Tembani wishes she could just ‘Let it Snow’

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.

Tembani Abeje, Crowden School fifth-grader

Favorite music:
“Let it Snow”

Why: “I like it because it never snows here, but I like to sing about it. I went to Minnesota for a couple weeks when I was about 5 years old, and I saw the snow there and liked snow ever since.”


Who’s in town

Comedian Doug Benson of “The Benson Interruption” performs. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Museums

Legion of Honor: Exhibits include “Japanesque: The Japanese Print in the Era of Impressionism” and “Arthur Szyk: Miniature Paintings and Modern Illuminations.” [9:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., 100 34th Ave., S.F.]

Museum of Craft and Design:
“Transference,” a kinetic-sound installation created by glass artist Andy Paiko and sound artist Ethan Rose, is the featured exhibit at the museum’s “pop-up” site. [11 a.m. to 7 p.m., 499 Castro St., S.F.]

Tours

North Beach: San Francisco City Guides leads an exploration of the neighborhood known as the home to San Francisco’s Little Italy and Beat generation. [10 a.m., meet at Saints Peter and Paul Church, 666 Filbert St., S.F.]

Life at sea: “Adventures at Sea,” a guided tour of the ship Balclutha, looks at the lives of 19th-century sailors, with a focus on the treacherous Cape Horn passage. [2:15 p.m., Hyde Street Pier, north end of Hyde Street, S.F.]

Movies

Back in the saddle: Teenage Mattie Ross enlists the help of a trigger-happy, drunken U.S. marshal Rooster Cogburn to bring her father’s killer to justice in “True Grit,” a western and remake from the Coen brothers. [Check local listings]

Kurosawa and Mifune:
Viz Cinema is presenting a series of Akira Kurosawa’s films featuring Toshiro Mifune. Screening today: “High and Low” (3:30 p.m.) and “Stray Dog” (7:15 p.m.). [1746 Post St., S.F.]


At the public library

Family Kwanzaa night: Event features food, music and an explanation of the Nguzo Saba, the seven principles of Kwanzaa. [3 to 6 p.m., Bayview Branch, 5075 Third St., S.F.]

‘Baby Rhyme and Playtime’: The session features rhymes, songs and books for kids up to 18 months old. [1:15 p.m., Potrero Branch, 1616 20th St., S.F.]

Local activities

Chinese arts: Shen Yun presents a performance of classical Chinese dance and music with both ancient tales and modern stories. [8 p.m., War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Holiday circus: Sweet Can Productions presents “Candid,” a 60-minute circus. Traditional circus arts combine with physical theater, dance and music to create a topsy-turvy world. [2 p.m., Dance Mission, 3316 24th St., S.F.]

Northern exposure: The “Reindeer Romp” attraction continues at the San Francisco Zoo through New Year’s Day. Holly, Velvet, Peppermint and Belle are the antlered guests. [10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 1 Zoo Road, S.F.]

All aboard:
The Conservatory of Flowers presents its “Garden Railway,” an exhibit that re-creates Golden Gate Park sites in miniature with recycled and repurposed materials and dwarf plants. [10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Bird walk:
Golden Gate Audubon Society and Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy host a “Christmas Bird Walk,” offering a chance to count birds in the Presidio. [7:45 a.m., meet at Crissy Field, across from the Sports Basement, S.F.]

Dining out

Ponzu: Chef Adam Carpenter cooks the cuisine of Asia, and today’s recommendation is the tuna tartare duo — tuna with white-soy vinaigrette and diced avocado with pickled onions and taro chips. Also, look for the yogurt-and-coconut-crusted salmon with sesame-garlic rice, red curry and broccolini. [401 Taylor St., S.F., (415) 775-7979]

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