Dec. 18: Jewish comedy films, new fiction and more

courtesy photo<p>Holiday party: Dance-punk band Moving Units headlines Popscene's holiday gala and marks the 10th anniversary of its debut CD

courtesy photo<p>Holiday party: Dance-punk band Moving Units headlines Popscene's holiday gala and marks the 10th anniversary of its debut CD

Who's in town

Los Angeles comedian Moshe Kasher, who detailed his drug-fueled adolescence in Oakland in the memoir “Kasher in the Rye,” is back in the Bay Area. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Lectures

History tour: Guide Rick Evans leads a Commonwealth Club Neighborhood Adventure through Russian Hill and shares stories about its history and architecture. [1:45 p.m., meet in front of Swenson's Ice Cream Store, 1999 Hyde St., S.F.; registration required at www.commonwealthclub.org]

Literary events

New fiction: Catherine Lacey discusses her debut novel, “Nobody is Ever Missing,” which tells the story of a woman who flees her husband in Manhattan, N.Y., to hitchhike across New Zealand. [7:30 p.m., Green Apple Books, 1231 Ninth Ave., S.F.]

At the public library

Thursdays@Noon Films: Diane Keaton and Woody Allen star in “Manhattan Murder Mystery,” in which a couple is ensnared in a homicide investigation and romantic intrigue. [Noon, Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Holiday jewelry: Crafting expert Chelsee Robinson shares the secrets of making holiday jewelry to keep or give as a gift. [4 p.m., Ingleside Branch, 1298 Ocean Ave., S.F.]

Evening stories: Pajama storytime includes holiday songs and dancing for young children and their families. [7 p.m., Excelsior Branch, 4400 Mission St., S.F.]

At the colleges

University pioneers: “The Originals: African American Faculty and Senior Administrators at Berkeley,” an exhibit showcasing the experiences of black faculty and administrators at UC Berkeley before the 1970s, is in its final week. [10 a.m.-5 p.m., Bancroft Library, UC Berkeley, South Hall Road and University Drive, Berkeley]

Chinese landscapes: “Within and Without: Transformations in Chinese Landscapes,” showcasing the work of Chinese artists bridging the past and present, is in its final weeks. [11 a.m.-5 p.m., Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford]

Local activities

Festival of Lights: The third candle on the Bill Graham menorah is being lit for the third day of Hanukkah. [5 p.m., Union Square, Geary and Stockton streets, S.F.]

Beyond carols: “Jingle Bell Rocks,” which chronicles one man's quest for the best and strangest holiday music, screens as part of the Balboa Theatre's series of music documentaries. [7:30 p.m., Balboa Theatre, 3630 Balboa St., S.F.]

Jewish comedy: The Oddball Films archive's Hanukkah program, “Jew Ought to be in Pictures: Choice Comedy Rarities from the Chosen People,” includes Mel Brooks' Oscar-winning short “The Critic,” Rodney Dangerfield peddling Miller Lite, and other weird and wacky short films. [8 p.m., Oddball Films, 275 Capp St., S.F.]

Holiday party: Dance-punk band Moving Units headlines Popscene's holiday gala and marks the 10th anniversary of its debut CD, “Dangerous Dreams.” DJ Aaron Axelsen and DJ Omar are also on the bill. [9:30 p.m., Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St., S.F.] Events

Art night: “Unproductive Time” is the theme of this month's ConVerge art night, including a guided art tour, drinks, music and more. [4 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., S.F.]

Rap show: Los Angeles rapper Tyler, the Creator is juggling a clothing line, comedy, commercials and working on his upcoming fourth album. [8 p.m., Warfield, 982 Market St., S.F.]

Stand-up show: Comedian Tom Segura has appeared on “Conan,” “Happy Endings” and his own Comedy Central special. [8 p.m., Cobb's Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

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