courtesy photo<p>A very indie evening: Fancifully capitalized tUnE-yArDs

Dec. 11: Tuneyards, comedy and more

Who's in town

Veteran comedian Bobby Slayton has appeared in films such as “Dreamgirls” and “Ed Wood” as well as his own HBO comedy special. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Lectures

49ers then and now: KNBR (680 AM) host Brian Murphy and photographer Michael Zagaris discuss Bay Area football history and their book, “San Francisco 49ers: From Kezar to Levi's.” [7 p.m., Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera]

Eye on Tunisia: UC Berkeley lecturer Laurence Michalak discusses the Arab Spring's roots in Tunisia and that nation's progress since 2010. [7:30 p.m., Caleruega Dining Hall, Dominican University, Magnolia and Palm avenues, San Rafael]

Literary events

Launch party: Readings mark the release of “A Voice From the Underworld: Crime, Labor, Power, and the end of the Barbary Coast.” [7 p.m., City Lights, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Portraits of America: Photographer Michael Light presents “Lake Las Vegas/Black Mountain,” which comments on American culture through aerial photographs of rural and urban areas. [7 p.m., McRoskey Mattress Co., 1687 Market St., S.F.]

Winter literature: The ZYZZYVA literary journal celebrates the debut of its winter issue with readings, drinks, freebies and more. [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

At the public library

Christmas classic: Reginald Owen portrays mean old miser Ebenezer Scrooge in the 1938 version of “A Christmas Carol.” [6 p.m., Ortega Branch, 3223 Ortega St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Christmas concert: Grammy-winning choir Chanticleer, an all-male chorus from San Francisco, performs classic carols and more in “A Chanticleer Christmas.” [7:30 p.m., Memorial Church, Stanford University, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford]

Local activities

Cuban films: “Art & Resolution: Films of Afro-Cuban Life & History” includes Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi speaking about his music-focused films. [6:30 p.m., Museum of the African Diaspora, 685 Mission St., S.F.]

Filipino film fest: The 21st annual FACINE/21: Filipino International Cine Festival kicks off with “Searching for Weng Weng” (7 p.m.), a documentary about a 2-foot-9 action star who ruled the Philippines' B-movie scene in the 1980s. Tagalog drama “Bamboo Flowers” (9 p.m.) follows. [Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., S.F.]

Surf film: “El Mar Mi Alma,” an acclaimed Chilean documentary about surfing, screens. [7:30 p.m., Balboa Theatre, 3630 Balboa St., S.F.]

A very indie evening: Fancifully capitalized tUnE-yArDs, led by Merrill Garbus, headlines a bill that also includes a reunited Cibo Matto. [8 p.m., 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland]

Events

NightLife: This week's holiday-themed edition of NightLife at the Academy includes an exploration of holiday plants such as hollies, mistletoe and evergreens, building a gingerbread village, and a gift bazaar featuring local artisans. [6 p.m., California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Comedy show: Comedian Phil Hanley, who has appeared on “The Tonight Show” and “The Late Late Show,” headlines a bill that also includes David van Avermaete and Toby Muresianu. [8 p.m., Rooster T. Feathers Comedy Club, 157 W. El Camino Real, Sunnyvale]

Consumerism as comedy: The archivists at Oddball Films present “I Want It All — Consumer Culture on the Skids,” which features vintage commercials, anti-capitalist satire and surreal advertising ephemera. [8 p.m., Oddball Films, 275 Capp St., S.F.]

Rock show: The Smashing Pumpkins are touring to promote their latest album, “Monuments to an Elegy.” [8 p.m., Warfield, 982 Market St., S.F.]

New music: New York singer-songwriter Garland Jeffreys has worked with musicians such as Sonny Rollins, James Taylor and more. [9 p.m., Hotel Utah, 500 Fourth St., S.F.]

Just Posted

SFUSD going back to basics with school lunches made from scratch

Upgraded culinary center could serve as model for expanded in-house food production.

Sliding doors could open up more space on Muni buses

A simple engineering change could soon make Muni’s 900 buses roomier across… Continue reading

City struggles to find alternatives for inmates in seismically unsafe jail

Mayor London Breed has given City Hall a deadline to close down… Continue reading

E-scooter company Skip announces layoffs after losing SF permit

San Francisco-based e-scooter company Skip this week announced pending layoffs for roughly… Continue reading

Juul suspends sale of flavored e-cigarettes

San Francisco-based e-cigarette maker Juul Labs announced Thursday that it is suspending… Continue reading

Most Read