March 30: Elias Quartet, urban farming and more 

click to enlarge String quartet: SF Performances presents England’s Elias String Quartet, which is playing Beethoven’s Quartet in F minor, Opus 95, and more. [7:30 p.m., St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 1111 O’Farrell St., S.F.; www.performances.org] - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • String quartet: SF Performances presents England’s Elias String Quartet, which is playing Beethoven’s Quartet in F minor, Opus 95, and more. [7:30 p.m., St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 1111 O’Farrell St., S.F.; www.performances.org]
Who’s in town

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, talks about pressing social-justice issues such as the shrinking middle class and the excesses of large corporations. [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F.; sold out]

Lectures

Political discussion: The Middle East Discussion Group looks at developing events in the Middle East, North Africa, Afghanistan and beyond. [5:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F.]

Cannabis and kids: Medical marijuana experts look at how cannabis could possibly help children with autism, cancer, epilepsy and more. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F.]

Diet focus: Dr. Sara Gottfried shares her theories on how hormones can affect weight loss in her new book, “The Hormone Reset Diet.” [7 p.m., Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera]

Literary events

Book club: The Hands On Bay Area Book Club is discussing “The World’s Strongest Librarian: A Book Lover’s Adventures” by Josh Hanagarne. [7 p.m., Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View]

At the public library

Audio-described films: Russell Crowe and Renee Zellweger star in “Cinderella Man,” which is being presented in an audio-described screening, with sets, costumes and visual cues described for the benefit of blind and vision-impaired viewers. [2 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Young writers: WritersCorps allows teen writers to share their work, receive feedback and take part in creative writing exercises. [4:15 p.m., Children’s Center, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Piano music: The piano students of Professor Victoria Neve are performing a recital. [1 p.m., Knuth Hall, Creative Arts Building, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

Iranian fiction: Bahiyyih Nakhjavani talks about her novel “The Woman Who Read Too Much,” a tale about a 19th-century Iranian woman. [6:30 p.m., Cubberley Auditorium, Stanford University, 485 Lasuen Mall, Stanford]

Local activities

Spotlight lecture: Learn about the cartoon short “Steamboat Willie,” and how it broke new ground for synchronized sound in animation. [11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., Walt Disney Family Museum, 104 Montgomery St., Presidio, S.F.]

Urban farming: Pitch in to harvest and distribute fresh veggies at Alemany Farm. [Noon-5 p.m., Alemany Farm, 700 Alemany Blvd., S.F.; www.alemanyfarm.org]

Rock show: Psychedelic-pop band White Fence splits its time between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Twerps and Happiness are also on the bill. [9 p.m., Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., S.F.]

String quartet: SF Performances presents England’s Elias String Quartet, which is playing Beethoven’s Quartet in F minor, Opus 95, and more. [7:30 p.m., St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 1111 O’Farrell St., S.F.; www.performances.org]

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