Good Sunday Oct. 11, 2009

The Kids Are All Right
By Liz, Diana, Dan and Amanda Welch ($24.99)
The unique memoir, told in alternating voices by four siblings who lost their parents when they were children, is a story of courage, survival and unconditional love. Liz and Dan will be signing copies at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Books Inc., 2251 Chestnut St., San Francisco.

Game of the Day
The Presidents Cup
9 a.m., NBC
The final day of The Presidents Cup from Harding Park concludes with 12 singles matches that will pair one U.S. player against one International player in head-to-head competition.

NFL: The 49ers look to improve to 4-1 heading into their bye week when they host the Falcons. [1 p.m., Candlestick Park, Fox]
NASCAR: The Sprint Cup Series makes its second stop in Southern California for the Pepsi 500. [12:15 p.m., Auto Club Speedway, Fontana, ABC]

Epic Roasthouse: Chef Jan Birnbaum’s brunch offerings include egg dishes, breakfast items, soups, salads, sandwiches and a prix fixe menu. Recent selections include cornmeal flapjacks with shirred eggs and bacon brittle; corned-beef hash with poached eggs; barbecued beef prime rib sandwich with crispy cabbage slaw; Dungeness crab-cake Benedict; oysters; and a burger. [11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; 369 Embarcadero, S.F. (415) 369-9955]

Presidents Cup: Volunteers are needed to staff the concession stand at the 13th Green and do cleanup and maintenance work. [Noon to 6 p.m., Harding Park Golf Course, 99 Harding Road, S.F.; RSVP:]

Fleet Week: Volunteers are needed to prepare food and sell food and drinks. [8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; meet at Beer Garden, Marina Green, Marina Boulevard and Fillmore Street, S.F.; info/RSVP:]

Italian parade: The Italian Heritage Parade proceeds from the Wharf to North Beach, where festivities take place. Attractions include floats, bands and a sports-car show. [12:30 p.m. onward; starts at Jefferson and Stockton streets, S.F.]

Families and bikes: The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition hosts its 2009 Family Biking Day. Events include a bike parade, a bike scavenger hunt and safety clinics. [11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Dough Boy Meadow, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Arab fair: The Arab Cultural and Community Center presents the Arab Cultural Festival, an afternoon of Arab and Arab-American arts, food, traditions and spirit. [Noon to 6 p.m., County Fair Building, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Punjabi music: The Non Stop Bhangra Crew presents Punjabi folk music in an accessible way. The free outdoor event is part of the Jewels in the Square series. [2 to 4 p.m., Union Square, Post and Powell streets, S.F.]

Park band: The Golden Gate Park Band performs its last weekly concert of the season. “Swing’s the Thing” is the theme. [1 p.m., Music Concourse, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Presidio forest: The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy presents “A Walk in the Presidio Forest,” a ranger-led history walk. [10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; meet at Officers Club, 50 Moraga Ave., Presidio of S.F.; RSVP: (415) 561-4323]

Visual arts
Meet the artists: Open Studios 2009 is under way. People can visit art studios in San Francisco’s Bernal Heights, Castro, Mission, Glen Park, Duboce and Portola neighborhoods today. [11 a.m. to 6 p.m.;]

Sports and recreation
Paddle ride: City Kayak hosts its “Mission Creek Self-Guided Trip,” a chance to paddle in protected waters. [11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; starts at City Kayak, South Beach Harbor, Pier 40, S.F.; info/RSVP:]
Art and wine: The San Carlos Art and Wine Faire continues through the afternoon. Look for crafts, food, wine, beer and entertainment. [10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., San Carlos Avenue from El Camino Real to Walnut Street]

Literary events
Literary festival: Litquake, the celebration of the local literary scene, presents events at several venues today. Highlights include a literary walking tour of North Beach (5 p.m.). [12:30 p.m. through the evening;]

Opera production: The San Francisco Opera presents “The Abduction From the Seraglio,” a comic adventure with music by Mozart. [2 p.m., War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Blues artist: Blues guitarist and singer Gregg Wright performs at Biscuits and Blues. [8 p.m., 401 Mason St., S.F.]

Piano music: Pianist Dennis Edwards presents music and stories. Featured composers include Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and Stephen Sondheim, among others. [4 p.m., Old First Presbyterian Church, 1751 Sacramento St., S.F.]

Solo theater: Performer and filmmaker Kosho appears in “Walking on the Moon,” a solo work exploring life, death, the economy and shopping. [7:30 p.m., Off-Market Theaters, 965 Mission St., S.F.]

Life before Dorothy: “Wicked” continues at the Orpheum Theatre. The hit musical tells the story of Oz’s two best-known witches, in their early years. [2 and 7:30 p.m., 1192 Market St., S.F.]

Dance salon: Counterpulse and Dancers’ Group present “Second Sundays,” a dance salon. Featured artists include Wan-Chao Dance, Aura Fischbeck Dance and Jessica Damon. [2 p.m., Counterpulse, 1310 Mission St., S.F.]

Funny biz: It’s “A Funny Night for Comedy” at the Actors Theatre of San Francisco. Marcella Arguello headlines the comedian showcase this month. [7 p.m., 855 Bush St., S.F.]
Piano concert: Pianist Thomas Schultz gives a recital. Hear John Cage’s “Dream,” Hyo-shin Na’s “Variations” and other music. [2:30 p.m., Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Stanford University, Stanford]

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