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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