March 20: Disposable Film Festival and other SF events 

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  • The 2014 Disposable Film Festival presents its opening-night event — a program of short films made on everyday devices such as cell phones and pocket cameras.
Who’s in town

Peter Korn, Maine-based furniture maker, woodworker and author, shares insights on the rewards of creative work. [6:30 p.m., Museum of Craft and Design, 2569 Third St., S.F.]


Andrei Tsygankov: The San Francisco State University professor discusses Vladimir Putin’s efforts to expand Russia’s world influence and solidify control of political and social environments in Russia. [7:30 p.m., Los Altos Youth Center, 1 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos]

Stephen Palumbi: The marine biologist gives a talk titled “The Extreme Life of the Sea: Amazing Ways Animals Live in Amazing Parts of the Ocean.” [5:30 p.m., Aquarium of the Bay, Embarcadero and Beach Street, S.F.]

Ravinder Sehgal: The biologist discusses the impact of human-induced change on the prevalence of avian malaria in birds from the tropics to the Arctic. [7:30 p.m., First Unitarian Universalist Church and Center, 1187 Franklin St., S.F.]

Literary events

Anchee Min: The Shanghai-born author discusses “The Cooked Seed: A Memoir.” [7:30 p.m., Kepler’s Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

Michael Saag: The physician and pioneer in the studies of HIV discusses “Positive: One Doctor’s Personal Encounters With Death, Life and the U.S. Healthcare System.” [7:30 p.m., Books Inc., 2275 Market St., S.F.]

Peter Stark: The adventure writer talks about “Astoria.” [7 p.m., BookShop West Portal, 80 West Portal Ave., S.F.]

Fred Minnick: The author, journalist and whiskey expert talks about “Whiskey Women: The Untold Story of How Women Saved Bourbon, Scotch, and Irish Whiskey.” [7 p.m., Elixir Cocktail Club, 3200 16th St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Two Roads Diverged: Cultural scholars Mick Moloney and Lenwood Sloan discuss Irish and black contributions to American arts and culture. [7 p.m., University of San Francisco, McLaren Conference Center, Room 252, 2130 Fulton St., S.F.]

At the public library

Write Your Will: The seminar, led by estate and probate lawyer Stuart Bronstein, helps participants create fully functional wills. Bring a nonerasable pen. [6:30 p.m., Richmond Branch, 351 Ninth Ave., S.F.; register: (415) 355-5600]

Cell-phone cinema

The 2014 Disposable Film Festival presents its opening-night event — a program of short films made on everyday devices such as cell phones and pocket cameras. [8 p.m., Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St, S.F.]

Local activities

Piano concert: Classical pianist Evgeny Kissin appears in recital, performing music by Schubert and Scriabin. [8 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Benefit salon: “Nicaragua Solidarity Then & Now,” a salon with poetry and film, benefits health, women’s rights and human-rights efforts. Guests include poet Alejandro Murguia. [6:30 p.m., Eric Quesada Center, 518 Valencia St., S.F.;]

Comedy show: Kung Pao Kosher Comedy’s “Comedy Returns to El Rio” series presents stand-up by Steve Lee, Bob McIntyre and Kat Evasco. [8 p.m., El Rio, 3158 Mission St., S.F.]

Georges: The wild-caught Atlantic striped bass, with fragola, grilled asparagus, green garlic and piquillo-pepper broth, is recommended today. The spring-vegetable salad, with soft-cooked egg and Manchego is also highlighted. [415 Sansome St., S.F.; (415) 956-6900]


Rock band: Skaters, from New York City, perform a concert featuring material from their debut album “Manhattan.” [9 p.m., Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., S.F.]

Prog rock-pop: The Lonely Forest, an indie band from Washington, headlines Popscene. [9 p.m., Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St., S.F.]


Ballet cinema: The Royal Ballet’s signature work “The Sleeping Beauty” is presented from the Royal Opera House in London. [7 p.m., Century San Francisco Centre 9 and XD, 845 Market St., S.F.]

Documentary: The 2012 biography “Pablo” tells the story of Pablo Ferro, the poor Cuban immigrant who rose to the heights of the Madison Avenue advertising industry to become one of the most celebrated title designers in movie history. [7:30 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., S.F.]


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