Catch Chinese-inspired dance and music at Opera House 

Shen Yun presents a classical dance and music extravaganza focusing on traditional Chinese culture at the War Memorial Opera House. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • Shen Yun presents a classical dance and music extravaganza focusing on traditional Chinese culture at the War Memorial Opera House.

Who's in town

Comedian: Tom Rhodes kicks off a string of stand-up shows at the Punch Line. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Lectures

Conservation meeting: The Golden Gate Audubon Society San Francisco Conservation Committee holds its monthly meeting. The committee carries out habitat restoration projects. [7 p.m., Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way, S.F.]



Museums

Legion of Honor: Exhibitions include “Pissarro’s People,” “The Mourners: Tomb Sculptures From the Court of Burgundy” and Bernini’s “Medusa.” [9:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., 100 34th Ave., S.F.]

Museo ItaloAmericano: Abstract-expressionist paintings by John Grillo, spanning more than three decades of the artist’s career, are on view. [Noon to 4 p.m., Building C, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

At the colleges

Art show: Paintings and drawings by early-20th-century California artist Rex Slinkard are on view in the exhibit “The Legend of Rex Slinkard.” [11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, Stanford]

At the public libraries

Crime novelist: Best-selling author John Lescroart talks about his new thriller, “The Hunter.” [7 p.m., Belmont Library, 1110 Alameda de las Pulgas, Belmont]

Knitting and crocheting: A knitting and crocheting community-service club meets. The group is making hats, socks and booties for babies at UC San Francisco’s Pediatric Heart Center. [7 p.m., Park Branch, 1833 Page St., S.F.]


Local activities

Eastern influence: Shen Yun presents a classical dance and music extravaganza focusing on traditional Chinese culture and distilled from five millennia of Chinese civilization. [2 p.m., War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Free spirit: “Paul Goodman Changed My Life,” Jonathan Lee’s documentary film about thinker, poet, social critic and free spirit Paul Goodman, screens at the San Francisco Film Society Cinema. [1746 Post St., S.F.; www.sffs.org]

Help wanted: The Presidio Native Plant Nursery needs volunteers to help restore San Francisco’s national park. Activities include pruning, composting and planting. [1 to 4 p.m., 1249A Appleton St., Presidio of S.F.; (415) 561-4826]

Musical theater: “Bring It On: The Musical,” the new stage musical set in the world of competitive cheerleading, continues at the Orpheum Theatre. [2 and 8 p.m., 1192 Market St., S.F.]

Mural tour: San Francisco City Guides hosts its “Coit Tower Murals” tour, a chance to view murals created by 25 California artists of the 1930s. Topics include the Great Depression. [11 a.m.; meet at main entry, Coit Tower, atop Telegraph Hill, S.F.]

Dining out

Luella: Chef Ben de Vries and general manager Leah Lidsky feature Mediterranean-inspired California cuisine. Frisee salad with deep-fried egg, pancetta lardons, and croutons in tarragon vinaigrette is a highlighted appetizer today. Porchetta with pork confit, sage, lemon, and fresh arugula is a recommended entree. For dessert: winter-citrus tart with crushed amaretti cookies and mint syrup. [1896 Hyde St., S.F.; (415) 674-4343]

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