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Nov. 23: Dancing, uncouth puppets and more

SOMETHING TO READ

Living Treasures By Yang Huang ($19.95)

The Bay Area writer's latest novel follows a girl fighting against China's one-child policy as the 1989 Tiananmen Square protest unfolds.

VOLUNTEER

Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly: Volunteers are needed to visit with lonely and isolated elders. Visits are especially appreciated during the holidays. [909 Hyde St., S.F.; (415) 771-7957, littlebrotherssf.org]

GET OUTSIDE

Party like it's 1989: Put on some neon legwarmers for the Awesome '80s Run 5-kilometer race, which includes a costume contest and other prizes. Proceeds benefit Larkin Street Youth Services. [7:30 a.m., Crissy Field, 1199 E Beach, S.F.]

Peddling on the Peninsula: Cañada Road is closed between the Filoli estate entrance and state Highway 92 every Sunday for cyclists. [9 a.m. to 3 p.m., 86 Cañada Road, Woodside]

Crafts for kids: Families are invited to visit the Presidio and create some interesting tree art using only a straw and some paint. [11 a.m.-4 p.m., Officers' Club, 50 Moraga Ave., S.F.; RSVP requested at presidio.gov]

Swing dancing: Burn off some Thanksgiving calories pre-emptively at Lindy in the Park,, which includes a free lesson. [11 a.m. to 2 p.m., between de Young Museum and Music Concourse, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

MUSIC

New Orleans jazz: Pianist Allen Toussaint, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998, and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band play New Orleans jazz. [4 and 7:30 p.m., SFJAZZ Center, 201 Franklin St., S.F.]

Singing vaquero: Mexican singer Joan Sebastian is performing on horseback during his last equestrian music tour. The Grammy winner is co-headlining the show with Los Tigres del Norte. [6 p.m., SAP Center, 525 W. Santa Clara St., San Jose]

Lazer Lloyd: The singer-guitarist-songwriter has been called Israel's “king of blues rock.” [7 and 9 p.m., Biscuits & Blues, 401 Mason St., S.F.; (415) 292-2583 or www.biscuitsandblues.com]

THEATER

Felt frolics: “Puppet Up! — Uncensored,” helmed by Jim Henson's son Brian, is finishing its run. The audience can see puppeteers working to make more than 80 puppets come to hilariously uncouth life. [8 p.m., Marines' Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter St., S.F.]

BRUNCH

Dante's Weird Fish: Dante's Weird Brunch puts a devilish spin on breakfast. The menu has a “Hell's Griddle” array of vegan pancakes and sourdough French toast, as well as a section devoted to “Tribulations” such as the Burial Mound, a pile of potatoes covered with cheese, salsa and more. And of course, there are plenty of cocktails and other adult beverages to round out your sins. [10 a.m.-3 p.m., 2193 Mission St., S.F.; (415) 863-4744, weirdfishsf.com]

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