Remembering those who served on Veterans Day

Solemn remembrance: War veterans salute Veterans Day parade participants on an overcast Friday at Civic Center. (Joseph Schell/Special to The Examiner)Solemn remembrance: War veterans salute Veterans Day parade participants on an overcast Friday at Civic Center. (Joseph Schell/Special to The Examiner)


Solemn remembrance: War veterans salute Veterans Day parade participants on an overcast Friday at Civic Center. (Joseph Schell/Special to The Examiner)


The Recordsetter Book of World Records

By Dan Rollman and Corey Henderson ($12.95)

The fun volume includes more than 300 “extraordinary feats by ordinary people” along the lines of “most KISS songs named in one minute” — title holder Tyler Hampton of San Francisco got 29. [The authors appear at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Purple Onion, 140 Columbus Ave., S.F.]


Asian-American Donor Program: Volunteers are needed to help with a bone-marrow/stem-cell donor drive. [9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., St. Peter’s church, 1200 Florida St., S.F.; or]


Sports and recreation

Ice rinks: Skating is happening at the Embarcadero and Union Square holiday rinks. Ninety-minute sessions start on every even hour. [10 a.m. to 10 p.m. for Embarcadero rink, at Justin Herman Plaza across from the Ferry Building, S.F.; 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. for Union Square rink, Powell and Post streets, S.F.]

Scenic paddling: City Kayak hosts its “Downtown San Francisco Trip,” a kayak paddle ride along the waterfront. [11 a.m., City Kayak, South Beach Harbor, Embarcadero at Townsend Street; info/RSVP:]

Local history

Castro walk: S.F. City Guides hosts “Castro: Tales of the Village,” a history walk through the now-vibrant community that was once dairy farms and dirt roads. [11 a.m., Harvey Milk Plaza, at Castro and Market streets under the rainbow flag, S.F.]

Flower power: Foot Tours presents “Flashback: Summer of Love, Winter of Discontent,” a Haight-Ashbury tour exploring hippie culture. [9 a.m. and 1 p.m.; location revealed upon ticket purchase; RSVP:]

Visual arts

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



Italian films: The San Francisco Film Society’s 2011 New Italian Cinema Festival begins. Today’s films include “Our Life,” directed by fest honoree Daniele Luchetti at 6:30 p.m. [1 p.m. onward, Embarcadero Center Cinema, One Embarcadero Center, S.F.;]

Animated films: The San Francisco Film Society’s 2011 San Francisco International Animation Festival presents its closing-night bill. Films include “Fullmetal Alchemist,” an anime epic, at 8:30 p.m. [2 p.m. onward, SFFS Cinema, 1746 Post St., S.F.;

Arts and crafts

Craftswomen’s event: The annual Celebration of Craftswomen is the largest event in the nation celebrating women’s crafts. It benefits the Women’s Building. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]


Dance company: Dance artist Raisa Punkki and her company, punkkiCo, present “Pick Cells,” a work whose narrative is structured on two worlds — one ancient, one modern. [8 p.m., Dance Mission, 3316 24th St., S.F.]


Comedy talk show: Host Natasha Muse and sidekick Ryan Cronin welcome comics to the stage and ask them strange questions during “A Funny Night for Comedy.” Chris Garcia headlines. [7 p.m., Actors Theatre, 855 Bush St., S.F.]

Culinary arts

Choco-mania: The Fall Luxury Chocolate Salon features chocolate tasting, chef and author talks, and wine tasting. More than 30 culinary artisans take part. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Conference Center, Building A, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]


Gay trailblazer: Theatre Rhinoceros presents “SexRev,” a musical about Jose Sarria and his journey from 1950s drag star to San Francisco’s first openly gay public figure. [7 p.m., CounterPULSE, 1310 Mission St., S.F.]

Literary arts

Author talk: Author David Vann talks about “Last Day on Earth,” his book about Steve Kazmierczak, the A-student turned campus killer. [3 p.m., Belmont Library, 1110 Alameda De Las Pulgas, Belmont]


Oola Restaurant and Bar: Chef Ola Fendert’s brunch menu contains egg items, sandwiches, salads and hot entrees. Dishes include French toast stuffed with hazelnut chocolate and finished with whipped creme fraiche and raspberries; a croque monsieur or croque madame with pan-fried smashed potatoes; and Oola’s hamburger on a brioche bun. [10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., 860 Folsom St., S.F.; (415) 995-2061]

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