Use March to check in with women who do thangs — our top Women's Month art, politics, and tech tutorial picks are right here
March 16, 7pm, $16. Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, 2868 Mission, SF. www.missionculturalcenter.org
BLACK SALT COLLECTIVE LAUNCH SHOW
A jewelry maker raised in Bolivia, a painter who takes inspiration from her work with disabled adults, a multimedia artist set alit by the third eye, black soul, and the natural world -- this is Black Salt Collective, which officially starts its journey with today's exhibition. Pick up some art, sip some sangria, and reflect on what it means to represent "culture" — the stated goal of this all-female group is to express contemporary identity without the baggage of Western world anthropology tropes.
March 17, 1-7pm, free. Artists' Television Access, 992 Valencia, SF. blacksaltcollective.tumblr.com
"KNOW YOURSELF, LOVE YOURSELF: SEXUAL EMPOWERMENT FOR WOMEN"
Sex educators Jessi Fischer and Julianne Carroll want to help you untangle the mess of messages we get about what female sexuality is supposed to be. Madonna-whore, no more! After this workshop, hopefully that'll be the case in your grey matter.
March 18, 6:30-8:30pm, $20-25. Good Vibrations, 1620 Polk, SF. www.goodvibes.com
LAS TRES MARIAS
Musicians Cynthia Alexander, Diana Gameros, and Radmilla Cody weave together their experiences as a border town Mexican, a Filipina, and a former Miss Navajo Nation to create musical works that explore migration and economic struggle.
March 22, 8pm, $20-25. La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck, Berk. www.lapena.org
HALF THE SKY
Based on a book by New York Times journalist Nicholas Kristhof, this documentary roams 10 countries (deploying the talents of Hollywood actresses like Eva Mendes, America Ferrara, and Gabrielle Union as hosts) to create a panoramic look at global women's issues today. Full disclosure: the event is sponsored by the Guardian and Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center — and I'm hosting a post-screening discussion. Please note the cocktail half-hour before movie.
March 25, doors 6:30, screening 7pm, free. Artists' Television Access, 992 Valencia, SF. tinyurl.com/halftheskyscreening
SISTER SPIT: THE NEXT GENERATION READING
The queer, feminist, awesome Sister Spit collective has been making some serious moves of late. Ali Liebegott just published Cha-Ching! through City Lights Sister Spit imprint (it'll be feted at that book store on March 27) and founder Michelle Tea's young adult novel A Mermaid in Chelsea Creek (due out this spring) is amaze-balls — and we get to hear them read for free today? Lit history, folks, before your eyes.
March 31, 2pm, free. San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larkin, SF. www.sfpl.org