Courtesy photoOpening night: American Conservatory Theater presents “A Christmas Carol

American Conservatory Theater presents ‘A Christmas Carol’

PERSON IN TOWN

Richard Alley — geologist, host of the PBS documentary “Earth: The Operators Manual” and recipient of Climate One’s first Stephen H. Schneider Award for Outstanding Climate Science Communication — offers insights on climate science and how people can communicate science more effectively with the public. [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

LECTURES

‘Digital Overload’: Wired’s Steven Levy, New York Times reporter Matt Richtel and Rabbi Joshua Strulowitz address ethical questions surrounding digital-age technology. [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Robert Martin and Ian Tattersall: The biological anthropologists talk about the small-brained, big-footed possible species Homo floresiensis, or the “hobbit.” [7 p.m., California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Art talk: Artist Elizabeth Axtman and San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery Director Meg Shiffler discuss Axtman’s new body of work, “The Love Renegade.” [6:30 p.m., Museum of the African Diaspora, 685 Mission St., S.F.]

LITERARY

Julia Scheeres: The best-selling Berkeley-based author talks about “A Thousand Lives.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Frank Close: The England-based physics professor discusses “The Infinity Puzzle.” [7 p.m., Kepler’s Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

Jeanne Darst: The writer and performer talks about “Fiction Ruined My Family.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 601 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

COLLEGES

Music master class: Douglas Yeo, bass trombonist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, leads a session offering a look at the master-student creative process. [9 a.m., San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., S.F.]

PUBLIC LIBRARIES

Library tour: Tour of Main Library reveals the results of the $6 million first-floor facelift received by this Civic Center institution. [Noon, Atrium (meet at information desk), Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Harp concert: Members of the Bay Area Youth Harp Ensemble and the Triskela Celtic Harp Trio perform harp music from around the world. [6 p.m., Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

CITY

Opera singer: Finnish soprano Karita Mattila appears in concert with pianist Martin Katz. Music by Poulenc, Debussy, Salinen and Joseph Marx is on the program. [8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Opening night: American Conservatory Theater presents “A Christmas Carol,” its annual music-infused play based on Charles Dickens’ story about the transformation of mean miser Scrooge. [7 p.m., A.C.T., 415 Geary St., S.F.]

String quartet: Noontime Concerts presents its 23rd anniversary concert, an all-Beethoven program featuring the Alexander String Quartet. [12:30 p.m., Old St. Mary’s Cathedral, 660 California St., S.F.]

Holiday ‘heathens’: The “Ha Ha Heathens” show, featuring humanist, atheist and agnostic humor, presents a holiday edition. Featured comics include Marga Gomez. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Solo show: Writer-performer Mark Kenward presents “The Pursuit of Happiness,” the first installment of “Nantucket,” his solo project about a family that moves to a resort island. [7:30 p.m., Stage Werx, 446 Valencia St., S.F.]

DINING OUT

The Brixton: Chef Jon Hara cooks contemporary, creative American food, and the roasted half chicken is a recommended dinner dish. The meal includes rosemary and thyme free-range chicken, chicken-sausage cornbread stuffing, and roasted-chicken and thyme jus. Lunchtime highlight: the grilled hangar steak salad — marinated steak, warm fingerling-potato salad, green beans, bacon, and creme-fraiche whole-grain mustard. [2140 Union St., S.F.; (415) 409-1114]

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