December 8: Niners vs. Seahawks and other SF events 

Something to read

Jim Henson: The Biography

By Brian Jay Jones ($35)

The award-winning biographer of “Washington Irving” switches gears in his new book, the most comprehensive volume about the legendary puppeteer and creator of the Muppets.

Lend a hand

Variety Children’s Charity: Volunteers (21 and over) are needed to help at a toy-drive event. Tasks include greeting guests and placing toys in bags. [3 to 8:30 p.m., Regis Hotel, 125 Third St., S.F.; RSVP: http://volunteer.truist.com/thevolunteercenter]

Craft and gift shows

Made right here: Locally made gifts are for sale at the SFMade Holiday Gift Fair. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fleet Room, Building D, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Art sale: Sharon Art Studio’s holiday sale features student-created pottery, glasswork and jewelry. Partial proceeds benefit the studio. [11 a.m. to 5 p.m., 300 Bowling Green Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Student sale: City College’s Fort Mason Art Campus hosts its Holiday Exhibit and Sale. Student-made paintings, drawings, sculptures, jewelry and ceramics are available. [Noon to 5 p.m., Building B, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Celebrations

Open house: The Haas-Lilienthal House hosts its holiday open house, a tradition at the historic site. Festivities include tree trimmings and gifts from around the world. [Noon to 3 p.m., 2007 Franklin St., S.F.; www.sfheritage.org]

Theater

Musical comedy: Community Music Center presents “La Posarela,” a Nativity story with a Mission district twist. The bilingual musical takes Mexican folk traditions and spices them up with commentary and humor. [1 and 5 p.m., Brava Theater Center, 2781 24th St., S.F.]

Music

Ragazzi Boys Chorus: The celebrated group performs “A Cheerful Noise,” a holiday program featuring works by Mozart, Purcell, Handel, Biebl and Halley. [4 p.m., Old First Church, 1751 Sacramento St., S.F.]

Dance

Nutcracker for kids: Mark Foehringer Dance Project presents “Nutcracker Sweets,” a 50-minute, contemporary, child-geared take on the classic ballet. [11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Southside Theater, Building D, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Music

Reggae band: The Jamaican band Black Uhuru, recipient of the first Grammy Award given for best reggae album in 1985, performs in San Francisco. [9 p.m., Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

Comedy

Stand-up show: British comedian-actor Omid Djalil performs. The Edinburgh Festival Fringe and nearly two dozen “Whoopi” episodes are among his credits. [7:30 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Movies

Indie horror: Independent horror, sci-fi and fantasy flicks screen at the Another Hole in the Head Film Festival. [New People Cinema, 1746 Post St., S.F.; www.sfindie.com]

Museums

Family day: The Mexican Museum’s free Family Sunday includes a celebration of Diego Rivera’s birthday. [Noon to 3 p.m., Building D, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Brunch

Dosa on Fillmore: South Indian food is on the menu. Brunchtime small plates include a chutney sampler and Chennai chicken. Egg dishes include a South Indian omelet (frittata-style with onions, chilies, tomatoes and cilantro) and dosa and uttapam dishes. Thali (combination) plates, too, are available. Drinks include a Bloody Mary Curry. [11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., 1700 Fillmore St., S.F., (415) 441-3672]

NFL

49ers vs. Seahawks

1:25 p.m., Fox (KTVU, Ch. 2)

Tight end Vernon Davis and the Niners try to prevent the Seahawks from clinching the NFC West title at Candlestick Park.

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

NFL: Matt McGloin makes his fourth start at QB as the Raiders take on the Jets. [10 a.m., MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J., CBS (KPIX, Ch. 5)]

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