Crystalline-voiced folk singer Meg Baird appears at the Hemlock Tavern. (Courtesy Alissa Anderson)

Crystalline-voiced folk singer Meg Baird appears at the Hemlock Tavern. (Courtesy Alissa Anderson)

Dec. 14-15: Meg Baird, Grace Cathedral Choir of Men & Boys, Colors of Christmas, Schola Cantorum ‘Messiah,’ Mary-Louise Parker

MONDAY, DEC. 14

Meg Baird: The San Francisco-based vocalist, former lead singer of the psychedelic folk-rock band Espers, has a released an evocative video, “Don’t Weigh Down The Light,” picturing the changing Philadelphia neighborhood of Fishtown. [8:30 p.m., Hemlock Tavern, 1131 Polk St., S.F.]

Grace Cathedral Choir of Men & Boys: “A Cathedral Christmas” is a musical retelling of the Christmas story. [7:30 p.m., Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St., S.F.]

Charles Entrekin and Gail Rudd Entrekin: The husband-and-wife writers share the experience of Charles’ bout with cancer in “The Art of Healing,” a volume of finely crafted poems. [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Nimat Hafez Barazangi: The Cornell University scholar discusses her work in Muslim and Arab women’s education as well as feminist and gender issues and signs copies of her newest book, “Woman’s Identity and Rethinking the Hadith.” [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F.] –

A Child’s Christmas in Wales: San Francisco-based Welsh musician Dulais Rhys leads a spirited “illustrated history” of the seasonal classic by Dylan Thomas. [6 p.m., Mechanics Institute, 57 Post St., fourth floor, S.F.]

Schola Cantorum: The 100-voice choir performs its annual sing-along “Messiah” led by maestro Gregory Wait. [7:30 p.m., Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View]

Colors of Christmas: Oleta Adams, Peabo Bryson, Marilyn McCoo, Billy Davis Jr. and Bebe Winans sing at the S.F. Symphony holiday soul-pop concert. [8 p.m., Davies Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Mary-Louise Parker: The Tony, Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning actress best known for her lead role on TV’s “Weeds” appears in conversation with best-selling memoirist Mary Karr. [7:30 p.m., Nourse Theater, 275 Hayes St., S.F.]

TUESDAY, DEC. 15

Graveyard: The Swedish rock band’s fourth album “Innocence & Decadence” was hailed as “swell-chested, triumphant and surprisingly human” by Pitchfork and described as evocative of Blue Öyster Cult, Cream and the Doors by Rolling Stone. [8 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Judith Hill: Famous for appearances on “The Voice” and at Michael Jackson’s memorial, the singer is promoting her debut album “Back in Time,” which was co-produced by Prince, who invited her to his studios after seeing an interview where she named him as her dream collaborator. [8 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

Anita Diamant: The acclaimed author of “The Red Tent” speaks about her new novel “The Boston Girl,” a coming-of-age story about family, friendship and feminism told through the eyes of young Jewish woman growing up in Boston in the early 20th century. [7:30 p.m., Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto]

Joanne Weir: The celebrity chef hosts a holiday book-release party for “Kitchen Gypsy: Recipes and Stories from a Lifelong Romance with Food”; the $50 entry fee includes refreshments and a copy of the book. [6:30 to 9 p.m., Riggs Distributing, 1755 Rollins Road, Burlingame]

MINA Test Kitchen: The Little Italy pop-up in the Michael Mina group opens for service on Tuesday evenings, featuring dishes by chef Adam Sobel; reservations highly suggested. [5:30 to 9:45 p.m., 2120 Greenwich St., S.F.]

S.F. Amateur Astronomy lecture: Gregory Delory of the Space Sciences Lab at UC Berkeley speaks on the significance of recent discoveries of water on Earth’s moon and what it means for our understanding of how the moon and our solar system have evolved. [7:45 p.m., Observation Post, Building 211, 211 Lincoln Blvd, Presidio, S.F.]

Holiday Pops-Winter Wonderland: The Marin Symphony concert of carols and holiday tunes features vocalists from the Marin Symphony Chorus and the Marin Symphony Children’s Chorus. [7 p.m., Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael]

You’re Funny, But You Don’t Look Jewish: Mike Capozzola, Gina Gold, Joe Nguyen, Samson Koletkar and guest host Nathan Habib appear in the evening of standup comedy. [8 p.m, Punch Line, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

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