Jan. 4: Hot blues, Presidio activities and more 

click to enlarge A Buddhist monk from Soto Zen Buddhism North America participates in a New Year’s Eve ceremony at the Asian Art Museum. The Larkin Street museum invited visitors to strike a 2,100-pound, 16th-century temple bell from Japan in a tradition dedicated to clearing the unfortunate experiences and misdeeds of the previous year. - MIKE KOOZMIN/THE S.F. EXAMINER
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  • A Buddhist monk from Soto Zen Buddhism North America participates in a New Year’s Eve ceremony at the Asian Art Museum. The Larkin Street museum invited visitors to strike a 2,100-pound, 16th-century temple bell from Japan in a tradition dedicated to clearing the unfortunate experiences and misdeeds of the previous year.

Something to read

Sausage Making: The Definitive Guide By Ryan Farr ($35) The butcher of San Francisco's 4505 Meats, Farr is providing a free demonstration from his 2014 tome at Omnivore Books on Food on Jan. 24.

Volunteer

YMCA: Volunteers are needed at the YMCA's centers around San Francisco to staff food pantries, coach youth sports, work with seniors and more. [(415) 777-9622, www.ymcasf.org/volunteer]

Get outside

Bike lesson: Get a budding bicyclist started off right with a free session courtesy of the Learn to Ride Bike Program. Participants can bring their own bikes and helmets or borrow some from the nearby YMCA. [10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Main Post Lawn, 103 Montgomery St., Presidio, S.F.]

Fire it up: Docents provide a free demonstration of a 50-ton military rifle at the Presidio's century-old Battery Chamberlain, and visitors can even help load it. [11 a.m.-3 p.m., Battery Chamberlain, north end of Baker Beach parking lot, Presidio, S.F.]

Lindy in the Park: Swing dancers hit the streets. [11 a.m.-2 p.m., between de Young Museum and Music Concourse, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Music

Old is gold: Singer-songwriter Kally Price and the Old Blues and Jam Band channel classic recordings from the 1920s-40s. Preceding the show, the Hot Baked Goods lay down some tasty swing jams every first Sunday of the month starting at 6 p.m. [8 p.m., Amnesia, 853 Valencia St., S.F.]

Pop-synth sounds: A free show features Claire George of the Tropics in her new side project, Chiara Scura. The band is releasing its debut EP later this year. [8 p.m., Chapel bar, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

Comedy

Man up: Give Me Fiction, a monthly series melding prose and comedy, is poking fun at folks of the Y-chromosome persuasion with participants including Kelly Anneken, Kollin Holtz, Megan Koester and more. [8 p.m., Lost Weekend Video, 1034 Valencia St., S.F.]

Bad Movie Night: Hosts Jim Fourniadis, Mikl-Em, Chris Rockey and audience members provide humorous commentary to "Snakes On a Plane," Samuel L. Jackson's magnum opus about airborne reptiles. [8 p.m., Dark Room, 2263 Mission St., S.F.]

Brunch

Parkside Tavern: Eggs Florentine and and Irish bacon Benedict are on the menu, but so are cocktails such as the Parkside Margarita, Sunset Sunrise and Sex on Ocean Beach. [10 a.m.-2 p.m., 1940 Taraval St., S.F.; (415) 731-8900, www.parksidetavernsf.com]

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