Dec. 4: Angel Island fundraiser, cool jazz and more

Who's in town

Influential singer-songwriter Jonathan Richman, who founded the proto-punk band the Modern Lovers, has been touring for decades. [8 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O'Farrell St., S.F.]


Answering leadership call: Andrew Young, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and strategist for Martin Luther King Jr., speaks about leadership. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Music and history: Pamela Rose shares the stories and music of classic female songwriters in “Wild Women of Song.” [8 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Literary events

Remembering Laughlin: Editors Peggy Fox and Ian MacNiven speak about late poet James Laughlin and two new collections of his work. [7 p.m., City Lights, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Beyond the Kennedys: Timothy Shriver, son of Sargent and Eunice Shriver, speaks about his new book “Fully Alive,” which details his work with people who have developmental disabilities as well as his famous uncles John, Robert and Edward Kennedy. [7 p.m., Books Inc., 601 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

New fiction: Irish writer Colm Toibin, whose plays have been performed on stages in the Bay Area and around the world, is talking about his latest book, “Nora Webster.” [7:30 p.m., Books Inc., 2275 Market St., S.F.]

At the public library

Family crafts: Children ages 5 and up are invited to craft holiday ornaments. [4-5:30 p.m., Western Addition Branch, 1550 Scott St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Art lecture: Copenhagen artist Rasmus Rohling is speaking about his art and artistic research. [7 p.m., California College of the Arts, 350 Kansas St., S.F.]

Ring a merry bell: The San Francisco State University Handbell Choir performs a concert of secular and holiday winter music. [7 p.m., Room 121, J. Paul Leonard Library, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

Local activities

Angel Lights: Doug McConnell, known for the long-running show “Bay Area Backroads,” hosts the Angel Lights Countdown Benefit. Each $200 ticket to the event, which includes a prime view of the light installation on Angel Island, benefits conservation efforts. [6 p.m., Observation Post, 211 Lincoln Blvd., S.F.]

Future opera stars: Members of the 2014 Adler Fellowship, which nurtures promising opera singers, perform their final concert of the season. [7:30 p.m., Scottish Rite Masonic Center, 2850 19th Ave., S.F.]

Holiday satire: A 46-year-old drug addict learns the meaning of Christmas — more or less — in “Strangers With XXXmas Candy.” [8 p.m., Exit Theatre, 156 Eddy St., S.F.]

Concert fundraiser: “Legends Live: Glide Annual Holiday Jam” brings together Paula West, Joan Baez, Rita Moreno and more in a fundraiser for Glide's social services. [7 p.m., Warfield Theatre, 982 Market St., S.F.]

Classic jazz: Ron Carter and His Trio perform as part of the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center's series of jazz greats. [7:30 p.m., 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto]


Mexican film: The “New Waves in Mexican Cinema” series kicks off with “We Are Mari Pepa,” which follows a young Guadalajara punk band hoping to win a battle of the bands. [7:30 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., S.F.]

Shadow theater: Christine Marie's “4TRAINS” uses 30-foot shadows to portray a couple living in the days before the impact of industrialization. [8 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, S.F.]

Stand-up comedy: Yannis Pappas, who co-anchors the newsmagazine program “Fusion Live” on the Fusion Network, headlines. [8 p.m., Rooster T. Feathers Comedy Club, 157 W. El Camino Real, Sunnyvale]

Spacey cartoons: An Oddball Films program includes short cartoons with a space theme, including “Duck Dodgers in the 24½ Century,” “Cow on the Moon” and more. [8 p.m., 275 Capp St., S.F.]

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