December 11: Pampa Cortes and other SF events

The Rotunda Dance Series presents a special program honoring Argentine tango master Pampa Cortes with a mayor’s proclamation and a tango performance.

Who’s in town

Nicholas Stern, former World Bank chief economist, receives the Stephen Schneider Award for Outstanding Climate Science Communication in a two-part program addressing carbon-pollution issues. [7:15 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Lectures

Food history: The evening, focusing on local food history, features guests including culinary historian and author Erica J. Peters. [6 p.m., California Historical Society, 678 Mission St., S.F.; RSVP: https://sffoodhistory.eventbrite.com]

Science talks: Ask a Scientist presents “New Science Smorgasbord: Viruses, Stars, Brains and Shapes,” featuring short talks by Wonderfest science envoys. [7 p.m., SoMa StrEat Food Park, 428 11th St., S.F.]

Literary events

Alison Wright: The visual anthropologist and documentary photographer presents images from “Face to Face: Portraits of the Human Spirit.” [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

ZYZZYVA: The writer and artist magazine, celebrating its winter issue, hosts its annual holiday party and reading. [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Birthday party: City Poet Laureate Alejandro Murguia and other poets celebrate the 80th birthday of San Francisco poet Jack Hirschman. [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

At the colleges

Choral concert: Chanticleer presents its holiday concert, “A Chanticleer Christmas.” [7:30 p.m., Memorial Church, Stanford University, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford]

At the public library

Author visit: Local author Daniel Alarcon presents his novel “At Night We Walk in Circles.” [7 p.m., Mission Branch, 300 Bartlett St., S.F.]

Movie screening: The program features a screening of “The Man Who Came to Dinner,” a 1942 comedy adapted from the play by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart. [6:45 p.m., Park Branch, 1833 Page St., S.F.]

Holiday

Jazz singer: Grammy-winning jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves appears with the San Francisco Symphony, performing standards and holiday songs. [7:30 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Jingle ballets: Smuin Ballet’s “Christmas Ballet” features dances set to music ranging from Mozart to Elvis Presley. Featured choreographers include Amy Seiwert. [8 p.m., Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View]

Tango master

The Rotunda Dance Series presents a special program honoring Argentine tango master Pampa Cortes with a mayor’s proclamation and a tango performance. [Noon, City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, S.F.]

Local activities

Singer-songwriter: Rock and alt-country singer-songwriter Jeff Tweedy, of Wilco fame, brings his tour to San Francisco. [8 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Stand-up comic: Robert Duchaine, known for his sarcastic social comedy, appears regularly in Las Vegas and at colleges and comedy clubs. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Opening night: American Conservatory Theater presents “A Christmas Carol,” its annual music-filled play based on Charles Dickens’ story about the transformation of mean miser Scrooge. [7 p.m., ACT, 415 Geary St., S.F.]

Aziza: Moroccan cuisine is featured at this Richmond district restaurant. The lamb shank is recommended today. The dish includes barley, pumpkin, pomegranate seeds and wild arugula. [5800 Geary Blvd., S.F.; (415) 752-2222]arts

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