Dec. 9: Celtic Woman, 'Spineless' book and more

Who's in town

Pulitzer Prize-winning science writer Jared Diamond shares his latest book, “The World Until Yesterday,” which examines why humans evolved to be so different from animals. [6 p.m., Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.]

Lectures

Fungi feast: Naturalist Ken Litchfield and urban agriculture specialist David Gardella demonstrate how to safely forage for mushrooms. [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Literary events

Energy policy: Peter Dale Scott, a former diplomat and UC Berkeley professor, digs into the depths of American politics in “The American Deep State: Wall Street, Big Oil, and the Attack on U.S. Democracy.” [7 p.m., City Lights, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Spanish book club: A potluck supper accompanies a discussion about writer Raul Lara Molina. [7 p.m., Modern Times, 2919 24th St., S.F.]

At the public library

Homework help: Student volunteers can help students in kindergarten through eighth grade with homework assignments. [2:30-4:30 p.m., Portola Branch, 380 Bacon St., S.F.]

Sleepover for toys: Kids ages 4 and up are invited to bring their stuffed animals to the library for bedtime stories. Children can pick up their stuffed animals the next day with a picture book of the toys' overnight sleepover. [6 p.m., Parkside Branch, 1200 Taraval St., S.F.]

'Spineless' book: Photographer Susan Middleton unveils the secret world of marine invertebrates in her new book “Spineless: Portraits of Marine Invertebrates, the Backbone of Life.” [6 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Live jazz: The Afro-Cuban Jazz Ensemble of San Francisco State University, which features 25 musicians, performs traditional and contemporary music. [7 p.m., Knuth Hall, Creative Arts Building, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

Student documentarians: Program screens eight black-and-white documentary films by student filmmakers. [7:30 p.m., Cummings Art Building, Stanford University, 435 Lasuen Mall, Stanford]

Local activities

Art exhibit: “Place/Displaced,” which explores a rapidly changing Bay Area, is in its final days. [Noon-7 p.m., SOMArts, 934 Brannan St., S.F.]

XX-chromosome rock: The Pam and Jeri Show, featuring Bay Area rock veterans Pam Delgado and Jeri Jones, headlines an evening of female bands. [8 p.m., Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., S.F.]

New music: Cuban-American singer-songwriter Kat Dahlia is promoting her debut album, “My Garden.” [8 p.m., Slim's, 333 11th St., S.F.]

Stand-up comedy: Local comedian Paco Romane hosts a showcase of local comedy talent. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Holiday music: Celtic Woman's “Home for Christmas” tour features the all-female band playing songs from its two Christmas albums. [8 p.m., Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, 50 Mark W. Springs Road, Santa Rosa]

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