March 19: Laverne Cox and other SF events 

Who’s in town

Transgender advocate Laverne Cox, who appears on the series “Orange Is the New Black,” presents “Ain’t I a Woman?,” a lecture about challenges she has experienced. [7 p.m., Nourse Theater, 275 Hayes St., S.F.]

Lectures

Female entrepreneurs: Businesswomen in the field of healing and wellness discuss success and challenges in the industry. [6:15 p.m., California Historical Society, 678 Mission St., S.F.; RSVP: www.healthwellness.eventbrite.com]

Jean DeMouthe: The geologist discusses geologic materials, such as rocks, minerals and soil, and how they affect living things. [7 p.m., California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.; RSVP (required): (877) 227-1831]

Peter Linebaugh: The historian gives a talk titled “Stop, Thief! The Commons, Enclosures, and Resistance,” in which he takes aim at ravagers of the environment. [7:30 p.m., Eric Quezada Center, 518 Valencia St., S.F.; www.shapingsf.org]

Mariska Kriek: The astronomy professor speaks at the San Francisco Amateur Astronomers’ March meeting to discuss how the different types of galaxies have evolved. [7:30 p.m., Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way, S.F.]

Literary events

Simon Schama: The British historian, author and television presenter discusses “The Story of the Jews.” [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.; 7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Molly MacRae: The author of paranormal novels talks about “Spinning in Her Grave: A Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View]

Galadrielle Allman: The producer of “Skydog: The Duane Allman Retrospective” discusses “Please Be With Me: A Song for My Father, Duane Allman.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

At the colleges

Art show: “Her Story” exhibition contains prints made by artist Elizabeth Murray at Universal Limited Art Editions from 1986 to 2006. [11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford University, Stanford]

At the public library

Two novelists: Mystery-novel authors David Downing (“Masaryk Station”) and Cara Black (“Murder in Pigalle”) present their books. [Noon, Belmont Library, 1110 Alameda De Las Pulgas, Belmont]

Dance concert

Smuin Ballet presents its winter series “XXtremes.” Dances include “Return to a Strange Land,” choreographed by Jiri Kylian. [8 p.m., Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View]

Local activities

Indie rock: The Sam Roberts Band, led by Juno Award-winning indie-rock singer-songwriter Sam Roberts, performs material from the group’s new album, “Lo-Fantasy.” [9 p.m., The Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

Opera live: Star tenor Jonas Kaufmann sings the title role of the tortured poet in an acclaimed new production of Massenet’s “Werther.” The performance will be transmitted from New York’s Metropolitan Opera stage as part of “The Met: Live in HD.” [6:30 p.m., Century San Francisco Centre 9 and XD, 845 Market St., S.F.]

Garden show: The San Francisco Flower and Garden Show begins. Festivities include gardens, blooms, seminars, vendors and edibles. [10 a.m. to 7 p.m., San Mateo Event Center, 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo]

Ozumo: The yakiniku — sliced wagyu beef grilled over charcoal, tableside — is highlighted today. The dish features A5-grade beef from Japan’s Miyazaki Prefecture. Also recommended is the gindara, a signature dish. [161 Steuart St., S.F.; (415) 882-1333]

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