Jan. 7: Ari Shaffir comedy, new music and more 

click to enlarge Rock residency: The Soft White Sixties are kicking off a monthlong residency of rock-soul music. Luke Sweeney and Beggar & The Coal are also on the bill. [9 p.m., Brick & Mortar Music Hall, 1710 Mission St., S.F.] - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • Rock residency: The Soft White Sixties are kicking off a monthlong residency of rock-soul music. Luke Sweeney and Beggar & The Coal are also on the bill. [9 p.m., Brick & Mortar Music Hall, 1710 Mission St., S.F.]

Who's in town

New York comedian Ari Shaffir, who hosts the "Skeptic Tank" podcast, is performing. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Lectures

Microloans: A panel of experts discusses the microfinance sector and how to better serve poor people in developing nations who lack access to financial services. [6:30 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Renewable energy: National Renewable Energy Laboratory Director Dan Arvizu discusses the potential of clean-energy technology and the laboratory's research. [7 p.m., Los Altos Youth Center, 1 North San Antonio Road, Los Altos]

Literary events

Spiritual writers: Steven Herrmann discusses the spiritual sides of writers such as Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson and Herman Melville and his new book "Spiritual Democracy: The Wisdom of Early American Visionaries for the Journey Forward." [7 p.m., Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera]

At the public library

Special collections: Executive Director Dan Cohen of the Digital Public Library of America discusses how libraries across the nation can share their special collections. [6 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

School selection: Parents for Public Schools are hosting a workshop for guardians navigating San Francisco's complex school-selection process. [6 p.m., Ingleside Branch, 1298 Ocean Ave., S.F.]

Puppy tales: Children can boost their literacy skills and self-confidence by reading to Oliver, who is a very patient listener and also a dog. [7 p.m., Eureka Valley Branch, 1 Jose Sarria Court, S.F.]

At the colleges

Racy exhibit: "Birds Do It, Bees Do It: A Century of Sex (Mis)Education in the USA," an exhibit featuring old-school hygiene films, public-health campaign materials and more, is entering its final weeks. [9 a.m.-5 p.m., Bernice Layne Brown Gallery, Doe Library, UC Berkeley, South Hall Road and Campanile Way, Berkeley]

Local activities

Museum talk: Genentech researcher Richard H. Scheller and museum curator Manuel Jordan lead a guest lecture on "Embodiments: Masterworks of African Figurative Sculpture." [10 a.m., de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Teen terrors: Comedians and storytellers share terrible tales from their teenage years in "S--- Creek: High School Freshman Year." [8 p.m., Lost Weekend Video, 1034 Valencia St., S.F.]

Local music: Anju's Pale Blue Eyes, a San Francisco indie-pop group featuring frontman Nick Anju and an assemblage of other musicians, performs. [9 p.m., Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., S.F.]

Rock residency: The Soft White Sixties are kicking off a monthlong residency of rock-soul music. Luke Sweeney and Beggar & The Coal are also on the bill. [9 p.m., Brick & Mortar Music Hall, 1710 Mission St., S.F.]

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