January 8: John Santos and other SF events 

Who’s in town

Comedian and travel writer Tom Rhodes, seen on “Comedy Central Presents,” “Mr. Rhodes” and “The Daily Show,” kicks off a string of stand-up appearances. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Lectures

Nuclear dangers: Authors Joseph Cirincione (“Nuclear Nightmares”) and Eric Schlosser (“Fast Food Nation”) discuss new information about dangers in the global nuclear-weapons arena. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Marty Brounstein: The author of “Two Among the Righteous Few” talks about non-Jewish people who risked their lives to help save the lives of Jews during the Holocaust. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Mal Warwick: The co-author of “The Business Solution to Poverty” discusses how businesses and social entrepreneurs can tap private-sector resources to help end global poverty. [7 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Literary events

Susan RoAne: The self-help author presents “How to Work a Room, 25th Anniversary Edition: The Ultimate Guide to Making Lasting Connections — in Person and Online.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Book group: The SFLGBT Book Club discusses “Season of the Witch: Enchantment, Terror and Deliverance in the City of Love” by David Talbot. [7 p.m., Books Inc., 2275 Market St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Nursing program: USF’s School of Nursing and Health Professions presents an information meeting for undergraduates. [4 p.m., Lone Mountain campus, Room 216, USF, 2800 Turk Blvd., S.F.; RSVP: tai@usfca.edu]

At the public library

Volunteer orientation: An orientation session takes place for those interested in becoming library volunteers. [5 p.m., Main Library, Mary Louise Stong Conference Room, 100 Larkin St., S.F.; www.sfpl.org/volunteer]

Jazz artist

SFJAZZ’s Listening Party Series presents an evening of music and conversation with percussionist-composer John Santos. Topics include upcoming Santos-curated programs. [7:30 p.m., SFJAZZ Center, 201 Franklin St., S.F.]

Local activities

Art show: Catharine Clark Gallery hosts “Two Libraries: Recently Sorted Books.” The exhibit features new and selected works by Nina Katchadourian and marks the 20th anniversary of her “Sorted Books” series. [11 a.m. to 6 p.m., 248 Utah St., S.F.]

Career coaching: The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce hosts its Job Forum, a panel-conducted discussion open to anyone experiencing difficulties in finding a job. [6:30 to 8:30 p.m., 235 Montgomery St., Suite 760, S.F.]

Symphony concert: The San Francisco Symphony, joined by Mason Bates (electronica), presents a “Beethoven and Bates” concert, conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas. [8 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Fior d’Italia: Chef Gianni Audieri cooks authentic Italian cuisine at this restaurant in upper North Beach. He recommends the coniglio ai funghi — rabbit braised in wine and wild-mushroom sauce — today. It is served with polenta. [2237 Mason St., S.F.; (415) 986-1886]

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