December 19: Third Eye Blind and other SF events 

Who’s in town

Comedian Ali Wong performs stand-up. The “Tonight” show with Jay Leno, “Are You There, Chelsea?” and “Hey Girl” are among her TV credits. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Literary events

Trina Robbins: The comics artist and writer presents “Pretty in Ink.” [5 to 8 p.m., Cartoon Art Museum, 655 Mission St., S.F.]

Poetry night: “Thursdays at Readers” series holds its weekly poetry reading. Alejandro Murguia and Jose Hector Cadena are tonight’s featured poets. [6:30 p.m., Readers Bookstore, Building C, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]


Museum of the African Diaspora: Exhibits include “Crosscurrents: Africa and Black Diasporas in Dialogue, 1960-1980,” “Celebrations: Ritual and Ceremony,” and “Slavery Passages.” [11 a.m. to 6 p.m., 685 Mission St., S.F.]

At the public library

Thursdays @ Noon Films: “Annie Hall” (1977), Woody Allen’s romantic comedy following the relationship of two neurotic New Yorkers, screens. [Noon, Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Volunteer orientation: The library hosts an orientation session covering volunteer opportunities. [5 p.m., Mary Louise Stong Conference Room, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Chancellor’s Concert Series: The men’s a cappella group Musaic performs classical and popular songs. [Noon, Cole Hall, UC San Francisco, 513 Parnassus Ave., S.F.]


Winter celebration: The Bayview Opera House hosts “Winter Wonderland,” a community event with an ice-skating rink, a Santa’s village, a food market and kids’ activities. [5 to 9 p.m., Third Street and Oakdale Avenue, S.F.]

Holiday oratorio: The San Francisco Symphony, joined by guest vocalists and the symphony chorus, presents Handel’s “Messiah,” a classical-music tradition. [8 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Modern rock

Third Eye Blind, 1990s hitmakers from The City led by Stephan Jenkins, appear in concert. [8 p.m, Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Local activities

West Coast sound: Bayonics’ funk, hip-hop and reggae blend reflects the emerging face of urban music and culture on the West Coast and abroad. [9 p.m., Slim’s, 333 11th St., S.F.]

Brass and organ music: Grace Cathedral hosts “A Brass and Organ Christmas.” The Bay Brass ensemble performs with the cathedral’s 7,466-pipe organ in the concert. [7:30 p.m., 1100 California St., S.F.]

Jazzy carols: The City Church Little Big Band performs “Go Tell It,” a show of jazzy carols. Players include pianist Adam Shulman, trumpeter Mike Olmos and bassist Marcus Shelby. [7:30 p.m., SFJAZZ Center, 201 Franklin St., S.F.]

Michael Mina San Francisco: The shabu-shabu with toasted-sesame sauce, ponzu and local vegetables is recommended today. Also look for the Black Angus prime rib eye with king-trumpet mushroom, carrot and sunchoke. [252 California St., S.F.; (415) 397-9222]


Botanical art: “Conifers and Cones,” an exhibit of botanical art by G. Lee Boerger, is on view in the library of horticulture at the San Francisco Botanical Garden. [10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 1199 Ninth Ave., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]


Cuba night: The Jewish Community Center hosts “Celebrating Cuba: Film, Food and Music.” The evening includes a presentation on an upcoming JCC trip to Cuba. [7 p.m., 3200 California St., S.F.; RSVP (required): (415) 292-1233]


Biopic: In this filmed version of her stage show “Piaf: Her Story... Her Songs,” French jazz singer Raquel Bitton tells tales and makes music reflecting major episodes in the life of legendary chanteuse Edith Piaf. [815 p.m. with preshow party at 7 p.m., Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., S.F.]


One-man show: “Santa Claus is Coming Out” is Jeffrey Solomon’s Off-Broadway play about a child who inadvertently helps get Santa out of the closet. [8 p.m., Eureka Theatre, 215 Jackson St., S.F.]


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