'Caeneus & Poseidon'
Dragon Productions presents the world premiere of "Caeneus & Poseidon," Bridgette Dutta Portman's play in verse about a transgender hero based in ancient Greek mythology, March 10 through April 2. The play, originally written for the San Francisco Olympians Festival, tells the tale of Caeneus, born with a female body but granted a new, male form by the sea god Poseidon. When the wrathful god turns against him and his relationship with his beloved is threatened, Caeneus must confront the secrets of his past and embrace his unique identity. The play runs Thursdays-Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $27-$35. On Saturday, March 11, there will be a pre-show talk about the mythology behind the play. Participants are invited to dress in costume as a mythological character for a chance to win a prize, and sample Greek appetizers. Go to Dragon Productions.
Bay Area writer and activist Rebecca Solnit, whose book "Men Explain Things To Me" popularized the concept of "mansplaining," is the author of numerous best-selling books and insightful essays on a variety of topics, including the environment, politics, art and history. She will present her latest collection of essays, "The Mother of All Questions," on Tuesday, March 14, at 7:30 p.m. at Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, in conversation with Angie Coiro for In Deep Radio. Tickets are $10-$40. Go to Kepler's events.
'Is Anyone Out There Among the Stars?'
As part of the Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture Series, Dr. Dan Werthimer of the University of California at Berkeley will give a free, non-technical talk on the possibility of detecting signs of other intelligent life forms in the universe, especially through new technology for detecting radio, light and infrared signals, on Wednesday, March 15, at 7:30 p.m. at Smithwick Theater, Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills. Werthimer is the chief scientist at the Berkeley SETI Research Center, overseeing the SETI@home project, which analyzes data from the world's largest radio telescope using computers and cellphones from volunteers. Go to SV Astronomy Lectures.
'Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon'
Stanford University's Bowes Art and Architecture Library (second floor of the McMurtry Building, 355 Roth Way, Room 201) is hosting an "Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon" on Saturday, March 11, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., in celebration of Women's History Month and International Women's Day. All are invited to join Stanford librarians, students and faculty members to help improve coverage of women and the arts on the informational website Wikipedia. "Wikipedia's editing standards encourage strong research-based citations," Vanessa Kam, head of the Bowes Art & Architecture Library, said in a press release. "We are surrounded by reference material; it makes sense for this event to be hosted in the library where verifiable sources are within reach." The event will offer tutorials for those new to Wikipedia editing, though creating a Wikipedia account prior to attending is recommended. Go to Stanford.