March 4: San Fermin and other SF events 

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  • San Fermin, the project of baroque-pop composer and songwriter Ellis Ludwig-Leone, performs a show to promote his self-titled debut album.
Who’s in town

Comedian Tig Notaro, seen on “Conan” and “The Sarah Silverman Program” and heard on public radio’s “This American Life,” performs at Stanford University. [7 p.m., Cubberley Auditorium, 485 Lasuen Mall, Stanford]

Lectures

Nancy C. Unger: The historian reveals how and why women have played unique roles in shaping this nation’s environment. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Art lecture: Docent Marsha Holm talks about the exhibition “Modern Nature: Georgia O’Keeffe and Lake George.” [1 p.m., de Young Museum, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Literary events

Christopher Pollock: The writer, researcher and designer talks about “Reel San Francisco Stories: An Annotated Filmography of the Bay Area.” [6 p.m., Mechanics’ Institute, 57 Post St., S.F.; RSVP: (415) 393-0102]

Alice LaPlante: The novelist launches “A Circle of Wives.” [7:30 p.m., Kepler’s Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

Journal release party: The evening, featuring readings by contributors, celebrates the publication of the latest edition of the literary journal Eleven Eleven. [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Elizabeth Early: The first-time novelist talks about “A Map of Everything.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

At the colleges

David J. de la Torre: The Mexican Museum director gives a talk titled “The Mexican Museum: From Community Roots to Major Art Museum.” [1:30 p.m., University of San Francisco, McLaren Conference Center 250, 2130 Fulton St., S.F.]

Wieland Kuijken: The influential viola da gamba player, joined by fellow musicians, discusses and demonstrates his instrument. [7:30 p.m., Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford University, Stanford]

At the public library

Art opening: Library for the Blind and Print Disabled hosts an opening reception for “SEE/SAW/START,” an exhibit of interactive and contemplative art by Maia Scott. [6 to 8 p.m. Main Library, Library for the Blind, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Poetry reading: PEN Award-winning poet Neeli Cherkovski and former San Francisco poet laureate Jack Hirschman read from their work. [7 p.m., North Beach Branch, playground clubhouse, 661 Lombard St., S.F.]

Album release

San Fermin, the project of baroque-pop composer and songwriter Ellis Ludwig-Leone, performs a show to promote his self-titled debut album. [8 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

Local activities

Parade and show: Local jazz acts perform in a Mardi Gras parade and show. Featured artists include Brass Mafia and Wil Blades. [Parade: 5 p.m., 520 Hayes St., S.F.; show: 8 p.m., Brick and Mortar Music Hall, 1710 Mission St., S.F.]

Mardi Gras bash: Mardi Gras San Francisco Style: Fat Tuesday in the Fillmore returns to the neighborhood. The revelry includes a free blues concert and a masquerade ball. [5 to 11 p.m.; www.mardigrassanfrancisco.com]

Comedy show: Emerging Comics presents a night with comedian Sammy Obeid. “America’s Got Talent” and the Axis of Evil’s “New Generation” tour are among his credits. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Grand Cafe: The 38 North duck breast with root vegetables, celery-root puree and huckleberry jus is recommended today. Also look for the charcuterie board, which is prepared in-house. [501 Geary St., S.F.; (415) 292-0101]

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