Good Sunday: Sept. 12, 2010

SOMETHING TO READ

The Lucky Ones

By Mae Ngai ($26)

Subtitled “One Family and the Extraordinary Invention of Chinese America,” the historical novel tells a three-generation saga, including a young daughter’s attempt to integrate San Francisco schools in the landmark 1885 Tape v. Hurley case. 

BRUNCH

1300 on Fillmore: Chef David Lawrence’s Gospel Brunch features Southern flavors and California ingredients. Dishes include spicy tasso Cajun ham-and-eggs Benedict with buttermilk-chive biscuits; cinnamon-brioche French toast with balsamic-roasted strawberries and French vanilla-bean cream; Little Gem salad with grilled chicken; and barbecued shrimp and creamy grits. [11 a.m. to 1 p.m., 1300 Fillmore St., S.F., (415) 771-7100]

LEND A HAND

Surfrider Foundation: Volunteers are needed to help clean up Ocean Beach. [10 a.m. to noon; details at www.parksconservancy.org]

GET OUTSIDE

Festivities

Beers and piers: The San Francisco Brewers Guild presents its seventh annual “Brews on the Bay.” The celebration features more than 40 artisan beers, plus food and music. [1 to 5 p.m., USS Jeremiah O’Brien, Pier 45, S.F.]

Arts and wine: Mountain View’s Art and Wine Festival features crafts, music, food and drink, and more, with 600 artisans taking part. [10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Castro Street between El Camino Real and Evelyn Avenue, Mountain View]

Hawaiian celebration: Redwood City’s Target Family Days series presents Hawaii-themed festivities — music, hula, Makahiki games and other events. [11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City]

Parks

Outdoor arias: The San Francisco Opera presents its annual “Opera in the Park” celebration, a program of arias al fresco with performers from the fall season. [1:30 p.m., Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Outdoor Shakespeare: The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival presents Free Shakespeare in the Park. This year’s show is “Two Gentlemen of Verona.” [2:30 p.m., Presidio Main Post Parade Ground lawn, 34 Graham St., 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.]

Animal kingdom

Zoo deal: The San Francisco Zoo is offering a National Grandparents Day deal. Grandparents who present a photo of them with one or more of their grandchildren receive free admission. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 1 Zoo Road, S.F.]

AROUND TOWN

Festivities

Choco-mania: The Ghirardelli Square Chocolate Festival features chocolate tasting, chef demos and sundae-eating contests. Proceeds benefit Project Open Hand. [Noon to 5 p.m., Ghirardelli Square, 900 North Point St., S.F.]

Music

Chamber-music marathon: “Chamber Music Day” festivities feature 31 ensembles on three stages. Styles include classical, contemporary and jazz. [Noon to 6:30 p.m., San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., S.F.]

Indie-rock artist: Singer, songwriter and violinist Tracy Bonham performs. “Masts of Manhatta” is her latest album. [8 p.m., Cafe Du Nord, 2170 Market St., S.F.]

Theater

Theater festival: The San Francisco Fringe Festival, a multivenue marathon of independent theater, presents “Baggage,” “Angina Monologues,” “The VO5 Experience” and other shows today. [1 to 10 p.m., S.F. venues, www.sffringe.org]

Solo acts: “City Solo” features local solo artists performing short pieces. Jeanne Haynes, Wayne Harris, Nicole Maxali and Susan Ito take the stage this week. [7 p.m., Off-Market Theaters, 965 Mission St., S.F.]

Dance

Dance salon: Choreographers show work and talk with the audience at the “Second Sundays” salon. September’s lineup: Philein Wang/ZiRu Tiger Pro, Tammy Cheney and Lenora Lee. [2 p.m., CounterPULSE, 1310 Mission St., S.F.]

GAME OF THE DAY

NFL

49ers at Seahawks

1:15 p.m., Fox (KTVU, Ch. 2)

  • Frank Gore and the 49ers open their season in hostile Seattle for an NFC West showdown right out of the gate.

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Baseball: The Giants conclude a pivotal four-game series with the Padres. [1:05 p.m., Petco Park, San Diego, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area]

NFL: The Raiders try to slow down running back Chris Johnson and the Titans in their opener. [10 a.m., LP Field, Nashville, Tenn., CBS (KPIX, Ch. 5)]

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