Good Sunday: Sept. 26, 2010

Something to Read

Dreaming in Chinese

By Deborah Fallows ($22)

Subtitled “Mandarin Lessons in Life, Love, and Language,” the memoir by the linguistics scholar who lived in China for several years reveals fascinating insights into modern urban life in the complex country. 

BRUNCH

Starbelly: Chef Adam Timney’s brunch menu includes egg dishes, breakfast items, soups, sandwiches, salads and pizzas. Popular items include the chilaquiles, with house-made chorizo, corn chips, chile sauce and cilantro, and a house salad; and the Prather Ranch burger with pickles on a grilled sesame challah bun. [10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., 3583 16th St., S.F., (415) 252-7500]

LEND A HAND

San Francisco Recreation and Park Department: Volunteers are needed to amend soil and improve the entrance at the Shakespeare Garden. [10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Shakespeare Garden, Golden Gate Park, S.F.; RSVP: www.onebrick.org]

GET OUTSIDE

Festivities

Blues on Polk: The Polk Street Blues Festival, a new free street celebration, continues. Music, crafts, food and a marketplace are on the bill. [10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Polk Street from Pacific Avenue to Union Street, S.F.]

Something wild: The Folsom Street Fair, one of the world’s largest leather-fetish events, features exhibits, vendors and entertainment. Proceeds benefit local charities. [11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Folsom Street between Seventh and 12th streets, S.F.]

Art walk: Forty artists, poets and musicians share their art in shops, studios and cafes during the North Beach ArtWalk. A map is available online. [11 a.m. to 5 p.m., starts at Live Worms Gallery, 1345 Grant Ave., S.F.]

Portola celebration: The Portola Festival spotlights the diversity of this San Francisco neighborhood. Look for dining, crafts, entertainment and more. [10 a.m. to 4 p.m., San Bruno Avenue between Felton and Bacon streets, S.F.]

Charity races

Breast-cancer race: Susan G. Komen for the Cure presents its Race for the Cure, a 5K run/walk and 1-mile “fun walk,” plus related events. It benefits the fight against breast cancer. [9 a.m., Ferry Building, S.F.]

Sports and recreation

Paddle races: The San Francisco International Dragon Boat Festival returns to Treasure Island. More than 110 dragon-boat teams vie in the event, which includes crafts, food and culture activities. [8 a.m. to 5 p.m.]

Parks

Park band: The Golden Gate Park Band performs a Robert Emmet Day concert, featuring Irish music and dancing. [1 p.m., Spreckles Temple of Music, Music Concourse, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

AROUND TOWN

Museums

French masters: “Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cezanne and Beyond” has opened at the de Young Museum. Post-impressionist masterworks from Paris’ Musee d’Orsay are on view in this major exhibition. [9:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, S.F.]

Festivities

Beer and cheer: German-flavored music, dancing, food and beer are on tap at the 2010 Oktoberfest by the Bay celebration. Musical headliner: Chico Bavarian Band. [11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Pier 48, The Embarcadero, S.F.]

Literary events

Book sale: Friends of the San Francisco Public Library’s 2010 Big Book Sale continues. Books, DVDs, CDs and other materials are available for $5 or less. [10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Movies

Films for kids: The first NY/SF International Children’s Film Festival ends. Films for ages 3 to 18 and their families are on the bill. [10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Embarcadero Center Cinema, 1 Embarcadero Center, S.F.]

Music

Classical piano: Pianist Thomas Schultz performs three pieces by Schubert, plus Hyo-shin Na’s “Sea Wind.” [4 p.m., Old First Presbyterian Church, 1751 Sacramento St., S.F.]

Theater

Solo performance: Solo Sundays presents its monthly showcase of solo-theater talent. Writer-performers Joe Klocek and Zahra Noorbakhsh take the stage. [7 p.m., Stagewerx Theatre, 533 Sutter St., S.F.]

GAME OF THE DAY

BASEBALL

Giants at Rockies

12:10 p.m., Comcast SportsNet Bay Area

Buster Posey and the Giants take on the Colorado Rockies in a pivotal NL West showdown, the final meeting of the year between the two teams.

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

NFL: The 49ers look for their first win of the season when they take on the Kansas City Chiefs. [10 a.m., Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Fox (KTVU, Ch. 2)]

Golf: An elite field of 30 PGA Tour players wraps up the season with the Tour Championship. [10:30 a.m., Atlanta, NBC (KNTV, Ch. 11)]

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