December 30: Jessica Pratt and other SF events 

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  • Folk artist Jessica Pratt performs songs from her self-titled debut album.
Who’s in town

Soul singer Tia Carroll performs with her band, Hard Work. [7:30 and 10 p.m., Biscuits and Blues, 401 Mason St., S.F.]

Museums

Contemporary Jewish Museum: Exhibitions include “Jason Lazarus: Live Archive,” “Frog and Toad and the World of Arnold Lobel,” and “To Build and Be Built: Kibbutz History.” [11 a.m. to 5 p.m., 736 Mission St., S.F.]

Tours

Chinatown: The San Francisco City Guides tour explores some of the shops, alleys and history of the nation’s oldest Chinatown. [10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., meet in Portsmouth Square, Walter P. Lum Place and Washington Street, S.F.]

Castro district: Foot Tours hosts “Come Out to the Castro,” a comic tour exploring the history of San Francisco’s gay community. [11 a.m., starts near Market and Sanchez streets; details/RSVP: www.foottours.com]

Movies

The Past: An emotional tangle occurs when an Iranian man returns to Paris to finalize the divorce wanted by his estranged wife in this drama from Iranian director Asghar Farhadi. [Clay Theatre, 2261 Fillmore St., S.F.; (415) 561-9921]

High Marx: “A Night at the Opera” (3:45 and 7 p.m.) and “Duck Soup” (2:20, 5:30 and 8:45 p.m.) — two 1930s films featuring the Marx Brothers wreaking havoc — screen as a double bill. [Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.]

Holiday

Kwanzaa events: Kwanzaa celebrations continue. Music performances take place at the WAFRC/Western Addition Senior Center (1 p.m., 1390 Turk St., S.F.) and the African American Art and Culture Complex (6 p.m., 762 Fulton St., S.F. ) today. [www.kwanzaasanfrancisco.com]

Children’s activities

Art camp: The San Francisco Children’s Art Center hosts Winter Break Mini-Camp sessions, featuring arts activities for ages 2 to 10. [9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Building C, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.; (415) 771-0292 or www.childrensartcenter.org]

At the public library

Senior and disability help: The Aging and Disability Resource Center visits the library to provide referrals and form-completion help to seniors and people with disabilities. [10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Richmond Branch, 351 Ninth Ave., S.F.]

Singer-songwriter

Folk artist Jessica Pratt performs songs from her self-titled debut album. [8 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

Local activities

Stand-up show: Comedian John Oliver, known for his work on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” and the satirical podcast “The Bugle,” presents his stand-up show. [7:30 and 9:45 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Plant life: Bidens, a yellow-flowered plant in the aster family, is in bloom at the San Francisco Botanical Garden. More than 8,000 types of plants grow at the site. [7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., 1199 Ninth Ave., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Bluegrass night: Monday is bluegrass night at Amnesia, a bar hosting live music. Supermule, playing a blend of bluegrass, jazz and rock, appears. [9 p.m., 853 Valencia St., S.F.]

Hi Lo: American barbecue traditions, classic wood-firing techniques and local sensibilities come together on this menu. The pork ribs, with Hi Lo chili rub are popular. Also look for the beef brisket with salt-and-pepper rub and barbecue sauce. [3416 19th St., S.F.; (415) 874-9921]

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