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December 3: Black Joe Lewis and other SF events

Who’s in town

Author Amy Tan, discussing her latest novel, “The Valley of Amazement,” appears in conversation. [7:30 p.m., Nourse Theater, 275 Hayes St., S.F.]

Lectures

Brad Stone and Nick Bilton: The journalists discuss the beginnings, the drama, and the glory of industry behemoths Amazon and Twitter. [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Ari Shavit: The Israeli journalist discusses the making of modern Israel. [7 p.m., Cubberley Community Theatre, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto; www.commonwealthclub.org]

Ancient diets: Anthropological scientists Zeresenay Alemseged and Christina Warinner discuss ancient human diets and the biological and social effects of diet changes over time. [7 p.m., California Academy of Sciences, 50 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Literary events

Brenda Foster: The local novelist reads from “All Passengers.” [7 p.m., Green Apple Books, 506 Clement St., S.F.]

Keith Raffel: The novelist, technology executive, and former U.S. Senate aide and political candidate discusses “A Fine and Dangerous Season.” [7:30 p.m., Kepler’s Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

Dave Prager: The author and humorist discusses “Delirious Delhi.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

At the colleges

Ceramics sale: Ceramic Guild holiday sale features student-made mugs, planters, vases, plates, stoneware and other items. [9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Room 192, Fine Arts Building, SFSU, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

Oscar Grant case: Program, titled “Fruitvale Station, Oscar Grant, and the Policing of Black Bodies,” addresses justice issues relating to the killing of Oscar Grant. [7 p.m., Tresidder Oak Lounge, Stanford University, 459 Lagunita Drive, Stanford]

At the public library

Affordable Care Act: The session reviews the options provided by Covered California, the new state-operated marketplace for health insurance plans. [7 p.m., Bernal Heights Branch, 500 Cortland Ave., S.F.]

Children’s holiday ballet: Costumed dancers perform excerpts from Mark Foehringer’s “Nutcracker Sweets,” a child-geared adaptation of the traditional ballet. [10:15 a.m., Marina Branch, 1890 Chestnut St., S.F.]

Soul and blues

Blues, funk, and soul artist Black Joe Lewis performs a concert in support of his latest album, “Electric Slave.” [8 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Local activities

Classical pianist: Eighteen-year-old Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki performs a concert of works by Messiaen, J.S. Bach, Chopin and others. [7:30 p.m., San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., S.F.]

Tree lighting: The 2013 holiday tree lighting at 555 California St., benefiting UCSF Medical Center, features one of the tallest trees in the area, plus festivities. Guests include pop singer Carly Rae Jepsen. [5 p.m., 555 California St., S.F.]

Reggae band: The roots-reggae band Groundation performs at the Independent. “Building an Ark” is the latest album by the group. [9 p.m., 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

Destino: The gnocchi de yuca, with choclo, oyster mushrooms, green garlic, and huacatay and Marcona-almond pesto, is recommended today. The dish is described as a Latin version of Italian gnocchi. [1815 Market St., S.F.; (415) 552-4451]artsBlack Joe Lewis

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