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


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.]


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.]


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


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.


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


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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