Courtesy photoHoliday songs: The San Francisco Symphony presents its “Colors of Christmas” concert. Vocalists Peabo Bryson

Courtesy photoHoliday songs: The San Francisco Symphony presents its “Colors of Christmas” concert. Vocalists Peabo Bryson

The San Francisco Symphony presents its ‘Colors of Christmas’ concert

PERSON IN TOWN

Fiction writer Percival Everett reads from his new book releases: “Assumption,” “Damned If I Do” and “Erasure.” [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

LECTURES

‘Wild Weather’: Scientists and climate experts discuss what Mother Nature has in store and how farmers, companies and governments can manage weather risk. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Global town hall: The World Affairs Council’s Young Professionals International Forum holds its December discussion. “Does the European Union Have a Future?” is the topic. [6:30 p.m., WAC, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

LITERARY

‘Nonrequired’ reading: Contributors Joshuah Bearman, Daniel Alarcon and Tom Barbash read from “The Best American Nonrequired Reading.” The event benefits 826 Valencia. [7 p.m., Books Inc., 601 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Iowa Writers’ Workshop: Eric Olsen and Glenn Schaeffer, with Jane Smiley, talk about “We Wanted to Be Writers: Life, Love and Literature at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Middle-reader group: The Book Busters Middle Reader Book Club, for ages 9 to 12, discusses “Icefall” by Matthew J. Kirby. [6 p.m., Books Inc., 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto]

COLLEGES

Christine and David Romer: The UC Berkeley economists give a talk titled “Healing the Troubled Economy.” [5:45 p.m., USF, Fromm Hall, 2130 Fulton St., S.F.]

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

PUBLIC LIBRARIES

Stories and music: Members of the San Francisco Symphony talk about life as a member of a world-class orchestra and perform chamber-music selections. [6 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Radar Reading: Emerging and underground authors Amra Brooks, Greg Youmans, Fauxnique and Priscilla Lee read their work. Michelle Tea hosts the program. [6 p.m., Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Room, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

CITY

Cinema benefit: The San Francisco Neighborhood Theater Foundation and Gary Meyer host a fundraiser celebrating the Balboa Theatre. Entertainment, auctions and theme experiences are on the bill. [7 p.m., Balboa Theater, 3630 Balboa St., S.F.]

Luncheon fundraiser: Project Open Hand hosts its Hand to Hand luncheon, benefiting meal and nutrition services. The event includes a reception, a silent auction and a three-course lunch. [11 a.m., Fairmont hotel, 950 Mason St., S.F.]

Holiday songs: The San Francisco Symphony presents its “Colors of Christmas” concert. Vocalists Peabo Bryson, Jennifer Holliday, Lea Salonga and Ben Vereen take part. [8 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Female jazz artists: Yoshi’s celebration of women of jazz welcomes Destiny Muhammad (“harpist from the hood”), appearing with her trio, and Victoria Theodore (pianist for Stevie Wonder). [8 p.m., 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Comedy show: Zhangster — comedian Mark Zhang, of the Cocky Asians group — performs a stand-up show. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

DINING OUT

Kasa Indian Eatery: Chef Anamika Khanna’s menu features kati rolls, a classic Indian street food consisting of flaky, buttery roti (handmade bread) wrapped around a chosen main dish. Or diners can choose thali, a home-style combination plate. A recommended main dish today is the karahi paneer — wok-tossed Indian cheese with tomato and bell pepper. [4001 18th St., S.F., (415) 621-6940]

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