Something to Read
The Wildness Within By Kenneth Brower ($20)
The nature writer pays tribute to his father, pioneering environmentalist David Brower, in a volume filled with testimonies from leaders and activists whose lives he inspired.
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 http://www.parksconservancy.org]
Asian fair: The Nihonmachi Street Fair, celebrating Asian Pacific- American culture and community, is happening in Japantown. [11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Post and Buchanan streets, S.F.]
Car-free streets: Sunday Streets, offering car-free street space where people can enjoy camaraderie and activities in San Francisco neighborhoods, takes place in the Mission district today. [11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; www.sundaystreetssf.com]
Dead on: Jerry Day celebrates the music and legacy of Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia.
[11:30 a.m., Jerry Garcia Amphitheater, McLaren Park, 40 John F. Shelley Drive, S.F.]
Stern Grove: Ozomatli performs at the festival. The band’s sound blends hip-hop, rock and Latin. SMOD, from Mali, opens the show. [2 p.m., Sigmund Stern Grove, Sloat Boulevard and 19th Avenue, S.F.]
Festivals and exhibitions
Cuisine scene: Local culinary stars take part in SF Chefs 2012, a festival taking place in and near Union Square. Events include demonstrations, classes, a chef challenge and a grand tasting. [10 a.m. onward; www.sfchefsfoodwine.com]
Real gems: The San Francisco Gem and Mineral Society’s 2012 show features exhibits, displays, demonstrations and dealers. The focus is on jade this year. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Building 1, 1 Avenue of the Palms, Treasure Island]
Craft show: More than 200 artists take part in the 2012 American Craft Council Show, a juried marketplace. Fare includes jewelry, clothing, furniture and home decor. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]
Chinese opera: Harmony Chinese Musical Center presents a program of Cantonese opera. Proceeds go to Gum Moon Women’s Residence and the Asian Women’s Resource Center. [12:30 p.m., Novellus Theater, 700 Howard St., S.F.]
‘Remembering The Carpenters’: Singer Joanna Pitt presents a tribute to the 1970s pop duo. [8 p.m., Rrazz Room, Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St., S.F.]
Rock band: The psychedelic-rock band Radio Moscow performs. “The Great Escape of Leslie Magnafuzz” is the group’s most recent recording. [8:30 p.m., Café Du Nord, 2170 Market St., S.F.]
Stand-up show: Comedian Jay Pharoah from “Saturday Night Live” appears. Celebrity impressions, including President Barack Obama and many others, are his specialty. [7:30 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]
Screen gems: The Castro Theatre’s 90th birthday celebration features special events and repertory screenings. Today’s bill includes “Gone With the Wind” (2 p.m.) and “Citizen Kane” (8 p.m.). [429 Castro St., S.F.]
Ella’s: This 22-year-old restaurant serves neoclassical American food, and the brunch fare includes egg dishes, pancakes and baked goods. Ella’s Plate, described as a “little bit of everything,” is recommended today.
Ingredients include two eggs, two pancakes, chicken hash, potatoes and a choice of house-made country sausage or Niman Ranch bacon. [8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., 500 Presidio Ave., S.F.; (415) 441-5669]
Giants at Rockies
12:10 p.m., Comcast SportsNet Bay Area
The Giants cap off a three-game set at the hitter-friendly Coors Field with new power threat Hunter Pence in tow.
NFL: Football fever gets under way as the Arizona Cardinals go at it with the New Orleans Saints in the Hall of Fame Game, the first NFL preseason game. [5 p.m., Fawcett Stadium, Canton, Ohio, NFL Network]
A boy looks at a trail of blood on an apartment walkway following a shooting near Eddy and Steiner streets Thursday. Two people were wounded in the middday incident. The week began with four men killed in what are believed to be gang-related shootings, all within the same gang, police said.