Women of jazz celebrate holidays at Yoshi's

Courtesy photoJazz musician Roberta Donnay appears at Yoshi's.

Courtesy photoJazz musician Roberta Donnay appears at Yoshi's.

Who's in town

Anita Hill: The professor, attorney and author (“Reimagining Equality”) appears in a sold-out conversation at Herbst Theatre. In 1991, Hill gained national attention when she spoke at the Supreme Court justice confirmation hearings of Clarence Thomas, giving testimony that focused attention on the issue of workplace sexual harassment.

Lectures

‘Monday Night Philosophy’: “The Culture of Food and Dining in France and the Bay Area” is the theme of December’s session. Personal chef EJ Keller is the guest speaker. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Literary events

Book party: Rebecca Solnit and contributors celebrate the one-year anniversary of “Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas.” [7:30 p.m., Green Arcade, 1680 Market St., S.F.]

Poetry night: Philip Hackett hosts his weekly poetry gathering, which includes an open-mic session. [6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Caffe Greco, 423 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Hugh Acheson: The chef, seen on “Top Chef Masters,” discusses “A New Turn in the South: Southern Flavors Reinvented for Your Kitchen.” [6 p.m., Omnivore Books on Food, 3885a Cesar Chavez St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Holiday concert: The SFSU Handbell Choir presents a concert of winter holiday music. [7 p.m., SFSU, Room 146, Creative Arts Building, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

Book discussion: “The House Sitter” (2003), by crime novelist Peter Lovesey, is discussed today. [Noon, Mechanics’ Institute, 57 Post St., S.F.]

At the public library

Aging positively: The library’s Access Services hosts “Staying Engaged for a Lifetime,” a course focusing on how to age positively as social relationships change. [1:30 p.m., Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Room, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Book club: Mission Branch Book Club discusses the Swedish mystery “The Girl Who Played with Fire,” by Stieg Larsson. [6:30 p.m., 300 Bartlett St., S.F.]

Local activities

Female jazz artists: Women of jazz celebrate the holidays at Yoshi’s today and tomorrow. Roberta Donnay, appearing with her trio, and Chelle, performing with friends, lead things off. [8 p.m., Yoshi’s 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Independent film: The San Francisco Film Society presents “Catechism Cataclysm,” director Todd Rohal’s comedy about a heavy-metal-loving priest. [2, 4, 6, 7:45 and 9:30 p.m., SFFS Cinema, 1746 Post St., S.F.]

Book-arts gala: The Book Club of California hosts its 2011 fundraising gala, celebrating its 99th birthday and honoring women in the book arts. [6 to 8 p.m., Book Club of California, 312 Sutter St.,  Suite 500, S.F.]

Comedy show: Kung Pao Kosher Comedy presents “Comedy Returns to El Rio.” Karen Ripley, Sammy K. Obeid, Aundre the Wonderwoman, Dolores Trevino and Nick Leonard supply the humor. [8 p.m., El Rio, 3158 Mission St. S.F.]

Holiday oratorio: Schola Cantorum presents its annual sing-along featuring Handel’s “Messiah.” Come to sing or to listen. [7:30 p.m., Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View]

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