Courtesy photoJazz duo Tuck and Patti perform at Yoshi’s. Guests are encouraged to bring donations of canned food for the San Francisco Food Bank.

Courtesy photoJazz duo Tuck and Patti perform at Yoshi’s. Guests are encouraged to bring donations of canned food for the San Francisco Food Bank.

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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