Good Sunday: May 16, 2010

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The Girl Who Fell From the Sky

By Heidi W. Durrow (22.95)

The novel, winner of the Bellwether Prize recognizing fiction that addresses social issues, is a 1980s-set coming-of-age story of the daughter of a white Danish immigrant and a black GI. Having survived a tragic accident, the girl is sent to live with her black grandmother in a strange city, where she grapples with race and identity.

Golden Gate National Parks Volunteer Program: Volunteers are needed to help enhance native-plant habitats and create wildlife corridors in the Presidio of San Francisco. [9 a.m. to noon; RSVP: www.parksconservancy.org]

Literary events

French writers: Visiting French authors Philippe Djian, Veronique Ovalde, Boualem Sansal and Jean Rolin read from their work. [5 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Exhibitions

Food history: The San Francisco Museum and Historical Society presents “From Earth to 5-Star.” [Noon to 5 p.m., Old Mint, 88 Fifth St., S.F.]

Theater

Solo acts: “City Solo” features solo artists performing excerpts from full shows. Monica Bhatnagar, Susan Ito, Sarah Weidman and Nicole Maxali take the stage in May. [7 p.m., Off-Market Theaters, 965 Mission St., S.F.]

Movies

B-noir flicks: “I Still Wake Up Dreaming,” a film festival of rare B-noir, continues. Maxwell Shane’s “Nightmare” and William Castle’s “The Mark of the Whistler” screen today. [Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., S.F.; www.roxie.com]

Museums

Photographer tour: Photographer and cinematographer Douglas Gayeton leads a tour of his works at Museo Italo Americano. [2 p.m., Museo Building C, Fort Mason Center, S.F.; RSVP: (415) 673-2200]

Celebrating immigrants: The San Mateo County History Museum hosts its annual Immigrants Day Festival. [Noon to 5 p.m., Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City]

Parks

Art and nature: “Presidio Habitats” opens with festivities. The exhibit features imaginative habitat structures created along trails and roads to serve Presidio animal “clients.” [Noon to 4 p.m., Fort Scott, Presidio of S.F.]

Books and botany: The San Francisco Botanical Garden hosts a “Story Time and Family Walk,” designed for ages 4 to 8. May’s featured book is “Our Community Garden.” [10:30 a.m., Golden Gate Park, S.F

Jazz band: The San Francisco Bourbon Kings perform in Union Square. New Orleans jazz is the band’s specialty. [2 to 4 p.m., Post and Powell streets, S.F.]

Park band: The Golden Gate Park Band performs “A Program of Great Concert Band Music.” [1 p.m., Spreckles Temple of Music, Music Concourse, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

City activities

Jazz singer: Jazz vocalist Sheila Jordan performs a concert, joined by pianist Steve Kuhn. SFJazz presents the evening. [7 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Forum, 701 Mission St., S.F.]

Pop-punk band: Set Your Goals performs at Slim’s. The locally based pop-punk band plays music inspired by 1990s skate punk and melodic hardcore. [7 p.m., 333 11th St., S.F.]

Youth orchestra: The San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra performs works by John Adams, Vaughan Williams, Donato Cabrera and Tchaikovsky. [2 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

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. A vegetarian version is available. Recommended libation is a Bloody Mary. [11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 2491 Mission St., S.F.; (415) 681-7150]

Game of the day

CYCLING

Tour of California, Stage 1

2 p.m., Versus

The Amgen Tour of California, featuring Lance Armstrong and three-time defending champ Levi Leipheimer, kicks off with the first stage from Nevada City to Sacramento.

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Baseball: The Giants close out a three-game series with the visiting Houston Astros. [1:05 p.m., AT&T Park, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area]

Auto racing: The NASCAR Sprint Cup series heads east for the Autism Speaks 400. [9 a.m., Dover International Speedway, Dover, Del., Fox (KTVU, Ch. 2)]

 

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