March 17: Irish carols, Pogues tribute and more 

Who’s in town

Filmmaker Pratibha Parmar (“Nina’s Heavenly Delights”) joins other industry professionals in discussing the evolution of LGBT Asian cinema. [7 p.m., Timken Lecture Hall, California College of the Arts, 1111 Eighth St., S.F.]

Lectures Small changes, big impact: Gernot Wagner, lead senior economist at the Environmental Defense Fund, shares manageable ways the world can combat climate change. [7 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Literary events

Story time: Families are welcomed at a St. Patrick’s Day story time including refreshments. [6 p.m., Green Apple Books on the Park, 1231 Ninth Ave., S.F.]

Poetry up high: The Beat Museum presents Bay Area poets A.D. Winans, Neeli Cherkovski and more in its new poetry series in the picturesque Top of the Mark. [6:30 p.m., Top of the Mark, InterContinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco, 999 California St., S.F.]

Local authors: Writers including Renee Gibbons, Byddi Lee and Mary Jo McConahay are reading from their work. [7 p.m., Folio Books, 3957 24th St., S.F.]

New prose: Poet and essayist Jane Hirshfield reads from her latest book, “Ten Windows,” which reflects on the ways poetry impacts our lives. [7 p.m., Book Passage, 61 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera]

At the public library

Farming exposé: “COWSPIRACY: The Sustainability Secret,” a documentary about the negative effects of factory farming and the beef industry, is followed by a Q&A session with Katie Cantrell of the Factory Farming Awareness Coalition. [5:30 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Emerging theater: The Fringe presents “That Time You Thought I Was Sad” and other workshop version of student-penned plays. [7 p.m., Studio Theatre, Creative Arts Building, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

Buddhist leader: Ogyen Trinley Dorje, the leader of the Karma Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism, delivers a speech on “Caring Connections: Compassion, Technology and the Environment.” [5 p.m., Memorial Hall, Stanford University, 551 Serra Mall, Stanford; at capacity, waitlist available at]

Local activities

Stand-up comedy: The “Branded Funny” showcase features up-and-coming comics. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Feeling green: Comedians celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a homicidal imp and the 1996 horror flick “Leprechaun 4: In Space.” [8 p.m., Lost Weekend Video, 1034 Valencia St., S.F.]

Irish carols: Celebrate Irish music and culture with the fifth annual Irish Caroling Extravaganza. [5 p.m., Union Square, Geary and Powell streets, S.F.]

Pogues tribute: The Bogues pay tribute to classic Irish rockers Shane MacGowan and The Pogues. [9 p.m., Brick and Mortar Music Hall, 1710 Mission St., S.F.]

Rock show: Garage-punk rockers The Sweet Bones are headlining a bill that also includes Piff and Kybele. [8:30 p.m., Knockout, 3223 Mission St., S.F.]

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