December 23: Natasha Miller performs and other SF activities 

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  • Natasha Miller performs a concert celebrating the release of her seventh CD, “The Secret of Christmas.”

Who's in town

Pop and jazz vocalist Natasha Miller performs a concert celebrating the release of her seventh CD, "The Secret of Christmas." [8 p.m., Yoshi's, 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Museums

California Academy of Sciences: "'Tis the Season for Science" events run through Jan. 5. Attractions include live reindeer, a "Snowman Theater" and a "Scuba Santa Coral Reef Dive." [9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Cable Car Museum: Items relating to the history and mechanics of San Francisco's cable cars are on view. Highlights include cable cars from the 1870s and historic photographs. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 1201 Mason St., S.F.]

Tours

Bawdy & Naughty: The San Francisco City Guides tour explores how "professional women" over the centuries have helped shape San Francisco's landscape and lore. [11 a.m., starts at Kearny Street and Maiden Lane, S.F.]

Castro district: Foot Tours hosts Come Out to the Castro, a comic tour exploring the history of the Castro neighborhood and gay culture. [2 p.m., starts near Market and Sanchez streets; details and RSVP: www.foottours.com]

Movies

'Inside Llewyn Davis': A folksinger struggles to succeed in the 1960s Greenwich Village, N.Y., music scene, hindered by obstacles that are often his own doing, in this Coen brothers dramedy. [Multiple S.F. sites; check local listings]

'American Hustle': An ambitious FBI agent forces a con-artist pair into a world of New Jersey power brokers and gangsters in this comedy-drama set in the 1970s world of the Abscam scandal. [Multiple S.F. sites, check local listings]

At the public library

Job seekers lab: Computers are available for creating or updating your résumé, applying for jobs and searching online for jobs. Bring a flash drive. [11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Computer Training Room, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Older Writers Laboratory: Poetry-writing group welcomes seniors. [10 a.m. to noon, Bernal Heights Branch, 500 Cortland Ave., S.F.]

Holiday

Curbside donations: St. Anthony Foundation is holding its holiday curbside collection drive, benefiting needy residents. Requested items include hams, new socks and pantry goods. [8 a.m. to 5 p.m., 150 Golden Gate Ave., S.F.]

Local activities

Rock band: The rock band Breakaway Patriot, which gained attention when its single "Flying on the Water" become the official America's Cup theme, performs at Brick and Mortar Music Hall. [9 p.m., 1710 Mission St., S.F.]

Fiber art: Fiber Dimensions presents "Intersections 6: Fiber/Dimensions and Beyond," a diverse group exhibit of contemporary fiber art. [11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Herbst International Exhibition Hall, 385 Moraga Ave., Presidio, S.F.]

Organ concert: Grammy-winning organist Jonathan Dimmock presents his annual recital featuring Olivier Messiaen's "La Nativite du Seigneur." [9 p.m., St. Ignatius Church, 650 Parker Ave., S.F.]

Art sale: Creativity Explored, a center where artists with developmental disabilities create, show and sell artwork, presents its annual holiday art sale. More than 135 artists take part. [10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 3245 16th St., S.F.]

Bluegrass night: Monday is bluegrass night at the Amnesia bar and music spot. The Earl Brothers, an outlaw-hillbilly group, take the stage. [6 p.m., 853 Valencia St., S.F.]

Dining out

Cupola Pizzeria: Two pizzas are recommended. The margherita pizza, with San Marzano tomatoes, fior di latte, basil and olive oil, is a favorite. The pork-belly pizza, with dandelion greens, apples and fontina cheese, is also featured. [845 Market St., fourth floor, S.F.; (415) 896-5600]

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