Debbie Gibson makes star turn in “Shrek”

Who's in town
Broadway star Debbie Gibson joins cast members of the touring production of “Shrek the Musical” in a “One Night Only Cabaret” show. [8 p.m., Theatre 39, Pier 39, S.F.]

Lectures
Political expert:
Gerald Heather, SFSU professor emeritus, discusses the recent election and our political future. The evening is part of the Odd Mondays series. [7:30 p.m., Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St., S.F.]

Global town hall: “The Prevalence of Deviant Globalization: Discussing the Causes and Cures for the International Trade of Illegal Goods and Services” is the theme. [6:30 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Literary events
Release party:
The event, featuring readings, celebrates the publication of “Wildbranch: An Anthology of Nature, Environmental, and Place-based Writing.” [7 p.m., Green Arcade, 1680 Market St., S.F.]

Left Coast Writers: Book-release event features readings by poets Molly Fisk (“The More Difficult Beauty”) and Rebecca Foust (“God, Seed”) and an appearance by poet Robin Ekiss. [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

At the colleges
Faculty artist recital:
Cellist Jean-Michel Fonteneau, a founding member of the Ravel String Quartet, performs music by Chopin, Beethoven and Elliott Carter. [8 p.m., San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., S.F.]

Tax class: Session covers how to find tax forms and tax-related information online, and how to
e-file your paperwork and track your refund. Registration is required. [3 p.m., Mechanics’ Institute, 57 Post St., S.F.; (415) 393-0102]

At the public library
Job Seekers Lab:
Computers are available for creating or updating your resume, preparing job applications, and searching online for jobs. [11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Main Library, Training Center, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Local activities
Holiday meals:
Glide and the Asian Culinary Association host the 2010 Chefs Without Borders Holiday Lunch and Dinner, which is served to 2,500 poor and homeless guests. [11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Glide, 330 Ellis St., S.F.; www.glide.org]

Chamber music: Left Coast Chamber Ensemble presents “Conversation Pieces,” a concert exploring musical dialogues in the presentation of four divergent works. [8 p.m., Green Room, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Dance showcase: WestWave Dance presents its December choreography showcase. Featured artists include Christy Funsch, Carole Acuna and Pam Gonzales. [8 p.m., Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center, S.F.]

Comedy show: Kung Pao Kosher Comedy presents “Comedy Returns to El Rio.” Enzo Lombard, Yayne Abeba, Reannie Roads, Lynn Ruth Miller, Rebecca Ward and Lisa Geduldig perform. [8 p.m., El Rio, 3158 Mission St. S.F.]

Holiday tunes: The San Francisco Symphony presents “Colors of Christmas,” a star-powered holiday concert. Vocalists include Peabo Bryson and Oleta Adams. [8 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Royal biopic: King George VI seeks help from eccentric speech therapist Lionel Logue to overcome his stammer in the new film “The King’s Speech.” [Embarcadero Center Cinema, 1 Embarcadero Center, S.F.; (415) 267-4893]

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