American Conservatory Theater presents ‘Once in a Lifetime’ 

click to enlarge Opening night: American Conservatory Theater presents “Once in a Lifetime,” Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman’s stage comedy set in the early days of Hollywood “talkies.” (Courtesy photo) - OPENING NIGHT: AMERICAN CONSERVATORY THEATER PRESENTS “ONCE IN A LIFETIME,” MOSS HART AND GEORGE S. KAUFMAN’S STAGE COMEDY SET IN THE EARLY DAYS OF HOLLYWOOD “TALKIES.” (COURTESY PHOTO)
  • Opening night: American Conservatory Theater presents “Once in a Lifetime,” Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman’s stage comedy set in the early days of Hollywood “talkies.” (Courtesy photo)
  • Opening night: American Conservatory Theater presents “Once in a Lifetime,” Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman’s stage comedy set in the early days of Hollywood “talkies.” (Courtesy photo)

Who’s in town

Award-winning cartoonist Craig Thompson gives a presentation in celebration of the release of his new graphic novel, “Habibi.” [7 to 9 p.m., Cartoon Art Museum, 655 Mission St., S.F.; www.cartoonart.org]

Lectures

‘Big Green’:
Top leaders from three of the country’s largest environmental advocacy groups discuss their priorities for advancing clean energy, water and air. [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Christopher Richard: The Oakland Museum aquatic-biology curator examines the legend of a “now vanished” freshwater lake believed to have been located in the Mission district. [7:30 p.m., CounterPULSE, 1310 Mission St., S.F.]

Literary events

‘Fantastic Women’:
Judy Budnitz and Lucy Corin, contributors to the story collection “Fantastic Women: Tales of the Surreal & Sublime,” read from the book. [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Kirk Boyd: The author and human-rights attorney discusses battles over censorship and free speech, and the state of the First Amendment in our libraries and schools. [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Iris Bahr: The writer, actress and comedian talks about “Machu My Picchu,” her new memoir. [7 p.m., Green Apple Books, 506 Clement St., S.F.]

Rodger Birt and Marvin R. Nathan: The authors of “History’s Anteroom: Photography in San Francisco 1906-1909” discuss this collection of vintage photographs. [5:30 p.m., California Historical Society, 678 Mission St., S.F.]

At the public library

‘Drawing for Their Rights’:
Writer and comics artist Trina Robbins discusses female cartoonists and the women’s suffrage movement. [6 p.m., Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Room B, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Green cinema: The San Francisco Green Film Festival presents a preview screening of “Butterflies and Bulldozers,” a documentary about San Bruno Mountain. [Noon, Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Local activities

Opening night:
American Conservatory Theater presents “Once in a Lifetime,” Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman’s stage comedy set in the early days of Hollywood “talkies.” [8 p.m., ACT, 415 Geary St., S.F.]

Swing of things: “Swing in the Square” takes place in Union Square. Introductory swing-dance lessons are followed by open dancing. [6 to 8 p.m., Powell and Post streets, S.F.]

Blues night: Club Fox hosts its Wednesday “Blues Jam.” The Chris Cobb Band performs this week. [7 p.m., Club Fox, 2209 Broadway, Redwood City]

Baseball game: The San Francisco Giants play the Colorado Rockies. [12:45 p.m., AT&T Park, 24 Willie Mays Plaza, S.F.]

Stand-up show: Comedian Gina Yashere performs at the Punch Line. “Last Comic Standing,” “Chelsea Lately,” and “Def Comedy Jam” are a few of her credits. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Dining out

Paragon Restaurant:
Chef Spencer O’Meara cooks New American cuisine, and Wednesday is barbecue night. Dishes on this popular menu include house-smoked brisket and house-smoked baby back ribs. [701 Second St., S.F.; (415) 537-9020]

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