April 20: Hauschka and other SF events 

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  • Pianist and composer Hauschka has a sound that involves inserting alien objects into the piano. He'll be at Yoshi's today.

Something to read

Missions of San Francisco Bay

By Robert A. Bellezza ($21.99)

Vintage photographs of landmark buildings accompany a comprehensive history describing the discovery and settlement of six Northern California missions.

Lend a hand

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. [10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; 215 Lincoln Blvd. (at Graham Street), S.F., details at www.parksconservancy.org]

Get outside

Parade and party: The Union Street Spring Celebration and Easter Parade features entertainment, kids' activities, food and a bonnet contest. The parade starts at 2 p.m. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Union Street between Gough and Fillmore streets, S.F.]

Japanese festival: The Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival, celebrates Japanese culture, features food, art, music and more. The grand parade starts at 1 p.m. [10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Post and Buchanan streets, S.F.; www.sfcherryblossom.org]

Sister act: The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence host their zany Easter event. This year's fest includes a "Hunky Jesus" contest. [Kids' Easter at 10 a.m.; adult antics at noon; Hellman Hollow, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Eco-celebration: The San Francisco Zoo hosts the "Play for the Planet!" day. The Earth Day-themed festivities include games, crafts, entertainment and a noontime theater show. [11 a.m. to 3 p.m., 1 Zoo Road, S.F.]

Around town

Holiday

Easter at Ghirardelli: Ghirardelli Square hosts an Easter celebration, a family-geared event featuring egg hunts, merchant specials, balloon artists and photos with the Easter Bunny. [Noon to 2:30 p.m., 900 North Point St., S.F.]

Parks

Family picnic: Off the Grid's "Picnic at the Presidio" is back. Picnickers can enjoy fare from the local food scene, plus lawn games and music. [11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Main Parade Ground, Main Post, Presidio of S.F.]

Music

Rock band: Dead Meadow -- a trio inspired by a love of early 1970s hard rock, 1980s psychedelia and fantasy and horror writers J.R.R. Tolkien and H.P. Lovecraft -- appears. [9 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

Pianist and composer: Hauschka (aka German prepared pianist and composer Volker Bertelmann) has a sound that involves inserting alien objects into the piano. [7 p.m., Yoshi's, 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Literary arts

Book sale: The Friends of the San Francisco Public Library's Spring Book Sale features books, DVDs and other items all for $1. [10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Theater

Fairy tale: "Sleeping Cutie," by Doug Katsaros and Diane Sampson, is world-premiering. A disgraced financier's daughter has rock-drummer dreams in this musical. [2 p.m., Thick House 1695 18th St., S.F.]

Museums

Rodin tour: Stanford University's Cantor Arts Center hosts a tour of its collection of Rodin sculptures. [11 a.m. to 5 p.m., 328 Lomita Drive, off Palm Drive at Museum Way, Stanford]

Brunch

Vitrine: Chef Paul Piscopo creates egg dishes, breakfast fare and hot entrees at brunchtime. Easter selections include black-truffle frittata with Petaluma farm eggs, blueberry pancakes with maple syrup and orange-flavored butter, brioche French toast with fromage blanc and seasonal-fruit marmalade, and for dessert, rhubarb-strawberries Pavlova. [11 a.m. to 2 p.m., St. Regis San Francisco, 125 Third St., S.F.; (415) 284-4049]

Game of the day

NHL

Sharks vs. Kings

7 p.m., CSN California

Joe Thornton and the Sharks continue their playoff march with Game 2 of their series against the rival Kings.

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Baseball: The Giants wrap up a three-game series against the Padres. [1:10 p.m., Petco Park, San Diego, CSN Bay Area]

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