December 15: 'Revolutionary Nutcracker Sweetie' and other SF events

“The Revolutionary Nutcracker Sweetie (The Kidz Version)

“The Revolutionary Nutcracker Sweetie (The Kidz Version)

Something to read

A Tale for the Time Being

By Ruth Ozeki ($16)

A Booker Prize finalist now in paperback, the third book by the bestselling author tells the story of the connection between a 16-year-old girl in Tokyo and a stymied novelist in British Columbia who finds a Hello Kitty lunchbox on the beach.

Lend a hand

San Francisco Recreation and Park Department: Alemany Farm, which combines growing vegetables with native-plant restoration, needs gardening volunteers. [Noon to 5 p.m.; Alemany Boulevard and Ellsworth Street, S.F.; www.alemanyfarm.org]

Fairs and festivals

Crafts fair: The 2013 KPFA Crafts Fair features 200 artisan booths and a food court with live entertainment. It benefits the radio station. [10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Concourse Exhibition Center, 635 Eighth St., S.F.]

Theater

Fairy tale: The African-American Shakespeare Company presents “Cinderella,” a holiday production featuring a soulful twist on the fairy tale. [3 p.m., African-American Art and Culture Complex, 762 Fulton St., S.F.]

Clerical miracle: A grumpy secretary at Scrooge Industries is visited by ghostly spirits in “It’s Christmas, Carole,” a 50-minute human cartoon for all ages. Comic Sara Moore stars. [2 and 5 p.m., Creativity Theater, 221 Fourth St., S.F.]

Sports and recreation

Ice rinks: Ice-skating rinks are open at the Embarcadero and Union Square. Ninety-minute sessions start on every even hour. [Embarcadero: 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., 1 Market St., S.F.; Union Square: 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., 333 Post St., S.F.]

Dance

Yo ho ho: The Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band presents “Dance-Along Nutcracker,” its zany interactive show. “Nutcrackers of the Caribbean” is this year’s theme. [11 a.m. and 3 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 700 Howard St., S.F.]

Youth-geared show: “The Revolutionary Nutcracker Sweetie (The Kidz Version),” presented by Dance Mission Theater, contains themes of diversity and peace. Children and teen performers include Grrrl Brigade. [1 and 5 p.m., Brava Theater, 2781 24th St., S.F.]

Last day: ODC/Dance’s 2013 presentation of “The Velveteen Rabbit,” a dance performance about a boy, a stuffed rabbit and the power of love, closes today. [2 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 700 Howard St., S.F.]

Music

Children’s choir: The award-winning Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir presents its “Candlelight Concert.” Featured composers include Francisco Nunez and Dov Carmel. [3 p.m., Old First Church, 1751 Sacramento St., S.F.]

Movies

Indie horror: Independent sci-fi and horror flicks screen at the Another Hole in the Head Film Festival. [New People Cinema, 1746 Post St., S.F.; www.sfindie.com]

Parks

Books and botany: The San Francisco Botanical Garden hosts a “Story Time and Family Walk” for ages 4 to 8. “The Lorax” is the featured book. [10:30 a.m., 1199 Ninth Ave., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Brunch

Zazie: Chef-owner Jennifer Piallat serves French cuisine, and brunch highlights include scrambled eggs. Styles include Fontainbleau (mushrooms, spinach, fontina) and Avignon (eggplant, zucchini, garlic, herbs). Also look for the French toast Tahiti (challah with caramelized bananas and walnut) and the “Un, Deux, Trois” (one pancake, two eggs, three bacon strips). [9 a.m. to 3 p.m., 941 Cole St., S.F.; (415) 564-5332]

Sports

49ers at Buccaneers

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

NaVorro Bowman and the 49ers make the cross-country trek to take on the surging Bucs, who have won four of their past five games.

NBA: The Warriors make the short trip to the desert to take on the Suns in a Pacific Division battle. [5 p.m., US Airways Center, Phoenix, CSN Bay Area]arts

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