Feb. 18: Chinese New Year, Octopalooza and more 

click to enlarge College rock: Groundation, which coalesced in Sonoma State University’s jazz program, melds reggae, jazz, funk and more. [9 p.m., Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.] - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • College rock: Groundation, which coalesced in Sonoma State University’s jazz program, melds reggae, jazz, funk and more. [9 p.m., Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]
Who’s in town

Artist Emily Spivack, creator of the Smithsonian’s historical fashion blog, Threaded, collects people’s stories of their favorite clothes in the best-selling “Worn Stories.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Lectures

Modern fitness: Nutrition coach J.D. Griffin shares tips for fitting fitness into busy lives. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F.]

Literary events

Spanish war: Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Rhodes, a Peninsula resident, looks to the past in his latest book, “Hell and Good Company: The Spanish Civil War and the World it Made.” [7 p.m., City Lights, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Supernatural novel: Playwright Robert Levy explores themes of alienation and belonging is his new supernatural thriller, “The Glittering World.” [7:30 p.m., Books Inc., 2275 Market St., S.F.]

At the public library

Chinese New Year: An Hui Province Art Troupe brings magic, folk dance and music to the library in honor of the Chinese New Year. [1-4 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Softball game: The Gators are kicking off a six-game series with a doubleheader against Hawaii-Hilo. [1 p.m., softball field, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

Civil-rights novel: U.S. Rep. John Lewis and Andrew Aydin discuss their graphic novel “March: Book Two,” which documents Lewis’ life and the civil-rights movement. [1 p.m., Student Life Center, San Francisco State University annex, 1 North State Drive, S.F.]

Comedy: Iranian comedian Maz Jobrani, who has performed on the “Axis of Evil Comedy Tour” and two Showtime specials, discusses his new book, “I’m Not a Terrorist, But I’ve Played One on TV.” [6:30 p.m., McCaw Hall, Arrillaga Alumni Center, Stanford University, 326 Galvez St., Stanford]

Local activities

Tentacle festival: Celebrate Octopalooza with activities, lectures and an Ink Lab honoring the noble cephalopod. [10 a.m.-8 p.m., Aquarium of the Bay, The Embarcadero and Beach Street, S.F.]

Stand-up comedy: Joe Derosa has appeared on Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend.” [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

‘Gold’ tones: Israeli singer Asaf Avidan is touring to promote his latest album, “Gold Shadow.” [8 p.m., Bimbo’s 365 Club, 1025 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

S.F. rock: Folk-pop band Assateague is headlining a bill that also includes New Zealand’s shoulderblades. [9 p.m., Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., S.F.]

College rock: Groundation, which coalesced in Sonoma State University’s jazz program, melds reggae, jazz, funk and more. [9 p.m., Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

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Giselle Velazquez was born and raised in the shadow of San Francisco's Diamond Heights and now lives in the shadow of South San Francisco's Sign Hill. She has written for publications such as The S.F. Examiner, Ventura County Star, and the S.F. Bay Guardian.
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