Arts publicist can sing Crosby’s version of ‘Silver Bells’

HOLIDAY GLEE CLUB

The Examiner asked The City’s songbirds and community chorus members to describe their favorite seasonal music and why it inspires them.

Karen Ames, Arts publicist

Favorite music: “Silver Bells,” sung by Bing Crosby and Carole Richards

Why:
“Not only did the sophisticated city setting seem impossibly glamorous to a child of the suburbs, but I’ve always had an extremely low alto voice and I could really shine with the part that Bing Crosby sings so beautifully. I can sing it as written, without having to transpose the main lyric an octave lower.”

PERSON IN TOWN

Hasan Minhaj, a Los Angeles-based comedian who has appeared on “Chelsea Lately” and “The Wanda Sykes Show,” headlines a “Root of Comedy” evening at the Purple Onion. [8:30 p.m., 140 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

MUSEUMS

Asian Art Museum: Exhibitions include “Beyond Golden Clouds,” an exhibit containing 41 Japanese folding screens, dating from the 16th century to modern times. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 200 Larkin St., S.F.]

Cartoon Art Museum: Exhibitions include “Drawn From the Economist: The Editorial Art of KAL” and “Overture: Looney Tunes Behind the Scenes.” [11 a.m. to 5 p.m., 655 Mission St., S.F.]


TOURS

Women’s walk: Foot Tours presents “Go West, Young Woman,” a tour covering “10 wild women” who left their legacy on San Francisco, from Isadora Duncan to Lillie Coit. [1 p.m.; details/RSVP: www.foottours.com]

Castro district: S.F. City Guides hosts “Castro: Tales of the Village,” a walk exploring the evolution of the Castro-Eureka Valley neighborhood. [11 a.m.; meet at Harvey Milk Plaza, Castro and Market streets, S.F., under rainbow flag]


LITERARY

Release party: Event celebrates the solstice and the release of “Farm Together Now.” Guests include author-artist Amy Franceschini and photographer Anne Hamersky. [8 p.m., Green Arcade, 1680 Market St., S.F.]


COLLEGES

Book group: Fiction You Wish You Had Read book-discussion group meets. Bring a favorite book and let others know why you love it so much. [Noon, Mechanics’ Institute, 57 Post St., S.F.]


PUBLIC LIBRARIES

Art show: Drawings, watercolors and prints depicting life in San Francisco in the 19th and 20th centuries are on view in the exhibit “Thou Drawest All Things.” [9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Main Library, History Center, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Holiday sweets: Children can listen to holiday-themed stories and decorate gingerbread cookies during this seasonal session. [3:30 p.m., Ocean View Branch Library, 345 Randolph St., S.F.]

Holiday craft workshop: Children ages 4 and up can make last-minute gifts or other creative things during this session. [2 to 5 p.m., Bernal Heights Branch, 500 Cortland Ave., S.F.]

DINING OUT

Nob Hill Grille: The pot pie is recommended from Heli Samaniego’s menu today. Sauteed chicken breast, pancetta, carrots, peas, onions and broccoli in a sherry cream sauce are served between puff pastry. Also look for a signature dish: baby back ribs served with bourbon chipotle barbecue sauce, homemade macaroni and cheese and sauteed chard. [969 Hyde St., S.F.; (415) 474-5985]

CITY

Classical music: Cellist Samsun van Loon and pianist Michael Tan perform works by Beethoven and Prokofiev. Noontime Concerts presents the program. [12:30 p.m., Old St. Mary’s Cathedral, 660 California St., S.F.]

Bear essentials: The San Francisco Zoo marks the start of winter by treating polar bears Pike and Uulu to a “winter wonderland” in the form of 10 tons of snow blown into their exhibit. [10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 1 Zoo Road, S.F.]

Musical play: SF Playhouse presents “Coraline,” David Greenspan and Stephen Merritt’s stage musical based on Neil Gaiman’s children’s book. [7 p.m., SF Playhouse, 533 Sutter St., S.F.]

Old-time seed swap: The Exploratorium holds its Solstice Seed Swap with artists and urban gardeners Bill Basquin, Johunna Grayson and Greta Snider. [3 to 7 p.m., Dearborn Community Garden, Dearborn and Bird streets, S.F.]

New Orleans sound: The Fat Tuesday Band, specializing in the funky vibe of New Orleans music, performs at Biscuits and Blues. [8 and 10 p.m., 401 Mason St., S.F.]

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