Good Sunday: Aug. 29, 2010

SOMETHING TO READ

The Story of Stuff

By Annie Leonard ($26)

Subtitled “How Our Obsession With Stuff is Trashing the Planet, Our Communities, and Our Health — and a Vision for Change,” the book by the San Francisco writer aims to change the way people think about and use precious resources.

BRUNCH

Mission Beach Cafe: Chinese and California cuisines come together in a new dish on chef Trevor Odgen’s brunch menu: fried Forbidden black rice with duck confit, English peas, carrots, corn and crispy duck egg. Also recommended: Dungeness-crab Benedict; and huevos with Yellow Indian Woman beans, salsa rojo and Cojita cheese. [9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., 198 Guerrero St., S.F.; (415) 861-0198]

LEND A HAND

AtmosTheatre: Volunteers are needed to sell food and provide box-office assistance, among other tasks, at a theater show. [11 a.m. to 4 p.m., 2170 Bear Gulch Road, Woodside; contact: (513) 227-8282 or brenner.laila@gmail.com]

GET OUTSIDE

Festivals

Arts festival: More than 300 artists sell crafts at the Palo Alto Festival of the Arts. Entertainment and Italian street painting also are part of the celebration. [10 a.m. to 6 p.m., University Avenue between High and Webster streets, Palo Alto]

Parks

Park band: The Golden Gate Park Band presents a Ukrainian-American Day concert, featuring Ukrainian music, costumes and dancing. [1 p.m., Spreckles Temple of Music, Music Concourse, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Botany bites: “Chomp 2! Return of the Carnivorous Plants” continues at the Conservatory of Flowers. Horror and horticulture come together in this exhibit of insect-eating flora. [10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Circus festival: The Picklewater Free Circus Festival takes place in 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.]

Architecture

Design tour: The San Francisco Museum and Historical Society hosts “Civic Center’s Grand Design,” a tour. Areas of focus include architecture styles and movie palaces. [2 p.m., meet at Orpheum Theatre, 1192 Market St., S.F.]

AROUND TOWN

Museums

Hours extended: With “Birth of Impressionism” set to close on Sept. 6, the de Young Museum is offering extended viewing hours. Masterworks from the Musee d’Orsay are on view. [9:30 a.m. to 8:45 p.m., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Tango in Paris: Argentinean tango and its second home — Paris — are the focus of a “La Belle Vie” celebration. Events include a re-creation of Buenos Aires’ tango dance halls. [2:30 to 5 p.m., Legion of Honor, 100 34th Ave., S.F.]

Theater

‘Dream’ continues: “Dreamgirls,” straight from Harlem’s Apollo Theater, has opened at the Curran Theatre. The musical centers on a 1960s girl group and the thrills and challenges of superstar success. [2 p.m., 445 Geary St., S.F.]

Dance

Dance classes: ODC Dance School hosts “Family Day.” The celebration includes placement dance classes (starting at 8 a.m.) and an open house with sample classes (noon to 3:30 p.m.). [ODC Dance Commons, 351 Shotwell St., S.F.]

Music

Opera preview: Noe Valley Chamber Music hosts an opera preview of David Carlson’s “Anna Karenina” (opens Sept. 11 in San Jose). The event includes a talk with Carlson. [4 p.m., Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St., S.F.]

Movies

Kurosawa series: The “Samurai Saga Vol. 2” series features samurai and sword-battle films by Akira Kurosawa. “The Hidden Fortress,” “Throne of Blood” and “Sanjuro” screen today. [Viz Cinema, 1746 Post St., S.F.; www.newpeopleworld.com]

Literary celebrations

Release party: Veteran skaters Alex Cohen and Jennifer Barbee celebrate the publication of “Down and Derby,” their guide to all things roller derby. The event includes a party and a reading. [7 p.m., Amnesia, 853 Valencia St., S.F.]

GAME OF THE DAY

BASEBALL

Giants vs. Diamondbacks

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

After a solid outing his last time out, Matt Cain looks to lead the Giants past the D-Backs in the final game of three-game series at AT&T Park.

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Basketball: The U.S. takes on Slovenia in the preliminary round of the world championships. [6:30 a.m., Istanbul, Turkey, ESPN2]

Little League: The finalists square off in the championship game of the Little League World Series. [Noon, South Williamsport, Pa., ABC (KGO, Ch. 7)]

 

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