Good Sunday: Aug. 15, 2010

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SOMETHING TO READ

Wherever You Go

By Joan Leegant ($23.95)

In her debut novel, loosely based on her own experience living in Israel, the former attorney and university instructor tells the story of three American strangers who overcome religious radicalism and violence on the streets of Jerusalem.

BRUNCH

Greens: Chef Annie Somerville’s featured brunch dish is a Green Gulch rainbow chard and savoy spinach frittata, with lemon, spring onions and goat cheese. It is served with Green Gulch lettuces, golden and Chioggia beets and summer beans, with citrus vinaigrette. [10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Fort Mason Center, S.F.; (415) 771-6222]

LEND A HAND

AtmosTheatre: Volunteers are needed to sell food and provide box-office assistance, among other tasks, at a theater show. [11 a.m. to 4 p.m., 2170 Bear Gulch Road, Woodside; contact: (513) 227-8282 or www.thevolunteercenter2.net]

GET OUTSIDE

Parks

Music fest: The 2010 Outside Lands festival features more than two dozen music acts today. Top-billed names include Kings of Leon and Al Green. [11 a.m. to 9:20 p.m., Polo Fields and Speedway Meadow, Golden Gate Park, S.F.; www.sfoutsidelands.com]

Culinary festival: Top chefs and other stars in the food and drink scene take part in “SF Chefs 2010,” a cooking and dining festival. San Francisco’s Union Square, and thereabouts, is the place. [10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; www.sfchefsfoodwine.com]

Funk in the grove: The Stern Grove Festival welcomes funk artist Maceo Parker. Opening act: Bay Area soul singer Darondo. [2 p.m., Sigmund Stern Grove, Sloat Boulevard and 19th Avenue, S.F.]

Very old paper: The Vintage Paper Fair returns. Look for postcards, photos, labels, brochures, memorabilia and lots of interesting old paper. [10 a.m. to 4 p.m., County Fair Building, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Park band: The Golden Gate Park Band presents its Sunday concert. Today’s program: music by Dvorak. [1 p.m., Spreckles Temple of Music, Music Concourse, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Cultural festivities

Filipino fair: The culture of the Philippines has the spotlight at the Pistahan celebration. Festivities include cuisine, music, dance, crafts and kids’ activities. [11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Yerba Buena Gardens, Mission and Third streets, S.F.]

Asian American fair: The Nihonmachi Street Fair celebrates the local Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. Crafts, food and music are on the bill. [11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Post Street between Laguna and Fillmore streets, S.F.]

AROUND TOWN

Visual arts

Craft celebration: The 2010 American Craft Council Show, the largest juried craft show in the West, continues. More than 250 artisans show and sell handmade items. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Comedy

Comedy discussion: USF hosts “Comedy Talks,” a series in which veteran comics discuss their lives and careers. Today’s guests: Robert Morse, Shelley Berman and Will Durst. [4 p.m., Presentation Theater, 2350 Turk Blvd., S.F.]

Music

Classical pianist: Award-winning classical pianist Xiayin Wang performs at Cowell Theater. Her most recent solo album features a range of works by Scriabin. [2 p.m., Fort Mason Center, S.F.]

Drum star: Drummer, percussionist and pop and R&B singer Sheila E, known for her work with Ringo Starr and Prince, performs at Yoshi’s. [7 and 9 p.m., 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Theater

Improv theater: The 2010 San Francisco Improv Festival continues. Kim “Howard” Johnson, Armando Diaz and the Un-Scripted Theater Company appear today. [7 p.m. onward, Eureka Theatre, 215 Jackson St., S.F.]

Solo acts: “City Solo” features local solo artists performing short pieces. Enzo Lombard, Coke Nakamoto, Jawad Ali and Martha Rynberg take the stage. [7 p.m., Off-Market Theaters, 965 Mission St., S.F.]

GAME OF THE DAY

Baseball

Padres at Giants

1:05 p.m., Comcast SportsNet Bay Area

The Giants hope to close out their pivotal series with the Padres strong as Tim Lincecum looks to atone for a poor start his last time out.

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

NFL: The 49ers kick off their preseason with a contest against Peyton Manning and the Colts. [10 a.m., Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, KBCW (Ch. 44)]

Baseball: The A’s close out their series against the Twins. [11:05 a.m., Target Field, Minneapolis, Comcast SportsNet California]

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