“Daughters of a Riot”: Kicking off the inaugural CounterPulse Festival, which features five days of work that defies categorization, is Mica Sigourney’s “queer drag spectacle” about the Compton’s Cafeteria Riot. 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 14; 8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 15. $10-$30. CounterPulse, 80 Turk St., S.F. (415) 626-2060. www.counterpulse.org
Lawrence Hall of Science: The UC Berkeley museum is a wonderful cold-weather destination, with a variety of family-friendly exhibits (kids can check out the hands-on Design Quest exhibit). On a clear day, the back outdoor science park has one of the best views in the Bay Area. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Free-$12. 1 Centennial Drive, Berkeley.
“Casanova: The Seduction of Europe”: A look at the aesthetics and the excesses embodied by the most famous womanizer of all time. The organizers of this exhibition, years in the planning, could not have known their project would open in the midst of the #MeToo era. The show reveals much about 18th century Europe and, it turns out, 21st century America, as well. $13-$28. Through May 28. Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 100 34th Ave., S.F. (415) 750-3600. http://legionofhonor.famsf.org
Comedy Under the Stars: Adam Pearlstein, Joe Gorman and Josef Anolin host this free weekly Wednesday night comedy show at the Uptown in downtown Oakland. 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 14. Uptown Night Club, Oakland. www.uptownnightclub.com