Locally based Americana singer-songwriter Michelle Schmitt presents her holiday concert benefiting Meals on Wheels.

December 18: Michelle Schmitt benefits Meals on Wheels and other SF events

Who’s in town

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David M. Kennedy lectures on today’s all-volunteer U.S. military service and his recent book, “The Modern American Military.” [7:30 p.m., Los Altos Youth Center, 1 South San Antonio Road, Los Altos]

Lectures

Amateur Astronomers: The group hosts a talk by Lynn Cominsky, astronomy professor at Sonoma State University. “NuSTAR’s Extreme Universe” is her topic. [7:30 p.m., Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way, S.F.]

Nerd Nite: Beer-and-brainpower event presents its December gathering. Guest speakers discuss lemons and libraries this time around. [7 p.m., Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St., S.F.]

Literary events

Clark Coolidge: The experimental poet reads from his work. [7:30 p.m., Canessa Gallery, 708 Montgomery St., S.F.]

Barbara Rose Brooker: The author of “The Viagra Diaries” discusses her new novel, “Should I Sleep in His Dead Wife’s Bed?” [5:15 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Women’s basketball: USF hosts Missouri-Kansas City. [7 p.m., Memorial Gym 101, Center Court, 2335 Golden Gate Ave., S.F.]

Sculpture tour: Stanford University’s Cantor Arts Center hosts its weekly docent-led tour of the center’s Rodin bronzes. [2 p.m., Stanford University, 328 Lomita Drive, off Palm Drive at Museum Way, Stanford]

Holiday songs: The San Francisco Opera Guild presents “Songs for the Season.” [Noon, Cole Hall, UC San Francisco, 513 Parnassus Ave., S.F.]

At the public library

Book group: The Potrero Hill Book Club discusses “Dear Life: Stories by Alice Munro.” [7 p.m., Potrero Branch, 1616 20th St., S.F.]

Play chess: The informal, drop-in session is for adults. [12:30 to 2 p.m., Richmond Branch, 351 Ninth Ave., S.F.]

Singer-songwriter

Locally based Americana singer-songwriter Michelle Schmitt presents her holiday concert benefiting Meals on Wheels. [8 p.m., SFJAZZ Center, 201 Franklin St., S.F.]

Local activities

Dark tidings: Noir City presents “Noir City Xmas,” a double feature of noir cinema. This year’s films: “Blast of Silence” (1961) and “Christmas Eve” aka “Sinner’s Holiday” (1947). [7 p.m., Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.]

Benefit revue: The Barbary Coast Revue presents a show benefiting Rocket Dog Rescue. A musical adventure and singalong opportunities are on the bill. [8 p.m., Stud Bar, 399 Ninth St., S.F.]

Electropop: The Swedish duo Icona Pop, playing to promote the new album “This Is … Icona Pop,” appears in concert. [9 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Jazz duo: The Charlie Hunter and Scott Amendola Duo perform a concert to promote its recent jazz album, “Not Getting Behind is the New Getting Ahead.” [8 p.m., Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

First Crush: The Maine-lobster mac and cheese, which contains Gruyere and two other cheeses, is a highlighted small plate. The grilled salmon with wild rice, shellfish beurre blanc, asparagus and hedgehog mushrooms is a recommended main dish. [101 Cyril Magnin, S.F.; (415) 982-7874]arts

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