Jazz duo Tuck and Patti perform at Yoshi’s San Francisco

Who’s in town

Singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile performs a sold-out show at Slim’s. [8 p.m., 333 11th St., S.F.]

Lectures

Women’s suffrage: The program, presented by Shaping San Francisco, looks back at the people and movements that helped women win the right to vote in California 100 years ago. [7:30 p.m., CounterPulse, 1310 Mission St., S.F.]

Walter Isaacson: The Aspen Institute CEO and author of a new book on Apple co-founder Steve Jobs talks about Jobs and his legacy. [6 p.m., Mark Hopkins Hotel, 999 California St., S.F.; sold out; visit www.commonwealthclub.org for wait-list info]

Daniel Green: The former U.S. State Department political adviser discusses his work with a Provincial Reconstruction Team in the desolate southern Afghan province of Uruzgan. [6 p.m., Marines’ Memorial Club, 609 Sutter St., S.F.]

Literary events

Victoria Nelson: The local writer, joined by printer and typeface designer Jack Werner Stauffacher, celebrates the release of “Bestiary of My Heart,” and Stauffacher’s 91st birthday. [7 p.m., City Lights, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Book group: The SFLGBT Book Club discusses “Remembering Christmas,” by Tom Mendicino, Frank Anthony Polito and Michael Salvatore. [7 p.m., Books Inc., 2275 Market St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Lifelong learning: The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute presents a lecture by AgeSong CEO Nader Shabahangi on the poetics of aging. [Noon, SFSU, Downtown Campus, Room 609, 835 Market St., S.F.]

Design exhibition:
California College of the Arts presents its “Interaction Design Fall 2011 Exhibition.” An opening reception takes place today. [10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; reception is at 7 p.m.; CCA, 1111 Eighth St., S.F.]

At the public library

Holiday jazz: The Bernal Jazz Quintet performs a holiday concert. The evening includes crafts for children. [6:30 p.m., Bernal Heights Branch, 500 Cortland Ave., S.F.]

Art talk: Local artist Marlene Aron gives a presentation on “Five Fabulous Women Artists of the 1800s.” [7 p.m., Merced Branch, 155 Winston Drive, S.F.]

Local activities

Jazz duo: Jazz duo Tuck and Patti perform at Yoshi’s. Guests are encouraged to bring donations of canned food for the San Francisco Food Bank. [8 p.m., 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Chamber music: The San Francisco Piano Trio performs a program of chamber music. The concert is part of San Francisco Performances’ Salons at the Rex series. [6:30 p.m., Hotel Rex, 562 Sutter St., S.F.]

Dark Noel: The Film Noir Foundation presents Noir City Christmas 2011. “Lady on a Train” (1945) and “Christmas Holiday” (1944) make up the noir-stained double bill. [7:30 and 9:20 p.m., Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.]

Botanical art: “Treasures From San Francisco Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum,” an exhibit of watercolors by Mary L. Harden and her students, is on view at the botanical garden. [10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 1199 Ninth Ave., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Ice rinks: Skating is happening at the Embarcadero and Union Square rinks. Sessions (90 minutes) start on every even hour. [Embarcadero: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Justin Herman Plaza, 1 Market St., S.F.; Union Square: 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., Powell and Post streets, S.F.]

Dining out

Pica Pica Maize Kitchen: Chef-owner Adriana Lopez Vermut serves Venezuelan cuisine, including arepas, cachapas and special plates. Hallacas, a holiday favorite, are recommended today. [401 Valencia St., S.F.; (415) 400-5453]

 

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