Good Sunday, Dec. 6 2009

Right Here on Our Stage Tonight!
By Gerald Nachman ($29.95)
The San Francisco entertainment critic and humorist tells the story of how Ed Sullivan, with his iconic variety show, ruled Sunday nights for 23 years. Packed with details, the book’s sources include interviews with dozens of performers as well as Sullivan’s family members and staffers.



49ers at Seahawks

1:15 p.m., Fox (KTVU, Ch. 2)

A 49ers win in Seattle today would set up a huge game next week on “Monday Night Football” between S.F. and the Arizona Cardinals with control of the NFC West on the line.


BCS Selection Show: College football teams find out who will play for the national title and other bowl matchups. [5 p.m., Fox (KTVU, Ch. 2)]

NFL: The New England Patriots and Miami Dolphins square off in a key AFC East showdown. [5:20 p.m., Land Shark Stadium, Miami, NBC (KNTV, Ch. 11)]

Waterbar: Chef Parke Ulrich’s brunch menu features breakfast and lunch items and fresh sustainable seafood. Recent selections include huevos rancheros with bean- and cheese-stuffed papusa and fire-roasted salsa; fennel-sausage scramble with chives, crème fraîche and hash browns; eggs Benedict with Serrano ham, piquillo pepper and hollandaise; and mahi mahi ceviche. [11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; 399 Embarcadero, S.F.; (415) 284-9922]

Surfrider Foundation: Volunteers are needed to clean up Ocean Beach. [10 a.m. to noon, S.F. location; details: or or (415) 561-4751]

Celebration of Craftswomen: Volunteers are needed to help with admissions, crowd monitoring, raffle drawings, artist load-in and other tasks. [9:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, S.F.; RSVP:]

Symphony party: The San Francisco Symphony hosts “Deck the Hall,” its holiday concert and party. Hear festive holiday tunes from around the globe. [11 a.m. and 3 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Choral concert: The Ragazzi Boys Chorus presents “An Old-Fashioned Christmas,” a concert featuring classic music such as “Ave Maria,” plus popular carols. [4 p.m., Old First Church, 1751 Sacramento St., S.F.]

Filipino Christmas: The Asian Art Museum celebrates Pasko, the Filipino Christmas, with special events. Festivities include a look at the parol, the illuminated star. [11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., 200 Larkin St., S.F.]

Bike and art party: The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition hosts “Winterfest,” its annual member party (you can join at the door), fundraiser and art show. [6 to 10:30 p.m., SomArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan St., S.F.]

Sports and recreation
Ice rink: The Holiday Ice Rink is open at the Embarcadero Center. Skaters can enjoy it through Jan. 3. [10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Justin Herman Plaza, adjacent to Four Embarcadero Center and across from the Ferry Building, S.F.]

Classic with a twist: The Mark Foehringer Dance Project presents “The Nutcracker.” Look for a contemporary twist on the holiday classic. [11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Zeum, 221 Fourth St., S.F.]

Rabbit tale: ODC/Dance presents “The Velveteen Rabbit,” the holiday dance show based on Margery Williams’ tale about a stuffed rabbit that becomes real. [2 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 700 Howard St., S.F.]

Holiday trees
Tree lot: The Guardsmen’s Christmas Tree Lot sells trees, wreaths and ornaments. Proceeds benefit programs for at-risk youth. [9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, S.F.]

Crafts bazaar: Redwood City Art Center hosts its Holiday Arts and Crafts Bazaar. Members open their studios to the public, and a wide range of crafts are for sale. [11 a.m. to 5 p.m., 2625 Broadway, Redwood City]

R&B artist: Oakland-based R&B singer-songwriter Goapele performs at Yoshi’s. “Milk & Honey” is her latest recording. [2 and 7 p.m., 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Chamber concert: San Francisco Symphony musicians perform a concert of chamber music by Mozart and Brahms. [2 p.m., Legion of Honor, 100 34th Ave., S.F.]

Piano matinee: Pianist Marino Formenti performs a family matinee. Works by French composer Olivier Messiaen, known for writing music inspired by bird songs, are on the bill. [2 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Two troupes: Two local dance companies — Aguads da Bahia and Alayo Dance Company — come together in “Bound.” Themes include the joining of the spirit and earthly world. [7 p.m., Dance Mission Theater, 3316 24th St., S.F.]

Middle East arts: Golden Thread’s ReOrient festival presents short plays about the Middle East. Also today: a forum. [Performance: 5 p.m., Thick House, 1695 18th St., S.F.; forum: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., Theater Artaud, 450 Florida St., S.F.]

Solo play: Writer-performer Enzo Lombard appears in “Love, Humiliation & Karaoke,” a comic multicharacter solo play about two gay men struggling to believe that love is still possible. [7 p.m., StageWerx, 533 Sutter St., S.F.]

Life before Dorothy: “Wicked” continues at the Orpheum Theatre. The hit musical tells the story of Oz’s two best-known witches, in their early years. [2 p.m., 1192 Market St., S.F.]

Little city: The Conservatory of Flowers presents “Golden Gate Express Garden Railway,” an exhibit featuring a model train and mini San Francisco landmarks made from recycled materials. [9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Visual arts
Mission murals: Precita Eyes hosts “Mission Trail Mural Walks.” View dozens of murals in the Mission district’s Precita Park area. [11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.; meet at Precita Eyes Mural Arts and Visitors Center, 2981 24th St., S.F.]

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