David Lomelí's heart is warmed by 'Navidad Nuestra' 

HOLIDAY GLEE CLUB


The Examiner asked The City’s songbirds and community chorus members to describe their favorite seasonal music and why it inspires them.

David Lomelí, Adler Fellow tenor

Favorite music: “Navidad Nuestra” (“Our Christmas”) by Argentinian composer Ariel Ramirez

Why: “It’s a masterpiece, the story of Nativity. It’s full of Latin instruments like charangos and pan flutes. When I hear it or sing it, it warms my heart, and takes me back to my childhood sounds full of hot Mexican fruit punch and the piñata in a family of 50-plus.”


Who’s in town

Rock star Billy Idol performs at the Fillmore. [8 p.m., 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]


At the museums

California Academy of Sciences:
Attractions include “Swamp Talk,” “‘P’ Is for Penguin,” “Reindeer Rendezvous” and the planetarium show “Life: A Cosmic Story.” [9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Contemporary Jewish Museum: Exhibitions include “Reclaimed: Paintings From the Collection of Jacques Goudstikker” and “Curious George Saves the Day.” [11 a.m. to 5 p.m., 736 Mission St., S.F.]


Tours

Rivera mural:
Tour, presented by San Francisco City Guides, offers a chance to see the first mural painted in the United States by Mexican artist Diego Rivera. [3 p.m., meet at Stock Exchange Tower, 155 Sansome St., S.F.]

‘Luscious Lobbies’:
Walking tour, presented by San Francisco Foot Tours, visits hotels in the Union Square and Nob Hill area that are all dressed up for the holidays. [2 p.m.; meet at Fairmont Hotel; details/RSVP: www.foottours.com]


At the colleges

Holiday music:
Sanford Dole Ensemble presents Paul Ayres’ “Messyah,” a reimagining of Handel’s famed oratorio. [7 p.m., San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., S.F.]

Art exhibit:
Artist and photographer Naomi Vanderkindren presents “Reconstruction,” an exhibit exploring how photography can affect memory. [10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Clayman Institute, Stanford University, Palo Alto]


At the public library

‘Here and Now’:
Exhibit celebrates the 20th anniversary of the play “Angels in America.” [Noon to 6 p.m., Eureka Valley Branch, 1 Jose Sarria Court, S.F.]

Job Seekers Lab:
Computers are available for creating or updating your résumé, preparing job applications and searching online for jobs. [11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Main Library, Training Center, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

‘Baby Rhyme and Playtime’:
Session, for babies and their caregivers, features rhymes, songs, and books. [11 a.m., Marina Branch, 1890 Chestnut St., S.F.]


Local activities

Storytelling series:
Porchlight, a series in which tale spinners from different backgrounds tell 10-minute true stories without using notes or memorization, presents its “Holiday Dream Show.” [8 p.m., Verdi Club, 2424 Mariposa St., S.F.]

Screen gem: Akira Kurosawa’s “Seven Samurai” (1954) screens at the Red Vic Movie House. The 1600s-set drama centers on a group of unemployed samurai hired by a village to fight off bandits. [7:30 p.m., 1727 Haight St., S.F.]

Access day:
People with disabilities are invited to visit the de Young Museum when it is less crowded. Featured exhibit: “Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cézanne and Beyond.” [9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Golden Gate Park, S.F.; RSVP: (415) 750-7645 or tbrown@famsf.org]

Forest walk:
The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy hosts “A Walk in the Presidio Forest,” a strenuous six-mile ranger-led walk. Bring water. [10 a.m.; meet at Officers’ Club, 50 Moraga Ave., Presidio of S.F.; RSVP: (415) 561-4323]

Ice rinks: Holiday skating is happening in Union Square and at Embarcadero Center. Ninety-minute sessions start on every even hour. [10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Post and Powell streets; and Justin Herman Plaza, Embarcadero at Market Street, S.F.]


Dining out

Palio d’Asti:
Chef Dan Scherotter adapts regional Italian specialties to the California table. Appetizers include pan-roasted day-boat scallops with lemony braised escarole, toasted sesame seeds and “Sicilian caviar.” Pastas include potato gnocchi — baked in a wood-fired oven — with braised Muscovy duck and four mushrooms, plus rosemary and garlic. Wood-fired pizzas, too, are available. [640 Sacramento St., S.F.; (415) 395-9800]

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