December 12: Buika and other SF events 

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  • Spanish flamenco, jazz and copia singer Buika, voted one of the world’s 50 Great Voices by National Public Radio, performs at the SFJAZZ Center.
Who’s in town

Comedian Chris Kattan, best known for his work on “Saturday Night Live,” performs. [8 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Lectures

Art lecture: “Art of the Ancient Andes: Moche Murals of Panamarca” is the subject. [10 a.m., de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Literary events

Ken Goldstein: The tech insider talks about his debut novel, “This Is Rage.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Marriage stories: Co-editors Nona Caspers and Joell Hallowell, joined by participants, celebrate their new book, “Lawfully Wedded Wives: Rethinking Marriage in the 21st Century.” [7 p.m., Modern Times Bookstore, 2919 24th St., S.F.]

Poetry night: The “Thursdays at Readers” series holds its weekly event. Bobby Coleman and Jerry Ferraz are tonight’s featured poets. [6:30 p.m., Readers Bookstore, Building C, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

At the colleges

Art show: The exhibit, titled “Mapping Edo,” explores Edo-period Japan (1615-1868) via archival maps, prints and paintings of the capital and surrounding provinces. [11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford]

At the public library

Thursdays @ Noon Films: “Love and Death” (1975), Woody Allen’s satire of all things Russian, is today’s film. [Noon, Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Author talk: David Lang, co-founder of OpenROV, talks about “Zero to Maker,” his book about joining the maker culture. [6 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Fusion singer

Spanish flamenco, jazz and copia singer Buika, voted one of the world’s 50 Great Voices by National Public Radio, performs at the SFJAZZ Center. [7:30 p.m., 201 Franklin St., S.F.]

Local activities

Make a craft: The Museum of Craft and Design hosts an Etsy Meet + Make evening, featuring craft-making opportunities and beverages. This month’s featured craft: needle felting. [7 to 9:30 p.m., 2569 Third St., S.F.]

Sketch comedy: The Killing My Lobster comedy troupe presents “Killing My Lobster Winter Follies,” a show of holiday sketches. Food and wardrobe-accessory donations will go to those in need. [8 p.m., Z Below, 470 Florida St., S.F.]

Holiday ballet: The San Francisco Ballet presents its annual “Nutcracker” show. Music is by Tchaikovsky, choreography is by Helgi Tomasson; the setting is San Francisco. [7 p.m., War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Butterfly: The Cara Cara orange salad and the garlic-seared clams and mussels are recommended appetizers. The sweet-miso-roasted cod, with shrimp shu mai dumplings, miso dashi broth and XO sauce, is a highlighted entree. [Pier 33, S.F.; (415) 864-8999]

Parties

Winter wares: NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences presents Holiday Bazaar NightLife, an evening featuring a marketplace with more than 40 local merchants. [6 to 10 p.m., 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Italian party: Museo ItaloAmericano hosts its annual Festa dei Dolci Italiani, an evening of wine, cheese and treats prepared by Museo Auxiliary members. [7 p.m., Building C, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.; RSVP (required): (415) 673-2200]

Music

Cross-cultural band: Ozomatli, the Grammy-winning cross-cultural party band with a Latin and hip-hop sound, performs with the San Francisco Symphony. [7:30 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

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