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Dec. 12-13: SF Botanical Garden free day, Bill Graham Menorah Lighting, CeCe Winans, Edwin Hawkins at SF Symphony Holiday Soul, Eureka Science Comedy, Mike Stern, NVDES, Lockwood Barr

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Entry to the San Francisco Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park is free the second Tuesday of every month; the walkway by the Moon Viewing Garden (with blooming Japanese maples) is pictured. (Courtesy Saxon Holt)

TUESDAY, DEC. 12

S.F. Botanical Garden free day
: Fall is a particularly lovely time to visit the area, “a living museum” of 55 acres of landscaped gardens and open spaces, with more than 8,500 different kinds of plants from around the world. [7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Ninth Avenue and Lincoln Way, S.F.]

Bill Graham Menorah Lighting: Continuing a tradition that began in 1975, George Zimmer, Mark Leno, Lori Starr and Scott Wiener will join Rabbi Yosef Langer and Chabad of San Francisco for the first candle lighting of the Hanukkah observance at what promoters call the “first public outdoor menorah outside of Israel.” [5 p.m. Union Square, Geary and Powell streets, S.F.]

CeCe Winans, Edwin Hawkins: The gospel greats join the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir and the San Francisco Symphony for the first of two “Holiday Soul” concerts. [7:30 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Start a Career in Tech: Tech strategy consultant Sameer Siruguri, CEO of Digital Strategies, describes varied job roles in the tech industry and ways to refresh skills and offers tips on job hunting and networking. [3 to 5 p.m., Latino-Hispanic Rooms, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Eureka Science Comedy: Brian Behlendorf, a pioneering software engineer, speaks on “How Blockchain is Changing the World!” in a show also featuring hosts Allen Saakyan and Kevin Whittinghill and standup by Aviva Siegel and Andrew Orolfo. [7:30 p.m., PianoFight, 144 Taylor St., S.F.]

Mike Stern: The veteran electric guitar great who has worked with Blood, Sweat & Tears, Billy Cobham, Miles Davis, Jaco Pastorius, the Brecker Brothers and Joe Henderson, opens a three-gig engagement with his band. [8 p.m., Yoshi’s, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland]

NVDES: The Los Angeles-based collective fronted by Josh Ocean co-headlines with Pierce Fulton, a Los Angeles producer (originally from Vermont) whose 2017 album is “Better Places.” [8 p.m., Cafe Du Nord, 2174 Market St., S.F.]

The Novel of the Tupinamba Indian: The book by surrealist painter and revolutionary E.F. Granell, a Picaresque novel of the Spanish Civil War, is the topic of a talk by translator David Coulter and editor Garrett Caples. [7 p.m., City Lights, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.].


WEDNESDAY, DEC. 13

Lockwood Barr: The up-and-coming, banjo-picking singer from Tiburon (named by Country Music Association as an emerging artist in 2016 and 2017) appears on a bill with Wild Couch, which plays “fun, fast folk.” [8 p.m., Hotel Utah, 500 Fourth St., S.F.]

Noir Noel: The evening of French Christmas film noir includes 1941’s “Who Killed Santa Claus?” (“L’assassinat du père Nöel”) followed at 9 p.m. by 1962’s “Paris Pickup” (“Le Monte-Charge”). [7:15 p.m., Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., S.F.]

Magic Story Jam: Six members of Beyond Borders Storytelling, a group of “wanderlusting adventurers,” describe their journeys of “magic, mystery and charms.” [7:30 p.m., PianoFight, 144 Taylor St., S.F.]

Poetry Nap-The Nature of Love: Audiences are invited to take their shoes off and lie down for the production of classical and modern poetry (which tells a surreal improvisational story) presented by Robert Edward Earl Hickling and Jodie Marissa Kleeman. [8 p.m., Rudramandir, 830 Bancroft Way, Berkeley]

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner: The movie classic known for its groundbreaking depiction of interracial marriage, and starring Sidney Poitier, Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy in his final film role, returns to the big screen for its 50 anniversary. [7 p.m., Kabuki 8, 1881 Post St., S.F.; Van Ness 14, 1000 Van Ness Ave., S.F.; Century 9 SF Centre, 845 Market St., S.F.]

Rick Estrin & the Nightcats: The harmonica master, songwriter and vocalist leads guitarist Chris “Kid” Andersen, keyboard wizard Lorenzo Farrell and drummer Alex Pettersen in “sharp and incisive original blues and gritty roadhouse rock ‘n’ roll.” [7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Biscuits & Blues, 401 Mason St., S.F.]

Barr Brothers: The folk-blues band (brothers Andrew and Brad Barr and Sarah Pagé) is promoting the new album “Queens of the Breakers,” which “speaks to the raw, elemental power of reflection, forgiveness, loss and growing up.” [8 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

Joely Fisher: The singer-actress’ cabaret show, a down-to-earth and funny look into the intimate world of her career and family, is based on her memoir “Growing Up Fisher: Musings, Memories and Misadventures.” [7 p.m., Feinstein’s at the Nikko, 222 Mason St., S.F.]

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