Courtesy photoFundraising jam: Glide hosts its 2011 Holiday Jam

Glide hosts its 2011 Holiday Jam — ‘The Love Groove’

Who’s in town

Priscilla Ahn: The Indie-pop singer-songwriter performs at Slim’s. [9 p.m., 333 11th St., S.F.]

Lectures

Global town hall: The World Affairs Council’s Young Professionals International Forum holds its December discussion. “Entrepreneurship in China: The Next Silicon Valley?” is the topic. [6 p.m., WAC, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Holiday dating: Dating experts and sex educators talk about tools that can help people succeed at mating and dating in San Francisco this holiday season. [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Renaissance art: Art historian Deborah Loft gives an overview of the “Masters of Venice” exhibit, now at the de Young Museum. [6:30 p.m., Italian Cultural Institute, 814 Montgomery St., S.F.; RSVP: (415) 788-7142, ext. 18]

Literary events

Nelson George: The culture critic discusses and reads from “The Plot Against Hip Hop,” a noir novel. [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Stephanie Rausser: The photographer, joined by author Nina Gruener and doll maker Jess Brown, talks about “Kiki and Coco in Paris.” [5 p.m., Books Inc., 2251 Chestnut St., S.F.]

At the colleges

World AIDS Day: The event includes free HIV testing, a safer-sex workshop, a screening of “We Were Here,” and a panel talk. [11 a.m. to 4 p.m., SFSU, Jack Adams Hall, Cesar Chavez Student Center, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

Howard Junker: The founder and longtime editor of ZYZZYVA literary magazine presents his autobiographical “coming-of-older-age” story. [6:45 p.m., Mechanics’ Institute, 57 Post St., S.F.]

At the public library

Dickens classic: British actor Martin Harris plays Charles Dickens in a dramatic reading of “A Christmas Carol.” [10:30 a.m., Main Library, Children’s Storytelling Room, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Local activities

Fundraising jam: Glide hosts its 2011 Holiday Jam, “The Love Groove.” The fundraising party salutes Motown songwriter Nick Ashford. Guests include Valerie Simpson and Sheila E. [6 to 10 p.m., Warfield, 982 Market St., S.F.]

World AIDS Day:
30AIDS hosts Paint the Castro Red, a public-awareness event and fundraiser in San Francisco’s Castro district. Partial proceeds from participating businesses go to AIDS causes. [All day; www.30AIDS.org]

Drink and be merry: “Historic Libations” is the theme of the California Historical Society’s 2011 holiday benefit party. Guests can enjoy historical cocktails and live jazz. [6 to 9 p.m., CHS, 678 Mission St., S.F.]

Gala concert: San Francisco Opera Center presents the culminating concert of the 2011 Adler Fellowship season, “The Future Is Now.” Emerging opera singers perform. [7:30 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Dining out

Bocadillos: Tapas are on the menu at this Financial District site, and chef Bob Petzold recommends two dishes today. Look for the fried Pacific razor clams, served with celery root and apple remoulade. Also highlighted is the roasted butternut squash with maple apple-cider glaze and sage. [710 Montgomery St., S.F. (415) 982-2622]

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