Good Sunday: May 9, 2010


Raising Happiness

By Christine Carter ($24)

The Bay Area mother of two, executive director of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, uses her own real-world examples in this manual that offers “10 simple steps for more joyful kids and happier parents.”


Dosa: Emily and Anjan Mitra serve South Indian cuisine. Brunch selections include mung-sprout salad; South India omelet (eggs, onions, chiles, tomatoes and cilantro); and sunny-side or over-easy uttapam (tomato, onion and chile uttapam topped with two eggs). On-the-house offer for Mom: a mimosa. [11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; 1700 Fillmore St., S.F., (415) 441-3672; 995 Valencia St., S.F, (415) 642-3672;]


Breast Cancer Network of Strength: Volunteers are needed to assist with registration and to count donations at the Walk to Empower. [7 to 10 a.m., Justin Herman Plaza, 1 Market St., S.F.; info/RSVP:]


Parks and gardens

Botany bites: The Conservatory of Flowers presents “Chomp 2! Return of the Carnivorous Plants.” Meat-eating plants chew the scenery. [10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Park band: The Golden Gate Park Band performs. Look for “A Program of Great Concert Band Music,” with soprano Dalyte Kodzis. [1 p.m., Spreckles Temple of Music, Music Concourse, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Taiwanese dancers: The Department of Dance at the National Taiwan University of Arts presents a performance at Yerba Buena Gardens. [1 p.m., Esplanade, Mission Street between Third and Fourth streets, S.F.]

Rock band: MoonAlice, a rock band made up of seasoned players, performs in Union Square. [2 to 4 p.m., Powell and Post streets, S.F.]

Fairs and festivals

‘Weird’ world: The How Weird Street Faire features 10 blocks of art, music, food, drink, vendors and more. “Bollyweird: The Cosmic Dance.” is this year’s theme. [Noon to 8 p.m., Second and Howard streets, S.F.]

Bike rides

Zoo tour: The San Francisco Zoo hosts its annual “Mother’s Day BikeAbout,” a 90-minute tour. A continental breakfast follows. [8:30 a.m., 1 Zoo Road, S.F.; RSVP: (415) 753-7073]

Park tour: Thinkwalks hosts its “Big Shift” bike tour. “How Golden Gate Park reflects the big changes in society” is the theme. [12:45 p.m.; meet at Baker Street end of Panhandle; RSVP/info:]

Eco-ride: San Francisco’s ecological history is the focus of a bike tour benefiting Shaping S.F. Attractions include lost sand dunes, ponds and parks in San Francisco’s northern sections. [Noon, Counterpulse, 1310 Mission St., S.F.]

Sports and recreation

Scenic paddling: City Kayak hosts its “Downtown San Francisco Trip,” a kayak paddle ride along the waterfront. [1 to 4 p.m., City Kayak, South Beach Harbor, Embarcadero at Townsend Street, S.F.; info/RSVP:]


Home design

Nice digs: The San Francisco Decorator Showcase takes place throughout May. A local mansion has become a premier design show house. The event benefits University High School. [11 a.m. to 4 p.m., 3450 Washington St., S.F.]


Last day: “Cartier and America” closes at the Legion of Honor. The exhibit contains more than 200 objects, including jewelry of the Gilded Age and Art Deco periods. [9:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., 100 34th Ave., S.F.]

Family festival: The Asian Art Museum hosts its Spring Family Festival. The event celebrates Mother’s Day and the richness of the Chinese-American community. [10:30 to 4 p.m., 200 Larkin St., S.F.]

Art sale: The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s Artists Gallery hosts its annual Artists’ Warehouse Sale. The event supports Bay Area artists and SFMOMA. [Noon to 4 p.m., Building A, Fort Mason Center, S.F.]


Solo theater: Four solo pieces make up “See, Mom, I Didn’t Forget,” a Mother’s Day show. Julia Jackson, Thao P. Nguyen, Zahra Noorbakhsh and Martha Rynberg perform. [2 and 7 p.m., Shelton Theater, 533 Sutter St., S.F.]


Dance salon: Choreographers show work and get feedback at the “Second Sundays” salon. May’s lineup: Farah Yasmeen Shaikh, Iu-Hui Chua and Rapid Descent. [2 p.m., Counterpulse, 1310 Mission St., S.F.] 
Classic ballet: San Francisco Ballet presents Program 8 — the return of Helgi Tomasson’s full-length “Romeo & Juliet,” set to music by Prokofiev. [2 p.m., War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Literary events

Sweet talk: Master baker Carole Bloom talks about her new book, “Bite-Size Desserts: Creating Mini Sweet Treats.” [3 p.m., Omnivore Books on Food, 3885a Cesar Chavez St., S.F.]


Chamber music: Musicians from the San Francisco Symphony perform a program of chamber music. [2 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]


Jazz group: The Michael O’Neill Quintet, with vocalist Sandra Aran and pianist Michael Wolff, performs. [4:30 p.m., Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society, Douglas Beach House, 311 Mirada Road, Half Moon Bay]



Giants at Mets

10 a.m., Comcast SportsNet Bay Area

Two-time NL Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum looks to send the Giants home from their road trip with a win when he takes the mound in the Big Apple against the New York Mets.


NBA: The Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics square off in pivotal Game 4 of their playoff series. [12:30 p.m., TD Garden, Boston, ABC (KGO, Ch. 7)]

Baseball: The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox renew their rivalry. [5 p.m., Fenway Park, Boston, ESPN]


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