Courtesy photo<p>Stone-cold divas: Briefly thwarted by last week's heavy rain

Courtesy photo<p>Stone-cold divas: Briefly thwarted by last week's heavy rain

Dec. 17: Drag queens on ice, music and more

Who's in town

R&B singer Peabo Bryson is among the stars joining the San Francisco Symphony for “Colors of Christmas.” [8 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Lectures

Wine appreciation: San Francisco writer Alder Yarrow discusses “The Essence of Wine,” his glossy new coffee table book about the elements that make wine so appealing. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Ethical investment: Bay Area investors and investment professionals discuss Principals for Responsible Investment, a network that now boasts $45 trillion in assets. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Literary events

Workshop: Mary Reynolds Thompson, author of “Embrace Your Inner Wild: 52 Reflections for an Eco-Centric World,” and Kate Thompson, author of “Therapeutic Journal Writing,” discuss the intersection of literature, landscapes and imagination. Workshop tickets are $65. [2-4:30 p.m., Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera]

At the public library

Great Teen Book Swap: The library distributes free books to teens in exchange for a bookmark review. [3:30 p.m., Excelsior Branch, 4400 Mission St., S.F.]

Deaf theater: “Gesture Performance,” a documentary about a theater school for the deaf in Moscow, is accompanied by a discussion about theater's benefits for hearing-impaired people. [5:30 p.m., Latino/Hispanic Room, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Cellphone risks: Filmmaker Kevin Kunze and California Brain Tumor Association founder Ellie Marks appear at a screening of “Mobilize,” a documentary about the potential negative effects of cellphone radiation. [5:30 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Carols and more: The San Francisco Opera Guild Singers are spreading Christmas cheer with “Songs for the Season,” which also features complimentary eggnog, hot cider and cookies. [Noon, Cole Hall Auditorium, UC San Francisco, 513 Parnassus Ave., S.F.]

Local activities

Menorah celebration: The Bill Graham Menorah Project is lighting the second candle for Hanukkah. [5 p.m., Union Square, Geary and Stockton streets, S.F.]

Christmas scares: Finland's “Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale” puts a seasonal twist on horror. [7 p.m., Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., S.F.]

Stone-cold divas: Briefly thwarted by last week's heavy rain, “Drag Queens On Ice: Glitz and Glamour” takes the ice. [8 p.m., Union Square, Geary and Stockton streets, S.F.]

Solo ensemble: “Where's the Band?” brings together frontmen Dustin Kensrue (Thrice), Dan Andriano (Alkaline Hunter), Casey Crescenzo (The Dear Hunter) and more for solo acoustic sets. [8 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O'Farrell St., S.F.]

Saucy puppets: Tony Award-winning musical “Avenue Q,” featuring puppets and songs like “What Do You Do with a B.A. in English?,” returns to the Bay Area. [8 p.m., New Conservatory Theatre Center, 25 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

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