April 13: Sarah Tiana and other SF events

Something to read

The UnAmericans

By Molly Antopol ($24.95)

“Beautiful, funny, fearless and exquisitely crafted” is how critics describe the stories in this collection by the San Francisco writer, a Wallace Stegner fellow and instructor at Stanford University.

Lend a hand

San Francisco Vintners Market: Volunteers (21 and up) are needed to help with setup and other essentials. [11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; three shifts available; Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, Buchanan Street and Marina Boulevard, S.F.; RSVP: www.onebrick.org]

Get outside

Japanese culture: The Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival has begun. Performances and exhibits celebrate Japanese culture and the Japanese-American community. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Post Street between Laguna and Fillmore streets, S.F.]

Botany bites: “Chomp!,” the popular carnivorous-plant exhibit, is back. Featured flora include the Venus flytrap, butterwort and sticky sundew. [10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Conservatory of Flowers 100 John F. Kennedy Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Family picnic: At Off the Grid’s “Picnic at the Presidio,” picnickers can enjoy fare from the local food scene, plus lawn games and music. [11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Main Parade Ground, Main Post, Presidio of S.F.]

Butterfly habitat: Nature hike, “Of Bombs and Butterflies,” explores Pacifica’s Milagra Ridge — formerly a missile site and now home to an endangered butterfly. [Noon; details and to RSVP: (415) 561-4323; www.parksconservancy.org]


Car-free streets: “Sunday Streets” — auto-free space where people can enjoy activities and camaraderie in San Francisco neighborhoods — takes place in the Tenderloin. [11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; www.sundaystreetssf.com]


Psych-folk duo: New Bums — consisting of Donovan Quinn, from the Skygreen Leopards and Ben Chasny, from Six Organs of Admittance — appear at The Chapel. [9 p.m., 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

Handel masterpiece: Oakland Symphony Chorus’ performance of the “Messiah” features organist Rudy de Vos, soprano Shawnette Sulker, mezzo-soprano Amy Bouchard, tenor Darron Flagg and baritone Zachary Gordin. [5:30 p.m., Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland]


Stand-up show: Comedian Sarah Tiana headlines an edition of “There Goes the Neighborhood.” Tiana’s credits include “Reno 911!,” “The Burn with Jeff Ross” and “Comics Unleashed.” [7:30 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]


Indian dance: Dancer Farah Yasmeen Shaikh presents “A Delicate Power,” an exploration of Indian kathak dance. [6 p.m., CounterPULSE, 1310 Mission St., S.F.]

Literary events

Author and artist: Author-composer Emily Jiang and artist April Chu share “Summoning the Phoenix,” an illustrated children’s book about modern kids. [2 p.m., Borderlands Cafe, 870 Valencia St., S.F.]

Brenda’s French Soul Food: Chef Brenda Buenviaje creates New Orleans-inspired cuisine, and the eggs Benedict — two poached eggs on cream biscuits with creole hollandaise and grits or hash — are a brunch-time favorite. Also recommended: the pork belly, with cheddar grits and spicy tomato relish. [8 a.m. to 8 p.m., 652 Polk St., S.F.; (415) 345-8100]


Giants vs. Rockies

1:05 p.m.

Brandon Belt and the Giants wrap up their three-game series against Colorado with the first Sunday matinee of the year at AT&T Park.

Other sports

NBA: The Warriors take on the Portland Trail Blazers in a game that could impact playoff seeding. [6 p.m., Moda Center, Portland, Ore., CSN Bay Area]

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