December 5: Gaby Moreno and more SF events 

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  • Guatemalan singer-songwriter Gaby Moreno — who won a best new artist Latin Grammy Award for her album “Postales” — headlines a bill with David Garza, Cazadero and Irene Diaz.
Who’s in town

Comedian Kyle Dunnigan, seen at the Montreal Just for Laughs festival and on “Comedy Central Presents” and “Reno 911,” appears at the Punch Line Comedy Club. [8 p.m., 444 Battery St., S.F.]


Daniel Markey: The Council on Foreign Relations’ senior fellow for India, Pakistan and South Asia discusses U.S. policy on Pakistan since 9/11 and how to avoid past mistakes. [6:30 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Cultural Survival: Speakers discuss growing up on American Indian reservations and facing injustices that have threatened cultural survival. [7 p.m., Building B, Room B-301, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.; RSVP:]

Literary events

Greg Kihn: The novelist talks about “Rubber Soul.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz: The author, activist and educator, joined by friends, talks about the new edition of “The Great Sioux Nation: Sitting in Judgment on America.” [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Tim Teeman: The writer and journalist talks about his debut book, “In Bed With Gore Vidal: Hustlers, Hollywood, and the Private World of an American Master.” [7:30 p.m., Books Inc., 2275 Market St., S.F.]

James R. Smith: The California historian discusses “San Francisco’s Playland at the Beach: The Golden Years.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 2251 Chestnut St., S.F.]

Poetry night: The “Thursdays at Readers” series hosts Kevin Simmonds and Avotcja as featured guests. [6:30 p.m., Readers Bookstore, Building C, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

At the colleges

Chancellor’s Concert Series: The Ives Quartet performs Verdi’s String Quartet in E Minor in a concert celebrating the bicentennial of the composer’s birth. [Noon, Cole Hall, UC San Francisco, 513 Parnassus Ave., S.F.]

Open house: The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, which provides learning opportunities for people age 50 and up, hosts an open house. [3 to 5 p.m., Downtown Campus, San Francisco State, 835 Market St., sixth floor, S.F.]

At the public library

Thursdays @ Noon Films: “Sleeper,” Woody Allen’s comedy about a man who enters a hospital for gall-bladder surgery and wakes up in the far future, screens. [Noon, Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Spanish songs

Guatemalan singer-songwriter Gaby Moreno — who won a best new artist Latin Grammy Award for her album “Postales” — headlines a bill with David Garza, Cazadero and Irene Diaz. [8 p.m., Slim’s, 333 11th St.., S.F.]

Local activities

Photography show: “All About the Image,” an exhibition of works chosen to illustrate the premise that behind a great photograph is a great image, opens at Robert Tat Gallery. [11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., 49 Geary St., Suite 410, S.F.]

History lecture: Fred Weissberg talks about Japanese swords, or Nihonto, discussing stylistic changes and the evolution that took them from tools of war to works of art. [6 to 7:30 p.m., Consulate General of Japan, Japan Information Center, 50 Fremont St., Suite 2200, S.F.; RSVP:]

Middle Eastern films: “Amal’s Garden” and “My Father Looks Like Abdel Nasser” — half-hour, semi-experimental documentaries and family portraits that debuted at the Dubai International Film Festival — screen; filmmaker Nadia Shihab will attend. [7 p.m., Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., S.F.]

B44: The arros negre, a signature paella, is recommended today. Ingredients include squid, clams, sepia, peas, bell pepper, squid ink and mortar allioli. Top tapas include gambas al ajillo. [44 Belden Place, S.F.; (415) 986-6287]


Electronic dance-pop: The duo Hi Fashion is known for its live show that blurs the line between spectator and performer. [8 p.m., Café Du Nord, 2170 Market St., S.F.]


Stop and glow: The Exploratorium’s After Dark event, for grown-ups, has a “glow” theme. Look for illuminated sculpture and more. [6 to 10 p.m., Pier 15, S.F.]


Documentary: “Seventh-Gay Adventists” follows three LGBT Seventh-day Adventists as they wrestle with how to reconcile their faith, identity and sexuality. [7 p.m., Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., S.F.]

Open screening: Filmmakers present their short films and receive public feedback during a gathering presented by Artists’ Television Access. [8 p.m., ATA, 992 Valencia St., S.F.]

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