Dec. 16: "Christmas Without Tears," ambient rock and more 

Who's in town

Harvard professor and former National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration chief Jane Lubchenco is receiving the Stephen Schneider Award for science communication. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Lectures

Holiday entertaining: Bi-Rite Market buyer Rachel Gepner shares tips about tippling in "Holiday Tasting: Cognac, Armagnac, and Calvados." Tickets for the seminar, $45-$55, include plenty of imbibing and bread, cheese and charcuterie. [7 p.m., 18 Reasons, 3674 18th St., S.F.]

Literary events

Ties that bind: Barbara Rose Brooker shares her new book, "The Rise and Fall of a Jewish American Princess," which follows an artist as she grapples with societal expectations. [5:15 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Grateful days: Richard Loren details his adventures as manager of the Grateful Dead and other Rock and Roll Hall of Famers in "High Notes: A Rock Memoir." [7 p.m., Green Arcade, 1680 Market St., S.F.]

Exploring Miller: David Stephen Calonne discusses his new biography about controversial author Henry Miller, a major influence on Beat Generation writers. [7 p.m., City Lights, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

At the public library

DIY spa: Youths 12 and older can learn how to make their own bath products to keep or give away as gifts. [7 p.m., Parkside Branch, 1200 Taraval St., S.F.]

Literature night: Sit Down Theater participants will enact, read from and discuss classic literature: this month, the featured selections are "Two Slatterns and a King" and "The Bear." [6 p.m., North Beach Branch, 850 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

At the colleges

Social-justice films: The Health Equity Institute and the Cinema Department present four new documentaries by students: "Engender," "Fire Hazards," "Resilience Undocumented" and "The Young and the Techless." [6:30 p.m., Coppola Theater, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

Local activities

Winter dance: Dancer-singer Savannah Fuentes teams up with musicians José Anillo and Bobby de Sofia for "Noches De Invierno," a night of fiery flamenco. [8 p.m., Chez Poulet, 3359 Cesar Chavez St., S.F.]

Ambient rock: A Winged Victory For The Sullen, featuring Adam Wiltzie of Stars of the Lid and composer Dustin O'Halloran, performs ambient-classical music. [8 p.m., Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

Stand-up comedy: "Astrologically Incorrect Birthday Comedy" presents Liz Grant and a secret headliner roasting Sagittarians and Capricorns. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Comedy for a cause: Singer Judith Owen and actor Harry Shearer present their husband-and-wife musical comedy show, "Christmas Without Tears" to benefit the Mental Health Association of San Francisco. [8 p.m., Addition, 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]

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Giselle Velazquez

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Giselle Velazquez was born and raised in the shadow of San Francisco's Diamond Heights and now lives in the shadow of South San Francisco's Sign Hill. She has written for publications such as The S.F. Examiner, Ventura County Star, and the S.F. Bay Guardian.
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