courtesy photoSocio-political comedian W. Kamau Bell performs at the Punch Line. Bell’s credits include the TV series “Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell.”

December 17: W. Kamau Bell and other SF events

Who’s in town

Socio-political comedian W. Kamau Bell performs at the Punch Line. Bell’s credits include the TV series “Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell.” [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Museums

Asian Art Museum: Exhibits include “The Carved Brush: Calligraphy, Painting, and Seal Carving by Qi Baishi” and “In Grand Style: Celebrations in Korean Art During the Joseon Dynasty.” [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 200 Larkin St., S.F.]

Randall Museum: Attractions include the Tree House Toddler Exploration Zone, the “Wild in the City” animal exhibit and Windswept, a wind-driven kinetic facade by Charles Sowers. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 199 Museum Way, S.F.]

Literary events

Trebor Healey: The novelist, reading from “A Horse Named Sorrow,” visits the Magnet Book Club. The evening includes a club discussion of the book. [7 p.m., Magnet, 4122 18th St., S.F.]

David Kinch: The Northern California chef discusses “Manresa: An Edible Reflection.” [12:30 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Ed Baxter: The former “KGO Morning News” anchor talks about “Waiting at Red Lights.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Penny Rosenwasser: The local author and social-justice advocate reads from “Hope Into Practice: Jewish Women Choosing Justice Despite Our Fears.” [7 p.m., Modern Times Bookstore, 2919 24th St., S.F.]

At the colleges

‘Art Meets Technology’: The exhibit contains work by 10 people whose achievements exist at the intersection of art, science, math and technology. [8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Green Library, Stanford University, 557 Escondido Mall, Stanford]

At the public library

Affordable Care Act: The session covers two key elements of the Affordable Care Act: the Medi-Cal Program and the Covered California program. [7 p.m., Eureka Valley Branch, 1 Jose Sarria Court, S.F.]

Conversational English: The library’s Conversational English Language Group, for non-native-speaking adults wishing to strengthen their English conversation skills, meets. [5:30 p.m., Paley Room, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Midday music

The Eusebius duo — violinist Monika Gruber and pianist Hillary Nordwell — perform a concert of works by Korngold and Richard Strauss. [12:30 p.m., Old St. Mary’s Cathedral, 660 California St., S.F.]

Local activities

Lost city: Archivist Rick Prelinger presents “Lost Landscapes of San Francisco 8,” a night of film clips showing San Francisco in the old days. [7:30 p.m., Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.; sold out, walk-in tickets may become available]

California cocktails: The California Historical Society hosts its holiday party, “Historic Libations.” Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and dancing are on the bill. [6 to 8 p.m., 678 Mission St., S.F.]

New wave band: The experimental-rock and new wave band Pere Ubu performs in San Francisco. “The Lady From Shanghai” is the group’s latest album. [8 p.m., Slim’s, 333 11th St., S.F.]

Gallery reception: The photography gallery hosts a reception for “Displaced,” an exhibition of images of the impact of the typhoon in the Philippines. [6:30 p.m., Exposure Gallery, 801 Howard St., S.F.]

Pica Pica: The popular grilled-chicken arepa, with black-bean spread, sliced tomato, queso fresco and guasacaca sauce, is recommended today. [3970 17th St., S.F., (415) 525-3359; 401 Valencia St., S.F., (415) 400-5453]

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