January 12: Leslie and the LY's and other SF events 

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  • Leslie and the LY’s, a pop and comedy act from Iowa, perform at the Rickshaw Stop. Indie rapper and “gem-sweater lady” Leslie Hall fronts the band.
Something to read

Leaving the Sea

By Ben Marcus ($25.95)

The collection of short stories — traditional and experimental, comic and tragic — showcases the award-winning writer’s range. He is slated to appear at 7 p.m. Jan. 21 at City Lights Bookstore in The City.

Lend a hand

Habitat for Humanity: Volunteers are needed to do scaffolding work at a San Francisco residential site. Future home-repair tasks also are available. [8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 1437 Quesada Ave., S.F.; info/register: www.habitatgsf.org]

Get outside

Chocolate race: The Hot Chocolate 15/5K features a park route, an expo and an after-party with chocolate edibles. It benefits Ronald McDonald House Charities. [7:30 a.m., Music Concourse, Golden Gate Park, S.F.; www.hotchocolate15k.com]

Swing dancing: Lindy in the Park presents its weekly swing-dance event. A beginner lesson and community dancing make up the session. [11 a.m. to 2 p.m., between de Young Museum and Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Whale watching: The Oceanic Society hosts naturalist-led whale-watching cruises departing from the Peninsula. Gray-whale migration is the focus. [9 a.m., Pillar Point Yacht Harbor, Half Moon Bay; www.oceanicsociety.org]

Ice rinks: Winter ice-skating continues at the Union Square rink through Jan. 20. Ninety-minute sessions start on every even hour. [10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., 333 Post St., S.F.]


Scavenger hunt: Urban Adventure Quest presents the “Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure S.F.,” a smartphone-guided local-history game. [Anytime between sunrise and sunset; starts at Yerba Buena Gardens, S.F.; www.urbanadventurequest.com]


Pop band: Leslie and the LY’s, a pop and comedy act from Iowa, perform at the Rickshaw Stop. Indie rapper and “gem-sweater lady” Leslie Hall fronts the band. [8 p.m., 155 Fell St., S.F.]

Choral sounds: The Harvard Glee Club sings selections from the Renaissance to the modern period, folk songs, and other men’s choir staples. [4 p.m., Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St., S.F.]

Chinese instruments: People can try out a string or percussion instrument at a “Chinese Instrument Petting Zoo.” Community Music Center presents the event. [Noon, Visitacion Valley Branch Library, 201 Leland Ave., S.F.]

Classical pianist: Garrick Ohlsson, recognized worldwide since winning the 1970 Chopin International Piano Competition, appears in a recital hosted by the Music at Kohl series. [7 p.m., Kohl Mansion, 2750 Adeline Drive, Burlingame]


Awards show: Bay Area Dance Watch and SAFEhouse for the Arts host “LiveBlessay,” a presentation of performances by six dance acts. [6 p.m., ODC Theater, 3153 17th St., S.F.]

Installation: Liss Fain Dance presents “After the Light,” a performance featuring choreography by Fain, text by Virginia Woolf and a world of shifting relationships. [2 p.m., Z Space, 450 Florida St., S.F.]


Emerging comics: The Punch Line Comedy Club hosts its weekly “SF Comedy Showcase” in which locally based performers take the stage. [8 p.m., 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Literary arts

Author appearance: Local horror author Richard Kadrey, creator of the “Sandman Slim” series, reads from “Dead Set,” his dark fantasy novel for young adults. [3 p.m., Borderlands Books, 866 Valencia St., S.F.]


Saha: Yemenese-Arabic cuisine and California cuisine come together on chef-owner Mohamed Aboghanem’s menu, and brunch dishes range from spinach shakshuka to brioche French toast to a kofta burger. Particularly popular are the Benedicts, in egg or vegan form. Varieties include crab, salmon, mushroom and artichoke-spinach. [9 a.m. to 2 p.m., 1075 Sutter St., S.F.; (415) 345-9547]


49ers vs. Panthers

10 a.m., Fox (KTVU, Ch. 2)

Vernon Davis and the Niners will be looking for revenge in the NFC divisional playoffs after losing to the Panthers 10-9 in the regular season.

Other sports

NFL: Peyton Manning and the Broncos host the San Diego Chargers in an AFC divisional playoff game. [1:40 p.m., Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, CBS (KPIX, Ch. 5)]


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