'Flight of the Conchords' comedian Rhys Darby performs at Cobb's

courtesy photoNew Zealand born comedian Rhys Darby

Who's in town
New Zealand born comedian Rhys Darby, seen on HBO’s “Flight of the Conchords,” performs at Cobbs. [8 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Lectures
Occupy movement: The discussion looks at the purpose and future of the Occupy movement. Speakers include Oakland’s Mayor Jean Quan and Occupy Oakland’s Iris Brown. [7 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Harold McGee: The New York Times columnist and author of “On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen” talks about many things gastronomic. [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]


Literary events

Poetry series: Readers Cafe & Bookstore welcomes poets Joshua Boylan and George Evans. Jack Hirschman, San Francisco poet laureate emeritus, hosts the session. [6:30 p.m., Readers Cafe, Building C, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Sam Mogannam: The Bi-Rite Market owner presents “Bi-Rite Market’s Eat Good Food,” along with a few edibles. [6 p.m., Green Apple Books, 506 Clement St., S.F.]

‘Somatic Engagement’: Contributors to “Somatic Engagement: The Politics and Publics of Embodiment” read from the essay collection. [7:30 p.m., Green Arcade, 1680 Market St., S.F.]


At the colleges

Gift and book sale: The Mechanics’ Institute hosts its Holiday Gift, Book and Poster Sale, a fundraiser for the institute’s library and events programs. [4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Mechanics’ Institute, 57 Post St., S.F.]

At the public library
Author appearance: Ron Schmidt reads from his just-published memoir, “Once-Removed.” [6 p.m., Main Library, James C. Hormel Gay and Lesbian Center, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

‘Paper Airplane Olympics’: School-age children can fold paper airplanes and make them fly during this session. Prizes are given for top aeronautic feats. [4 p.m., Bernal Heights Branch,
500 Cortland Ave., S.F.]

Craft station: NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences presents Bazaar Bizarre NightLife, an artisan marketplace. Slayers Club provides music. Also at the museum: live reindeer. [6 to 10 p.m., 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Local activities
Hanukkah dance: World Dance Fusion presents “The Jewish Nutcracker: A Maccabee Celebration,” a “Nutcracker”-inspired Hanukkah tale featuring multiple dance forms. [2 and 6 p.m., ODC Theater, 3153 17th St., S.F.]

One-act plays: No Nude Men presents “Ladies in Waiting: Three Plays About Distressed Damsels.” One-acts by Hilde Susan Jaegtnes, Alison Luterman and Claire Rice make up the show. [8 p.m., Exit Theatre, 156 Eddy St., S.F.]

Dining out
Marlowe: Chef Jennifer Puccio cooks bistro favorites with flavorful twists, and soups, salads, potted meats (served in French canning jars) and main courses are on the menu. Louisiana crawfish bisque is recommended today. It is served with palate-freshening crostini with crawfish and rock shrimp. Chive and aleppo chili, atop the bisque, complete the dish. [330 Townsend St., S.F.; (415) 974-5599]

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