March 3: Celtic Thunder, bicycle tube crafts and more 

click to enlarge Irish sounds: Dublin vocal group Celtic Thunder has been seen by 500,000 people around the world. [8 p.m., City National Civic, 135 West San Carlos St., San Jose] - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • Irish sounds: Dublin vocal group Celtic Thunder has been seen by 500,000 people around the world. [8 p.m., City National Civic, 135 West San Carlos St., San Jose]
Who’s in town

NBC News’ Chuck Todd, moderator of “Meet the Press,” discusses politics and his latest book, “The Stranger: Barack Obama in the White House.” [7:30 p.m., Nourse Theater, 275 Hayes St., S.F.]

Lectures

Climate change: Environmental experts look into how climate change is producing extreme weather across the nation, from droughts in the West to massive snowstorms in the East. [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F.]

Cleaner computing: Executives from Yahoo, Facebook and eBay chat with Greenpeace’s senior policy analyst about how Silicon Valley is getting more environmentally friendly. [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F.]

Beats and jazz: San Francisco Poet Laureate Alejandro Murguia performs with accompaniment by jazz musicians. [6:30 p.m., Top of the Mark, InterContinental Mark Hopkins, 999 California St., S.F.]

Inside Pryor: Scott Saul’s “Becoming Richard Pryor” probes the life of the pioneering comedian. [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Literary events

Family secrets: A 14-year-old boy discovers shocking family secrets while trying to save his parents’ marriage in best-selling author Garth Stein’s latest novel, “A Sudden Light.” [7 p.m., Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera]

Author talk: Lisa See talks about her new book, “China Dolls,” with author Lalita Tademy. [7 p.m., Viracocha, 998 Valencia St., S.F.]

Debut novel: “Grey’s Anatomy” writer Ann Hamilton looks at an infertile couple facing a dilemma in her debut novel, “Expecting.” [7:30 p.m., Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

At the public library

Bicycle tire crafts: Learn how to make old bicycle inner tubes into useful items like wristbands, wallets and more. [3:30 p.m., North Beach Branch, 850 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

At the colleges

Film screening: “My Heart Is Not Broken Yet” is a documentary about a South Korean woman who sued the Japanese government for forcing her into sexual slavery during World War II. [6:30 p.m., Room 121, J. Paul Leonard Library, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

Local activities

Art and progress: Mina Shea uses art from the de Young and Legion of Honor museums to illustrate her lecture “Women Sculpted, Women Sculptors — From Object to Artist.” [2:15 p.m., Florence Gould Theater, Legion of Honor, 100 34th Ave., S.F.]

Fundraising show: Comedians, authors and musicians share their talents in “Acting Out — For the Health of It,” a benefit for Breast Cancer Action. [7 p.m., Brava Theater, 2781 24th St., S.F.]

Art and film: Artist Nate Boyce, whose exhibition “Polyscroll” is currently on view at the YBCA, presents a series of short films that have influenced his art. [7 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., S.F.]

Irish sounds: Dublin vocal group Celtic Thunder has been seen by 500,000 people around the world. [8 p.m., City National Civic, 135 West San Carlos St., San Jose]

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