Courtesy photoBrian Setzer will be performing at the Warfield.

Courtesy photoBrian Setzer will be performing at the Warfield.

December 24: Brian Setzer brings “Christmas Rocks” and other SF events

Who's in town

Swing and rockabilly performer Brian Setzer, appearing with his Brian Setzer Orchestra, brings his “Christmas Rocks” tour to San Francisco. [8 p.m., Warfield, 982 Market St., S.F.]

Museums

Exploratorium: The museum features interactive science exhibits and art projects. Special attractions include “Comfort Zone,” a choreographic installation by LevyDance. [10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Pier 15, S.F.]

De Young Museum: Exhibits include “David Hockney: A Bigger Exhibition,” “The Art of Bulgari: La Dolce Vita & Beyond, 1950-1990” and “Modeled Bodies.” [9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Tours

Hotel lobbies: Foot Tours hosts “Luscious Lobbies,” a history and window-shopping tour that visits Nob Hill and Union Square hotels that are decked out lavishly for the holidays. [11 a.m., starts at Fairmont Hotel, 950 Mason St., S.F.; RSVP: www.foottours.com]

Market Street: San Francisco City Guides hosts its “Historic Market Street: Path of Gold” tour, which explores San Francisco's first boulevard and the history it represents. [1:30 p.m., meet at Landmark Building, 1 Market St., S.F.]

Movies

'The Great Beauty': An aging writer bitterly recollects his lost passionate youth in this dark, comedy-charged Italian film about life, love and Rome. [3:15, 4:30 and 6:15 p.m., Opera Plaza Cinemas, 601 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

At the public library

Mexican postcards: “A Little Piece of Mexico,” an exhibit created from the collection of poet Alejandro Murguia, explores modern-era Mexico via postcards. [9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Jewett Gallery, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Homework help: K-6 students receive one-on-one help from a library volunteer during this session. [4:30 to 6 p.m., Potrero Branch, 1616 20th St., S.F.]

Local activities

Shining spirit: The San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus presents “Shine,” its 2013 “Home for the Holidays” show. Yuletide favorites are on the bill. Guest artists include soprano Marina Harris. [5, 7 and 9 p.m., Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.]

Chop shticks: Kung Pao Kosher Comedy presents “Jewish Comedy on Christmas in a Chinese Restaurant.” Comedian Gary Gulman headlines the show this year. [6 p.m. (sold out) and 9:30 p.m., New Asia Restaurant, 772 Pacific Ave., S.F.]

Gospel group: The Oakland Interfaith Gospel Ensemble, which uses black gospel music to bring a message of hope and joy to the world, performs its annual Christmas Eve concert. [7 and 9:30 p.m., Slim's, 333 11th St., S.F.]

Jazz singer: Jazz, swing and R&B singer Clairdee performs her annual Christmas Eve show. Special guest: magician and comedy mentalist Jay Alexander. [8 p.m., Yoshi's, 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Ballet classic: The San Francisco Ballet presents its “Nutcracker” show. The music is by Tchaikovsky, the choreography is by Helgi Tomasson and the setting is San Francisco. [11 a.m. and 4 p.m., War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Dining out

RN74: The frisee aux lardons salad with a fried egg, woodlands bacon, pecans and cherries is recommended today. Also look for the braised veal-cheek pappardelle with boudin blanc, glazed sweetbreads, salsify and sunchoke. [301 Mission St., S.F.; (415) 543-7474]

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