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September 1: Free museums and more S.F. events

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Japantown: A Thriller

By Barry Lancet ($25)

The debut novel by a 25-year resident of Japan (who grew up in the Bay Area) is a zippy page-turner set in San Francisco's Japantown, Tokyo and a remote Japanese village.

Lend a hand

Haight Ashbury Free Clinics: Volunteers are needed to staff the front desk and support clinicians, among other duties, at the Mission district site. [8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., 1735 Mission St., S.F.; details: dwang@healthRIGHT360.org or www.healthRIGHT360.org]

Parks and gardens

Zine scene: The San Francisco Zine Fest, celebrating small-press publishing, features zines, comics, workshops and more. About 140 small-press and DIY folks take part. [11 a.m. to 5 p.m., County Fair Building, 1199 Ninth Ave., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Shakespeare troupe: The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival presents its 2013 free summer park show, “Macbeth.” [2 p.m., Presidio Main Post Parade Ground lawn, between Graham Street and Keyes Avenue, Presidio, S.F.]

'Dream' work: The Asian American Orchestra and its Voices of a Dream ensemble perform “Our Eyes on the Prize: King's Dream Fifty Years On,” a work about the civil-rights struggle. [1 p.m., Yerba Buena Gardens, 770 Mission St., S.F.]

Tango time: “Tango in the Square,” a free community event, features a DJ set, tango lessons, and live music and open dancing. The Redwood Tango Ensemble provides the music this month. [2 to 4 p.m., 333 Post St., S.F.]


Park band: The Golden Gate Park Band presents its weekly concert, which salutes the American songwriter today. Featured composers include Cole Porter and Irving Berlin. [1 p.m., Music Concourse, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Rock and blues: Blue Genes, a locally based indie-blues and psychedelic-rock band, performs. “Blink, Debris!” is the group's debut album. [7:30 p.m., Brick and Mortar Music Hall, 1710 Mission St., S.F.]


Art and wine: The Millbrae Art and Wine Festival features crafts, bands, food, wine, beer, a car show and more. More than 250 artisans take part. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Broadway between Victoria and Meadow Glen avenues, Millbrae]

Art fair: The Kings Mountain Art Fair features art in a redwoods setting. It benefits the local volunteer fire brigade and other community activities. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Kings Mountain Fire Station, 13889 Skyline Blvd., Woodside]

Animal world

Enter the dragon: The San Francisco Zoo is hosting a “Komodo Karnival” to welcome a new resident, a Komodo dragon. Festivities include games, hot dogs and a “Komodo Klimbing Wall.” [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 1 Zoo Road, S.F.]


Two comics: Jeff Dye and Jessimae Peluso, both seen on “Girl Code,” appear in an evening of stand-up comedy. [8 p.m., Cobb's Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]


Asian art: It's Target First Free Sunday at the Asian Art Museum. General admission is free. Featured exhibits include “In the Moment: Japanese Art From the Larry Ellison Collection.” [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 200 Larkin St., S.F.]


Two comics: Jeff Dye and Jessimae Peluso, both seen on “Girl Code,” appear in an evening of stand-up comedy. [8 p.m., Cobb's Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]


Hitchcock thriller: “Vertigo” (1958), Alfred Hitchcock's acclaimed thriller about obsession, duplicity, derangement and doppelgangers, screens at the Castro Theatre. James Stewart stars. [2, 5 and 8 p.m., 429 Castro St., S.F.]


World premiere: New Conservatory Theatre Center presents “American Dream.” Visiting Mexico, a divorced gay architect falls in love with his Spanish teacher in Brad Erickson's new drama. [2 p.m., 25 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]


Sugar Cafe: Breakfast dishes, sandwiches and salads are served at brunchtime. The French toast — the bread is infused with vanilla custard — is highlighted today. It is served with seasonal fruit. The pulled-pork omelet, too, is recommended. Libations include bottomless mimosas. [8 a.m. to 4 p.m., 679 Sutter St., S.F., (415) 441-5678]


A's vs. Rays

1:05 p.m., Comcast SportsNet California

Bob Melvin's A's and the Tampa Bay Rays, two teams trying to get atop their divisions rather than settle for wild-card playoff berths, sew up a three-game set in Oakland.

Giants vs. Diamondbacks

The Giants send Barry Zito to the mound to wrap up a series in Arizona with the Diamondbacks. [1:10 p.m., Chase Field, Phoenix, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area]

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