Piano student practices ‘Old Saint Nicolas’ for family

HOLIDAY GLEE CLUB

The Examiner asked The City’s songbirds and community chorus members to describe their favorite seasonal music and why it inspires them.

Jessica Wang, 8, piano student

Favorite music: “Old Saint Nicolas”

Why: “I like it because of its beautiful melody and lyrics. Now I’m practicing it on piano and guitar, and going to perform it for my family on Christmas Eve.”

ON IN TOWN

Rock guitarist Harvey Mandel, with special guest Pete Sears, performs at Biscuits and Blues. [8 and 10 p.m., Biscuits and Blues, 401 Mason St., S.F.]


MUSEUMS

Museum of Craft and Folk Art: “Volver: Mexican Folk Art Into Play” is the featured exhibition. [11 a.m. to 6 p.m., 51 Yerba Buena Lane, S.F.]

Ripley’s Believe It or Not: Museum features things that are odd but true. Attractions include the “Odditorium” and “Mirror Maze.” [10 a.m. to 10 p.m., 175 Jefferson St., S.F.]


TOURS

‘Gold Rush City’: The tour, hosted by San Francisco City Guides, revisits the days of San Francisco’s Vigilance Committee, Emperor Norton and the original 49ers. [11 a.m.; Transamerica Pyramid, Clay and Montgomery streets, S.F.]

‘San Francisco in a Nutshell’: Comedian-led tour, presented by Foot Tours, features games, tales and fun facts relating to San Francisco’s past. [1 p.m., Union Square, Post and Powell streets, S.F.; RSVP/info: www.foottours.com]

COLLEGES

Art exhibition: “Rodin! The Complete Stanford Collection” contains an expanded display of sculptures and other works by the French artist. [11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, Stanford]

PUBLIC LIBRARIES

Young photographers: The exhibit contains photographs taken by students from Junipero Serra Elementary School. [1 to 9 p.m., Bernal Heights Branch, 500 Cortland Ave., S.F.]

‘Great Teen Book Swap’: Teens receive free books with the understanding that they will give the library a bookmark review by the end of the month. [2:30 to 5:30 p.m., Parkside Branch, 1200 Taraval St., S.F.]

‘Baby Rhyme and Playtime’: The session features rhymes, songs and books for ages up to 18 months. [1:30 p.m., Eureka Valley Branch, 1 Jose Sarria Court, S.F.]

CITY

Laughs and libations: The Romane Event presents its monthly comedy show. Joe Tobin is the guest host. December’s comics include Kevin Camia and Sean Keane. [7:30 p.m., Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd St., S.F.]

Rock band: The Tubes, featuring Fee Waybill, and known for satirical material, stage theatrics and and hits such as “White Punks on Dope” and “She’s a Beauty,” perform at Yoshi’s. [8 p.m., 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Blues night: Club Fox hosts its Wednesday Blues Jam. Terry Haggerty, Terry Hiatt and Garth Webber take the stage this week. [7 to 11 p.m., 2223 Broadway, Redwood City]
    
Return engagement: A teenager tries to survive his criminal family with the help of a policeman in “Animal Kingdom,” an Australian dramatic film currently in rerelease. [4:40 p.m., Opera Plaza Cinema, 601 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Kwanzaa events: Village Project’s Kwanzaa celebration, highlighting the principles of Kwanzaa, continues. [1 p.m., Buchanan YMCA/WAFRC, 1530 Buchanan St., S.F.; 7 p.m., Minnie and Lovie Ward Recreation Center, 650 Capitol Ave., S.F.]

Volunteers wanted: The Presidio Native Plant Nursery needs volunteers to help grow and care for native plants. [1 to 4 p.m., 1249A Appleton St., S.F.; details/register; www.parksconservancy.org]

Dining out

Farallon: Chefs Mark Franz and Ryan Simas’ menu includes Champagne-poached Nantucket Bay scallops. Seared Alaskan black cod is today’s recommended entree. [450 Post St., S.F., (415) 956-6969]

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