San Francisco Travel Association begins International Pow Wow

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Pow wowing: Naina Ayya of the Moscone Center hands a box lunch to a taxi driver Thursday. It was one of 500 lunches distributed to cabbies — who often are the first contact with travelers — by the San Francisco Travel Association, which is hosting the International Pow Wow at Moscone that began this weekend. The Pow Wow brings together more than 5,500 representatives from 70 countries to share ideas on how to promote travel destinations.

Something to read

To End All Wars

By Adam Hochschild ($28)

The award-winning historian presents a new view of World War I in which he examines its critics and causes. He appears 7 p.m. Wednesday at Kepler’s in Menlo Park.

Lend a hand

Glide: Volunteers are needed to help prepare the dining room, place food on trays, carry trays to seated guests and wipe down tables. [11:15 a.m. to 2 p.m., 330 Ellis St., S.F.; details/RSVP: www.onebrick.org]

Get outside

Street fair: The festival season begins with A La Carte and Art. The celebration includes crafts, music, food and drink, and classic cars. [10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Castro Street between Church Street and Evelyn Avenue, Mountain View]

Park band: The Golden Gate Park Band performs. Today’s program features concert band music by Thomas, Tichelli, Grieg and William Byrd. [1 p.m., Spreckles Temple of Music, Music Concourse, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Physical theater: The Carpetbag Brigade, a physical-theater troupe known for its acrobatic stilt spectacles, presents “Vanishing Point.” [3:30 and 5:30 p.m., Great Meadow, Upper Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard near Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Americana band: Mobile Homeboys — a band playing a rootsy mix of country, bluegrass, blues, rock ’n’ roll and traditional music — performs in Union Square. [2 to 4 p.m., Powell and Post streets, S.F.]

Around town

Music

Jazz artist: Trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, who earned wide acclaim with his 2007 win at the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, appears in concert. [8 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., S.F.]

Dance

Museum installation: Push Dance Co. premieres director Raissa Simpson’s mixed-race-themed performance installation “Mixed Messages” throughout the Museum of the African Diaspora. [1 and 3 p.m., 685 Mission St., S.F.]

Modern dance: Mary Sano Studio of Duncan Dancing hosts its Dionysian Festival. Isadora Duncan repertoire and a dance based on Sano’s experience in Japan during the March earthquake are on the slate. [6 p.m., 245 Fifth St., S.F.]

Literary arts

Author appearance: Award-winning Norwegian novelist Jo Nesbo talks about his latest Harry Hole mystery, “The Snowman.” [2 p.m., Belmont Library, 1110 Alameda de las Pulgas, Belmont]

Movies

Noir cinema: “I Wake Up Dreaming 2011,” a series of rarely shown films from the noir era, continues. Today’s double bill: “711 Ocean Drive” (1950) and “The Web” (1947). [Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., S.F.; www.roxie.com]

Topping things off: Lynda and Jools Topp, the singing and yodeling lesbian sisters seen in the documentary “The Topp Twins,” visit the Lumiere Theatre (4:45 p.m. show) and sing a song. [1572 California St., S.F.; www.landmarktheatres.com]

Brunch

Epic Roasthouse: Chef Jan Birnbaum’s brunch menu contains “missed breakfast” and “more like lunch” items and “things you want in a steakhouse.” Dishes include tangerine Creole creme cheese blintz with passion fruit sauce; roast-beef hash with poached eggs; crab-cake Benedict with chive hollandaise; and griddle skirt steak enchiladas with salsa and charred-tomato sauce. [11 a.m. to 3 p.m., 369 The Embarcadero, S.F., (415) 369-9955]

GAME OF THE DAY

BASEBALL

A’s at Giants

1:05 p.m., Comcast SportsNet Bay Area and CSN California

A pair of talented left-handers will take the mound today when the Giants’ Jonathan Sanchez opposes the A’s Gio Gonzalez to close out the Bay Bridge Series.

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

NHL: The Sharks and Vancouver Canucks square off in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals. [Noon, HP Pavilion, San Jose, NBC (KNTV, Ch. 11)]

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