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

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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