San Francisco scores some summer, more sun on way 

IMAGE OF THE WEEK

More bright days:
The weather has fully turned into summer in San Francisco — and not the Mark Twain type, either. After a week of sunny temperatures in the 70s, it will cool off only slightly this week, with highs expected to be in the lower 60s. The sun is sticking around.

SOMETHING TO READ

Hidden Alcatraz: The Fortress Revealed


Edited by Steve Fritz and Deborah Roundtree ($24.95)


The University of California Press volume showcases nearly 100 images by 34 photographers who shot the photos over a period of four years and had unprecedented access to areas where tourists are not allowed.

LEND A HAND

San Francisco Zoo:
Adults interested in working with animals and educating people about conservation are invited to a volunteer orientation ($25 application fee). [11 a.m.; meet at bronze cat statue, main entrance, 1 Zoo Road, S.F.]

GET OUTSIDE

Parks, woods and gardens

Opera scenes:
The Merola Opera program presents its Schwabacher Summer Concert at Yerba Buena Gardens. Young artists from the program’s class of 2011 perform opera scenes. [2 to 4 p.m., 770 Mission St., S.F.]

Circus festival: The Picklewater Free Circus Festival returns to Union Square. Professional and student performers, representing a broad variety of circus styles, perform. [2 to 4 p.m., Powell and Post streets, S.F.]

Outdoor Shakespeare: Atmos Theatre presents “Twelfth Night.” Illyria is transformed into colonial New England in this guided-hike version of the bard’s comedy. [1 p.m., Theatre in the Woods, 2170 Bear Gulch Road, Woodside]

Park band: The Golden Gate Park Band presents its weekly concert. Today’s program: “A Concert of Great Band Music.” [1 p.m., Spreckels Temple of Music, Music Concourse, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Bird-watch trip: Golden Gate Audubon Society hosts a “Birds of the Bay” field trip for kids and beginning bird-watchers. Bring binoculars. [10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Hyde Street Pier, Hyde and Jefferson streets, S.F.; www.goldengateaudubon.org]

AROUND TOWN

Music

Mozart concert:
The 2011 Midsummer Mozart Festival presents “Program 2,” an all-Mozart concert. Highlights include Mark Brandenburg playing the “Clarinet Concerto.” [3 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Blues show: The Stanford Jazz Festival presents “Ruth Davies’ Blues Night.” Special guest: guitarist Robben Ford. [7:30 p.m., Dinkelspiel Auditorium, 471 Lagunita Drive, Stanford University]

Theater

Comic monologue:
Comedian Marga Gomez presents a workshop production of her latest solo show, “Not Getting Any Younger,” a comedy about lies, vanity and the good old days. [7 p.m., the Marsh, 1062 Valencia St., S.F.]

New plays: The Bay Area Playwrights Festival presents weekend one. Staged readings of new plays by emerging playwrights are on the bill. [10 a.m., noon and 4 p.m., Thick House, 1695 18th St., S.F.; www.playwrightsfoundation.org]

Solo series:
Solo Sundays, featuring comic, poignant and provocative solo theater, presents its July show. Coke Nakamoto (“Soft Tissue”) and Lisa Marie Rollins (“Ungrateful Daughter”) perform. [7 p.m., Stagewerx, 533 Sutter St., S.F.]

Movies

Jewish films:
The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival presents “In Heaven Underground,” “Crime After Crime,” “Mary Lou,” and a tribute to Kirk Douglas including “Spartacus.” [11 a.m. onward, Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.; www.sfjff.org]

Dance

Korean dance company:
The Universal Ballet of Korea presents “Shim Chung — the Blindman’s Daughter,” a dance based on a Korean folktale. [4 p.m., War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

BRUNCH

Izzy’s Steaks and Chops:
Chef Joe Kohn’s brunch menu includes steakhouse, breakfast, lunch and egg dishes. Recommended today is the croque mademoiselle, a grilled ham, cheese and tomato sandwich with two fried eggs. Also look for the chilaquiles: two eggs, chicken breast, corn tortillas, Gouda cheese, tomatillo sauce and cilantro. [10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 3345 Steiner St., S.F.; 563-0487]

GAME OF THE DAY

BASEBALL

Brewers at Giants


1:05 p.m., Comcast SportsNet Bay Area

Two National League playoff contenders close out a three-game series at AT&T Park today when the Giants meet the Brewers for the final time this season.

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Cycling:
A Tour de France champion will be crowned with a ride down the Champs-Élysées. [5 a.m., Paris, France, Versus]

Baseball: The A’s close out their series in the Big Apple with the Yankees. [10:05 a.m., Yankee Stadium, New York, Comcast SportsNet California]

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