Courtesy photo<p>Benefit show: Members of the touring cast of "Kinky Boots" headline "Help is On the Way for the Holidays

Dec. 8: Brown University gathering, “Kinky Boots” and more

Who's in town

Kathleen Turner, who is portraying journalist Molly Ivins in “Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins” at the Berkeley Rep through Jan. 11, speaks about her work. [7 p.m., Intercontinental Mark Hopkins Hotel, 999 California St., S.F.]

Lectures

Following the Joads: A discussion about author John Steinbeck includes three artists who recently retraced the journey of the Joad family, the protagonists of “The Grapes of Wrath,” from Oklahoma to California. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Sustainable vacations: Travelers and activists Malia Everette and Jeff Greenwald discuss top destinations around the world for travelers who want to contribute to a sustainable tourism economy. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Real facts on Ebola: A panel of medical experts, including two doctors who have worked in Africa to fight infectious diseases, debunks myths about the Ebola virus. [7 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Literary events

Brown reunion: Brown University is in Rhode Island, but there are still plenty of alumni in the Bay Area, most of whom will probably be attending a reading of “The Brown Reader: 50 Writers Remember College Hill.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 601 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

New mystery fiction: Author Arlene Rubens Balin speaks about her latest book, “With Intent to Murder: An Inspector Max Hamilton Mystery.” [7 p.m., Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera]

At the local library

Crafting time: Youths can make bracelets, charms and more using rainbow looms. [3:30 p.m., Ingleside Branch, 1298 Ocean Ave., S.F.]

At the colleges

Poetry performance: “Called by Response: Jonas | Wilson,” a poetry reading by Ronaldo V. Wilson, juxtaposes words, music and moving images. [7:15 p.m., California College of the Arts, 350 Kansas St., S.F.]

Local activities

Kitty, meet Santa: Old St. Nick is snapping pictures with pets at Serramonte. [6-8:30 p.m., Serramonte Center, 3 Serramonte Center, Daly City]

Comedy: Natasha Muse headlines the monthly “People Under the Stairs” comedy show. [8 p.m., Lost Weekend Video, 1034 Valencia St., S.F.]

Hard rock: Down, which includes members of Pantera, Corrosion of Conformity, and Eyehategod, is playing songs from its latest album, “Down IV — Part Two.” [8 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Girls' choir: More than 300 voices ring out as the San Francisco Girls Chorus presents its winter concert, “Northern Lights.” [8 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Benefit show: Members of the touring cast of “Kinky Boots” headline “Help is On the Way for the Holidays,” which benefits the Richmond/Ermet AIDS Foundation. [7:30 p.m., Marines' Memorial Theater, 609 Sutter St., S.F.]

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