History: Celeste-Marie Bernier, Judith Butler, and Isaac Julien in Conversation
McEvoy Foundation for the Arts and the San Francisco Public Library present a conversation between Celeste-Marie Bernier, Judith Butler, and artist Isaac Julien about the legacy of the influential women in the life of Frederick Douglass, 1818 to 1895. 12 to 1:30 p.m. Free. For more information and to register.
Music: Beethoven Piano Sonatas
Jonathan Biss will perform three Beethoven piano sonatas for San Francisco Performances’ “Front Row Premium” online platform, also featuring pianist Timo Andres and guitarist Jason Vieaux. All Front Row Premium performances will ultimately be available indefinitely on sfperformance.org. For more information and to register.
A trio of canine outcasts roam the streets of Istanbul. Through their eyes and ears, viewers witness an intimate portrait of the life of a city and its people. To view the trailer and for more information.
3/6 Saturday and 3/7 Sunday
Theater: The Art of Sacrifice
“When I started writing The Art of Sacrifice, I thought it would be about brilliance and chess. Then it seemed to be about the cost of addiction…It turned out to be about the terror of raising a child in a winner-take-all country,” said playwright Anthony Clarvoe. “The thrill of the play was writing a parent and child with ruthless ferocity, no limits and no filters, who share a dream and do not know how to let go.” The drama was written well before the widely acclaimed The Queen’s Gambit entered the international psyche. March 6: 4 p.m.; March 7: Noon. Free. For more information and to register.
Music: Democracy is Coming to the USA
Rock and soul music historian, and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) San Francisco State University (SFSU) professor, Richie Unterberger, presents “Democracy Is Coming to the USA.” The lecture will feature rock, folk, soul, and reggae songs devoted to social and political affairs. He’ll discuss and show films clips of Bob Marley, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Leonard Cohen, Curtis Mayfield, Patti Smith, and others from the 1950s to the twenty-first century. 12 to 1:30 p.m. Free. Registration required: https://bit.ly/37AKggC. An OLLI account must be established to register for the session: https://bit.ly/2KpynBi
Health: Learn to Meditate
This virtual session for beginners will introduce the benefits of meditation, which can help settle the body and mind amid the swirl of daily life. Sitting in a balanced posture creates a steady calm that, with training, can become the way an individual meets whatever arises. Wear loose, comfortable clothing and find a good place to sit, or lie down, during the session. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. $0 to $25. Presented by San Francisco Zen Center and Asian Art Museum. To purchase tickets and for more information.
Theater: Six 10-Minute Plays Inspired by “Fearless”
Fear is one of the oldest and strongest human emotions; great stories are born through the act of facing terror. Thirty-six San Francisco writers find inspiration in the challenge of mustering courage for the next round of “Monday Night PlayGround.” Playwrights have just four-and-a-half days to tell their tales, inspired by the topic “Fearless”. This online event features the top six works. 7 p.m. Free. Presented by Playground. For more information and to register.
Storytelling: Monday Night MarshStream
MarshStream brings four live pieces from performers, familiar and new. Audience members who attend the live stream will get the chance to perform a five to 10-minute piece. Will it be you? 7:30 p.m. Free. For more information, links to join or to submit a story.
Film: Never Surrender
Decades of remediation work at the Hunters Point Shipyard, a former military base contaminated during the Second World War and beyond, was revealed to be fraudulent, with data falsified. This turned “the biggest redevelopment project in San Francisco” to “the biggest eco-fraud case in U.S. history”. Never Surrender is the result of more than two years of research and fieldwork in Bayview-Hunters Point. It narrates the community fight for environmental justice and documents the conflict between people and government over the safety of the shipyard. 11 to 1 p.m. Free. Presented by Oxford Human Rights Festival. For more information and to register.
Literature: Chanel Miller, “Know My Name”
One City One Book: San Francisco Reads will discuss Chanel Miller’s Know My Name, coinciding with the Library’s annual HERstory Women’s History Month celebration and Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Miller tells a story of trauma and transcendence, illuminating a culture biased to protect perpetrators, indicting a criminal justice system designed to fail the most vulnerable, shining with the courage to move through suffering and live a full and beautiful life. 6 to 7 p.m. Free. For more information and to register.
Politics: Are Racial Reparations the Answer?
Charles Henry, professor emeritus of African American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, and the author of Long Overdue: The Politics of Racial Reparations, will provide a brief history of racial reparations in the United States, both successful and unsuccessful, and a look at current attitudes in light of the Black Lives Matter movement. 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $29. Hosted by OLLI at SFSU. To register: https://bit.ly/2NNkAGi. An OLLI account must be established to register for the session: https://bit.ly/2KpynBi.
3/22 Monday and 3/24 Wednesday
Art: Image Transfers Workshop
Students will learn how to transfer laser prints onto various surfaces, such as canvas, paper, and wood. The instructor will demonstrate how to prepare laser prints using matte and gel medium, and how to layer surfaces with acrylic paint onto prepared surfaces. Emphasis will be placed on continuous experimentation and combinations of techniques. Two meetings, 4 to 6 p.m. $80. Presented by the San Francisco Center for the Book. For more information and to register.
Literacy: 2021 Bookeaters’ Bash with author Zadie Smith
A virtual celebration and inspiring at-home hour of words, wit, and wonder, featuring Zadie Smith and 826 Valencia student authors. VIP reception, 5:30 p.m. Program and Fund-A-Need, 6 p.m. From $100. Presented by 826 Valencia, a nonprofit organization that supports students from under-resourced communities with their creative and expository writing skills and helps teachers inspire their students to write. For more information and to purchase tickets.
Nature: Guided WildFlower Walk at Starr King Open Space
Join a walk to check out the beautiful wildflowers that have popped up recently. Walks will be guided and socially-distanced. 11 a.m. Free. Meet at the Starr King Open Space at 23rd and Carolina streets. For more information: starrkingopenspace.org