Good Sunday Dec. 27, 2009 

Something to read
Wherever There’s a Fight
By Elaine Elinson and Stan Yogi ($24.95)
Subtitled “How Runaway Slaves, Suffragists, Immigrants, Strikers and Poets Shaped Civil Liberties in California,” the book, written by American Civil Liberties Union activists, tells the sweeping story of how freedom and equality have grown in the state, from the Gold Rush to the post-9/11 era.


GAME OF THE DAY

NFL

Lions at 49ers

1:05 p.m., Fox (KTVU, Ch. 2)

After officially being eliminated from the playoffs, the 49ers are looking for wins in their final two games to finish the season at .500, beginning today against the Lions at Candlestick Park.



OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

NFL: The adventure that is the Raiders’ quarterback situation continues today in Cleveland against the Browns. [10 a.m., Cleveland Browns Stadium, Cleveland, CBS (KPIX, Ch. 5)]

College football: Kentucky and Clemson square off in the Music City Bowl. [5:30 p.m., LP Field, Nashville, Tenn., ESPN]

BRUNCH
Balboa Cafe: Chef Jose Lemus’ brunch menu contains breakfast, egg and sandwich items. Recent selections include buttermilk pancakes with bananas and toasted pecans; huevos rancheros with black beans, jack cheese, eggs over-easy and salsa; Hereford hanger steak with eggs, roasted potatoes and toast; and a burger on a baguette. [9 a.m. to 3 p.m., 3199 Fillmore St., S.F. (415) 921-3944]

LEND A HAND
Pacifica’s Environmental Family: Volunteers are needed to remove invasive plants at Pacifica State Beach. [10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; park in community-center lot, Highway 1 and Crespi Drive, Pacifica; RSVP: www.onebrick.org]

HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS
Museums
Animated shorts: The Exploratorium hosts its Holiday Animation Film Festival, a program of short films that use pixilation, stop-motion and other methods to capture playful situations. [Noon and 2 p.m., 3601 Lyon St., S.F.]


Theater
Dickens tale: American Conservatory Theater’s 2009 presentation of “A Christmas Carol,” Charles Dickens’ story about the transformation of mean miser Scrooge, closes. [1 and 5:30 p.m., A.C.T., 415 Geary St., S.F.]

Clown show: Local clown Unique Derique presents his holiday show, “Fun-derful Holidaze,” joined by poi-twirling daughter Mali, Prescott Clown Circus theater alumni and others. [2 p.m., Marsh, 1062 Valencia St., S.F.]


Dance
Last dance: The San Francisco Ballet’s 2009 presentation of “Nutcracker” ends. [2 and 7 p.m., War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Classical and pop: Smuin Ballet’s 2009 “Christmas Ballet” closes. “Classical” and “Cool” acts make up the performance. [2 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 700 Howard St., S.F.]


Comedy
Oy sauce: Kung Pao Kosher Comedy presents “Jewish Comedy on Christmas in a Chinese Restaurant.” Jonathan Katz (“Dr. Katz, professional therapist”) headlines. [5 and 8:30 p.m., New Asia Restaurant, 772 Pacific Ave., S.F.]


Animal kingdom
Gifts for the animals: “Winter Goes Wild” at the San Francisco Zoo. Animals receive winter-themed toys and treats during this festive occasion. [10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 1 Zoo Road, S.F.]


Sports and recreation
Downtown ice skating: The holiday ice rink in Union Square is open. Skaters can enjoy it through Jan. 18. [10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Post and Powell streets, S.F.]


AROUND TOWN
Music
Jazz guitarist: Guitarist Lloyd Gregory performs at Biscuits and Blues, playing a mix of jazz, blues, popular favorites and standards. [8 and 10 p.m., 401 Mason St., S.F.]


Dance
Final steps: Today is the last day to catch the farewell tour of “Riverdance” in San Francisco. The show thunderously spotlights Irish step dancing and music. [1 and 6 p.m., Golden Gate Theatre, 1 Taylor St., S.F.]


Circus arts
Under the big top: Cirque du Soleil is in town. “Ovo,” the circus company’s current show, immerses audiences in an insect world. [1 and 5 p.m., AT&T Park, Third Street and Terry A. Francois Boulevard, S.F.]


Museums
Southeast Asian arts: “Emerald Cities” continues at the Asian Art Museum through Jan. 10. The 140-piece exhibition explores the rich arts traditions of 19th-century Siam and Burma. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 200 Larkin St., S.F.]


Comedy
Stand-up comic: Comedian Bobby Slayton is in town. Slayton’s HBO credits include “Comic Relief,” a stand-up special, and “Mind of a Married Man.” [7 and 9 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]


Theater
Comic whodunit: “Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘The 39 Steps’” brings a Hitchcock film mixed with a spy novel to the stage. Four actors play more than 150 zany characters. [2 and 7:30 p.m., Curran Theatre, 445 Geary St., S.F.]

Life before Dorothy: “Wicked” continues at the Orpheum Theatre. The hit musical tells the story of Oz’s two best-known witches, in their early years. [2 and 7:30 p.m., 1192 Market St., S.F.]

Magic show: “All Star Magic & More” takes place at the S.F. Playhouse. Illusionists Adam Sachs, Charlie Martin, RJ Owens and Sebastian Boswell III are scheduled to perform. [7 p.m., 533 Sutter St., S.F.]


Parks
Little city: The Conservatory of Flowers presents “Golden Gate Express Garden Railway,” an exhibit featuring a model train and mini San Francisco landmarks made from recycled materials. [9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]
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Peninsula:
Life in miniature: The Los Altos History Museum presents “It’s a Small World,” an exhibit of scaled miniatures — architectural models, doll houses, model trains and more. [Noon to 4 p.m., 51 South San Antonio Road, Los Altos]

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