free event dedicated to The City’s history with displays, performances and tours, as well as a rare glimpse inside the Old U.S. Mint; guests are encouraged to come in period costume. [11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Old U.S. Mint Building, 88 Fifth St., S.F.]

H.P. Mendoza: The Filipino-American filmmaker appears in curator Irwin Swirnoff’s monthly free queer film series, “my gaze///yr gaze,” offering a program of short films and clips on “queerness & animation.” [6 p.m., Alley Cat Books, 3036 24th St., S.F.]

Symphony Silicon Valley: Tito Muñoz conducts Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5, Schoenberg’s “Canto” and Barber’s Violin Concerto featuring soloist Anne Akiko Meyers. [2:30 p.m., California Theatre, 345 S. First St., San Jose]

Partner: The fun Canadian “bubble-grunge, indie-rock” duo (Josée Caron and Lucy Niles) won a Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada songwriting award for “Play the Field.” [8 p.m., Cafe Du Nord, 2174 Market St., S.F.]

Abhinaya Dance Company: “Si Se Puede,” a piece in classical Bharatanatyam idiom choreographed by Mythili Kumar, portrays the struggles of Cesar Chavez and his fight for farmworker rights [4 p.m., School of Arts & Culture, 1700 Alum Rock Ave., San Jose]

Talking Book and Braille Center Open House: Formerly the Library for the Blind and Print Disabled, the center shows off its collection and celebrates its new name with festivities including music, refreshments, art displays and prizes. [Noon to 3 p.m., Main Library, second floor, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

San Francisco Girls Chorus: The group’s 40th anniversary season continues with “Modern Masters,” a program of works by David Lang, John Zorn, Steve Reich, Fred Frith, Kaija Saariaho, Lisa Bielawa and Ralph Vaughan Williams. [4 p.m., Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., S.F.]

The Girls: Photographer-filmmaker Fery Malek-Madani appears at a screening of the documentary she made after traveling throughout Iran gathering material for her art show “Unexposed Wishes of Teenage Girls in Iran.” [4 p.m., Roxie, 3117 16th St., S.F.]

Gone With the Wind: Based on Margaret Mitchell’s Civil War-set classic, the most popular movie ever — with an inflation-adjusted domestic gross of more than $1.8 billion — hits the big screen again on its 80th anniversary. [1 and 6 p.m., Century at Tanforan, 1188 El Camino Real, San Bruno]

Unitarian Universalist San Francisco Forum: “Crisis in the Classroom” is a panel discussion with Lita Blanc, former president of United Educators of San Francisco and Jack Gerson and Keith Brown of the Oakland Education Association. [9:30 a.m., First Unitarian Universalist Society, 1187 Franklin St., S.F.]

Hello, Dolly! One Night Only Benefit Cabaret: The Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation hosts the touring company cast in performance with guest emcee Countess Katya Smirnoff-Skyy. [8 p.m., Brava Theater Center, 2781 24th St., S.F.]

Hakone Lunar New Year’s Festival: The 11th annual event at the historic Japanese garden offers food, dancing, martial arts demonstrations, traditional music, face painting, calligraphy, arts and crafts, a children’s parade and performance by magician Dan Chen. [11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Hakone Estate, 21000 Big Basin Way, Saratoga]

John Pizzarelli, Jessica Molaskey: Bay Area Cabaret presents the husband-and-wife guitarist-vocalist and musical theater star in two separately ticketed performances: first, a Nat “King” Cole Centennial, and later, in their Café Carlyle act with jazz and tunes from the Great American Songbook. [3:30 and 7:30 p.m., Venetian Room, Fairmont Hotel, 950 Mason St., S.F.]

Chopin Birthday Gala: Pianist Kevin Kenner appears in the annual concert presented by San Francisco Chopin Foundation. [4 p.m., Old First Church, 1751 Sacramento St., S.F.]

San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra: Christian Reif conducts Debussy’s “Iberia” and Bizet’s “L’arlesienne” Suite No. 2. [2 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]


Guy Kawasaki: The Silicon Valley venture capitalist and marketing guru speaks about his latest book “Wise Guy,” a collection of personal vignettes he toyed with naming “Miso Soup for the Soul.” [7:30 p.m., Kepler’s, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

Left Coast Chamber Ensemble: “Bay Area Spotlight: Kurt’s Farewell Tour Part Two,” offers music for viola and electronics by Ellainie Lillios, Tina Tallon, and Peter Van Zandt Lane, commissioned by composer Kurt Rohde. [7:30 p.m., Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., S.F.]

Seth Walker: The Americana, blues and jazz singer-songwriter from New Orleans and Nashville plays from his 10th album “Are You Open?” [8 p.m., Yoshi’s, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland]

Dana Schutz and Hamza Walker: Schutz, a Brooklyn artist painting “darkly humorous narratives,” appears in conversation with the director of LAXART, a nonprofit art space in Los Angeles, in the first event of the speaker series Artists on the Future. [6 p.m., CEMEX Auditorium, 655 Knight Way, Stanford University]

Matti Friedman: The Israeli journalist speaks about his new nonfiction title “Spies of No Country,” about men working undercover during the birth of Israel in 1948 who became the nucleus of the country’s intelligence service. [7 p.m., Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera]


Cinequest Film & Creativity Festival: The annual Silicon Valley festival, running in San Jose and Redwood City through March 17, opens with Nandita Das’s 2018 “Manto,” a biopic about Saadat Hasan Manto, an Indian playwright and author whose truth-telling writing spurred controversy in the 1940s. [7:15 p.m., California Theatre, 325 S. First St., San Jose]

Mardi Gras San Francisco Style: The 13th annual free blues concert features songstress Margie Turner, Alabama Mike and Bernard Anderson as well as carnival festivities. [5 to 8 p.m., Fillmore Center Plaza, 1475 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Irshad Manji: The author of “The Trouble With Islam Today” speaks about her new book, “Don’t Label Me: An Incredible Conversation for Divided Times,” which addresses the question, “What can people do to heal America’s caustic political cleavages without compromising their personal convictions?”[7 p..m., California Institute of Integral Studies, 1453 Mission St., S.F.]

Carnaval SF Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday Kick-Off Celebration: More than 20 spots in The Mission host free music- and dance-parties; guests are encouraged to come in costume and partial proceeds from sales support Carnaval San Francisco. [Informal opening at 6 p.m., Mission Street Sports Bar, 2565 Mission St., S.F.]

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