Good Sunday: March 7, 2010

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Around town

Academy Awards

Oscar gala: The Academy of Friends hosts its 2010 Oscar-night gala, featuring food, wine, music, dancing and Oscar viewing. Proceeds go to AIDS/HIV charities. [5 to 11 p.m., Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, S.F.]

Oscar bashing: The Roxie Theater hosts its annual “Up the Oscars!” benefit bash. Guests are welcome to bring food, drink and an attitude. Prizes, short films and a costume contest also are on the bill. [3:45 p.m., 3117 16th St., S.F.]

Oscar festivities: The Balboa Theater hosts “Oscars at the Balboa.” Festivities include Oscar viewing, a costume contest, prizes and live entertainment. [4:30 p.m., 3630 Balboa St., S.F.]

Music

Roots choir: Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir perform. African-American roots music is the Grammy-nominated, percussion-driven vocal group’s specialty. [8 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

Comedy

Stand-up show: Comedian and actor Brian Poshen, from “The Sarah Silverman Program” and “The Comedians of Comedy,” performs at Cobb’s. [8 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Activities

 Crystal show: More than 40 vendors take part in the Great San Francisco Crystal Fair. Crystals, minerals, beads and jewelry are for sale. [10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Conference Center, Building A, Fort Mason Center, S.F.]

Jazz ensemble: The Kidd Jordan Quartet, a jazz group featuring free-improvisation master Jordan on sax, performs. [4:30 p.m., Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society, Douglas Beach House, 311 Mirada Road, Half Moon Bay]

What to read

Alfred Hitchcock: The Icon Years
By John William Law ($17.95)
The biography focuses on challenges the master filmmaker faced and the movies he made late in his career, after the release of “Psycho” in 1960 sealed his status as one of the world’s greatest directors.

Lend a hand

Shakespeare Garden: Volunteers are needed to extend garden borders, install vegetation and remove noxious weeds. [10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.; RSVP: www.onebrick.org]

Surfrider Foundation: Volunteers are needed to help clean up Ocean Beach. [10 a.m. to noon; info/RSVP: www.parksconservancy.org]

Get outside

Parks

Bird walk: The San Francisco Botanical Garden Society hosts its first-Sunday bird walk. [8 a.m., SFBG, Golden Gate Park, S.F.;
register: www.sfbotanicalgarden society.org
]

Little city: The Conservatory of Flowers presents “Golden Gate Express Garden Railway,” an exhibit featuring a model train and mini San Francisco landmarks made from recycled materials. [9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Books and botany: The San Francisco Botanical Garden hosts its “Children’s Story Time and Family Walk,” designed for ages 4 to 8. March’s featured book is “Pablo’s Tree.” [10:30 a.m., SFBG, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Local history

 

Coit murals: The San Francisco Museum and Historical Society presents “27 Views of Life in California in 1934,” an exploration of Coit Tower and its murals. [2 p.m.; info/RSVP: (415) 537-1105, ext. 100, or rsvp@sfhistory.org]

Flower power: Foot Tours presents “Flashback: Summer of Love, Winter of Discontent,” a Haight-Ashbury tour exploring the rise and fall of the hippie culture. [1 p.m.; meet at Haight and Cole streets; RSVP: www.foottours.com]

Brunch

Nombe Restaurant: Chef Nick Balla’s brunch menu includes a “Japanese Breakfast,” which contains broiled black cod, Onsen tamago, miso soup with vegetables, Koshihikari rice with wild nori, pickled vegetables, house umeboshi, marinated konbu and sencha tea. Egg items, served over rice, also are available. Pastries include beignets with strawberry jam. [11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 2491 Mission St., S.F.; (415) 681-7150]

Game of the day

NBA

Lakers at Magic

11:30 a.m., ABC (KGO, Ch. 7) In a rematch of last year’s NBA Finals, Kobe Bryant leads the Lakers into Orlando to square off against Dwight Howard and the Magic.

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

NASCAR: Jimmie Johnson looks to win his third straight Sprint Cup race at the Kobalt Tools 500. [9 a.m., Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton, Ga., Fox]

College men’s hoops: The West Coast Conference Tournament semifinals tip off. [5:30 p.m., Orleans Arena, Las Vegas, ESPN2]

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