The Castro Theatre screens classic films in a double feature 

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Author Cathleen Schine talks about her latest novel, “The Three Weissmanns of Westport.” [7 p.m., Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto]


Violent video games: Speakers discuss whether sales of violent video games should be restricted.
[6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Local trails: Cartographer Ben Pease shares some of his favorite trail, park and neighborhood walks in San Francisco, from his new book, “Walker’s Map of San Francisco.” [7:30 p.m., Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way, S.F.]

Literary events

St. Patrick’s Day poetry: Crossroads presents a poetry reading and St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Gillian Conoley, Kathleen Lynch and Gwynn O’Gara share their poems. [7 p.m., BookShop West Portal, 80 West Portal Ave., S.F.]

Annie Leonard: The sustainability advocate and critic of overconsumption shares “The Story of Stuff.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 2251 Chestnut St., S.F.]

Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas: The trailblazing chef and his friend and business partner discuss “Life on the Line: Chasing Greatness, Facing Death, and Redefining the Way We Eat.” [12:30 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

At the colleges

Irish music: St. Patrick’s Day concert features Irish music performed by Torman Alainn. [Noon, UCSF, Millberry Union Vendor Plaza, 500 Parnassus Ave., S.F.]

Brian Nosek: The social psychologist explains what research tells us about where unconscious biases come from. [4 p.m., Munzer Auditorium, Beckman Center, Stanford School of Medicine, Stanford University, Stanford]

At the public library

Thursday films: Movies from the 1930s screen this month. Today’s feature: “China Seas” (1935), directed by Tay Garnett and starring Clark Gable and Jean Harlow. [Noon, Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Homework help: Volunteers assist K-7 students with homework assignments. [4 to 6 p.m., Mission Branch, 300 Bartlett St., S.F.]

Local activities

Classic cinema: Ingmar Bergman’s “The Seventh Seal” (3:15 and 7 p.m.) and Jean Cocteau’s “Beauty and the Beast” (5:05 and 8:55 p.m.) screen as a double feature. [Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.]

Irish night: Nightlife at the California Academy of Sciences celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with Irish-themed activities and entertainment. Live Irish music and dancing and DJ Nako are on the bill. [6 to 10 p.m., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Standup comedy: Comedian Todd Barry performs. “Chappelle’s Show” and two of his own Comedy Central specials are among his credits. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

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