Courtesy photoCountry-rock show: Lucinda Williams has won acclaim for her latest album

March 4: Lucinda Williams, chess lessons and more

Who’s in town

Sonic Youth co-founder and artist Kim Gordon discusses her new book, “Girl in a Band,” with Carrie Brownstein. [8 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.; sold out, live stream available at]


Inside Putin: Ilya Ponomarev, a member of the Russian legislature and member of the opposition party to President Vladimir Putin, discusses the controversial Russian leader. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F.]

Pakistan security: Georgetown professor Christine Fair offers insight about the changing security situation in Pakistan amid new efforts to fight the Taliban. [7 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Bacteria facts: Dr. Katie Pollard of UC San Francisco shares the secrets of the micro-organisms that make their homes on the human body. [7:30 p.m., Nourse Theater, 275 Hayes St., S.F.]

Literary events

Irish novel: A priest finds the church collapsing around him in 1970s Ireland in John Boyne’s latest novel, “A History of Loneliness.” [7:30 p.m., Books Inc., 2275 Market St., S.F.]

New fiction: John Benditt reads from his debut novel, “The Boatmaker,” in which the hero escapes his isolated island and confronts love and religious fanaticism. [7:30 p.m., Green Apple Books, 1231 Ninth Ave., S.F.]

At the public library

Celebrating Seuss: Celebrate what would have been the 111th birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss, with stories, songs, crafts and more. [1 p.m., Visitacion Valley Branch, 201 Leland Ave., S.F.]

Making music: Youths 11-18 are encouraged to help Morgan Taylor, creator of the Gustafer Yellowgold character, write a theme song for the Main Library’s new teen center. [4:30 p.m., Children’s Center, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Recital: Lecturer Jim Witzel’s musical trio performs with organist Wil Blades. [1:10 p.m., Knuth Hall, Creative Arts Building, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

Feminist dance: The Global Women’s Rights Forum presents “Feminist Art in Movement” featuring the Sarah Bush Dance Project. [6 p.m., McLaren Conference Center, University of San Francisco, 2130 Fulton St., S.F.]

Local activities

Chess classes: Four sessions are designed to sharpen up chess skills, including openings, check-mate patterns and more. The $50 fee includes a class every Wednesday through March. [6 p.m., Mechanics’ Institute, 57 Post St., S.F.]

Stand-up comedy: Comedian Paul Mecurio has appeared on “Comedy Central Presents” and “The Daily Show.” [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Comedy show: Comedians tell hilarious stories about terrible happenings at summer camp with counselors Jesse Fernandez, DJ Real and Mary van Note. [8 p.m., Lost Weekend Video, 1034 Valencia St., S.F.]

Local music: Cool Ghouls, based in San Francisco, is promoting its latest album, “Alright Cassette.” [9 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

Country-rock show: Lucinda Williams has won acclaim for her latest album, “Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone.” [8 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]artsSan Franciscothings to do

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