Proud city


San Francisco 49ers fever swept The City the week before today’s NFC Championship Game against the New York Giants. City landmarks such as City Hall and Coit Tower were lit in red and gold, and Mayor Ed Lee and team owner Jed York hung a 49ers flag from the Mayor’s Office balcony Friday afternoon.

Something to read

Curse the Names
By Robert Arellano ($15.95)
The Edgar Award nominee’s latest book, about a journalist who dives into the secrets and subculture of Los Alamos nuclear facility scientists, has been called an “unsettling mix of noir and paranormal obsession.”  

Lend a hand

San Francisco Food Bank: Volunteers are needed to sort, inspect and repackage thousands of pounds of food in a short two-hour shift.
[9 to 11 a.m., 900 Pennsylvania Ave., S.F.; info/RSVP:]

Get outside

Garden railway: The Conservatory of Flowers presents “Playland
at the Conservatory,” a flora-
landscaped garden-railway exhibit featuring a mini version of Playland at the Beach. [10 a.m. to
4:30 p.m., 100 JFK Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Hitchcock walk: San Francisco City Guides hosts “Alfred Hitchcock’s San Francisco,” a tour featuring sites from “Vertigo” and other films. [11 a.m.; Huntington Park fountain, off Sacramento Street between Taylor and Mason streets, S.F.]

Mission murals: Precita Eyes hosts “Mission Trail Mural Walks.” Tours feature dozens of murals in the Mission district’s Precita Park area. [11 and 1:30 p.m.; meet at Precita Eyes Mural Arts and Visitors Center, 2981 24th St., S.F.]

Wharf sites: The National Park Service presents its Historic Waterfront Walking Tour. Sites include Aquatic Park, the Cannery, Hyde Street Pier and Fish Alley. [10:30 a.m.; meet at Argonaut Hotel lobby, 495 Jefferson St., S.F.]

Organ recital: Paul Jacobs, the first organist to win a Grammy Award, performs a recital. Featured composers include Bach and Elgar.
[3 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall,
201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Classical music: Avedis presents its annual “Bach and Friends” concert. Bach, Vivaldi and Brahms are on the program. [2 p.m., Legion of Honor, 100 34th Ave., S.F.]

Rock and blues: The Greg Cross Band, playing a mix of R&B, rockabilly and rock and roll, performs a free concert at the Boom Boom Room. [9:30 p.m., 1601 Fillmore St., S.F.;]

Comedy festival: SF Sketchfest presents “The Thrilling Adventure Hour” at 2 p.m. at the Marines Memorial Theatre; “The Paul F. Tompkins Show” at 7 p.m. at Yoshi’s; “The Groundlings: The Black Version” at 8 p.m. at the Eureka Theatre, and other shows today. [11 a.m. onward, multiple venues;]

Dark side: The 2012 San Francisco Film Noir Festival, “Noir City 12,” salutes writer Vera Caspari today. Featured films: “Laura” (1944) at 3, 5 and 9 p.m. and “Bedelia” (1946) at 7 p.m. [Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.;]


Shakespearean brew: Generation Theatre presents “Olivia’s Kitchen, or What the Cook Saw of Twelfth Night” a remix of the text of “Twelfth Night.” Desire, love and mistaken identities happen. [3 p.m., Exit Theatre, 156 Eddy St., S.F.]

Show for kids: The Jewish Community Center presents “The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Fairy Tales,” a kid-geared show based on the book by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith. [11 a.m. and 2 p.m., 3200 California St., S.F.]


B Restaurant & Bar: “Locals Brunch” is now a permanent feature, and egg dishes, oysters, sandwiches and salads are on chef Brenen Bonetti’s menu. Selections include a seasonal Benedict with Delicata squash, arugula, hollandaise and brioche; a smoked-salmon Benedict; and brioche French toast. Bottomless mimosas and Bloody Marys are available. [11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; 720 Howard St., S.F.; (415) 495-9800]

Game of the day

Giants vs. 49ers
3:30 p.m., Fox (KTVU, Ch. 2)
The Niners will have to get through the streaking Giants to earn their sixth trip to the Super Bowl in franchise history.

Other highlights
NFL: The Patriots and Ravens battle for the AFC championship. [Noon, Gilette Stadium, Foxboro, Mass., CBS (KPIX, Ch. 5)]

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