Good Sunday for Jan. 17, 2010 

Good Sunday for Jan. 17

It All Changed in an Instant
Edited by Smith Magazine ($12)
The follow-up to “Not Quite What I Was Planning” features more witty and evocative six-word memoirs from both famous and obscure writers. For example, this from Neil Patrick Harris: “Barney ... Doogie.! Average names elude me.”

Cowboys at Vikings
10 a.m., Fox (KTVU, Ch. 2)
Quarterback Brett Favre makes his playoff debut for the Minnesota Vikings, who will look to slow down QB Tony Romo and the red-hot Dallas Cowboys.

Golf: The final round of the PGA Tour’s Sony Open concludes from Hawaii. [4 p.m., Honolulu, Golf Channel]
Tennis: The first round of the Australian Open kicks off. [4 p.m., Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, Australia, ESPN2]

Presidio Social Club: Chef Peter Janiak’s brunch menu includes egg, breakfast and sandwich items. Recent selections include buttermilk pancakes; Mission-style chilaquiles with eggs any style; rum-soaked challah French toast with bananas and maple syrup; and chicken and root-vegetable hash with poached eggs and chicken gravy. [10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Building 563, Ruger St., Presidio of S.F.; (415) 885-1888]

San Francisco Recreation and Park Department: Volunteers are needed to do planting and weeding work at Bernal Hill Park. [11 a.m. to 1 p.m., end of Bernal Heights Blvd., S.F.; RSVP:]

San Francisco Recreation and Park Department: Volunteers are needed to do pruning and soil-restoration work at Golden Gate Park’s Tree Fern Dell. [10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; meet at Conservatory Drive West and JFK Drive, 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:]

Books and botany: The S.F. Botanical Garden hosts its “Children’s Story Time and Family Walk,” designed for ages 4 to 8. January’s featured book is “The Pea Blossom.” [10:30 a.m., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Sports and recreation
Scenic paddling: City Kayak hosts its “Downtown San Francisco Trip,” a kayak paddle ride along the waterfront. [Noon to 3 p.m., City Kayak, South Beach Harbor, Embarcadero at Townsend Street, S.F.; info/RSVP:]

Ice rink: Today is the downtown holiday ice rink’s last Sunday of the season. The rink closes tomorrow. [10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Union Square Post and Powell streets, S.F.]

Local history
Mission walk: S.F. City Guides hosts a tour of the Mission Dolores area. Topics include the history of the Spanish mission and the people who gave their names to S.F. streets. [11 a.m.; meet at gold hydrant at Church and 20th streets, S.F.]

Bohemian nights: Foot Tours hosts “Nude, Lewd & Crude: An Evening Tour of North Beach.” Learn about the rise of strippers, comedians and Beats in The City’s bohemian quarter. [6 p.m.; details/RSVP:]

Waterfront events
Presidio tour: Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy hosts a tour titled “Buffalo Soldiers in a ‘Jim Crow’ Army.” The African-American 9th Cavalry is the focus. [10 a.m., Presidio Officers’ Club, 50 Moraga Ave., S.F. Presidio; RSVP: (415) 561-4323]

Historic bathhouse: The National Park Service hosts a guided tour of the renovated Aquatic Park Bathhouse building, an Art Deco style structure featuring unique architecture and murals. [3 p.m., 900 Beach St., 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 and 1:30 p.m.; meet at Precita Eyes Mural Arts and Visitors Center, 2981 24th St., S.F.]

Samurai imagery: The Cartoon Art Museum presents “Drawing the Sword: Samurai in Manga and Anime.” Via samurai imagery, the show explores the evolution of Japanese artistic traditions. [11 a.m. to 5 p.m., 655 Mission St., S.F.]

Solo performers: Solo artists perform excerpts from their full-length shows in “City Soulo.” Thao P. Nguyen, Vanessa Khaleel, Nicole Maxali and Zahra Noorbakhsh take the stage. [7 p.m., Off-Market Theaters, 965 Mission St., S.F.]

Anniversary series: Dance artist Keith Hennessy’s “Queer 20th Anniversary” continues. Hennessey, with Jules Beckman and Seth Eisenwith, appears in “How to Die.” [8 p.m., Dance Mission Theater, 3316 24th St., S.F.]

Piano recital: Hungarian pianist Peter Toth performs works by Schubert, Liszt and Brahms. The American Liszt Society presents the event. [4 p.m., Green Room, War Memorial Veterans Building, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Rock band: Styx performs in San Francisco. The rock band’s hits include “Lady,” “Come Sail Away” and “Show Me the Way.” [8 p.m., Regency Ballroom, 1290 Sutter St., S.F.]

Polish metal: Behemoth, a metal band from Poland, brings its “Evangelia Amerika” tour to San Francisco. [8 p.m., Slim’s, 333 11th St., S.F.]

Comedy festival: S.F. Sketchfest presents a tribute to Conan O’Brien with Andy Richter. Also on today’s slate: “Running Your Trap With Jimmy Pardo.” [Richter: 2 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.; Pardo: 7 p.m., Eureka Theatre, 215 Jackson St., S.F.]

Performing women: The Women on the Way Festival continues. Innovative female theater, dance, music and comedy artists take the stage. [2 and 8 p.m., Shotwell Studios, 3252-A 19th St., S.F.; 2 p.m., the Garage, 975 Howard St., S.F.]

Words and music: Bird and Beckett hosts a poetry reading (2 p.m.) with Will Dodger, Craig Easley, Gail Mitchell and Joie Cook. Country music (4:30 p.m.) with Gayle Lynn and the Hired Hands follows. [653 Chenery St., S.F.]
Jazz quartet: The Terrence Brewer Quartet performs the music of Wes Montgomery. [4:30 p.m., Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society, Douglas Beach House on Miramar Beach, 311 Mirada Road, Half Moon Bay]

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