AP file photo<p>Rock show: Pretenders frontwoman Chrissie Hynde is playing music from her first solo album

AP file photo<p>Rock show: Pretenders frontwoman Chrissie Hynde is playing music from her first solo album

Dec. 2: 'Harold and Maude,' atheist comedy and more

Who's in town

Actress Frances McDormand, known for films such as “Fargo” and “Moonrise Kingdom,” speaks about her latest project, the HBO miniseries “Olive Kitteridge." [7:30 p.m., Nourse Theater, 275 Hayes St., S.F.]

Lectures

Kitchen seminar: Learn basic knife skills in a workshop for beginners that also includes plenty of snacking. [6 p.m., 18 Reasons, 3674 18th St., S.F.]

Literary events

Banya chronicles: American writer Bryon MacWilliams, who lived in Russia for almost 12 years, speaks about “With Light Steam,” an in-depth study about the culture of banyas, Russian bathhouses. [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building Plaza, S.F.]

Launch party: Folio Books is marking the release of “Spare Parts” by Wired writer Joshua Davis, with a launch party that will also raise funds for local schools. [7 p.m., Folio Books, 3957 24th St., S.F.]

New poetry: Bill Berkson, an award-winning poet and professor emeritus at the San Francisco Art Institute, speaks about his latest collection, “Expect Delays.” [7 p.m., City Lights, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

At the public library

Information session: Girls Who Code welcomes girls in 11th or 12th grades to learn more about the Girls Who Code Summer Immersion program, which gives girls a boost in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields. [5-6:30 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Neighborhood poetry: The latest installment of “Poets 11,” a citywide poetry series, features the creativity of Richmond district wordsmiths. [7 p.m., Richmond Branch, 351 Ninth Ave., S.F.]

At the colleges

Community activism: Learn about the Buena Vista Mobile Home Park community in Palo Alto, which is facing possible eviction, and how to address gentrification. [6 p.m., Building 590, Stanford University, 514 Lasuen Mall, Stanford]

Local activities

Bay Area film: “Harold and Maude,” a 1971 romantic black comedy featuring plenty of San Francisco and Peninsula locations, is screening as part of the Balboa Theatre's series of classic films on the first Tuesday of every month. [7:30 p.m., Balboa Theatre, 3630 Balboa St., S.F.]

Comedy show: “Ha Ha Heathens,” a stand-up comedy show featuring atheist and agnostic comics, is celebrating the release of Keith Lowell Jensen's comedy CD “Atheist Christmas.” [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Canadian rock: Canadian pop-punk rock band Courage My Love, which was nominated for a 2014 Juno Award, headlines a bill that also includes local bands Worth Taking and Air Show Disaster. [9 p.m., Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., S.F.]

Rock show: Pretenders frontwoman Chrissie Hynde is playing music from her first solo album, “Stockholm,” and more. [7:30 p.m., Masonic, 1111 California St., S.F.]

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