This year's International Women's Day is blessed with tonight's energizing lecture, "Visionary Women: Inspirations From Artists, Icons and Activists." The lecture arrays three authors -- Angella Nazarian, Karen Karbo and Paula Cizmar -- against the forces of inertia, unveiling the good work of women who have made a difference for so many in this generally miserable world of ours. Nazarian wrote Pioneers of the Possible
, which tells the stories of Simone de Beauvoir, Martha Graham, Wangari Maathai and many others. Karbo penned her "kick-ass women trilogy" of biographies on Georgia O'Keeffe, Katharine Hepburn and Coco Chanel (who, in point of fact, is not so kick-ass if you're Jewish). Playwright Cizmar wrote the theater piece Seven
, about seven women -- such as Cambodian sex traffic-buster Mu Sochua and Taliban vexer Farida Azizi -- all of whom agitate for human rights with extortionate amounts of mind-melting courage. Doheny Memorial Library, 3550 Trousdale Pkwy.; Wed., March 6, 7 p.m.; free. (213) 740-2924, web-app.usc.edu/ws/eo2/calendar/32/event/898761.
Wed., March 6, 7 p.m., 2013