Broken water main soaks San Francisco’s Union Square


Water spout: A construction crew accidentally hit a water main at Geary and Stockton streets during rush hour Thursday, sending water spewing into the air and onto the roadways. Traffic was affected. The construction crew was working on the Central Subway project.


New California Writing 2011

Edited by Gayle Wattawa ($20)

Berkeley’s Heyday publishers’ illuminating anthology of fiction and nonfiction investigates the state of contemporary California. Acclaimed writers Rebecca Solnit, William T. Vollmann and Michael Chabon are among the contributors.


San Francisco Food Bank: Volunteers are needed to sort, inspect and repackage thousands of pounds of food in a two-hour shift. [12:30 to 2:30 p.m., 900 Pennsylvania Ave., S.F.; info/RSVP:]


Tree lighting: Pier 39 presents its annual Tree Lighting Celebration. Festivities include live holiday music, interactive booths, a toy drive (bring an unwrapped gift) and Disneyland characters. [Noon to 6 p.m., Pier 39, S.F.]

Garden railway: The Conservatory of Flowers presents Playland at the Conservatory, a garden railway featuring a mini version of Playland at the Beach. [10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 100 JFK Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Ice rinks: Skating is happening at the Embarcadero and Union Square rinks. Sessions (90 minutes) start on every even hour. [Embarcadero: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Justin Herman Plaza, 1 Market St., S.F.; Union Square: 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., Powell and Post streets, S.F.]

Castro walk: S.F. City Guides hosts “Castro: Tales of the Village,” a history walk through the vibrant community that was once dairy farms and dirt roads. [11 a.m., Harvey Milk Plaza, Castro and Market streets, under rainbow flag, S.F.]



Chamber music: The San Francisco Chamber Orchestra presents “Places of Note,” a concert featuring a new trombone concerto from Wayne Wallace and music by Haydn and Dvorak. [3 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Indie-folk band: The Portland-based indie-folk and Americana band Blind Pilot performs at the Great American Music Hall. “We Are the Tide” is the group’s latest album. [8 p.m., 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

R&B artist:
Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Tank, whose R&B hits include “Maybe I Deserve” and “Please Don’t Go,” performs at Yoshi’s. “Now or Never” is his latest album. [7 and 9 p.m., 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]


Closing night: The San Francisco Film Society’s 2011 New Italian Cinema Festival ends today. Closing-night film: Nanni Moretti’s “Habemus Papam” at 6:30 and 9 p.m. [Embarcadero Center Cinema, 1 Embarcadero Center, S.F.;]


Hip-hop dance: The 2011 San Francisco Hip-Hop DanceFest presents “Program B.” Ten top hip-hop companies from the United States and Europe take the stage. [6 p.m., Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon St., S.F.]

Literary arts

Sci-fi author: The Science Fiction/Fantasy Book Club meets at Borderlands to discuss Lisa Goldstein’s “Uncertain Places.” Goldstein is scheduled to attend. [6 p.m., Borderlands Cafe, 870 Valencia St., S.F.]


Stand-up show: Comic Mike E. Winfield reaps humor from the hardships of everyday life. His TV credits include “Live at Gotham” and “Comic View.” [8 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]


Palace Hotel: Chef Jesse Llapitan and the hotel’s Garden Court feature a lavish Sunday brunch. Options include the Kyo-ya Restaurant Signature Station (sushi and sashimi), dim sum and Chinese delicacies, Pied Piper Bar & Grill restaurant classics (California fare), pasta, crepes, omelets, breads and pastries and sweet dessert temptations. [10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.,2 New Montgomery St., S.F.; (415) 546-5089]



Cardinals vs. 49ers

1:05 p.m., Fox (KTVU, Ch. 2)

The 49ers are quickly closing in on clinching the NFC West and can pick up a game on the Cardinals today at Candlestick Park.


NFL: The Raiders look to maintain their one-game lead in the AFC West when they take on the Vikings. [10 a.m., Metrodome, Minneapolis, CBS (KPIX, Ch. 5)]

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