Good Sunday: Sept. 19, 2010

SOMETHING TO READ

Never Let Me Go

By Kazuo Ishiguro ($15)

The Booker Prize-winning author of “The Remains of the Day” combines science-fiction and deeply human themes in this novel, the basis of a new movie opening Friday. 

BRUNCH

Restaurant Paul K: Chef Shawn Bayless’ brunch menu features breakfast and lunch items. Recent selections include hash with confit duck, Yukon potato, poached egg and onion salsa; brioche French toast with Black Mission figs and toasted pistachio; and Benedict with Dungeness crab, house biscuit and greens. Drinks, too, are available. [10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., 199 Gough St., S.F.; (415) 552-7132]

LEND A HAND

San Francisco Zoo: Orientations take place for those interested in becoming adult volunteers (11 a.m.; $25 application fee) or volunteer docents (1 p.m.; RSVP: docent@sfzoo.org). [1 Zoo Road, S.F.; details: www.sfzoo.org]

GET OUTSIDE

Festivities

Chinatown festival: The Autumn Moon Festival continues. The community celebration features Chinese crafts, food, dance and music today. [11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Grant Avenue from California Street to Columbus Avenue, S.F.]

Car-free streets: “Sunday Streets,” featuring car-free space where people can have healthy fun in San Francisco neighborhoods, takes place in the Western Addition area today. [10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; www.sundaystreetssf.com]

Parks

Funny side up: Forty comics — Carlos Alazraqui, Diane Amos and Will Durst, among them — are set to perform at this year’s “Comedy Day” celebration. It’s free. [Noon to 5 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: “Two Gentlemen of Verona.” [2:30 p.m., Presidio Main Post Parade Ground lawn, 34 Graham St., S.F.]

Park band: The Golden Gate Park Band performs its weekly Sunday concert. Today’s program: Music by Richard Wagner. [1 p.m., Spreckles Temple of Music, Music Concourse, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Squares and plazas

Outdoor film: Animation master Hayao Miyazaki’s “Howl’s Moving Castle” screens in Japantown. The Japantown Merchants Association and the Center for Asian American Media present the event. [8:30 p.m., Peace Plaza, Post and Buchanan streets, S.F.]

Community concert: The Redwood Symphony performs a free concert. The program includes Paganini’s “Violin Concerto No. 2” and Copland’s “Rodeo.” [6 p.m., Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City]

AROUND TOWN

Movies

Screen gem: Charlie Chaplin’s “City Lights” screens as part of a salute to the film icon. Chaplin bucked the talkie tide with this classic that is silent except for music and sound effects. [Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.; (415) 621-6120]

Music

Galactic harmony: The Chanticleer men’s chorus presents “Out of This World,” a concert of music inspired by the cosmos. [5 p.m., San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., S.F.]

Japanese jazz artist: Sadao Watanabe, an influential jazz saxophonist from Japan, performs at Yoshi’s. [5 and 7 p.m., 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Comedy

Comedy tour: Emmy-winning comedian and actress Kathy Griffin (“My Life on the D-List”) brings her tour to San Francisco. [7 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Home improvement

Home and garden show: The California Home, Garden and Gourmet Show features vendors, seminars and advice on home improvement. [11 a.m. to 5 p.m., San Mateo County Event Center, 2495 S. Delaware St., San Mateo]

Theater

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.]

GAME OF THE DAY

BASEBALL

Brewers at Giants

1:05 p.m., Comcast SportsNet Bay Area

The Giants need a solid start from left-hander Barry Zito today at AT&T Park against the Milwaukee Brewers in order to keep pace in the NL West standings.

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

NASCAR: Sprint Cup drivers look to take home the first Chase for the Championship race, the Sylvania 300. [10 a.m., Loudon, N.H., ESPN]

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