Central Market revitalization project turns on the lights 

HOLIDAY GLEE

Renee Baldocchi, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco staffer

Gary Brown, bassist

Favorite music: Classic tunes by Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole

Why: The couple pays tribute to their families and heritage. Baldocchi finds herself transported back to a time when she listened to Sinatra with her large Italian family at Christmas gatherings, and Brown, who grew up in a family of musicians, was influenced by Cole in pursuing his career in jazz.


WHO’S IN TOWN

Comedian Bobby Slayton performs at the Punch Line. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]


DINING OUT

Le Colonial:
Chef Joseph Villanueva is serving pan-roasted striped bass with coconut curry, sweet potatoes, carrots and spinach. The dish is garnished with basil oil. Special holiday-season feature: Lunch is available on Fridays (in addition to brunch on Saturdays and Sundays) through December. [20 Cosmo Place, S.F.; (415) 931-3600]


Lectures

Adriana Williams:
The author talks about the Rosa and Miguel Covarrubias collection of Mexican art. [6 p.m., Museum of Craft and Folk Art, 51 Yerba Buena Lane, S.F.]

Art-history talk:
“Gallery Connections: Decorative Arts, Porcelain and Painting in the FAMSF Collections” is the theme of a docent lecture by Peggy Gordon. [10 a.m., Legion of Honor, 100 34th Ave., S.F.]


Literary events

Ethel Rohan:
The local writer talks about “Cut Through the Bone,” her debut short-story collection. [7 p.m., Green Apple Books, 506 Clement St., S.F.]

Wendell Potter:
The insurance-company insider talks about “Deadly Spin.” [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Liza Bakewell: The linguistic anthropologist talks about “Madre: Perilous Journeys With a Spanish Noun.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Joel Richard Paul:
The law professor talks about “How a Merchant, a Playwright, and a Spy Saved the American Revolution.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 601 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]


At the colleges

Holiday concert:
Chanticleer, the Grammy-winning all-male chorus, presents “A Chanticleer Christmas,” a concert of Gregorian chant, gospel classics and popular carols. [8 p.m., Memorial Church, Stanford University, Stanford]

John Seely Brown:
The avid reader, traveler and motorcyclist, whose most recent book is “How Small Moves, Smartly Made, Can Set Big Things in Motion,” speaks. [7 p.m., California College of the Arts, 1111 Eighth St., S.F.]

Humor for the holidays: The program features a screening of “Laughology,” a documentary about the contagiousness of human laughter. [Noon, UCSF Osher Center, 1701 Divisadero St., Suite 150, S.F.]


At the public library

Actor plays Dickens:
British actor Martin Harris plays Charles Dickens in a dramatic reading of “A Christmas Carol.” [10:30 a.m., Main Library, Fisher Children’s Center, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Documentary film:
“A Hard Straight,” a movie about the radical transition from prison life to society, screens. [5:30 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]


Local activities

Art show:
San Francisco Arts Commission Director Luis R. Cancel will turn on three site-specific art installations created by internationally recognized light artists; the event is part of a Central Market corridor revitalization project. [5 p.m., 1119 Market St., S.F.]

Indie-mart night: Nightlife at the California Academy of Sciences has an indie-mart theme, with DIY and designer-show events on the slate. Boy in the Bubble and AB and the Sea provide music. [6 to 10 p.m., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Cuban orchestra: Los Van Van, one of the top music groups in Cuba, performs. The 14-piece orchestra plays songo, its own brand of dance music. [8 and 10 p.m., Yoshi’s, 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Musical theater: The 42nd Street Moon company presents “Babes in Arms,” the musical by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart. Songs include “My Funny Valentine.” [8 p.m., Eureka Theatre, 215 Jackson St., S.F.]

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