Happy Chinese New Year 

Image of the week

New Year’s celebration:
Two women pray at the Ma-Tsu temple as they celebrate Chinese New Year on Thursday. This is the Year of the Rabbit.

Something to read

Caribou Island




By David Vann ($25.99)

A marriage is pushed beyond its ordinary limits in the severe wilds of Alaska, in local author David Vann’s much-anticipated debut novel. [Vann will speak at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at The Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Lend A Hand

Surfrider Foundation:
Volunteers are needed to help clean up Ocean Beach. [10 a.m. to noon; details at www.parksconservancy.org]

Get outside

New Year flora:
The Conservatory of Flowers’ “Lunar New Year Floral Display” features plants associated with the Lunar New Year. [10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Golden Gate Park, 100 John F. Kennedy Drive, S.F.]

Birder field trip:
The Golden Gate Audubon Society hosts a field trip for birders. The San Francisco Botanical Garden is the place. [8 to 10:30 a.m., front gate, SFBG, Golden Gate Park, S.F.; www.goldengateaudubon.org]

Creative habitats:
“Presidio Habitats” exhibit features habitat sculptures created for the park’s “animal clients” by more than two dozen artists and designers. [11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Storey Avenue and Ralston Avenue, Fort Scott District, Presidio of S.F.; www.presidio.gov]

Castro District:
S.F. City Guides hosts “Castro: Tales of the Village,” a history walk through the ever-evolving, vibrant neighborhood. [11 a.m.; meet at Harvey Milk Plaza, Castro and Market streets, under the rainbow flag]

Around town

Museums

Costume finery:
“Pulp Fashion: The Art of Isabelle de Borchgrave” has opened at the Legion of Honor. The Belgian artist crafts a world of splendor from the simplest rag paper. [9:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., 100 34th Ave., S.F.]

Lunar New Year:
The Asian Art Museum hosts a Year of the Rabbit celebration. Festivities include lion dancing, stories and hands-on projects. Today is Target First Free Sunday. [Noon to 4 p.m., 200 Larkin St., S.F.]

Theater

World premiere:
Z Space presents “The Companion Piece,” a play conceived by theater artist Beth Wilmert. A “Headliner” and a “Duo” grapple with issues of survival, success and identity. [5 p.m., 450 Florida St., S.F.]

Movies

Indie films:
“IndieFest 2011,” the San Francisco Independent Film Festival, is rolling. Look for a full lineup of screenings today, plus the MusicFest and “Super Bowl XLV: Men in Tights” party. [2:30 p.m. onward, S.F. venues; www.sfindie.com]

Australian cinema: The Mostly British Film Festival continues through Feb. 10. Films from Australia, including “Solo,” “Contact” and “Blessed,” screen today. [12:30 to 11 p.m., Vogue Theatre, 3290 Sacramento St., S.F.]

Black History Month

Social-justice event:
Civil rights legend Claudette Colvin and activist poet Bryonn Bain appear in “Riding While Black 1955/Walking While Black 1999,” a social-justice event. [1:30 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Sports and recreation

Super Bowl viewing:
The Balboa Theatre hosts a Super Bowl party. Fans can watch the big game, along with the half-time show, on the big screen. [3:30 p.m., 3630 Balboa St., S.F.]

Game of the day

SUPER BOWL XLV

Packers vs. Steelers


3:30 p.m., Fox (KTVU, Ch. 2)

Two of the NFL’s storied franchises, the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers, square off in Super Bowl XLV.

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

NBA:
The Orlando Magic and Boston Celtics collide in an Eastern Conference showdown. [11:30 a.m., TD Garden, Boston, ABC (KGO, Ch. 7)]

Brunch

Nombe Restaurant:
Chef Vincent Schofield’s brunch selections include a “Japanese Breakfast” — broiled black cod, Onsen tamago, miso soup with vegetables, Koshihikari rice with wild nori, pickled vegetables, house umeboshi and marinated konbu. A vegetarian version is available. A tuna melt, pastries and cocktails also are on the menu. [11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 2491 Mission St., S.F.; (415) 681-7150]

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