Courtesy photoModern dance: Printz Dance Project presents “Hover Space

Printz Dance Project presents ‘Hover Space’

Who’s in town

Comedian Felipe Esparza, whose TV credits include “Last Comic Standing” (seventh-season winner), “Comic View” and “Comics Without Borders,” kicks off a four-night engagement. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Lectures

Katrina vanden Heuvel: The editor of The Nation talks about achieving progress in the age of President Barack Obama by independent organizing, strategic creativity and determined idealism. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Brewster Kahle: The founder of the Internet Archive gives a talk titled “Universal Access to All Knowledge.” The Long Now Foundation presents the event. [7:30 p.m., Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Neil Joeck:
The political science professor and expert on India-Pakistan-Afghanistan regional relations discusses U.S. relations with Pakistan and Afghanistan. [7:30 p.m., Los Altos Youth Center, 1 South San Antonio Road, Los Altos]

Literary

Michael Ruhlman: The food writer talks about “Ruhlman’s Twenty: 20 Techniques, 100 Recipes, A Cook’s Manifesto.” [6 p.m., Omnivore Books on Food, 3885a Cesar Chavez St., S.F.]

Celebrating Patchen: Editor Jonathan Clark, writer Bart Schneider and friends celebrate the release of “Kenneth Patchen: A Centennial Selection.” [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Colleges

Journalism talk: Los Angeles Times reporters discuss their Pulitzer-winning reporting exposing corruption in the city of Bell. [7 p.m., Paul Brest Hall East, 555 Salvatierra Walk, Munger Graduate Residence Building 4, Stanford University, Stanford]

Anne Waldman: The poet appears in conversation, discussing her epic poem “The Iovis Trilogy,” cultural memory and archives. [1:30 p.m., SFSU, Poetry Center, Humanities Building 512, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

Jeremy Mende: The visual artist and designer, who received the 2010-11 Rome Prize in design, speaks. [7 p.m., California College of the Arts, 1111 Eighth St., S.F.]

Local activities

Modern dance: Printz Dance Project presents “Hover Space,” a work about hovering in the middle ground, between the extremes, in the space where risk, action, fear and movement thrive. [8 p.m., Z Space, 450 Florida St., S.F.]

Holiday boutique:
Kohl Mansion hosts its Christmas at Kohl Boutique. Festivities include a gift boutique, food and drink, and a tour of the decorated mansion. [5 to 9 p.m., 2750 Adeline Drive, Burlingame]

Rock and alt-country: Rhett Miller, front man and main songwriter for the Old 97’s, performs a solo show. [8 p.m., Swedish American Hall, 2174 Market St., S.F.]

Dining out

Hog & Rocks: Chef-owner Scott Youkilis serves ham, oysters, and creative American fare. His “Hog” menu includes several hams and a tasting plate. His recommended appetizers include pimento cheese and lamb-belly potato skins. [3431 19th St., S.F.; (415) 550-8627]

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