Cirque du Soleil's 'Totem' highlights Wednesday events in The City

Cirque du Soleil presents “Totem

Cirque du Soleil presents “Totem

Who's in town
Singer Maria Muldaur and her Christmas Jazz All-Stars perform a concert celebrating the release of their new CD, “Christmas at the Oasis.” [8 p.m., Rrazz Room, Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St., S.F.]


Civil rights panel: “Restoring 14th Amendment Protections for Victims of Discrimination” is the theme of a panel discussion leading off the Equal Justice Society’s annual gala. [4 p.m., Yoshi’s, 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.;]

Literary events

Jennifer Futernick: The San Francisco-based poet and editor talks about “I Never Expected This Good Life: Poems and Stories.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Waights Taylor Jr.: The Alabama-born author and poet talks about “Our Southern Home.” [5:30 p.m., Alexander Book Co., 50 Second St., S.F.]

Amy Traverso: Yankee Magazine’s lifestyle editor presents “Apple Lover’s Cookbook.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Greg Koch: Stone Craft Brewing Company’s CEO talks about “The Craft of Stone Brewing Co.: Liquid Lore, Epic Recipes, and Unabashed Arrogance.” [5 p.m., Rose and Crown Pub, 547 Emerson St., Palo Alto]
Book group: The Central S.F. Classic Lit Book Club discusses “Billy Budd,” by Herman Melville. [6:30 p.m., Books Inc., 2275 Market St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Holiday crafts: UCSF’s Laurel Heights campus hosts its 2011 Holiday Craft Fair, featuring gifts made by members of the Laurel Heights Artisan Guild. [11:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m., 3333 California St., S.F.]

Early music: William Mahrt directs an Early Music Singers’ program, “1611 — Psalms, Songs, and Sonnets: William Byrd and His Contemporaries.” [8 p.m., Memorial Church, Stanford University]

At the public library

Book talk: Translator, journalist and editor Peter Dale Scott discusses “An Invisible Rope: Portraits of Czeslaw Milosz.” [6:30 p.m., Latino/Hispanic Room, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Local activities

Singer-songwriter: Jonathan Richman, a troubadour known for his honesty and his playfully catchy compositions, performs. [8 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

Musical fusion: Sola Rosa, a band from New Zealand led by frontman Andrew Spraggon, blends hip-hop, reggae, Latin, jazz, soul and funk. [9 p.m., Brick and Mortar Music Hall, 1710 Mission St., S.F.]
Benefit event: Ken Bastida of KPIX-TV and Becky Andrews — with her guide dog, Cricket — are among special guests at the Guide Dogs for the Blind 35th holiday luncheon. [11 a.m., Westin St. Francis Hotel, Grand Ballroom, 335 Powell St., S.F.]

Tree lots: Holiday trees are for sale at lots run by, and benefiting, the Delancey Street Foundation.
[8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; 2198 Market St., S.F.; 1599 Bryant St., S.F.; 2601 Van Ness Ave., S.F.; Pier 32, S.F.; and 4201 California St., S.F.]

Visiting orchestra: The Boston Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Ludovic Morlot, performs in San Francisco. The program includes Elliott Carter’s “Flute Concerto.” [8 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]


Circus show
Cirque du Soleil presents “Totem,” a circus show tracing the evolutionary journey of the human species from an amphibian state to its desire to fly. [8 p.m., AT&T Park, Parking Lot A, 74 Mission Rock St., S.F.]

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