March 31: 'Food Chains," female comedy and more 

Who’s in town

Former orca trainer John Hargrove, who appeared in the documentary “Blackfish,” is speaking out against marine parks that feature dangerous killer whales. [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F.]


‘Food Chains’: Director Sanjay Rawal is speaking at a screening of his new documentary “Food Chains,” an exposé of modern factory farming narrated by actor Forest Whitaker. [6 p.m., Modern Times Bookstore, 2919 24th St., S.F.]

Fighting poverty: Sir Fazle Hasan Abed of the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee discusses a multifaceted approach to fighting poverty. [6:30 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

‘Mao and McCarthy’: Charlotte Brooks’ new book, “Between Mao and McCarthy: Chinese American Politics in the Cold War Years,” looks at a lesser-known aspect of Chinese-American history. [7 p.m., Chinese Historical Society of America Museum, 965 Clay St., S.F.]

S.F. memories: Historian Catherine Accardi presents stories and historical images from her new book, “San Francisco Landmarks.” [7 p.m., St. Philip’s Church, 725 Diamond St., S.F.]

Literary events

‘Bigfoot’ watching: Writer Chris Tarry’s debut book, “How to Carry a Bigfoot Home,” is a collection of 13 stories about regular people in extraordinary circumstances, often involving monsters. [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Open memoir: Robin Rinaldi’s memoir “The Wild Oats Project” recounts her later-in-life sexual awakening after opting for an open marriage with her longtime husband. [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building Plaza, S.F.]

At the public library

Play ball: “Signs of the Time” recounts the lives of 19th-century baseball umpire Bill Klem and deaf outfielder William “Dummy” Hoy, both of whom are often credited with inventing the hand signals still used in baseball today. [7 p.m., Bernal Heights Branch, 500 Cortland Ave., S.F.]

At the colleges

Documentary screening: Chinese journalist Chai Jing looks at the nation’s pollution problems in “Under the Dome: Investigating China’s Smog.”[3:30 p.m., Maraschi Room, Fromm Hall, University of San Francisco, 2130 Fulton St., S.F.]

Local activities

Intoxicating art: “RE/Search” publisher V. Vale interviews Mark McCloud about his LSD Museum in San Francisco, which features a 33,000-plus collection of LSD blotter art. [7 p.m., SFAQ (Project) Space, 441 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

Pop-rock show: Multiplatinum group Maroon 5 is headlining a bill that also includes “Rude” hit maker Magic! and Rozzi Crane. [7:30 p.m., SAP Center, 525 W. Santa Clara St., San Jose]

Light it up: La Luz channels 1960s girl-group pop with a garage-rock twist on its latest album, “Alive.” Will Sprott and Magic Trick are opening the show. [8 p.m., Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St., S.F.]

Comedy show: “Estrogen Entree With a Side of Balls,” a female-first comedy show hosted by Tuesday Thomas, is calling it a night after a successful two-year run. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

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