December 9: The Royal Oui and other SF events 

Who’s in town

Canadian folk singer-songwriter Basia Bulat performs in San Francisco. “Tall Tall Shadow” is her latest album. [8:45 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

Lectures

David Hoffman: The president of Internews Network looks at the media’s historical impact and discusses independent media reporting in the digital age. [7 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Cellphones and health: Industry, medical and policy experts discuss research findings on the medical effects of cellphones and discuss safer ways to use the devices. [11:30 a.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Richard Rockefeller: The physician discusses how the drug Ecstasy might prove effective as a treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Fred Turner: The communications professor and author of “The Democratic Surround” discusses the history of multimedia and why we have filled our lives with screens. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Literary events

Women’s travel writing: Evening celebrates the release of “The Best Women’s Travel Writing Volume 9” with readings, food and drink, and merriment. [7 p.m., Brick and Mortar Music Hall, 1710 Mission St., S.F.]

Jacquy Pfeiffer: The chef and cofounder of the French Pastry School discusses “The Art of French Pastry.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 2251 Chestnut St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Handbell concert: The SFSU Handbell Choir presents its annual winter holiday on-campus concert. [7 p.m., SFSU, Depot, Student Union, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

At the public library

Affordable Care Act: Session reviews the options provided by Covered California, the new state-operated marketplace for health insurance plans. [6:30 p.m., West Portal Branch, 190 Lenox Way, 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.]

Folk duo

The Royal Oui — the husband and wife indie-folk duo of Ari Shine and Adrienne Price — perform a concert. “Forecast” is the pair’s debut EP. [8:15 p.m., Lost Church, 65 Capp Street, S.F.]

Local activities

String music: The Left Coast Chamber Ensemble’s Left Coast String Bands perform a concert of diverse music. Featured composers include Kurt Rohde, Edgar Meyer and Frank Zappa. [8 p.m., Dennis Gallagher Arts Pavilion, 66 Page St., S.F.]

Toy drive: Niners linebacker NaVorro Bowman leads a holiday toy drive benefiting children in San Francisco’s Hunters Point neighborhood. [5 p.m., Bayview YMCA, 1601 Lane St., S.F.]

Comedy show: Kung Pao Kosher Comedy presents “Comedy Returns to El Rio.” Marga Gomez, Sammy Obeid, Bob McIntyre, Kevin Young, and Lisa Geduldig supply the humor this month. [8 p.m., El Rio, 3158 Mission St. S.F.]

Asian chefs: Glide hosts its annual Asian Chefs Holiday Lunch and Dinner. Celebrity Asian chefs prepare 2,500 meals for poor and homeless guests at Glide. [11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., 330 Ellis St., S.F.]

Garibaldis: The chicken breast Milanese, a signature dish, is recommended today. It is served with mashed potatoes and arugula salad with cherry tomatoes and pickled onions. Also look for the marinated lamb tenderloin. [347 Presidio Ave., S.F.; (415) 563-8841]

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