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Electric-blues artist Nick Moss performs at Biscuit and Blues

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Who’s in town

Novelist Thomas W. Young talks about “Silent Enemy.” [7 p.m., “M” is for Mystery, 86 E. Third Ave., San Mateo]

Lectures

‘Bali’ tour:
The Asian Art Museum hosts a docent-led tour of its “Bali” exhibit, focusing on how performance and rituals are integrated into Balinese life. [Noon and 2 p.m., 200 Larkin St., S.F.]

Literary events

Middle-reader club:
Book Busters Middle Reader Club, for ages 9 to 12, discusses J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit.” [6 p.m., Books Inc., 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto]

Political book club: The politically Inspired Book Club discusses Andre Gorz’s “And the Pursuit of Happiness.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View]

At the public library

Music exhibit:
“Witching Strains” — an exhibit of sheet music, photographs and ephemera — celebrates the “sweet jazz” of bandleader Art Hickman. [9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Main Library, San Francisco History Center, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

‘Toddler Tales’: The program features books, rhymes, music and movement for children ages 18 to 36 months. [10:15 p.m., Noe Valley Branch, 451 Jersey St., S.F.]

In the city

Art exhibit:
“Picasso’s Ceramics” — an exhibit of decorated vases, bird vessels, incised chargers and tiles created by the artist — continues through Dec. 11 at the Legion of Honor. [9:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., 100 34th Ave., S.F.]

Piano concert:
Noontime Concerts presents a “Piano Month” program featuring pianist William Corbett-Jones performing music by Chopin and Scarlatti. [12:30 p.m., Old St. Mary’s Cathedral, 660 California St., S.F.]

At the colleges

China exhibit:
“A Century of Change” contains items documenting China’s 1911 revolution and the founding of the Chinese Republic. [11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Herbert Hoover Memorial Exhibit Pavilion, Stanford University]

Art show: The California Institute of Integral Studies presents “Anthromorphosis,” an exhibit of work by multidisciplinary artist Megan Morgan. [9 a.m. to 6 p.m., CIIS Minna Street Center, 695 Minna St., S.F.]

Community dancing: Redwood City’s Dancing on the Square series presents an evening of community dancing. Today’s featured dance form is samba. [6 to 8 p.m., Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City]

Local activities

Comedy fundraiser:
Comedians Sean Keane, Reggie Steele, Emily Heller and Nato Green perform in “Laughing Matters,” a show benefiting One Home Many Hopes. [6:30 p.m., Purple Onion, 140 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Italian history: The Italian Cultural Institute presents “The Making of Modern Italy and its meaning for the Italians in California,” an exhibit of photographs and artifacts. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 814 Montgomery St., S.F.]

Blues show:
Electric-blues artist Nick Moss performs with the Flip Tops. [8 and 10 p.m., Biscuits and Blues, 401 Mason St., S.F.]

Dining out

Mission Beach Cafe:
It’s “BBQ Tuesday” at the restaurant. Entrees include pork ribs, a pork-shoulder sandwich, brisket and half a chicken. Diners can accompany those selections with a side dish such as greens or potato salad. [198 Guerrero St., S.F., (415) 861-0198]