January 5: 'Book of Mormon' and other SF events

courtesy photoThe traveling production of “The Book of Mormon

courtesy photoThe traveling production of “The Book of Mormon

Something to read

Dark Secret Love

By Alison Tyler ($16.95)

Described as “the real ‘Fifty Shades’,” the volume by the mistress of literary erotica is a kinky fairy tale inspired by the San Francisco writer’s own experiences and private diaries.

Lend a hand

Rocket Dog Rescue: Volunteers are needed for various jobs, including handling dogs at adoption sites. Interested helpers are invited to meet group members at Pet Food Express today. [Noon to 5 p.m., 3160 20th Ave., S.F.; www.rocketdogrescue.org]

Get outside

Fluttering heights: The Conservatory of Flowers has extended “Butterflies and Blooms” to March 16. The exhibit features hundreds of butterflies and colorful flowers. [10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 100 John F. Kennedy Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Bird walk: The San Francisco Botanical Garden hosts “Birding at the Garden,” its docent-led bird-watching amble. About 40 species are spotted on the monthly walk. [8 a.m., 1199 Ninth Ave., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Tours

Whale watching: The Oceanic Society hosts naturalist-led whale-watch cruises, departing from the Peninsula. Gray-whale migration is the focus. [9 a.m., Pillar Point Yacht Harbor, Half Moon Bay; www.oceanicsociety.org]

Sports and recreation

Ice rinks: Ice-skating rinks are still 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.]

Art show

Old paper: The Vintage Paper Fair features curious and interesting things containing old paper. Goods include postcards, trade cards, labels, photos and sports memorabilia. [11 a.m. to 5 p.m., County Fair Building, 1199 Ninth Ave., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Music

Last day: The 2014 San Francisco Tape Music Festival, the nation’s only festival devoted to the performance of audio works projected in three-dimensional space, presents the final program on its three-day bill. [7 p.m., Z Below, 470 Florida St., S.F.]

Blues and jazz: The Kally Price Old Blues and Jazz Band, specializing in songs from the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s, appears. Pianist-composer Allison Lovejoy leads off the evening. [7 p.m., Amnesia, 853 Valencia St., S.F.]

R&B artist: Grammy-winning singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Brian McKnight performs with his band. “More Than Words” is the R&B artist’s latest album. [7 and 9 p.m., Yoshi’s, 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Irish rock band: Onoff, a punk-rock trio from Ireland, performs a concert coinciding with the release of the group’s new video, “Got That Feelin’.” [8 p.m., Hotel Utah, 500 Fourth St., S.F.]

Museums

Free day: Today is Target Free First Sunday at the Asian Art Museum. Exhibits include “In Grand Style: Celebrations in Korean Art During the Joseon Dynasty.” [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 200 Larkin St., S.F.]

Theater

Hit musical: The traveling production of “The Book of Mormon,” the Tony-winning musical lampooning organized religion and musical theater, is at the Orpheum Theatre through Jan. 19. [1 and 6:30 p.m., 1192 Market St., S.F.]

Comedy

Emerging comics: The Punch line Comedy Club hosts its weekly SF Comedy Showcase. Locally based emerging comics take the stage at this event that has been happening for more than 30 years. [8 p.m., 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Movies

World cinema: “Cairo 678,” a 2010 Egyptian dramatic film about three women who join together to combat the sexual harassment in their lives, screens at the library. [2 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Brunch

MarketBar: Breakfast fare, egg items, sandwiches and salads are on chef Vincent Russo’s brunch menu. Dishes include buttermilk pancakes with bacon or pecan-maple sausage; cinnamon French toast; an omelet with baby spinach, onions, Gruyere and garden salad; a fried-egg, pork and cheese sandwich; and a grilled-chicken, jicama and citrus salad. [9 a.m. to 2:45 p.m., 1 Ferry Building, S.F.; (415) 434-1100]

NFL

49ers vs. Packers

1:40 p.m., Fox (KTVU, Ch. 2)

Justin Smith and the 49ers will need to pack their winter clothes and stout defense when they take on Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers at frigid Lambeau Field.

Other highlight

NBA: The Warriors take on the Washington Wizards as they continue their East Coast swing. [3 p.m., Verizon Center, Washington, D.C., CSNBA]artsThe Book of Mormon

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