Good Sunday for Jan. 10 , 2010 

Breaking Out of Bedlam
By Leslie Larson ($24)
The Berkeley writer’s second novel — both funny and emotional — tells the story of Cora Sledge, an 82-year-old sarcastic pill-popper who is forced by her children to leave her home and dog and move into a “quaint” assisted living facility.

NFL: AFC wild card
Ravens at Patriots
10 a.m., CBS (KPIX, Ch. 5)
San Mateo native Tom Brady will lead the New England Patriots against the Baltimore Ravens in what should be a competitive AFC wild-card matchup.

NFL: The Green Bay Packers travel to Arizona to take on the defending NFC champion Cardinals. [1:40 p.m., University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Ariz., Fox (KTVU, Ch. 2)]
College men’s basketball: USF hosts San Diego in a West Coast Conference battle. [5 p.m., War Memorial Gym, Comcast SportsNet California]

Palace Hotel: Chef Jesse Llapitan and the hotel’s Garden Court feature a lavish “Sunday Jazz Brunch.” Options include the Kyo-ya Restaurant Signature Station, offering sushi and sashimi; “Maxfield’s Restaurant Classics,” serving California fare; dim sum and Chinese delicacies; pasta; crepes and made-to-order omelets; breakfast breads and pastries; and desserts. [10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; 2 New Montgomery St., S.F.; (415) 546-5089]

San Francisco Recreation and Park Department: Volunteers are needed to help keep Shakespeare Garden beautiful. [10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. and Middle East drives, Golden Gate Park, S.F.; RSVP:]

San Mateo County Department of Parks: Volunteers are needed to help restore a Mirada Surf habitat. [9 a.m. to noon; details/RSVP:]

Waterfront activities
Pier wildlife: “Animals of Hyde Street Pier,” a National Park Service tour, offers the chance to see some of the animals, from shorebirds to starfish, that live at the pier. [2 p.m., Hyde Street Pier, Hyde and Jefferson streets, S.F.]

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

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.]

Japanese Tea Garden: Tour, presented by San Francisco City Guides, explores the history and icons of the five-acre garden and the family that lived there. [1 p.m.; meet at entrance to Japanese Tea Garden, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Victorian homes: The Victorian Home Walk offers the chance to see 200 meticulously restored Victorian homes and learn about different types of architecture. [11 a.m.; meet at Union Square, Powell and Post streets, 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 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.; meet at Precita Eyes Mural Arts and Visitors Center, 2981 24th St., S.F.]

Local history
Castro district: S.F. City Guides hosts “Castro: Tales of the Village,” a history walk through the Castro/Eureka Valley neighborhood. [11 a.m.; meet at Harvey Milk Plaza, Castro and Market streets, S.F., under the rainbow flag]

Haight-Ashbury: Foot Tours hosts its “Flashback” tour, a comedian-led trip through the Haight-Ashbury district. Sights include Buena Vista Park and the Grateful Dead house. [1 p.m., Haight and Cole streets, S.F.; RSVP:]

Jazz greats: Premier jazz trumpeter Roy Hargrove performs with friends. Special guest: Pharoah Sanders. [5 and 7 p.m., Yoshi’s, 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Classical cello and piano: Renowned cellist Steven Isserlis performs works by Britten, Schumann and Rachmaninov. Gilmore Artist Award-winning pianist Kirill Gerstein joins him. [7 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Rock band: Sonic Youth brings its tour to San Francisco. “The Eternal” is the alternative rock band’s most recent album. [8 p.m., the Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Last day: “Emerald Cities” closes at the Asian Art Museum. 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.]

Time-lapse project: The Exploratorium presents “A History of the Sky,” Ken Murphy’s work-in-progress time-lapse installation. Viewers can witness atmospheric events on an immediate level. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 3601 Lyon St., S.F.]

Dance troupes: Dance Brigade’s Down and Dirty series presents a showcase featuring Tango Con*Fusion and Olivia Lehrman. [7 p.m., Dance Mission Theater, 3316 24th St., S.F.]

Words and music: Mahbod Seraji reads from the novel “Rooftops of Tehran” and the Noah Frank Quartet, a jazz group, performs. [2 p.m. (reading) and 4:30 p.m. (music), Bird and Beckett Books and Records, 653 Chenery St., S.F.]

Local comics: Sunday is “S.F. Comedy Showcase” night at the Punch Line. Fifteen local comics perform. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery 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 p.m., 1192 Market St., S.F.]
Natural riches: The San Mateo County History Museum presents “Nature’s Bounty,” an exhibit detailing how Peninsula natural resources supported the development of San Francisco. [10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 2200 Broadway, Redwood City]

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