February 16: Karmin and other SF events 

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The Up Side of Down

By Megan McArdle ($27.95)

In a volume subtitled “Why Failing Well Is the Key to Success,” the columnist and business blogger reveals how to identify mistakes early and channel setbacks into positive outcomes. She speaks at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 19 at Kepler’s.

Get outside

Golden Gate National Parks Volunteer Program: Volunteers are needed to help enhance native plant habitats and create wildlife corridors in the Presidio of San Francisco. [10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; details at www.parksconservancy.org]

Street fair: The Chinese New Year Community Street Fair continues today. [9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Grant Avenue from California Street to Broadway and thereabouts, S.F.]

Tulip celebration: “Tulipmania,” featuring thousands of tulips and seasonal garden favorites, is abloom at Pier 39. Free landscaping tours begin at 10 a.m. [10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Beach Street and the Embarcadero, S.F.]

Young birders: Birders ages 8 to 16 count 40-plus bird species at the San Francisco Botanical Garden during the annual Bird Counts for Kids. Visit www.sfbotanicalgarden.org to register. [9 a.m., 1199 Ninth Ave., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Art tour: Artist Andy Goldsworthy explores what lies underground in “Tree Fall,” an installation at the Presidio. Tours take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. [Main Post, Anza Avenue inside Powder Magazine (Building 95), Presidio of S.F.]


O’Keeffe exhibit: Works painted by Georgia O’Keeffe at Alfred Stieglitz’s family estate on Lake George in upstate New York are on view in “Modern Nature,” an exhibit at the Legion of Honor. [9:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., 100 34th Ave., S.F.]


Classical pianist: Award-winning German pianist Christian Zacharias appears in recital, performing works by Beethoven, Schubert and Schumann. [7 p.m., SFJazz Center, 201 Franklin St., S.F.]

Pop duo: Karmin, the pop, hip-hop and rock duo, performs a concert in support of its latest album, “Pulses.” [8 p.m., the Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]


Stand-up show: Comedian Tom Papa performs a stand-up show. His credits include “Comedy Central Presents” and appearances with Conan O’Brien and Jay Leno. [7:30 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]


Indie cinema: The San Francisco Independent Film Festival runs through Feb. 20. Today’s bill includes the horror thriller “Proxy,” the grief drama “Forty Years From Yesterday” and other fare. [www.sfindie.com]


One-person plays: The Shelton Theater presents “St. Nicholas” and “The Good Thief,” two one-person plays by Irish playwright Conor McPherson. Actor Michael McGee stars in each. [2 p.m., 533 Sutter St., S.F.]

Bubble mania: “The World’s Funniest Bubble Show,” with “Amazing Bubble Man” Louis Pearl, is back. The all-ages event features comedy, artistry and highly unusual bubbles, [11 a.m., the Marsh, 1062 Valencia St., S.F.]


Choquet’s Restaurant: Chef Frederic Bougon creates French cuisine. Egg dishes, salads, hot entrees and desserts are served at brunchtime. The smoked-salmon Benedict is recommended today. Also look for the smoked trout with fingerling potatoes and mache salad. [10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 2500 Washington St., S.F.; (415) 359-0075]


All-Star Game

5 p.m., TNT

Guard Stephen Curry will be the first Warriors player to start an All-Star Game since 1995 when he takes the court for the Western Conference today.

Other sports

Olympics: Finland and gold-medal favorite Canada square off in men’s hockey action. [9 a.m., Sochi, Russia, USA]

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