January 19: Armistead Maupin and other SF events

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“Tales of the City” author Armistead Maupin discusses the final book in the series
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Happier at Home

By Gretchen Rubin ($15)

The best-selling author of “The Happiness Project” follows up with a volume dedicated to making homes positive places. She speaks at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Books Inc. Opera Plaza in S.F., and at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Kepler’s in Menlo Park.

Glide: The free meals program needs volunteers to prepare the dining room, place food on trays, serve guests and wipe tables. [11:15 a.m. to 2 p.m., 330 Ellis St., S.F.; daily shifts, too, are available; info/RSVP: www.onebrick.org or www.glide.org]

Lend a hand

Books and botany: The San Francisco Botanical Garden hosts a “Story Time and Family Walk” (10:30 a.m.), for ages 4 to 8. Also at the garden: “Magnificent Magnolias.” [7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., 1199 Ninth Ave., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Get outside

Fluttering heights: The Conservatory of Flowers has extended “Butterflies and Blooms” to March 16. The exhibit features hundreds of butterflies and colorful flowers. [10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 100 John F. Kennedy Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Patriotism and Prejudice: The tour tells the poignantly ironic story of Japanese-American soldiers who were trained to fight Japan while their families were interned. [1 p.m.; meet at Building 640, Presidio of S.F.; RSVP: (415) 561-4323]

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

Music

Rock band: The Nashville-based indie band Moon Taxi brings its tour to San Francisco. “Mountains Beaches Cities” is its latest album. [9 p.m., Brick and Mortar Music Hall, 1710 Mission St., S.F.]

Theater

Shadow theater: ShadowLight Productions presents “Poro Oyna,” a shadow-theater work that brings to life the mythology of the Aynu tribe of Hokkaido, Japan. [2 p.m., Southside Theater, Building D, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Fairs and festivals

Modernism fair: The San Francisco Fog Design + Art Fair celebrates the past 100 years of art and design with exhibits, talks, and performances. It benefits SFMOMA. [11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Movies

German film fest: The 2014 Berlin & Beyond, featuring films from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, presents its final night at the Castro Theatre. Closing-night feature: “Silent Summer” at 8 p.m. [429 Castro St., S.F.; www.berlinbeyond.com]

Literary arts

Final tales: “Tales of the City” author Armistead Maupin discusses the final book in the series, “The Days of Anna Madrigal,” appearing in conversation with author Andrew Sean Greer. [2 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

Brunch

Campton Place Restaurant: Chef Srijith Gopinathan creates Cal-Indian cuisine. Brunchtime dishes include malted waffle and butter-roasted stone fruit with walnuts and whipped vanilla cream; crab-cake Benedict with poached eggs and hollandaise; and duck samosa with tomato butter and fuyu-persimmon salad. Also look for a $50 three-course brunch: appetizer, entree, dessert. [11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., 340 Stockton St., S.F.; (415) 955-5555]

NFL

49ers vs. Seahawks

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

Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers try to reach the Super Bowl for the second straight year when they take on the rival Seahawks in the NFC Championship Game.

The Denver Broncos host the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship. [Noon, Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, CBS (KPIX, Ch. 5)]

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