December 22: Koz Christmas concert and other SF events 

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Train Tracks

By Michael Savage ($21.99)

In his collection subtitled “Family Stories for the Holidays,” the best-selling author and conservative radio host tells personal tales about growing up in New York.

Lend a hand

Glide: Meal-service volunteer opportunities exist through the holiday season and throughout the year. [330 Ellis St., S.F.; call (415) 674-6080 or visit www.glide.org for details]

Holiday happenings

Solstice concert: Three musicians who achieved fame while appearing on the Windham Hill label, including jazz-folk artist Barbara Higbie, appear in a “Windham Hill Winter Solstice Concert.” [4 p.m., SFJAZZ Center, 201 Franklin St., S.F.]

Horns and vocals: Members of the San Francisco Symphony’s brass section and chorus perform “’Twas the Night,” an annual concert of holiday tunes and singalongs. [4 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Swing shift: The San Francisco Girls Chorus presents “Hark, the Herald Angels Swing,” a concert featuring holiday classics performed with new jazz arrangements. [8 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Fundraisers

Holiday festival: A Holiday Fest at the Palace of Fine Arts benefits women and children of the Tenderloin through the Well. [6 p.m., 3301 Lyon St., S.F.]

Comedy

Comical history tour: Comedian Kurt Weitzmann presents the holiday edition of “Hysterical Historical San Francisco,” his comic journey through our strange city’s history. [7 p.m., Shelton Theater, 533 Sutter St., S.F.]

Holiday humor: Rising comic Kabir “Kabeezy” Singh, seen at top clubs in California, headlines a “Christmas Comedy Bash.” Ellis Rodriguez and special guests will also perform. [7:30 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Movies

Holiday classic: The Castro Theatre presents “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Jimmy Stewart plays a dejected family man who is shown by an angel what life would be like without him in the Capra classic. [5 and 8 p.m., 429 Castro St., S.F.; (415) 621-6120]

Music

Jazz saxophonist: Smooth-jazz saxophonist Dave Koz brings his “Christmas Tour 2013” to San Francisco. Special guests: Oleta Adams, Jonathan Butler and Keiko Matsui. [8 p.m., Warfield, 982 Market St., S.F.]

Swiss punk: The Peacocks, a rockabilly-influenced, upright-bass-driven Swiss band with a punk-rock sound and a 1950s-era fashion sense, appears. [8:30 p.m., Hotel Utah, 500 Fourth St., S.F.]

Museums Science talk: Exploratorium scientist Ron Hipschman gives a “Full Spectrum Science” talk. [2 p.m., Exploratorium, 3601 Lyon St., S.F.]

Theater

Broadway musical: The touring version of the Broadway spectacle “Beauty and the Beast” is in town. Songs include “Be Our Guest” and the title tune. [Noon and 5:30 p.m., Curran Theatre, 445 Geary St., S.F.]

Epic Roasthouse: Chef Parke Ulrich’s menu combines clean, lighter cooking techniques with traditional steakhouse styles. Brunch entrees include Dungeness crab Benedict with poached eggs, spaetzle and hollandaise and slow-roasted beef brisket and eggs soft-scrambled with black beans and tomatillo salsa. Additional dishes include oysters, salads and a burger with steak fries. [11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., 369 Embarcadero, S.F.; (415) 369-9955]

NFL

Raiders vs. Chargers

1:25 p.m., CBS (KPIX, Ch. 5)

Quarterback Matt McGloin and the Raiders will look to spoil the rival Chargers’ slim playoff hopes.

Other highlights

College women’s basketball: No. 21 Cal heads across the country to take on the nation’s No. 1 team in UConn in the Maggie Dixon Classic. [10:30 a.m., New York City, ESPN]

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