SF diners get presidential treat 

click to enlarge Top tourist: President Barack Obama greets diners during a stop at the Great Eastern Chinese restaurant in San Francisco on Thursday. Obama dropped by the restaurant as a surprise stop before several fundraisers in The City. - JASON REED/REUTERS
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  • Top tourist: President Barack Obama greets diners during a stop at the Great Eastern Chinese restaurant in San Francisco on Thursday. Obama dropped by the restaurant as a surprise stop before several fundraisers in The City.

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Top tourist:
President Barack Obama greets diners during a stop at the Great Eastern Chinese restaurant in San Francisco on Thursday. Obama dropped by the restaurant as a surprise stop before several fundraisers in The City.

SOMETHING TO READ

Extra Yarn


By Mac Barnett ($16)

The children’s book, a lyrical tale of a young girl and her magical yarn box, is delicately illustrated by Jon Klassen’s soft, wintery imagery.

LEND A HAND

San Francisco Zoo:
Youth (ages 12 to 15) Nature Trail volunteers are needed for the summer. An orientation takes place today. Interested youths must attend with a parent or guardian. [1 p.m., Lurie Education Center, 1 Zoo Road, S.F.]

GET OUTSIDE

Lunar New Year

Chinatown run:
The Chinatown YMCA holds its 2012 Chinese New Year Run, a 10K/5K run and walk benefiting the organization. [8 a.m., Sacramento Street and Grant Avenue, S.F.; info/register: www.ymcasf.org or (415) 576-9622]

Local history

Local inventors:
Discovery Street Tours hosts “Invented in San Francisco,” a walk exploring the science behind the creations of local innovators. [1:30 p.m., Sydney Walton Square Park, Front and Jackson streets, S.F.; www.discoverystreettours.com]

Parks

Garden railway:
The Conservatory of Flowers presents “Playland at the Conservatory,” a flora-landscaped garden-railway exhibit featuring a mini version of Playland at the Beach. [10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 100 John F. Kennedy Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

AROUND TOWN

Dance

Black arts:
The Black Choreography Festival, celebrating African and African-American dance and culture, presents Marc Bamuthi Joseph’s “Word Becomes Flesh” (4 p.m.) and a multiartist show (7 p.m.). [Dance Mission, 3316 24th St., S.F.]

Tango show: Luis Bravo’s “Forever Tango” celebrates the music and dance of Argentina. Twelve tango dancers, one vocalist and an eight-piece orchestra perform. Anna Trebunskaya stars. [2 p.m., Marines’ Memorial Club, 609 Sutter St., S.F.]

Community

Remembrance day:
Day of Remembrance 2012 commemorates the U.S. wartime incarceration of Japanese-Americans and celebrates the Japanese community. A program and procession are set. [2 p.m., Kabuki Cinemas, 1881 Post St., S.F.]

Music

Jazz giant:
Piano virtuoso Chucho Valdes and the Afro-Cuban Messengers perform a concert. Jazz, Afro-Cuban, hard bop, European classical and other forms are Valdes’ terrain. [7 p.m., Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Stanford University, 471 Lagunita Drive, Stanford]

Men’s chorus: The Chanticleer men’s chorus performs its free “Love Story” concert. A pre-concert talk (2 p.m.) leads things off. [3 p.m. (talk at 2 p.m.), San Francisco State University, Creative Arts Building, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

Comedy

Stand-up show:
Comedian Lavell Crawford performs. “Premium Blend,” “Last Comic Standing” and “Breaking Bad” are a few of his credits. [8 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Movies

Indie films:
IndieFest 2012, the San Francisco Independent Film Festival, presents “The Substance” at 2:45 p.m., “Bad Fever” at 7:15 p.m. and “Monster’s Club” at 9:30 p.m. at the Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., and other films today. [12:30 p.m. onward, S.F. venues; www.sfindie.com]

BRUNCH

Epic Roasthouse:
Chef Jan Birnbaum’s brunch menu contains breakfast items, soups, salads, oysters, “more like lunch” dishes and “things you want in a steakhouse.” The roast beef hash with poached eggs and horseradish cream is recommended today. Also look for the lemon-garlic shrimp and grits with poached egg and spicy tomato sauce. [11 a.m. to 3 p.m., 369 Embarcadero, S.F., (415) 369-9955]

GAME OF THE DAY

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Oregon at Stanford


4:30 p.m., Comcast SportsNet Bay Area

The Cardinal men look to make up ground in the Pac-12 Conference standings as the regular season hits the stretch run.

OTHER HIGHLIGHT

Tennis:
The champion of the SAP Open will be crowned as the two finalists square off. [3 p.m., HP Pavilion, San Jose, Comcast SportsNet California]

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