March 5: Chinese music, Bay Lights and more 

click to enlarge North Carolina singer-songwriter Jonathan Wilson is headlining a 10th anniversary party for (((folkYEAH!))). [8 p.m., Swedish American Hall, 2174 Market St., S.F.]
  • North Carolina singer-songwriter Jonathan Wilson is headlining a 10th anniversary party for (((folkYEAH!))). [8 p.m., Swedish American Hall, 2174 Market St., S.F.]
Who’s in town

North Carolina singer-songwriter Jonathan Wilson is headlining a 10th anniversary party for (((folkYEAH!))). [8 p.m., Swedish American Hall, 2174 Market St., S.F.]

Lectures

Blessing scams: District Attorney George Gascon shares information on the blessing scam that has ensnared scores of people in the Bay Area, mostly elderly Chinese women, and how to recognize the scam. [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F.]

Bygone Berkeley: Harvey L. Smith examines the New Deal’s impact on the infrastructure and culture of Berkeley in his latest book, “Berkeley and the New Deal.” [7 p.m., Modern Times, 2919 24th St., S.F.]

Literary events

Spicy stories: Shipwreck, a monthly erotic fan-fiction contest, is setting its lascivious sights on Oscar Wilde’s “The Picture of Dorian Gray.” The $10 ticket includes an open bar. [7 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

‘Ghost’ story: Isaac Constantine’s “Jeremiah’s Ghost” looks at fathers and sons. [7 p.m., Green Apple Books, 506 Clement St., S.F.]

Flash Fiction: Featured readers Diane Cook and Michelle Richmond breathe life into the quick-draw stories of the Flash Fiction Collective. [7 p.m., Alley Cat Books, 3036 24th St., S.F.]

Grave consequences: A 19-year-old tangles with a band of grave robbers in 19th-century London and pays the prices in author Ian Weir’s latest, “Will Starling.” [7 p.m., Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera]

Days past: Authors David Kukoff and Joseph Di Prisco reflect on the 1960s in their respective books, “Children of the Canyon: A Novel” and the memoir “Subway to California.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 601 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

At the public library

Chinese music: The San Francisco Gu-Zheng Music Society presents classical, folk and contemporary music from China. [6:30 p.m., Richmond Branch, 351 Ninth Ave., S.F.]

At the colleges

Women’s rights: The Global Women’s Rights Forum continues with a panel about how immigration policies negatively affect women. [6:30 p.m., Fromm Hall, University of San Francisco, 2130 Fulton St., S.F.]

Local activities

Bowie on film: A retrospective of David Bowie’s films kicks off with the 1973 concert film “Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders from Mars.” [7:30 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., S.F.]

Classic rock: Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band promote the new album “Ride Out.” [7:30 p.m., SAP Center, 525 W. Santa Clara St., San Jose]

Stand-up comedy: Mike E. Winfield has appeared on “The Late Show With David Letterman” and “The Office.” [8 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Bye, Bay Lights: Bid the Bay Lights installation farewell before it goes away for 11 months for maintenance. The first 1,000 people to arrive at the patio behind Waterbar get an LED tea light inspired by the light sculpture. Artist Leo Villarreal and others speak at 8 p.m. [7:30 p.m., Waterbar, 399 The Embarcadero, S.F.]

Events

Climate change on film: Brews and Views is screening “Merchants of Doubt,” a satiric look at the spin masters who try to discredit the concept of climate change, before its release in theaters. [6 p.m., Half Moon Bay Brewing Co., 390 Capistrano Road, Half Moon Bay; www.hmbbrewingco.com]

‘Fashion Victims’: Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell looks at fashions gone by in the lecture “Fashion Victims: Dress at the Court of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.” [10 a.m., Koret Auditorium, de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

NightLife: Microbiology is the theme of this week’s NightLife at the Academy, which features art-making, a thermoelectric device demonstration, music and more. [6 p.m., California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Comedy show: Mark Normad, who has appeared on “Conan,” “Inside Amy Schumer” and his own Comedy Central special, headlines a comedy bill that also includes Brendan Lynch and Jules Posner. [8 p.m., Rooster T. Feathers Comedy Club, 157 W. El Camino Real, Sunnyvale]

Night at the Jewseum: The Contemporary Jewish Museum’s Night at the Jewseum celebration marks Purim with a screening of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” [6 p.m., Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F.]

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