Good Sunday: October 4, 2009

Around town

Bluegrass and beyond: The three-day 2009 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival’s last day. EmmyLou Harris, Aimee Mann and Billy Bragg, among others, perform today. [10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Speedway Meadow, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Jazz trio: The Ramsey Lewis Trio performs at Yoshi’s. “Songs From the Heart” is veteran jazz artist Lewis’ first trio recording in five years. [7 p.m., 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Classical music: The Royal Forster Classical Trio performs works by Glinka and Mendelssohn. [4:30 to 7:30 p.m., Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society, Douglas Beach House on Miramar Beach, 311 Mirada Road, Half Moon Bay]

Fresh notes: The bimonthly Static Illusion Methodical Madness Music Series features adventurous music. Bill Noertker and Dave Mihaly present new quartets today. [7:30 p.m., Musicians Union Hall, 116 Ninth St., S.F.]

Filipino American festivities:
Today is Target First Free Sunday at the Asian Art Museum. Highlights include a Filipino-American History Month celebration. [10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 200 Larkin St., S.F.]

Reception and exhibit: ArtSpan, presenter of the annual Open Studios event, hosts a free kickoff reception and exhibition. [4 to 7 p.m., SOMArts, 934 Brannan St., S.F.]

Solo shot:
Local performer Norm Coleman presents “Ty Cobb: The Greatest Player That Ever Played the Game,” his solo show about the baseball legend. [4:30 p.m., Off-Market Theater, 965 Mission St., S.F.]

Ballet concert:
Smuin Ballet presents its fall-winter program. Look for a new work choreographed by Amy Seiwert, plus Michael Smuin’s “Medea” and “Fly Me to the Moon.” [2 p.m., Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon St., S.F.]


Something to read

Who Would Have Thought It?
By Maria Amparo Ruiz de Burton ($15)
Penguin Classics has published a new edition of this 1872 novel — a story of a young Mexican girl and her mother who are captured by an Indian tribe — by a writer who is considered the first 19th-century California novelist. The book will be discussed in a presentation at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Bird & Beckett Books in Glen Park.

Lend A Hand

Surfrider Foundation: Volunteers are needed to clean up Ocean Beach. [10 a.m. to noon, S.F. location; details: or (415) 561-4751]

Save the Music Festival: Volunteers are needed to assist with carnival games in the children’s area. [10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Twin Pines Park, 1225 Ralston Ave., Belmont; RSVP:]


Presidio Social Club: Chef Peter Janiak’s brunch menu includes egg, breakfast and sandwich items. Recent selections include red-flannel hash with oxtail, beets and potatoes, with two poached eggs; Mission-style chilaquiles with eggs any style; rum-soaked challah French toast with bananas and maple syrup; and a tuna melt. [10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Building 563, Ruger Street, Presidio of S.F.; (415) 885-1888]

Get outside

Charity races
Waterfront race:
Bridge to Bridge, a 12K and 7K run/walk, features a race along the waterfront, followed by festivities. It benefits Special Olympics Northern California. [9 a.m., Ferry Building, S.F.;]

Best of the wurst:
The 2009 Oktoberfest-by-the-Bay festival, presented in the spirit of Munich, ends today. German-style food, beer, music and dance are on the bill. [11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Pier 48, S.F.]

Excelsior celebration: The Excelsior Arts and Music Festival features music, food, crafts and kids’ activities. [11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Persia Triangle, Mission Street at Ocean Avenue, S.F.]

Parks and gardens
Bluegrass and beyond:
Earl Scruggs, Aimee Mann, Marianne Faithfull and Moonalice are just a few of those performing at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass today. The event is free. [11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Speedway Meadow, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Dog day: San Francisco Wine Trading Company hosts “Wine and Howl,” a barbecue benefiting Grateful Dogs Rescue. Dogs are welcome. [Noon to 4 p.m., Pine Lake Meadow, Stern Grove, 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard, S.F.; RSVP:]

Park band: The Golden Gate Park Band performs its weekly concert. [1 p.m., Music Concourse, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Game of the day

49ers vs. Rams
1:05 p.m., Fox (KTVU, Ch. 2)
A week after dropping a heartbreaker to the Vikings, the 49ers return home and try to improve to 3-1 on the year against the St. Louis Rams.

Other highlights
The Giants wrap up their season with a matinee against the Padres. [1 p.m., Petco Park, San Diego, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area]

Auto racing: The NASCAR Sprint Cup series heads to the Midwest for the Price Chopper 400. [11 a.m., Kansas City, Kan., ABC (KGO, Ch. 7)]



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