A week into the new year, many reasons to get out Sunday 

IMAGES OF THE WEEK - Walking weather: Two people take advantage of the sunny and warm weather Wednesday, enjoying a picturesque view of the Palace of Fine Arts. - JEFF CHIU/AP
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  • IMAGES OF THE WEEKWalking weather: Two people take advantage of the sunny and warm weather Wednesday, enjoying a picturesque view of the Palace of Fine Arts.

Around town

Chinese arts: The Shen Yun Chinese arts company presents its 2012 show. Costumed dancers move in poetic arrangements that evoke pastoral beauty and imperial drama. [2 p.m., War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Symphony concert: The San Francisco Symphony presents Tchaikovsky’s “First Symphony,” Ligeti’s “Violin Concerto” and Liszt’s “Prometheus.” Guest violinist: Christian Tetzlaff. [2 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Jazz and beyond: The Evan Francis Group, an ensemble that presents melodic woodwinds over Afro-Latin, avant-garde and groove rhythms, performs at the Red Poppy Art House. [7:30 p.m., 2698 Folsom St., S.F.]

Free day: Today is Target Free Sunday (free entry; surcharges may apply for special attractions) at the Asian Art Museum. Featured exhibit: “Maharaja: The Splendor of India’s Royal Courts.” [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 200 Larkin St., S.F.]

Something to read

An Ideal Wine
By David Darlington ($26.99)
The trendiness of California wine is largely due to a boom of entrepreneurs in the 1970s, as profiled in the acclaimed Berkeley author’s latest, subtitled “One Generation’s Pursuit of Perfection — and Profit — In California.”    

Lend a hand
San Francisco Recreation and Park Department: Volunteers are needed to dig out, clean, split and name tubers at Golden Gate Park’s Dahlia Dell. [10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Dahlia Garden, 100 John F. Kennedy Drive, S.F.; RSVP: www.onebrick.org]

Get outside

Old paper: The Vintage Paper Fair features interesting and cool things containing old paper — photos, postcards, trade cards, movie memorabilia and more. [11 a.m. to 5 p.m., County Fair Building,  1199 Ninth Ave., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Garden railway: The Conservatory of Flowers presents “Playland at the Conservatory,” a flora, landscaped garden and 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.]

Visual arts
Mission murals: Precita Eyes hosts “Mission Trail Mural Walks.” Tours feature dozens of murals in the Mission district’s Precita Park area. [11 and 1:30 p.m.; meet at Precita Eyes Mural Arts and Visitors Center, 2981 24th St., S.F.]

Local history

Frontier gals: “Go West, Young Woman,” a comedy “diva-led tour” hosted by Foot Tours, spotlights “10 wild women” who left their legacy on San Francisco’s landscape. [3 p.m.; meet at Hotel Monaco,
501 Geary St., S.F., details/RSVP: www.foottours.com]

Sugar Cafe: Chef Shoshana Baars-Stanton’s brunch and lunch menus include creative breakfast fare, sandwiches and salads. Recent selections include French toast infused with cinnamon-vanilla custard and topped with seasonal fruit, buttermilk pancakes with seasonal fruit and a pulled-pork scramble. Popular lunchtime items include a chicken wrap. Featured libation: bottomless mimosas. [8 a.m. to 4 p.m., 679 Sutter St., S.F., (415) 441-5678]

Game of the day
Steelers at Broncos
1:30 p.m., CBS (KPIX, Ch. 5)
The Pittsburgh Steelers head to high altitude to take on Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos.

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