Good Sunday: Aug. 22, 2010

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SOMETHING TO READ

Power Slide

By Susan Dunlap ($25)

In the third installment of the San Francisco writer’s Darcy Lott Mystery series, Lott embarks on a desperate hunt for her missing brother with no help from her boyfriend or the police.

BRUNCH

Balboa Cafe: Chef Jose Lemus’ brunch menu contains appetizers and breakfast, egg and lunch items. Selections include huevos rancheros with avocado, black beans, jack cheese, over-easy eggs and salsa; corned-beef hash with poached eggs, toast and salsa; French toast with caramelized apples and pears; and a burger on a baguette. [9 a.m. to 3 p.m., 3199 Fillmore St., S.F. (415) 921-3944]

LEND A HAND

Volunteers for Outdoor California: Volunteers are needed to create a trail, repair steps and install a fence section in Corona Heights Park. [8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Roosevelt and Museum ways, S.F.; info/contact: www.thevolunteercenter2.net]

GET OUTSIDE

Festivities

Music and street festival: The 2010 Rock Make Music and Art Street Festival features 15 bands, 100 vendors and kid activities. San Francisco’s Mission District is the place. [11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Treat Avenue and 18th St., S.F.]

Car-free streets: “Sunday Streets,” featuring car-free space where people can have healthy fun in San Francisco, takes place on the Great Highway and in Golden Gate Park today. [10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; www.sundaystreetssf.com]

Parks

Season closes: The 2010 Stern Grove Festival ends with a concert by the indie-rock band They Might Be Giants. Opening act: local favorites Rogue Wave. [2 p.m., Sigmund Stern Grove, Sloat Boulevard and 19th Avenue, S.F.]

Outdoor theater: The San Francisco Mime Troupe presents its summer park show, “Posibilidad.” Politics in the workplace is the topic of the satirical song and tango. [2 p.m., Yerba Buena Gardens, Mission and Third streets, S.F.]

Circus festival: The Picklewater Free Circus Festival returns to Union Square. Professional and student performers, representing a broad variety of circus styles, perform. [2 to 4 p.m., Powell and Post streets, S.F.]

Park band: The Golden Gate Park Band presents a St. Stephen’s Day concert, featuring Hungarian music and dancing. [1 p.m., Spreckels Temple of Music, Music Concourse, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Music

World music: Banjoist Jayme Stone and Malian kora master Yacouba Sissoko appear in an “Africa to Appalachia” concert. [6 p.m., Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway St., Redwood City]

AROUND TOWN

Movies

Kurosawa series: The “Samurai Saga Vol. 2” series features samurai and sword-battle films by Akira Kurosawa. “Rashomon” (1950) and “Seven Samurai” (1954) screen today. [Viz Cinema, 1746 Post St., S.F.; www.newpeopleworld.com]

Film noirish: “Not Necessarily Noir,” a series of “noiresque” films, continues. Today’s double bill: “The Strange One” (1957) and “Something Wild” (1961). [Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., S.F.; www.roxie.com]

Visual arts

Poster sale: Vintage European Posters presents a sale of recently acquired original advertising posters. Topics include travel, food, wine and bicycles, to name a few. [11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Firehouse, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Literary events

Author appearance: Historical novelist Cecelia Holland talks about “The Secret Eleanor.” [3 p.m., Borderlands Books, 866 Valencia St., S.F.]

Theater

Solo acts: “City Solo” features local solo artists performing short pieces. Jawad Ali, Deirdre Kennedy, Michael McCarrin and Thao P. Nguyen take the stage. [7 p.m., Off-Market Theaters, 965 Mission St., S.F.]

GAME OF THE DAY

NFL PRESEASON

Vikings at 49ers

5 p.m., NBC (KNTV, Ch. 11)

After a shaky preseason debut, 49ers quarterback Alex Smith looks for a better effort against the Vikings today at Candlestick Park.

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Baseball: The Giants close out a road series against the Cardinals. [11:15 a.m., Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area]

Auto racing: The IRL series comes to the Bay Area for Grand Prix of Sonoma. [2 p.m., Infineon Raceway, Sonoma, Versus]

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