Good Day for Thursday, Dec. 3, 2009

PERSON IN TOWN

Comedian Suzanne Westenhoefer performs at the Rrazz Room. HBO, Bravo and Logo TV specials dot the résumé of Westenhoefer, who is one of the first openly gay comics in the United States. [8 p.m., Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St., S.F.]

DINING OUT

Ana Mandara: Chef Khai Duong’s featured appetizer is Dungeness crab souffle, with turmeric butter sauce and pomegranate seeds. Today’s highlighted entree is steamed sea bass wrapped in banana leaf, with shitake mushrooms, ginger, scallions and miso sauce. It is served with steamed rice. [891 Beach St., S.F.; (415) 771-6800]

LECTURES

Aaron David Miller: The Middle East analyst discusses how the complexity of the Middle East has prevented the United States from solidly understanding the crises in the region. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Italian immigrants: “Anarchists, Union Activists, Radicals — the Other Side of the Italian Immigrant Experience in California” is the theme of a talk at Museo ItaloAmericano. [7 p.m., Fort Mason, S.F.; RSVP: (415) 673-2200]

LITERARY

Susan Alexander: The Harvard Law School graduate and legal-thriller writer talks about “A Quicker Blood.” [7 p.m., Green Apple Books, 506 Clement St., S.F.]
 
Kevin Killian: The local writer celebrates the release of “Impossible Princess,” a collection of gay short fiction. [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

COLLEGES

Dance showcase: “Fall(ing),” a dance concert, features performances by USF dance students and guest artists Axis Dance Company and Sean Dorsey. [8 p.m., Studio Theater, USF, Lone Mountain Campus, 2800 Turk Blvd., S.F.]

PUBLIC LIBRARIES

Holiday concert: The San Francisco Forest Choir sings English and Japanese holiday songs. [4 p.m., Western Addition Branch, 1550 Scott St., S.F.]

Film screening: “Speaking in Tongues,” a documentary set in San Francisco public-school immersion programs, screens. A filmmaker talk follows. [5 p.m., Ingleside Branch, 1298 Ocean Ave., S.F.]
 

LOCAL ACTIVITIES

Double feature: William Wyler’s “The Little Foxes,” starring Bette Davis, and “These Three,” with Miriam Hopkins, screen at the Castro Theatre. Both films are based on Lillian Hellman plays. [429 Castro St., S.F.; (415) 621-6120]

Mexican ensemble: Mariachi Sol de Mexico joins the San Francisco Symphony for a program of holiday music from Mexico and the United States. [8 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Social climate: “Fire and Ice” is the theme of December’s Exploratorium After Dark social. Look for fire art, ice sculptures, cocktails on ice, temperature exhibits and more. [6 to 10 p.m., Exploratorium, 3601 Lyon St., S.F.]

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