Dec. 11: Tuneyards, comedy and more 

click to enlarge A very indie evening: Fancifully capitalized tUnE-yArDs, led by Merrill Garbus, headlines a bill that also includes a reunited Cibo Matto. [8 p.m., 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland] - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • A very indie evening: Fancifully capitalized tUnE-yArDs, led by Merrill Garbus, headlines a bill that also includes a reunited Cibo Matto. [8 p.m., 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland]

Who's in town

Veteran comedian Bobby Slayton has appeared in films such as "Dreamgirls" and "Ed Wood" as well as his own HBO comedy special. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Lectures

49ers then and now: KNBR (680 AM) host Brian Murphy and photographer Michael Zagaris discuss Bay Area football history and their book, "San Francisco 49ers: From Kezar to Levi's." [7 p.m., Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera]

Eye on Tunisia: UC Berkeley lecturer Laurence Michalak discusses the Arab Spring's roots in Tunisia and that nation's progress since 2010. [7:30 p.m., Caleruega Dining Hall, Dominican University, Magnolia and Palm avenues, San Rafael]

Literary events

Launch party: Readings mark the release of "A Voice From the Underworld: Crime, Labor, Power, and the end of the Barbary Coast." [7 p.m., City Lights, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Portraits of America: Photographer Michael Light presents "Lake Las Vegas/Black Mountain," which comments on American culture through aerial photographs of rural and urban areas. [7 p.m., McRoskey Mattress Co., 1687 Market St., S.F.]

Winter literature: The ZYZZYVA literary journal celebrates the debut of its winter issue with readings, drinks, freebies and more. [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

At the public library

Christmas classic: Reginald Owen portrays mean old miser Ebenezer Scrooge in the 1938 version of "A Christmas Carol." [6 p.m., Ortega Branch, 3223 Ortega St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Christmas concert: Grammy-winning choir Chanticleer, an all-male chorus from San Francisco, performs classic carols and more in "A Chanticleer Christmas." [7:30 p.m., Memorial Church, Stanford University, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford]

Local activities

Cuban films: "Art & Resolution: Films of Afro-Cuban Life & History" includes Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi speaking about his music-focused films. [6:30 p.m., Museum of the African Diaspora, 685 Mission St., S.F.]

Filipino film fest: The 21st annual FACINE/21: Filipino International Cine Festival kicks off with "Searching for Weng Weng" (7 p.m.), a documentary about a 2-foot-9 action star who ruled the Philippines' B-movie scene in the 1980s. Tagalog drama "Bamboo Flowers" (9 p.m.) follows. [Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., S.F.]

Surf film: "El Mar Mi Alma," an acclaimed Chilean documentary about surfing, screens. [7:30 p.m., Balboa Theatre, 3630 Balboa St., S.F.]

A very indie evening: Fancifully capitalized tUnE-yArDs, led by Merrill Garbus, headlines a bill that also includes a reunited Cibo Matto. [8 p.m., 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland]

Events

NightLife: This week's holiday-themed edition of NightLife at the Academy includes an exploration of holiday plants such as hollies, mistletoe and evergreens, building a gingerbread village, and a gift bazaar featuring local artisans. [6 p.m., California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Comedy show: Comedian Phil Hanley, who has appeared on "The Tonight Show" and "The Late Late Show," headlines a bill that also includes David van Avermaete and Toby Muresianu. [8 p.m., Rooster T. Feathers Comedy Club, 157 W. El Camino Real, Sunnyvale]

Consumerism as comedy: The archivists at Oddball Films present "I Want It All -- Consumer Culture on the Skids," which features vintage commercials, anti-capitalist satire and surreal advertising ephemera. [8 p.m., Oddball Films, 275 Capp St., S.F.]

Rock show: The Smashing Pumpkins are touring to promote their latest album, "Monuments to an Elegy." [8 p.m., Warfield, 982 Market St., S.F.]

New music: New York singer-songwriter Garland Jeffreys has worked with musicians such as Sonny Rollins, James Taylor and more. [9 p.m., Hotel Utah, 500 Fourth St., S.F.]

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