Good Sunday Oct. 25, 2009

SOMETHING TO READ
Dark Delicacies III: Haunted
Edited by Del Howison and Jeff Gelb ($15.95)
The latest edition of the anthology of ghoulish tales — previous volumes have been called “horrifying … repulsive, spooky and chilling” — includes stories by Chuck Palahniuk, Clive Barker, David Morrell, Heather Graham and Ardath Mayhar.

GAME OF THE DAY
NFL
10 a.m., Fox (KTVU, Ch. 2)
After a much-needed week off, the 49ers head to Houston to take on the high-powered Texans. Receiver Michael Crabtree is slated to make his NFL debut for the Niners.

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS
NHL: The Sharks close out a six-game road trip by taking on the Philadelphia Flyers. [4 p.m., Wachovia Center, Philadelphia, Comcast SportsNet California]

Auto racing: The NASCAR Sprint Cup series continues the Chase for the Championship with the Tums Fast Relief 500. [10:30 a.m., Martinsville, Va., ABC (KGO, Ch. 7)]

BRUNCH
Waterbar: Chef Parke Ulrich’s brunch menu features breakfast and lunch items and fresh, sustainable seafood. Recent selections include a Hangtown fry (omelet with fried oysters and bacon) with hash browns; sweet-corn cakes with vanilla yogurt, honey and huckleberries; and grilled Monterey squid with butter beans, Spanish chorizo and basil pesto. [11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., 399 The Embarcadero, S.F., (415) 284-9922]

LEND A HAND
Surfrider Foundation: Volunteers are needed to clean up Ocean Beach. [10 a.m. to noon, S.F.; details: www.sfsurfrider.org, volunteer@parksconservancy.org or (415) 561-4751]

GET OUTSIDE
Haunted habitats
Bears and scares: Kids and animals alike receive treats at “Boo at the Zoo,” the San Francisco Zoo’s Halloween event. Attractions include entertainment and a Haunted Nature Trail. [10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 1 Zoo Road]

Creepy crawlers: The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy hosts “It’s the Great Pumpkin Spider,” an entomologist-led Lands End hike. [1 p.m.; RSVP/details: (415) 385-3065 or cchristman@parksconservancy.org]
 
Parks
Peace and music: Purple haze is expected at West Fest, the free celebration of the 40th anniversary of Woodstock. The slate includes more than 40 bands, plus environment-oriented attractions. [9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Speedway Meadow, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]
 
Charity walks

Safety issues: To promote awareness relating to personal and family safety, San Francisco SAFE hosts a “5K Fun Run/Walk for SAFEty.” Festivities follow. [11 a.m., Peacock Meadow, Golden Gate Park, S.F., www.sfsafe5K.dojiggy.com]
 
Eating disorders: The National Eating Disorder Association hosts “NEDA Walk” in San Francisco, which involves a scenic waterfront route. [9 a.m.; Great Meadow, Fort Mason, Bay and Laguna streets, S.F., www.firstgiving.com/neda]
 
Visual art
Meet the artists: Open Studios presents Weekend Three. People can visit art studios in San Francisco’s Bayview, Excelsior, North Beach, Potrero Hill, Russian Hill, SoMa and downtown neighborhoods today. [11 a.m. to 6 p.m., www.artspan.org]
 
Mission murals: Precita Eyes hosts “Mission Trail Mural Walks.” Tours feature dozens of murals in the Mission district’s Precita Park area. [11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., meet at Precita Eyes Mural Arts and Visitors Center, 2981 24th St., S.F.]
 
Sports and recreation
Scenic paddling: City Kayak hosts its “Downtown San Francisco Trip,” a kayak ride along the waterfront. [11 a.m. to 2 p.m., City Kayak, South Beach Harbor, The Embarcadero and Townsend Street, S.F., info/RSVP: www.citykayak.com]
 
Ships and sailing
Shipwrecks: Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy hosts a hike titled “Shipwrecks at the Golden Gate.” [1 p.m., USS S.F. Memorial parking lot, El Camino del Mar just north of 48th and Point Lobos avenues, S.F., RSVP: (415) 561-4323]
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Peninsula:
Swing set: “Lindy on the Square,” featuring outdoor swing dancing, has added an October date to its slate. Free lessons and open dancing take place. [Noon to 2:30 p.m., Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City]

AROUND TOWN
Interior design

Designer showcase: More than 25 top interior designers give their take on urban living at Millennium Tower’s “Icons of Design” showcase. Public tours benefit charities. [First tour at 11 a.m., last tour at 4 p.m., 301 Mission St., S.F.]
 
Movies
Nonfiction cinema: The San Francisco Documentary Film Festival presents “Pop Star on Ice,” “Rabbit Fever,” “American Artifact” and “Cropsey,” among other films. [2:30 to 11 p.m., Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., S.F.]
 
Music
Jazz piano: Alfredo Rodriguez — a piano sensation from Cuba — makes his San Francisco debut, presented by the San Francisco Jazz Festival. [7 p.m., San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., S.F.]

Norwegian rock: The Disciplines, a glam- and garage-rock band featuring three Norwegians and Ken Stringfellow of the Posies, bring their tour to San Francisco. [9 p.m., Cafe Du Nord, 2170 Market St., S.F.]

New art song: Cellist-vocalist Jody Redhage and accordionist-vocalist Molly Thompson — “Songstresses From the Edge” — present new material from the new music underground. [4 p.m., Old First Concerts, 1751 Sacramento St., S.F.]

Theater

Amazing journey: Ray of Light Theatre presents “The Who’s Tommy,” the stage spectacle based on the 1969 rock opera. Songs include “Pinball Wizard” and “Acid Queen.” [2 p.m., Victoria Theatre, 2961 16th St., S.F.]
 
Museums

Family festival: The Asian Art Museum hosts a “Fall Family Festival” celebrating the arts of Burma and Thailand. Special guests include the Mandalay Marionettes Theatre. [10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 200 Larkin St., S.F.]

Dance presentation: The Contemporary Jewish Museum hosts a performance of Rebecca Pappas’ “Monster,” a dance presented as part of Nextbook’s Jewish Body Festival. [2 and 5:30 p.m., 736 Mission St., S.F.]
 
Comedy
Local comedians: It’s “S.F. Comedy Showcase” night. Fifteen local comics take the stage. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St.]

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