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Yukon Blonde performs at Brick and Mortar Music Hall

WHO’S IN TOWN

Journalist Diana Henriques, who led the New York Times’ coverage of the Bernard L. Madoff scandal, discusses her new book, “The Wizard of Lies: Bernie Madoff and the Death of Trust.” [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

MUSEUMS

Museum of the African Diaspora: Exhibits include “Collected: Stories of Acquisition and Reclamation,” “The Origins of the African Diaspora” and “Slavery Passages.” [11 a.m. to 6 p.m., 685 Mission St., S.F.]

Randall Museum: Exhibits include “Windswept,” a wind-driven kinetic facade by Charles Sowers, and “Riding the Rails,” a scale model of a caboose that children can climb on. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 199 Museum Way, S.F.]

TOURS

Old town: San Francisco City Guides’ “Gold Rush City” tour revisits the days of San Francisco’s Vigilance Committee, Emperor Norton, and original 49ers. [11 a.m.; meet at Transamerica Pyramid, Clay and Montgomery streets, S.F.]

Castro District: Foot Tours hosts “Come Out to the Castro,” a history romp that explores San Francisco’s gay community. [2 p.m.; Market Street near Sanchez Street; details/RSVP: www.foottours.com]

COLLEGES

Sculpture exhibit: A docent tour surveys the Cantor Arts Center’s collection of bronze Rodin sculptures, the world’s largest collection of Rodin bronzes outside Paris. [2 p.m., 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford University, Stanford]

PUBLIC LIBRARIES

Open house: The library’s Mission Bay Branch hosts a gathering where locals can meet the staff and learn about library services. [5:30 to 7 p.m., 960 Fourth St., S.F.]

Holiday movie: Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” screens. [7 p.m., Park Branch, 1833 Page St., S.F.]

LOCAL ACTIVITIES

Indie bands: The Fling, a Southern California based folk-rock and psychedelic-pop band, and Yukon Blonde, an indie-rock band from Canada, perform at Brick and Mortar Music Hall. [9 p.m., 1710 Mission St., S.F.]

Mean one: “How the Grinch Stole Christmas: The Musical,” the Broadway show based on the Dr. Seuss story, comes to San Francisco. [7:30 p.m., Golden Gate Theatre, 1 Taylor St., S.F.]

R&B artist: Grammy-nominated R&B and pop singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Brian McKnight performs at Yoshi’s. [8 p.m., 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Christmas story: Lorraine Hansberry Theatre presents “Rejoice!,” playwright Ron Stacker Thompson’s musical retelling of the Christmas story. [8 p.m., LHT, 450 Post  St., S.F.]

Menorah lighting: The lighting of the second candle of the Bill Graham Menorah takes place in Union Square, in celebration of Hanukkah. [5 p.m., Powell and Post streets, S.F.]

Curbside collection: St. Anthony Foundation is conducting its annual curbside collection drive. Donations of canned food, dried food and clean and gently worn clothing are welcome. [8 a.m. to 6 p.m., 105 Golden Gate Ave., 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.]

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