December 25 & 26: Comedian Taylor Williamson performs and other SF events 

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  • Comedian Taylor Williamson will be performing stand-up at Cobb's Comedy Club on Thursday.

Who's in town

Comedian Taylor Williamson, seen on "America's Got Talent" and at the Montreal "Just for Laughs" festival, performs a stand-up show. [8 p.m. Thursday, Cobb's Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Museums

Contemporary Jewish Museum: Free "Community Day" festivities include art-making activities, performances by the Pop Ups and Jewish deli food. The exhibit on view: "Frog and Toad and the World of Arnold Lobel." [11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. 736 Mission St., S.F.]

ipley's Believe It or Not: Museum features true things that are odd or highly unusual. Attractions include the "Odditorium" and the "Marvelous Mirror Maze." [11 a.m. to 8 p.m. today; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, 175 Jefferson St., S.F.]

Tours

North Beach: San Francisco City Guides hosts "Tastes and Tales of North Beach," a tour of the neighborhood known for coffee, pasta and Beat poets. [11 a.m. today; meet at northwest corner of Columbus Avenue and Broadway (under mural), S.F.]

Literary events

Poetry night: "Thursdays at Readers" series holds its weekly poetry reading. Joe Napora and Raina Leon are the featured poets. [6:30 p.m. Thursday, Readers Bookstore, Building C, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

At the public library

Thursdays @ Noon Films: "Manhattan," Woody Allen's comedy about a New York writer who is dating a 17-year-old and seeking love in his best's friend's mistress, screens. [Noon Thursday, Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Great Teen Book Swap: Teens receive free books with the understanding that they will give the library a bookmark review in return. [3 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Parkside Branch, 1200 Taraval St., S.F.]

Local activities

Chop shticks: Kung Pao Kosher Comedy presents "Jewish Comedy on Christmas in a Chinese Restaurant." Comedian Gary Gulman headlines. Adrianne Tolsch, pictured, Samson Koletkar and Lisa Geduldig open. [6 and 9:30 p.m. today-Thursday, New Asia Restaurant, 772 Pacific Ave., S.F.]

Blues artist: Singer, songwriter and guitarist Craig Horton, whose longtime career has roots in the blues of Chicago and the South, performs at Biscuits and Blues. [7:30 and 10 p.m. today, 401 Mason St., S.F.]

Antlered ones: The San Francisco Zoo's "Reindeer Romp" attraction continues through Jan. 1. Guests can meet four reindeer and learn about how these creatures of the north live in the wild. [10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today-Thursday, 1 Zoo Road, S.F.]

Kwanzaa events: San Francisco Kwanzaa celebrations begin. Day 1 events include noon celebration at City Hall followed by a performance at the West Bay Conference Center. [7 p.m. Thursday, 1290 Fillmore St., S.F; details: www.kwanzaasanfrancisco.com]

Dining out

The Cavelier: Chef Jennifer Puccio's Christmas Day menu features a choice of entrees: roast Christmas goose, housemade ham, lamb or Anglesey sea bass, accompanied by scalloped potatoes, Yorkshire pudding or English peas, carrots and pearl onions. [360 Jessie St., S.F.]

Dance

Yuletide dances: Smuin Ballet presents "XXmas: The Christmas Ballet," a holiday show in which mischief and elegance combine. Choreographers include Amy Seiwert. [2 and 8 p.m. Thursday, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 700 Howard St., S.F.]

Film

Movie classic: "The Wizard of Oz," digitally restored for its 75th anniversary, screens at the Castro Theatre. Judy Garland, Ray Bolger and Frank Morgan star in the fantasy classic. [1, 3:30, 5:45 and 8 p.m. Thursday, 429 Castro St., S.F.[

Outdoors

Ice rinks: Ice skating rinks are open at The Embarcadero and Union Square. Ninety-minute sessions start on every even hour. [Embarcadero: 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, 1 Market St., S.F.; Union Square: 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Thursday, 333 Post St., S.F.]

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