Fifth Floor chef warms up with red kuri squash soup 

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Holiday cooking

The SF Examiner asked notable Bay Area food professionals to share seasonal favorites and dining memories.

David Bazirgan
Executive chef, Fifth Floor

The dish: Red kuri squash soup
The main ingredients: Red kuri squash, cardamom, cumin, coriander and cinnamon
The secret ingredients: Chestnut cream, honey-poached cranberries

“One of my favorite soups is the red kuri squash soup, which is on the menu now at Fifth Floor. It’s perfect during these cold months. There’s a kick in the soup with all of the spices, and the chestnut cream and honey-poached cranberries are a nice surprise for the diner when they dig in.”

Who's in town

Grammy-winning musician: Dori Caymmi blends jazz, pop and Brazilian influences. He plays a show celebrating the release of his latest recording, “Poesia Musicada.” [8 p.m., Yoshi’s, 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]


Queer comics: The Cartoon Art Museum’s Small Press Spotlight features the art of 10 Bay Area LGBTQ cartoonists; the show was curated by students at California College of the Arts. [11 a.m. to 5 p.m., 655 Mission St., S.F.]

Painted masterpieces: Works by Camille Pissarro — who had a unique and lifelong interest in the human figure — are on view in “Pissarro’s People.” [9:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 100 34th Ave. (at Clement Street), S.F.]


Local politics: The San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association presents “What’s Next California? The Power of Deliberative Polling,” a discussion with James Fishkin of the Center for Deliberative Democracy at Stanford University, Zabrae Valentine of California Forward and Lenny Mendonca of McKinsey & Co. [6 p.m., 654 Mission Street, S.F.]

At the public library

Book club: The San Francisco Public Library’s Merced Book Club discusses “Brooklyn,” a novel by Colm Toibin. New members are welcome. [7 p.m., Merced Branch, 155 Winston Drive (at 19th Avenue), S.F.]


City Hall-Civic Center: The San Francisco City Guides tour visits a national historic district, with a focus on San Francisco’s most beautiful building — City Hall. [11 a.m., meet at steps of main library, facing Pioneer Monument on Fulton Street between Hyde and Larkin streets, S.F.]


Ice rinks: Skating is happening at the Embarcadero and Union Square rinks. Sessions (90 minutes) start on every even hour. [Embarcadero: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Justin Herman Plaza, 1 Market St., S.F.; Union Square: 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., Powell and Post streets, 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. [7:30 p.m., War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Soul and funk: Jesus & the Rabbis play R&B. [9:30 p.m., Boom Boom Room, 1601 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Standup comics: Arnie Ponce — along with Sergio Barajas, Juan Medina, Al Gonzales, Chris Storin and Marga Gomez — are the Chicano Comedy Allstars, appearing at the Punch Line. [8 p.m., 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Go team: The national tour of “Bring It On: The Musical” — a pumped up show about competitive cheeleading — continues its run at the Orpheum Theatre. [8 p.m., 1192 Market St., S.F.]

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