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December 12: Buika and other SF events

Who’s in town

Comedian Chris Kattan, best known for his work on “Saturday Night Live,” performs. [8 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Lectures

Art lecture: “Art of the Ancient Andes: Moche Murals of Panamarca” is the subject. [10 a.m., de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Literary events

Ken Goldstein: The tech insider talks about his debut novel, “This Is Rage.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Marriage stories: Co-editors Nona Caspers and Joell Hallowell, joined by participants, celebrate their new book, “Lawfully Wedded Wives: Rethinking Marriage in the 21st Century.” [7 p.m., Modern Times Bookstore, 2919 24th St., S.F.]

Poetry night: The “Thursdays at Readers” series holds its weekly event. Bobby Coleman and Jerry Ferraz are tonight’s featured poets. [6:30 p.m., Readers Bookstore, Building C, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

At the colleges

Art show: The exhibit, titled “Mapping Edo,” explores Edo-period Japan (1615-1868) via archival maps, prints and paintings of the capital and surrounding provinces. [11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford]

At the public library

Thursdays @ Noon Films: “Love and Death” (1975), Woody Allen’s satire of all things Russian, is today’s film. [Noon, Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Author talk: David Lang, co-founder of OpenROV, talks about “Zero to Maker,” his book about joining the maker culture. [6 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Fusion singer

Spanish flamenco, jazz and copia singer Buika, voted one of the world’s 50 Great Voices by National Public Radio, performs at the SFJAZZ Center. [7:30 p.m., 201 Franklin St., S.F.]

Local activities

Make a craft: The Museum of Craft and Design hosts an Etsy Meet + Make evening, featuring craft-making opportunities and beverages. This month’s featured craft: needle felting. [7 to 9:30 p.m., 2569 Third St., S.F.]

Sketch comedy: The Killing My Lobster comedy troupe presents “Killing My Lobster Winter Follies,” a show of holiday sketches. Food and wardrobe-accessory donations will go to those in need. [8 p.m., Z Below, 470 Florida St., S.F.]

Holiday ballet: The San Francisco Ballet presents its annual “Nutcracker” show. Music is by Tchaikovsky, choreography is by Helgi Tomasson; the setting is San Francisco. [7 p.m., War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Butterfly: The Cara Cara orange salad and the garlic-seared clams and mussels are recommended appetizers. The sweet-miso-roasted cod, with shrimp shu mai dumplings, miso dashi broth and XO sauce, is a highlighted entree. [Pier 33, S.F.; (415) 864-8999]

Parties

Winter wares: NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences presents Holiday Bazaar NightLife, an evening featuring a marketplace with more than 40 local merchants. [6 to 10 p.m., 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Italian party: Museo ItaloAmericano hosts its annual Festa dei Dolci Italiani, an evening of wine, cheese and treats prepared by Museo Auxiliary members. [7 p.m., Building C, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.; RSVP (required): (415) 673-2200]

Music

Cross-cultural band: Ozomatli, the Grammy-winning cross-cultural party band with a Latin and hip-hop sound, performs with the San Francisco Symphony. [7:30 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]arts

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