Enjoy camaraderie and activities in San Francisco neighborhoods with “Sunday Streets”

Around Town

Fringe-style festival:
The Walking Distance Dance Festival SF offers the chance to see local and national dance notables, fringe-festival style. Today’s bill includes inkBoat and ODC/Dance.
[2 and 4 p.m., ODC Complex,
3153 17th St., S.F.]

Verdi opera: San Francisco Opera presents “Attila.” Bucking the popular picture, Verdi paints the Hun ruler not as a ruthless barbarian but as a brave warrior plagued by doubt. [2 p.m., War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Hit musical: The touring version of “American Idiot” continues at the Orpheum Theatre. Three friends must choose between their dreams and the safety of suburbia in this musical based on the Green Day LP. [2 p.m., 1192 Market St., S.F.]

Sing-along movie: “Grease Sing-A-Long” — the lyrics-included, viewer-participatory version of the popular movie musical — is back. A costume contest accompanies the film. [2:30 and 7 p.m., Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.]

Asian art: Today is Target First Free Sunday at the Asian Art Museum. Events include a presentation by artist Palden Weinreb, whose work is on view in the “Phantoms of Asia” exhibit. [10 a.m.
to 5 p.m., 200 Larkin St., S.F.]

Something to Read
Kingdom of Strangers
By Zoë Ferraris ($25.99)
Set in Saudi Arabia, the new mystery by the San Francisco author of “City of Veils” follows two investigations: of a serial killer on the loose, and an inspector whose mistress goes missing.

Art and design
Design show: Unique presents Unique SF, a curated show featuring independent designers and artists. Partial proceeds benefit 826 Valencia. [11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Concourse Exhibition Center, 620 Seventh St.,

Magic Flute: The LaCavera family’s brunch menu includes breakfast and lunch items, salads and “sweet tooth” dishes. The cinnamon and sugar beignets, served with fresh lemon curd and sweetened whipped cream, are recommended today. Also look for the eggs Benedict (ham, Florentine or smoked salmon), with seasonal fruit and potatoes. [10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., 3673 Sacramento St., S.F.; (415) 922-1225]

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.;
215 Lincoln Blvd. (at Graham Street), S.F., details at

Game of the Day

MLB All-Star Game Selection Show
10 a.m., TBS
See if Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera makes the cut as this year’s All-Star teams are unveiled.

BASEBALL: The Giants conclude a series with the Cincinnati Reds at home before heading to the nation’s capital. [1:05 p.m., AT&T Park, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area]

Get Outside


Stern Grove: The Preservation Hall Jazz Band returns to the Stern Grove Festival. The Stone Foxes open the show. [2 p.m., Sigmund Stern Grove, Sloat Boulevard and 19th Avenue, S.F.]

Park band: The Golden Gate Park Band presents its weekly concert. Today’s program: “Accent on Youth.” [1 p.m., Music Concourse, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Birder field trip: The San Francisco Botanical Garden hosts “Birding at the Garden,” a slow-paced docent-led bird-watching amble. [8 a.m., front gate, SFBG, 1199 Ninth Ave., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]


Car-free streets: “Sunday Streets,” offering car-free street space where people can enjoy camaraderie and activities in San Francisco neighborhoods, continues its Mission pilot project. Valencia Street is the place. [11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; www.sundaystreetssf.com]

Sports and recreation

Paddle ride: City Kayak hosts its “Downtown San Francisco Trip,” a scenic kayak paddle ride along the waterfront. [10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., City Kayak, South Beach Harbor, Embarcadero at Townsend Street; info/RSVP: www.citykayak.com]

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