Jewish Community Center hosts annual ‘Great Broadway Sing-Along’

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PERSON IN TOWN

Rock giant Neil Young headlines a concert benefiting UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, with singer-songwriter Joanna Newsom opening the show. The evening includes cocktail and dessert receptions. Proceeds go toward building a new home for the hospital. [6:30 p.m., Nob Hill Masonic Auditorium, 1111 California St., S.F.; www.theconcertforucsfbch.com]


LECTURES

Premal Shah: The cofounder and president of Kiva talks about how he has advanced the microfinance world via the Internet. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Green dollars: “Scaling Green Finance in China and the United States: A Call to Action” is the theme of a conference hosted by the Asia Society and the World Affairs Council. [8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., PG&E Auditorium, 77 Beale St., S.F.]

Post-earthquake Haiti:
“Gender and Continuity in the Midst of Disaster” is the theme of a panel discussion about conditions in post-earthquake Haiti. [7 p.m., CounterPulse, 1310 Mission St., S.F.]


LITERARY

Chris Guillebeau: The author of the online manifesto “A Brief Guide to World Domination” celebrates the release of “The Art of Non-Conformity.” [7 p.m., Rockit Room, 406 Clement St., S.F.]

Barry Spector:
The author and historian talks about “Madness at the Gates of the City: The Myth of American Innocence.” [7 p.m., Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia St., S.F.]


COLLEGES

Lifelong learning: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute presents a lecture on continuing the process of growth as we age. [12:30 p.m., SFSU, Downtown Campus, 835 Market St., sixth floor, S.F.]

Faculty artist recital:
Harpsichordist Corey Jamason performs Bach sonatas, joined by guest artist Stephen Schultz. [8 p.m., San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., S.F.]


PUBLIC LIBRARIES

‘Great Teen Book Swap’: Teens receive free books with the understanding that they will give the library a bookmark review by the end of the month. [2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Parkside Branch, 1200 Taraval St., S.F.]

‘Pens With Bling’: The session, for ages 12 to 18, shows how to fashion and decorate your own pen (with polymer clay) and paper set. [4 to 6 p.m., Excelsior Branch, 4400 Mission St., S.F.; register: (415) 355-2868]

CITY

Menorah lighting: A lighting of the Bill Graham Hanukkah Menorah takes place in Union Square on this last night of Hanukkah. [4:30 p.m., Powell and Post streets, S.F.]

Belt it out: The Jewish Community Center hosts the annual “Great Broadway Sing-Along,” a celebration of Broadway lyricists produced and directed by Ellie Mednick.  [8 p.m., 3200 California St., S.F.]

Double Fellini:
Federico Fellini’s “La Strada” (1954) and “Satyricon” (1969) screen as a double feature. [2:30, 4:35, 7, and 9:05 p.m., Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.]

Comedy show:
Comedian Robert Duchaine performs a stand-up show and live CD recording. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Ice rinks: Holiday skating is happening in Union Square and at Embarcadero Center. Ninety-minute sessions start on every even hour. [10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Post and Powell streets; and Justin Herman Plaza, Embarcadero at Market Street, S.F.]

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