Picks of the week: Fairy tales, Mayan weavers and St. Patrick’s Day

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This week promises opportunities to interact with local art, whether it’s through Mallory Ortberg’s book reading at Moe’s Books or through a showcase of traditional Mayan textiles. And for a fun St. Patrick’s Day weekend, be sure to check out the 167th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in San Francisco.

Wednesday, March 14 | Mallory Ortberg at Moe’s Books

Mallory Ortberg, best-selling author of “Texts From Jane Eyre” and alum of The Daily Californian, will read selections of their new book, “The Merry Spinster” at Moe’s Books on Telegraph Avenue at 7 p.m. “The Merry Spinster” is based on Ortberg’s series “Children’s Stories Made Horrific,” originally published on the website Ortberg co-founded, The Toast. Ortberg will be joined by Caille Millner of the San Francisco Chronicle.

Thursday, March 15 | Release of “Tomb Raider”

Alicia Vikander steps into the jackboots of Lara Croft in the latest adaptation of the hit video game franchise. Its source material has taken on a bloody, survivalist disposition in recent years, and this reboot seems to be an appropriately po-faced endeavor. With Walton Goggins looking appropriately hammy in the villain-of-the-week role and Norwegian director Roar Uthaug’s Euro spin, hopefully this can summon up some early-2000s attitude to trash up multiplexes.    

Friday, March 16 | Premiere of Manual Cinema’s “Ada/Ava” at Zellerbach Playhouse

This week, Cal Performances will premiere Manual Cinema’s “Ada/Ava,” a production that seems to boast striking visuals through its of shadow puppetry and stage effects. Live music will accompany these visuals, bringing life to an unnerving vision of the supernatural in New England. You can catch “”Ada/Ava” at Zellerbach Playhouse on Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 3 p.m.

Saturday, March 17 | Weavers of Jolom Mayaetik from Chiapas, Mexico, at Talavera

From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., artisan weavers from Jolom Mayaetik, a women’s collective in Los Altos de Chiapas, Mexico, will demonstrate their work on the backstrap loom at Talavera Ceramics.  The Mayan artisans weave brightly colored textiles using methods passed down from generations, combining the symbolism of ancient Mayan civilization with new ideas and styles. Additionally, the Jolom Mataetik weavers’ textiles are on display at the San Francisco Airport’s International Terminal in the exhibit “Empowering Threads.

Saturday, March 17 | 167th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in San Francisco

Don your green apparel and march on over to the intersection of 2nd and Market streets at 11:30 am for the 167th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. After the parade, stick around Civic Center to celebrate Irish culture through live performances, arts and crafts, food and beverages, children’s rides and booths sponsored by Irish community-based nonprofits. The parade promises to be your rainbow leading to a pot of gold, so come early!

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