Jan. 8: Lawrence Lessig, bar mitzvah tales and more 

click to enlarge Rock show: New Zealand singer Tamaryn plays music from her second album, "Tender New Signs," a collaboration with San Francisco native Rex John Shelverton. [8 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.] - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • Rock show: New Zealand singer Tamaryn plays music from her second album, "Tender New Signs," a collaboration with San Francisco native Rex John Shelverton. [8 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

Who's in town

Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig shares his vision for campaign finance reform and his crowdfunded super PAC. [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Lectures

Aging in place: Gerontologist Mary Hulme and scientist Richard Caro discuss new technology that helps seniors stay in their homes and gives their children peace of mind. [5:15 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Coastside transportation: Kendall Flint discusses Connect the Coastside, an ambitious plan to improve transportation along the San Mateo County coast and the challenges it faces. [6 p.m., Half Moon Bay Brewing Co., 390 Capistrano Road, Half Moon Bay]

Literary events

S.F. in 1800s: Monika Trobits, an expert on all things San Francisco, shares her new book, "Antebellum and Civil War San Francisco: A Western Theater for Northern & Southern Politics." [7 p.m., Books Inc., 601 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Spicy stories: Shipwreck, a monthly erotic fanfiction contest, is tearing up Ayn Rand's objectivist tome "Atlas Shrugged." A $10-$12 ticket includes an open bar. [7 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Fiction anthology: Authors Meg Pokrass, Chris Bower and Aaron Teel read from " My Very End of the Universe," a new anthology of short stories that link together. [8 p.m., Bird & Beckett Books and Records, 653 Chenery St., S.F.]

At the public library

Thursdays@Noon Film: Sparks fly between an old-fashioned Italian newsman and a feminist American photojournalist during a San Francisco rendezvous in "Night Full of Rain." [Noon, Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Resolution contest: Youths 8-18 years old are invited to write down and submit their craziest New Year's resolutions for the chance to win gift cards. [3:30 p.m., North Beach Branch, 850 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

At the colleges

Gentrification talk: Anna Conda of the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club and Maria Poblet of Causa Justa lead a discussion on gentrification and LGBT spaces in a program partly funded by San Francisco State University's Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. [7 p.m., GLBT History Museum, 4127 18th St., S.F.]

Local activities

Jewish tales: "ReBar: Revised Rites of Passage" features five storytellers reflecting on their bar or bat mitzvahs and what they'd do differently, often with hilarious results. [6:30 p.m., Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F.]

Stand-up comedy: Comedian Godfrey currently appears on TruTV's "Upload with Shaquille O'Neal." [8 p.m., Cobb's Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Chinese dance: Shen Yun Performing Arts, an American-based troupe founded by Falun Gong practitioners, presents a showcase of Chinese dance and music. [7:30 p.m., War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Rock show: New Zealand singer Tamaryn plays music from her second album, "Tender New Signs," a collaboration with San Francisco native Rex John Shelverton. [8 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

Events

Walking tour: Explore City Hall and the Civic Center in a free walking tour courtesy of San Francisco City Guides. [11 a.m., meet at steps of Main Library on Fulton Street between Hyde and Larkin streets, S.F.; www.sfcityguides.org]

NightLife: The year's first NightLife at the Academy focuses on DIY activities, including making cider at home, getting schooled on the DJ arts and learning the basics of knitting. DJ Jamie Jams is providing the soundtrack. [6 p.m., California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Sundance short films: A collection of live-action shorts from the 2014 Sundance Film Festival includes "Afronauts" and "The Cut." [7 p.m., Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., S.F.]

Comedy: Chris Porter, who has appeared on "Last Comic Standing" and "Tommy Chong Presents Comedy at 420," headlines a bill that also includes Michael Slack and Matt Lieb. [8 p.m., Rooster T. Feathers Comedy Club, 57 W. El Camino Real, Sunnyvale]

Hip-hop: The Oakland Mind, an East Bay hip-hop collective, headlines a bill that also includes Billie Holiday Healing Show and Cookie Tongue. [9 p.m., Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., S.F.]

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