December 10: Aoife O'Donovan and other SF events 

Who’s in town

Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch, reflects on the progress of the global human-rights movement and shares his insights on what lies ahead. [7 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Lectures

Randi Zuckerberg: The author of “Dot Complicated” and former marketing director of Facebook details practical ways to maintain balance in an interconnected world. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

‘Skeptics and Smog’: Speakers examine whether some reporters have crossed the line from journalism into advocacy when covering the subject of human-caused climate change. [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Decorative arts: “Stories in Sterling: Four Centuries of Silver in New York” is the subject of a lecture given by Margaret K. Hofer, from the New York Historical Society. [8 p.m., de Young Museum, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Bicycling workshop: The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition hosts an urban-bicycling workshop. Topics include how to pick a bike for daily riding in San Francisco. [7:30 p.m., Peacock Lounge, 552 Haight St., S.F.; www.sfbike.org]

Literary events

J. Tony Serra: The defense attorney and prison-reform advocate talks about “Walking the Circle.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Appreciating Rexroth: Writers and poets Ken Knabb, David Meltzer and Kim Stanley Robinson celebrate the work of Beat-era writer Kenneth Rexroth. [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Book discussion: The Central SF Classic Lit Book Club discusses “The Life and Opinions of Tristam Shandy, Gentleman” by Laurence Sterne. [6:30 p.m., Books Inc., 2275 Market St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Baroque music: The Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra presents a program of secular and sacred English music. [7:30 p.m., Bing Concert Hall, Stanford University, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford]

At the public library

Conversational English: Conversational English Language Group, for non-native-speaking adults wishing to strengthen their English conversation skills, meets. [5:30 to 7 p.m., Paley conference room, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Homework help: A library volunteer assists K-6 students with homework assignments. [4:30 to 6 p.m., Potrero Branch, 1616 20th St., S.F.]

Singer-songwriter

Indie-folk singer-songwriter Aoife O’Donovan, lead singer of the progressive-bluegrass band Crooked Still, performs a concert in support of her debut solo LP, “Fossils.” [8 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia St. S.F.]

Local activities

Indie rock: The Dismemberment Plan performs at the Fillmore. “Uncanney Valley” is the reunited indie-rock band’s latest album. [8 p.m., 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Artist spotlight: The Cartoon Art Museum presents a “Small Press Spotlight” exhibit featuring art by Tyler Cohen, whose current art-comics offer a multiangle look at femaleness. [11 a.m. to 5 p.m., 655 Mission St., S.F.]

Without a prayer: Keith Lowell Jensen, joined by fellow comics, presents “Ha Ha Heathens Atheist Christmas.” The evening of nonbeliever humor is set to be taped for a live LP. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Woodhouse Fish Co.: Crab dishes are a current highlight. Suggested dishes include the grilled crab with jalapeno and, in the sandwich category, the Dungeness-crab roll. The lobster roll, too, is recommended today. [2073 Market St., S.F., and 1914 Fillmore St., S.F.; (415) 437-2722]

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