Good day: Nov. 26, 2009

MUSEUMS

Wax Museum: Exhibits include “King Tut,” “Palace of Living Art,” “Chamber of Horrors,” “World Leaders” and “Hollywood Hunks.” [145 Jefferson St., S.F.; call for holiday hours: (415) 202-0402 or (800) 439-4305]

TOURS

‘San Francisco in a Nutshell’: Comedian-led tour, presented by Foot Tours, features games, tales, and fun facts about San Francisco’s past. [10:30 a.m., Union Square, Post and Powell streets, S.F.; RSVP: www.foottours.com]

Life at sea: “Adventures at Sea,” a guided tour of the ship Balclutha, revisits the lives of 19th-century sailors, with a focus on the treacherous Cape Horn passage. [2:15 p.m., Hyde Street Pier, north end of Hyde Street, S.F.]

OUTDOORS

Ice-skating rink: Union Square’s Holiday Ice Rink invites individuals, couples, families, and groups to enjoy the holiday skating tradition in a downtown setting. [10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Post and Powell streets, S.F.]

Plant life: The S.F. Botanical Garden features more than 7,500 varieties of plants from around the world. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

MOVIES

‘Red Cliff’: Rebel warlords unite to mount a heroic campaign in this epic-scale Chinese drama inspired by the battle that heralded the end of the Han dynasty. [Embarcadero Center Cinema, 1 Embarcadero Center, S.F.; (415) 267-4893]

‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’: The animals unite against the evil farmers, who are determined to capture the audacious Mr. Fox, at any cost, in this animated tale based on Roald Dahl’s children’s book. [Check local listings]

CITY

San Francisco Zoo: More than 250 species of animals reside at the zoo. Attractions include “African Savannah,” “Australian Walkabout,” “Bear Grottos,” and the Insect Zoo, to name a few. [10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 1 Zoo Road, S.F.]

Hot wheels: The 2009 International Auto Show begins. Major manufacturers showcase 2010 model cars, SUVs, trucks, and vans   nearly 800 vehicles in all. [10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Moscone Convention Center, 747 Howard St., S.F.]

Morning trot: The annual Turkey Trail Trot includes a “Turkey Trot” run, a “Pilgrim Promenade” walk, and a “Kids Gobbler Chase.” It benefits the Lowell High School track team. [8:15 a.m., Polo Field, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

DINING OUT

Balboa Cafe: The restaurant is serving Thanksgiving dinner, and chef Jose Lemus’ menu includes, for starters, butternut-squash soup and Dungeness-crab cakes. Entrees include turkey with cornbread stuffing, Blue Lake beans, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and giblet gravy. Alaskan halibut, filet mignon, and porcini ravioli also are available. Desserts include pumpkin pie and blueberry bread pudding. [3199 Fillmore St., S.F. (415) 921-3944]

 

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