Good Sunday: Aug. 8, 2010

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SOMETHING TO READ

Where’s My Wand

By Eric Poole ($24.95)

Subtitled “One Boy’s Magical Triumph Over Alienation and Shag Carpeting,” the Los Angeles-based marketing executive’s memoir is a funny tale of growing up in the polyester purgatory of 1970s suburban America.

BRUNCH

Waterbar: Chef Parke Ulrich’s brunch menu contains breakfast and lunch items and fresh sustainable seafood. Recent selections include “Fisherman’s Hash” with poached eggs, caramelized onion and piquillo pepper; fish and chips with beer-battered cod and yuzu remoulade; huevos rancheros with chili-glazed shrimp, tortillas and lime crema; and grilled steak and eggs. [11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; 399 Embarcadero, S.F.; (415) 284-9922]

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

Island culture: The Pacific Islanders’ Cultural Association presents the San Francisco Aloha Festival. Look for island-flavored dance, music, crafts and food. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Presidio Main Post/Parade Grounds, Presidio of S.F.]

Ballet in the grove: San Francisco Ballet performs at Stern Grove. The program includes Helgi Tomasson’s “Prism” and Mark Morris’ “Sandpiper Ballet.” [2 p.m., Sloat Boulevard and 19th Avenue, S.F.]

Hot rocks: The San Francisco Gem and Mineral Society hosts its show and sale. “In the Pink” is the theme of the event, which spotlights pink rocks, gems and jewelry. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., County Fair Building, Golden Gate Park, 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 its Sunday concert. Today’s theme: circus music. Guest artist: euphonium soloist Adam Fry. [1 p.m., Spreckles Temple of Music, Music Concourse, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Botany bites: “Chomp 2! Return of the Carnivorous Plants” continues at the Conservatory of Flowers. Horror and horticulture come together in this exhibit of insect-eating flora. [10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Festivals

Theater festival: The San Francisco Theater Festival features 130 shows — comedy, drama, opera, you name it. Yerba Buena Gardens, and thereabouts, is the place. [11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; near Third and Mission streets, S.F.; www.sftheaterfestival.org]

Latin celebration: Redwood City’s Target Family Days series presents Latin-themed festivities, including music, entertainment, food, piñata making and more. [11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Courthouse Square 2200 Broadway, Redwood City]

AROUND TOWN

Music

Comic opera: The Merola Opera Program presents “L’Elisir d’Amore,” Gaetano Donizetti’s comic opera. The story involves a peasant, the woman he loves, and a love potion. [2 p.m., Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Country-rock artist: Jim Messina performs his music from Loggins & Messina, Poco and Buffalo Springfield. [8 p.m., Cafe Du Nord, 2170 Market St., S.F.]

Jazz trio: The Ken Berman Piano Trio, a jazz ensemble, performs. [4:30 p.m., Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society, Douglas Beach House on Miramar Beach, 311 Mirada Road, Half Moon Bay]

Variety

Performance gala: The AfroSolo Arts Festival presents a “Performance for Peace,” a multicultural gala featuring words, dance and music. [3 p.m., African American Art and Culture Complex, 762 Fulton St., S.F.]

Fundraisers

Surf party: Surfpulse hosts a “Second Sunday” surf-themed benefit party, with partial proceeds going to Surfrider S.F. Free food, DJ music, and raffle prizes are on the bill. [6 to 10 p.m., Joxer Daily’s, 46 West Portal Ave., S.F.]

Comedy

Comedy discussion: USF hosts “Comedy Talks,” a series in which veteran comics discuss their lives and careers. Tonight’s guests: Rich Little, Carol Channing and Steve Rossi. [4 p.m., Presentation Theater, 2350 Turk Blvd., S.F.]

Literary events

Author appearance: Elisabeth Antoine Crawford discusses and signs copies of “Flavors of Friuli,” a book highlighting the cuisine and culture of northeastern Italy. [1 p.m., Borders, San Francisco Centre, 845 Market St., S.F.]

Theater

Senior musical: STFS Productions presents “Sex Tapes for Seniors.” Retirement-village residents seek excitement, meaning and passion in their twilight years in this stage musical. [2 p.m., Victoria Theatre, 2961 16th St., S.F.]

GAME OF THE DAY

BASEBALL

Giants at Braves

10:35 a.m., Comcast SportsNet Bay Area

  • After a solid start in Colorado earlier in the week, Jonathan Sanchez looks to give the Giants a win against the Braves in the finale of a six-game road trip.

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

NFL: The Dallas Cowboys and Cincinnati Bengals kick off the NFL’s preseason in the Hall of Fame game. [5 p.m., Canton, Ohio, NBC (KNTV, Ch. 11)]

Golf: The final round of the Bridgestone Invitational wraps up. [10 a.m., Akron, Ohio, CBS (KPIX, Ch. 5)]

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