December 2: Waxahatchee and other SF events 

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  • Waxahatchee, a solo project of singer-songwriter Katie Crutchfield, performs in San Francisco.
Who’s in town

Waxahatchee, a solo project of singer-songwriter Katie Crutchfield, performs in San Francisco. “Cerulean Salt” is the pop and folk artist’s latest album. [8 p.m., Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St., S.F.]

Lectures

‘Power Year in Review’: Speakers discuss important developments that have occurred on the energy front in 2013 and what lies ahead in 2014. [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Ethical travel: Ethical Traveler’s Jeff Greenwald and Altruvistas founder Malia Everette discuss the countries that appear on their new list of the “World’s Best Ethical Destinations.” [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Sunset planning: Program examines planning efforts that are underway in the Sunset district. Speakers include Supervisor Katy Tang. [6 p.m., SPUR, 654 Mission St., S.F.]

Lori Hines: The UC Berkeley archivist gives a slide presentation on The San Francisco Examiner’s photographic archive, a collection documenting 20th-century San Francisco. [4 p.m., Mechanics’ Institute, 57 Post St., S.F.; RSVP: (415) 393-0103]

Literary events

Mark Haskell Smith: The novelist discusses “Raw: A Love Story.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Jon Bonne: The wine journalist discusses “The New California Wine: A Guide to the Producers and Wines Behind a Revolution in Taste.” [6:30 p.m., Omnivore Books on Food, 3885a Cesar Chavez St., S.F.]

Plato dialogue: Program features a discussion of “The Symposium,” a dialogue of Plato. [5:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

At the colleges

‘Writers on Writing’: Author Anita Amirrezvani reads from her latest novel, “Equal of the Sun.” [7 p.m., Humanities Auditorium, Humanities Building, 1600 Holloway Ave., SFSU, S.F.]

At the public library

Fire safety: San Francisco firefighters talk about fire safety and show off their fire engine during this program for children of all ages. [10:30 a.m., Park Branch, 1833 Page St., S.F.]

‘Maker Mondays’: Participants can make duct-tape roses, custom-made buttons, paper items and other crafts at this weekly December event for ages 8 to 18. [4 p.m., Children’s Creative Center, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Holiday Handel

The San Francisco Sinfonietta Orchestra and Chorus presents “Handel’s Sing It Yourself Messiah,” its popular holiday concert. [7 p.m., Mission Dolores Basilica, 3321 16th St., S.F.]

Local activities

AIDS forum: “Getting to Zero in San Francisco: How Close Are We?” is the theme of the 2013 World AIDS Day Community Forum. Sponsors include UCSF. [6:30 p.m., LGBT Community Center, 1800 Market St., S.F.; RSVP: www.worldaidsdaysf.org]

Italian film: “The Great Beauty,” director Paolo Sorrentino’s vivid Italian drama about a man taking stock of his life and discovering Rome in all its glory, is playing at the Opera Plaza Cinema. [601 Van Ness Ave., S.F.; (415) 771-0183]

Auto show: The 56th annual San Francisco International Auto Show ends today. Major automobile manufacturers display their 2014 models. [10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Moscone Center, 747 Howard St., S.F.]

Press Club San Francisco: Ham-hock sliders on sweet potato biscuits, with baby kale, nectarine chutney and chipotle cheddar, are highlighted. The quail egg and chevre raviolo and the pancetta pizzetta also are recommended. [20 Yerba Buena Lane, S.F.; (415) 744-5000]

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