Good Sunday: June 20, 2010 

SOMETHING TO READ

What I Would Tell Her

Edited by Andrea N. Richesin ($13.95)

Subtitled “28 Devoted Dads on Bringing Up, Holding On To and Letting Go of Their Daughters,” the anthology includes “Thrift-Store Bandits,” a story by stay-at-home dad and San Francisco writer Mike Adamick.


BRUNCH

Le Colonial: The restaurant serves brunch on Sundays and is open all day on Father’s Day. Chef Joseph Villanueva’s highlighted appetizer is grilled baby lobster tails with chili lime butter and micro greens. The featured entree is grilled American Wagyu New York steak, with oxtail mushroom ragout and cilantro frites. [11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., 20 Cosmo Place, S.F.; (415) 931-3600]


LEND A HAND

Asian American Donor Program: Volunteers are needed to register individuals to be potential volunteer bone-marrow/stem-cell donors. [11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., St. Kevin’s Church, 704 Cortland Ave., S.F.; info: www.thevolunteercenter2.net]

San Francisco Recreation and Park Department: Volunteers are needed to remove weeds in Golden Gate Park’s Bunny Meadow. [9 a.m. to noon; meet at McLaren Lodge, Golden Gate Park, S.F.; RSVP: www.onebrick.org]


GET OUTSIDE


Festivities

Beats and bocce: Beat and Italian culture dominate the North Beach Festival. Look for entertainment, crafts, Italian street painting, Italian food and more. [10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Union Street and Grant Avenue and thereabouts, S.F.]

Juneteenth weekend: The San Francisco Juneteenth Festival celebrates African-American heritage. Festivities include music, info booths, an eco-zone and more. [11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Civic Center Plaza, Polk and Grove streets, S.F.]

Car-free streets: “Sunday Streets,” featuring car-free space where people can have healthy fun in San Francisco neighborhoods, returns to the Mission district. Main hub: Garfield Square. [10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; www.sundaystreetssf.com]


Parks and gardens

Festival kickoff: Father’s Day means the start of the Stern Grove Festival. Angelique Kidjo (gospel, soul, Afropop, jazz) and Sarazino (reggae, Latin) perform. [2 p.m., Sigmund Stern Grove, Sloat Boulevard and 19th Avenue, S.F.]

Native arts: The Native Contemporary Arts Festival returns to Yerba Buena Gardens. Native artists present music, dance, vendor items and crafts. [Noon to 3 p.m., Esplanade, Mission Street between Third and Fourth streets, S.F.]

Botany bites: The Conservatory of Flowers presents “Chomp 2! Return of the Carnivorous Plants.” Meat-eating plants are on display. [10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Park band: The Golden Gate Park Band presents its Sunday concert. This week’s program: “Great Concert Band Music.” [1 p.m., Spreckles Temple of Music, Music Concourse, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

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


Bike rides

Golden Gate bike ride: Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy hosts a “Ridge to Bridge” bike ride, from the Presidio to the Marin Headlands and back. [10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; meet at Presidio Officers’ Club, 50 Moraga Ave., S.F.]


AROUND TOWN


Music

Chamber music: Members of the San Francisco Symphony play chamber music by Beethoven, Mozart and Poulenc. [2 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Boys chorus: The Ragazzi Boys Chorus presents “The Singing Heart,” a concert featuring a world premiere by local composer Julia Simon and other music. [5 p.m., St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto]


Movies

LGBT cinema: The San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival presents “The Topp Twins,” “Paulista,” “William S. Burroughs: A Man Within,” and other films today. [11 a.m. onward, three S.F. venues; www.frameline.org]


Literary events

Sci-fi author: Amelia Beamer reads from “The Loving Dead.” A zombie plague is a sexually transmitted disease in this dark-comic novel. [5 p.m., Borderlands Books, 866 Valencia St., S.F.]


Variety

National Queer Arts Festival: The Fresh Meat Festival features transgender and gay talent. Performers include the Barbary Coast Cloggers, Annie Danger and the GAPA Chorus this year. [7 p.m., Z Space, 450 Florida St., S.F.]


Museums

Free for dads: The Contemporary Jewish Museum is offering free admission for dads on Father’s Day. Exhibits include “Jews on Vinyl,” “Reinventing Ritual” and “StoryCorps StoryBooth.” [11 a.m. to 5 p.m., 736 Mission St., S.F.]


Theater

Theatrical reading: Cutting Ball Theater presents a reading of Carlo Goldoni’s “The Antiquarian’s Family,” a comic Italian play. A discussion follows. [1 p.m., Exit on Taylor, 277 Taylor St., S.F.]

Solo acts: “City Solo” features solo artists performing excerpts from full-length shows. Janine Brito, Martha Rynberg, Julia Jackson and Thao P. Nguyen take the stage. [7 p.m., Off-Market Theaters, 965 Mission St., S.F.]


GAME OF THE DAY

GOLF

U.S. Open

  • Noon, NBC (KNTV, Ch. 11)
  • Scenic Pebble Beach provides the ideal backdrop for the final round of the second major of the season.


OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

World Cup: Brazil and Ivory Coast square off in a match that could determine the Group G winner. [11:30 a.m., Soccer City, Johannesburg, South Africa, ESPN]

Baseball: The Giants close out a series against the Toronto Blue Jays in Canada. [10:05 a.m., Rogers Centre, Toronto, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area]

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