Good Sunday for Nov. 22



Future divas: Resident young artists of the San Francisco Opera appear in “The Future Is Now: Adler Fellows Gala Concert,” a program of works by great opera composers. [7 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]


Two troupes: Dance Mission presents its “Down and Dirty” dance series. Leyya Tawil’s Dance Elixir and the butoh-rooted Vangeline Theater perform. [6 p.m., Dance Mission Theater, 3316 24th St., S.F.]


Middle East tales: Golden Thread’s “ReOrient” festival features short plays about the Middle East. Works by Caveh Zahedi, Hafiz Karmali, Yussef El Guindi and others are on the bill. [5 p.m., Thick House, 1695 18th St., S.F.]


Bead show: The San Francisco Bead and Design Show features exhibitors from around the world. Beads, clothing, designer jewelry, textiles and other items are for sale. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Hotel Whitcomb, 1231 Market St., S.F.]

Interior design

Designer showcase: Millennium Tower’s “Icons of Design” showcase, featuring the work of more than 25 top interior designers, ends today. Public tours benefit charities. [First tour at 11 a.m. and last tour at 4 p.m., 301 Mission St., S.F.]


“Spirit of Service”

By HarperCollins Publishers (23.99)

Subtitled “Your Daily Stimulus for Making a Difference,” the guidebook inspired by President Barack Obama’s call to action includes hundreds of specific suggestions from experts in the fields of volunteering, activism and charitable work for how people can get involved and make a difference in their communities.


CounterPULSE: Act as an usher at the Performing Diaspora Festival. [6:30 to 10 p.m., 1310 Mission St., S.F.; RSVP:]

Friends of the Urban Forest: Inform residents about a tree project slated for Cesar Chavez Street. [11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; meet at Precita Park, Precita Avenue and Folsom Street, S.F.;]



Little city: The Conservatory of Flowers presents “Golden Gate Express Garden Railway,” an exhibit featuring a model train and tiny San Francisco landmarks made from recycled materials. [9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Golden Gate Park, 100 JFK Drive, S.F.]

Sports and recreation

Ice rink: The Holiday Ice Rink has opened at the Embarcadero Center. Skaters can enjoy it through Jan. 3. [10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Justin Herman Plaza, adjacent to 4 Embarcadero Center and across from the Ferry Building, S.F.]

Scenic paddling: City Kayak hosts its Downtown San Francisco Trip, a kayak paddle ride along the waterfront. [Noon to 3 p.m., City Kayak, South Beach Harbor, The Embarcadero at Townsend Street, S.F.; info/RSVP:]

Neighborhood focus

Haight-Ashbury: Foot Tours hosts “Flashback,” a comedian-led trip through the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood. Sights include Buena Vista Park and the Grateful Dead house. [1 p.m.; Haight and Cole streets, S.F.; RSVP:]

Castro: San Francisco City Guides hosts “Castro: Tales of the Village,” a walking tour exploring the ever-changing Castro/Eureka Valley neighborhood. [11 a.m.; meet at Harvey Milk Plaza, Castro and Market streets, under large rainbow flag, S.F.]


Performance star: Penny Arcade, an originator of performance art who is known for her high camp and punk-rock cabaret showmanship, presents “New York Values.” [3 p.m., The Marsh, 1062 Valencia St., S.F.]

Motorcycle show: Cycle World presents its International Motorcycle Show. See the latest sports bikes, dirt bikes, scooters, ATVs and more. [9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., San Mateo County Event Center, 2495 S. Delaware St., San Mateo]

Two troupes: Dance Mission presents its “Down and Dirty” dance series. Leyya Tawil’s Dance Elixir and the butoh-rooted Vangeline Theater perform. [6 p.m., Dance Mission Theater, 3316 24th St., S.F.]


1300 on Fillmore: The restaurant’s “Gospel Brunch” is a prix-fixe deal ($39) featuring live music and the cuisine of chef David Lawrence. Entrees include cinnamon-brioche French toast; barbecued shrimp with creamy grits; and eggs Benedict with spicy tasso Cajun ham. A bread basket, drink and dessert complete the experience. [11 a.m. and 1 p.m., 1300 Fillmore St., S.F.; reservations: (415) 771-7100]


NFL: 49ers at Packers, 10 a.m., Fox (KTVU, Ch. 2)

  • In a battle of the top two quarterbacks of the 2005 NFL draft, Alex Smith leads the 49ers into Green Bay to take on former Cal star Aaron Rodgers and the Packers.


  • Auto racing: Jimmie Johnson needs to finish 25th or better in the NASCAR Ford 400 to clinch his fourth straight Sprint Cup. [12:15 p.m., Homestead, Fla., ABC (KGO, Ch. 7)]
  • Women’s college basketball: No. 8 Baylor heads to Berkeley to take on No. 17 Cal. [2 p.m., Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area]

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