Nov. 24: Italian films, shopping and more 

click to enlarge Indie rock: Cleveland band Mr. Gnome plays music from its new album, "The Heart of a Dark Star," and more. [9 p.m., Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., S.F.] - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • Indie rock: Cleveland band Mr. Gnome plays music from its new album, "The Heart of a Dark Star," and more. [9 p.m., Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., S.F.]

Who's in town

Actress Evangeline Lilly, star of "Lost" and "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," is speaking about her debut children's novel, "The Squickerwonkers." [3 p.m., Books Inc., 2251 Chestnut St., S.F.]

Lectures

Barriers to health care: A panel of health experts discusses the difficult situation faced by undocumented immigrants, who are not covered by the Affordable Care Act, and how the health system can ultimately reach out to them. The free talk is underwritten by the California Wellness Foundation. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Literary events

Children's book shopping: Is there a child on your gift list this year? Book experts are on hand to help customers pick books, wrap them and even ship them. [10 a.m., Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera]

City history: San Francisco historian and tour guide Monika Trobits shares her new book, "Antebellum and Civil War San Francisco: A Western Theater for Northern & Southern Politics." [7 p.m., Green Apple Books, 506 Clement St., S.F.]

Book club: The Fiction Book Club discusses "Where'd You Go, Bernadette?" a novel about a teen's search for her mom. [7 p.m., Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

At the public library

Older Writers Laboratory: The poetry-writing group welcomes seniors. [10 a.m. to noon, Bernal Heights Branch, 500 Cortland Ave., S.F.]

Turkey Day crafting: Young children are invited to create easy Thanksgiving-themed crafts. [11 a.m., Ingleside Branch, 1298 Ocean Ave., S.F.]

Audio-described films: Disney's animated film "Wreck-It Ralph" screens in an audio-described presentation in which sets, costumes and visual cues are described for the benefit of blind and vision-impaired viewers. [2 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Art show: Stanford Art Spaces is bringing together three very different exhibits -- "Elementals," "Steel Dreams" and "Sacred Geometry" -- in one place. [9 a.m.-5 p.m., Packard Electrical Engineering building, Stanford University, 350 Serra Mall, Stanford]

Local activities

Italian film fest: The New Italian Cinema festival concludes with "Border" (3 p.m.), a suspense tale about two sisters trying to escape Syria, and "Human Capital" (6 and 9 p.m.), which follows a prominent family's downfall after a tragic accident. [Vogue Theatre, 3290 Sacramento St., S.F.]

Stand-up comedy: Alex Koll, who has appeared on "Conan" and "Live at Gotham" and written for the Bay Area-based Bold Italic blog, is performing. [8:30 p.m., Doc's Lab, 124 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

R&B show: Usher's "The UR Experience" tour includes songs from his 20-year career. The bill also includes August Alsina and DJ Cassidy. [7:30 p.m., SAP Center, 525 W. Santa Clara St., San Jose]

Indie rock: Cleveland band Mr. Gnome plays music from its new album, "The Heart of a Dark Star," and more. [9 p.m., Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., S.F.]

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