November 17: St. Petersburg String Quartet and other SF events

courtesy photoThe St. Petersburg String Quartet

courtesy photoThe St. Petersburg String Quartet

SOMETHING TO READ

Face

By Cecile Pineda ($16)

The writer and activist’s award-winning debut novel from 1985 – about a man who loses his face in an accident and tries to rebuild it – has been reissued in new edition from Wings Press.

LEND A HAND

San Francisco Zoo: Adult volunteers are needed to work with animals and educate people about conservation. An orientation session takes place today. [11 a.m.; meet at bronze tiger statue in the Entry Village circle, 1 Zoo Road, S.F.]

GET OUTSIDE

Art tour: Artist Andy Goldsworthy explores what lies under the ground in “Tree Fall,” an installation at the Presidio. [Main Post, Anza Avenue inside Powder Magazine (Building 95), Presidio of S.F.]

Swing dancing: Lindy in the Park presents its weekly swing-dance event. A beginner lesson and community dancing make up the session. [11 a.m. to 2 p.m., between de Young Museum and Music Concourse, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Books and botany: The San Francisco Botanical Garden hosts a “Story Time and Family Walk,” for ages 4 to 8. “Legends From the Americas” is the theme this month. [10:30 a.m., 1199 Ninth Ave., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Whale tours: The Oceanic Society hosts whale-watching trips to the Farallon Islands National Wildlife Refuge. Dolphins, seals and seabirds are found there. [7:30 a.m., Marina Yacht Harbor, 3950 Scott St., S.F.; www.oceanicsociety.org]

AROUND TOWN

Sports and recreation

Ice rinks: Ice-skating rinks are 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.]

Music

String quartet: The St. Petersburg String Quartet, from Russia, performs a concert, joined by pianist Mack McCray. A preconcert talk (2 p.m.) leads off the afternoon. [3 p.m., SFSU, McKenna Theatre, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

World fusion: The experimental world-fusion band Beats Antique presents its “Thousand Faces” tour. The group’s sound contains jazz, hip-hop, Middle Eastern, Afrobeat and electronic. [8 p.m., 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Arts and crafts

West Coast crafts: More than 100 artisans take part in the West Coast Craft festival. Fare, reflecting West Coast sensibilities, includes wood, paper and metal items. [10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Harvest festival: The Harvest Festival returns to the Peninsula. The celebration features arts and crafts, entertainment and a kids’ zone. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., San Mateo Event Center, 1346 Saratoga Ave., San Mateo]

Dance

Hip-hop dance: The 2013 San Francisco Hip Hop DanceFest presents two different programs today. Each features nine troupes specializing in the urban dance form. [2 and 7 p.m., Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon St., S.F.]

Comedy

Stand-up show: Gary Owen, called “black America’s favorite white comic” by Ebony magazine, performs. [7:30 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Variety

Moon lit: Lunada, a literary-lounge and open-mike night, presents its latest edition. Guests include dance artists Amara Tabor-Smith and Jose Navarrete. [7:30 p.m., Galeria de la Raza, 2857 24th St., S.F.]

NFL

49ers vs. Saints

1:25 p.m., Fox (KTVU, Ch. 2)

The Niners head into the raucous Superdome to take on Drew Brees and the Saints in arguably the most anticipated NFL game of the week.

OTHER HIGHLIGHT

NHL: The Sharks take on the defending Stanley Cup champions. [4 p.m., United Center, Chicago, CSN California]arts

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