Good Sunday for November 15 

Around town

Music
Singer-songwriter:
Ray LaMontagne performs with his band. “Gossip in the Grain” is his new album. [8 p.m., Nob Hill Masonic Center, 1111 California St., S.F.]

Pop band: The White Tie Affair, from Chicago, performs at Slim’s. The band specializes in pop, electronica and fun. [7 p.m., 333 11th St., S.F.]

Choral group: San Francisco City Chorus presents “The Beauty of Brahms: Autumnal Reflections,” a concert featuring two works by the composer. [3 p.m., Fourth Church of Christ, Scientist, 300 Funston Ave., S.F.]

Movies
Animated films:
The 2009 San Francisco International Animation Festival closes. The slate includes the Swedish dystopian thriller “Metropia.” [Noon to 5 p.m., Embarcadero Center Cinema, 1 Embarcadero Center, S.F.]

Environment
Eco-fest:
Global Exchange and Green America present the 2009 Green Festival. Attractions include speakers, workshops, eco-art, live music and chef demos. [11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Concourse Exhibition Center, 635 Eighth St. S.F.]

Theater
Galactic gala:
Lamplighters Music Theatre presents “Star Drek,” its 2009 Champagne gala fundraiser. In addition, the event includes an auction and a party. [4 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]


City activities
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]

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.]


What to read

A Memoir
By Mary Karr ($25.99)
In this new volume, the author of “The Liars’ Club” answers the question that came to the mind of many readers who devoured that best-selling memoir: How did she overcome her horrible upbringing to become a respected poet, academic and mother?


Lend a hand

Recreation and Park Department: Volunteers are needed to prune plants and pull weeds at Christopher Playground. [10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Diamond Heights Boulevard and Duncan Street, S.F.; RSVP: www.onebrick.org]

Surfrider Foundation: Volunteers are needed to clean up Ocean Beach. [10 a.m. to noon, S.F. location; details: www.sfsurfrider.org or (415) 561-4751]


Brunch

Cocola Bakery: This patisserie and cafe features pastries, sandwiches, soups and salads. Recent selections include turkey breast sandwich with cranberry sauce and Brie; eggplant sandwich with red pepper and mozzarella; panini croque monsieur (grilled ham and Swiss); salmon croissant; albacore nicoise salad; and cakes and tarts. [10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Westfield San Francisco Centre, 865 Market St., S.F.; (415) 543-2207]


Get outside

Sports and recreation
Ice rink:
Holiday ice-skating has returned to Union Square. Skaters can enjoy the rink through Jan. 18. [10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Post and Powell streets, S.F.]

Paddle ride: City Kayak hosts its “Sunset Kayak” paddling tour, featuring scenic views of the Bay at sundown. [3:30 to 6:30 p.m.; City Kayak, South Beach Harbor, Pier 40, The Embarcadero, S.F.; RSVP: www.citykayak.com]

Local history
Old town:
San Francisco City Guides hosts its “Gold Rush City” history walk. Topics include the Vigilance Committee, Emperor Norton and the original 49ers. [2 p.m.; meet at Transamerica Pyramid, Clay and Montgomery streets, S.F.]

Hippie days: Foot Tours presents “Flashback: Summer of Love, Winter of Discontent,” a Haight-Ashbury tour revisiting the days of flower power. [1 p.m.; meet at Haight and Cole streets, S.F.; RSVP: www.foottours.com]

Theater history: San Francisco City Guides presents its “Theatre in San Francisco” tour. [10 a.m.; meet at Yerba Buena Gardens, Mission Street between Third and Fourth streets, S.F., by outdoor stage]

Maritime events
Life at sea:
“Adventures at Sea,” a guided tour of the ship Balclutha, looks at the lives of 19th-century sailors, with a focus on the treacherous Cape Horn passage. [2:15 p.m., Hyde Street Pier, north end of Hyde Street, S.F.]

Architecture
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]

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.]


Game of the day

NFL
Patriots at Colts

5:15 p.m., NBC (KNTV, Ch. 11)
Serra High School grad Tom Brady and his New England Patriots look to end Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts’ perfect season in a prime-time showdown.

Other highlights 
NHL: The Sharks head to the Windy City for a Western Conference matchup with the Blackhawks. [4 p.m., United Center, Chicago, Comcast SportsNet California]

Auto racing: The NASCAR Sprint Cup series hits the desert for the Checker O’Reilly Auto Parts 500. [12:15 p.m., Avondale, Ariz., ABC (KGO, Ch. 7)]
 

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