Visit the Contemporary Jewish Museum and explore the delightful world of the bird-chasing dog Mr. Lunch in a new exhibition inspired by the much-loved children’s books illustrated by J. Otto Seibold and written with Vivian Walsh. The museum has created a three-dimensional version of Mr. Lunch’s office, complete with a modern computer hidden behind a clunky 1980’s interface, a jail and a simulated airport security gate.
The experience of “Mr. Lunch Takes a Plane Ride” begins at the gallery entrance where visitors go through an airport security gate and children receive a free take home activity passport for use during their visit. The passport includes scavenger hunts, drawing activities, and more.
This Friday, Drop-In Art-Making Friday, Nov 28 (continued on Sunday, Nov 30, Sunday, Dec 7)
Contemporary Jewish Museum. Free with regular admission
Head over to the Harvey Milk Center to view the works of Fred Lyons. Photographer Fred Lyon was born in San Francisco in 1924, and he calls himself a “third or fourth generation native.” He grew up around the Peninsula, and got into photography in high school – “because cameras were cool and I thought it would be a good way to get girls,” he told me. “Guess how that turned out.”
Turns out that it turned out pretty darn good. Now 90, Lyons is still busy, having just published a new book “San Francisco, Portrait of a City: 1940-1960.”
Harvey Milk Photo Center, 50 Scott St. Tues-Thursday, 4-8 p.m., Sat & Sunday noon–4:30 p.m.
Place/Displaced: SOMArts invites more than 40 participating artists and groups to explore their role in a changing Bay Area, during this time marked by an increase in Ellis Act evictions and the outmigration caused by an affordability crisis. Included artworks and installations envision new possibilities for cities in transition, and the financial and spiritual well-being of their inhabitants. Reception 6-9 p.m. Thursday. Through Dec. 13. Noon-7 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, until 5 p.m. Saturday. SOMArts, 934 Brannan St., S.F. (415) 863-1414. www.somarts.org.
Ice Skate in San Jose. Celebrate the season by gliding amid 32 glimmering palm trees and see a reprise of the “Halo” light show. Each evening, the lights are choreographed to music. Cost of admission includes rental skates. 2 p.m.-midnight. Thursday; 11 a.m.-midnight Friday; noon-midnight Saturday; noon-10 p.m. next Sunday. Through Jan. 2. Circle of Palms, 170 S. Market St., San Jose. $13-$15. (408) 291-0525. www.sjdowntown.com/downtownice.
Take a hike: Skip the mall and try an after-holiday hike. This is a 4-mile, moderate trek through evergreens to the “Grandmother Tree,” an ancient redwood estimated to be 2,000 years old. 10 a.m.-noon. Friday. Jack London State Historic Park, 400 London Ranch Rd., Glen Ellen. Meet in ranch parking lot. $10, plus parking. (707) .jacklondonpark.com.
List of the best hikes in San Francisco: http://www.sfgate.com/outdoors/slideshow/Best-hikes-in-San-Francisco-96210.php
Give back. While the bulk of volunteer efforts take place on Thanksgiving Day, there are plenty of ways to give back on Black Friday. Give away old toys to the San Francisco Firefighters Toy Program, clothes to Goodwill, and canned food to the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank.
More suggestions here: http://www.sfgate.com/thingstodo/article/16-better-ways-to-spend-Black-Friday-5917868.php#photo-6271425