Giants closer Brian Wilson makes a fashion splash 

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No rally thong?
Giants closer Brian Wilson, as usual, was the center of attention on the red carpet at Wednesday’s ESPY awards in Los Angeles. Wilson was decked out in a spandex tuxedo and brought along what he called a “cougar cane” to the annual ESPN ceremony. The Giants were shut out of winning any ESPYs.

Something to read

The Kid


By Sapphire ($25.95)


Thrust into the spotlight when her book “Push” was turned into the acclaimed film “Precious,” the novelist has returned with the story of Precious’ son, who is orphaned at age 9.

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.; details at www.parksconservancy.org]

Get outside

AIDS walk:
The 25th AIDS Walk San Francisco features a walk, plus festivities. It benefits local AIDS services. [Sign-in is at 9 a.m., Mother’s Meadow; walk begins and ends in Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park, S.F.; www.aidswalk.net]

Reggae and ska:
The English Beat, a pioneering 1980s band, brings reggae and dub-infused ska to the Stern Grove Festival. [2 p.m., Sigmund Stern Grove, Sloat Boulevard and 19th Avenue, S.F.]

Arts festival: Menlo Park hosts its “Connoisseurs’ Marketplace.” Festivities include crafts, food, music, green products and a car show. [10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Santa Cruz Avenue from El Camino Real to Johnson Street, Menlo Park]

Afro-Cuban music: Sandy Perez Y Su Lade perform at the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival. Perez is an Afro-Cuban percussionist and an authority on Afro-Cuban folkloric history. [1 p.m., Yerba Buena Gardens, 770 Mission St., S.F.]

Around town

Music

Mozart concert:
The San Francisco Symphony presents “My Classic Mozart,” a concert featuring three works by the composer. Gilles Vonsattel is the guest pianist. [2 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Jazz concert: The Heath Brothers perform at the Stanford Jazz Festival. Hard bop is a specialty of the brothers, who have played with a wealth of great jazz artists. [7:30 p.m., Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Stanford University]

Persian music: Iran-born musician Pezhham Akhavass, whose instruments include tombak and daf, performs an intimate concert of traditional Persian music, joined by friends. [8 p.m., Red Poppy Art House, 2698 Folsom St., S.F.]

Movies

The end:
The 2011 San Francisco Silent Film Festival ends today. Films include Victor Sjostrom’s “He Who Gets Slapped,” introduced by director Alexander Payne. [Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.; www.silentfilm.org]

Literary arts

Trauma-unit tales:
Laurie Barkin reads from “The Comfort Garden,” her book about her experiences as a psychiatric nurse in San Francisco General Hospital’s Trauma Unit. [3 p.m., Bird and Beckett, 653 Chenery St., S.F.]

Comedy

Stand-up show:
Comedian Jay Pharoah, a featured player on “Saturday Night Live,” performs a stand-up show. [8 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Brunch

Andalu:
Chef-owner Calvin Schneiter’s brunch menu includes egg dishes, breakfast items, salads and “Andalu classics.” Highlights include eggs Benedict, served with hash browns or polenta fries. Varieties include crab-cakes Benedict and a Benedict with house-cured salmon. Also recommended: the sweet and spicy bacon. [10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., 3198 16th St., S.F.; (415) 621-2211]

GAME OF THE DAY

WOMEN’S WORLD CUP

United States vs. Japan


11:45 a.m., ESPN

Abby Wambach and the U.S. women’s soccer team need to get past Japan today to capture their first World Cup since 1999.

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Baseball:
The Giants close out a four-game series with the Padres. [1:05 p.m., Petco Park, San Diego, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area]

Golf: The final round of the British Open wraps up from Royal St. George’s. [3 a.m., Sandwich, England, ESPN]

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