Good Day: Dec. 15, 2009

Who's in town

Grammy- and Tony-winning performer Jennifer Holliday sings in the San Francisco Symphony’s 2009 “Colors of Christmas” concert. Vocalists Peabo Bryson, Sheena Easton and Maxi Priest share the bill. [8 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Lectures

Emanuel Jolish: The Israeli-American psychologist and Middle East scholar presents 10 steps for achieving Middle East peace. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Literary events

Andrew Friedman: The cookbook author talks about “Knives at Dawn: America’s Quest for Culinary Glory at the Legendary Bocuse d’Or Competition.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Plaza, S.F.]

Susan Middleton and Mary Ellen Hannibal: The coauthors of “Evidence of Evolution” discuss their book. [6:30 p.m., California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, S.F.; RSVP: (800) 794-7576]

At the colleges

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

At the public library

‘The Amazing Derique’: Hambone and circus artist Derique performs for children of all ages. [10:30 a.m., Bayview Branch, 5075 Third St., S.F.]

Film program: ITVS presents “Young@Heart,” a documentary about a rock choir made up of senior citizens. [5:30 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Local activities

Holiday folk: The Kingston Trio, a major force in the folk music revival of the 1950s and ’60s, performs a concert of hits and new folk stylings of traditional holiday music. [8 p.m., Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon St., S.F.]

Contemporary sculptor: Wood sculptures by Michael Peterson, whose art is inspired by the environment of the Pacific Northwest, are on view at the Museum of Craft + Design. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 550 Sutter St., S.F.]

Hanukkah celebration: A lighting of the Bill Graham Menorah takes place in Union Square, preceded by festivities. [Celebration starts at 4:30 p.m.; lighting is set for 5 p.m.; Post and Powell streets, S.F.]

Dining out

Laiola: The atmosphere of Barcelona’s tapas bars and the ingredient-driven sustainability focus of Bay Area restaurants are Laiola’s inspirations. Recent dishes include trout a la plancha with chorizo and marble potatoes; tri-tip steak with asparagus and pine nuts; and chickpea croquetas. Additionally, today is “Tacolicious Tuesday.” An extensive menu and a prix-fixe deal are available. [2031 Chestnut St, S.F..; (415) 346-5641]

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