Good Sunday: September 20, 2009

SOMETHING TO READ

Confections of a Closet Master Baker, By Gesine Bullock-Prado ($24)

The former Hollywood insider tells about leaving her executive position at a production company and indulging her secret passion – ultimately to find success as a country baker in Vermont.

BRUNCH

Perry’s: The restaurant serves classic American food with a San Francisco touch, and the brunch menu includes egg dishes, breakfast items, sandwiches and salads. Selections include omelets and Benedicts; huevos rancheros; New York steak and eggs; blueberry pancakes; a grilled portobello sandwich; a grilled chicken BLT and a Caesar salad. [8 a.m. to 3 p.m., 1944 Union St., S.F.; (415) 922-9022]

LEND A HAND

American Heart Association: “Start!” Heart Walk needs volunteers to set things up, help at booths, and clean up. [6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Coyote Point Park, 1701 Coyote Point Dr., San Mateo; RSVP: www.thevolunteercenter2.net]

Buchanan YMCA: Fund Development Committee needs volunteer campaigners for phone banks, fundraising events and committee support. [5 to 6:30 p.m., 1530 Buchanan St., S.F.; info/RSVP: www.thevolunteercenter2.net]

GET OUTSIDE

Festivities

Go fly a kite: The San Francisco Family Day Kite Festival takes place at the Marina Green. Look for kite-flying, kite-making and wind-power attractions. [11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Marina Boulevard between Scott and Webster streets, S.F.]

Chinatown fair: The Autumn Moon Festival takes place in Chinatown. The celebration includes Asian crafts, food and entertainment. [11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Grant Avenue between California Street and Broadway and thereabouts]

Parks

Funny side up: “Comedy Day” features 30 comics over five hours — Will Durst, Diane Amos, Brian Copeland, Johnny Steele and Carrie Snow, to name a few. It’s free. [Noon to 5 p.m., Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Dance troupe: The Axis Dance Company, an acclaimed and innovative ensemble of performers with and without disabilities, performs in Union Square. [2 to 4 p.m., Powell and Post streets, S.F.]

Last chance: The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival’s 2009 Shakespeare in the Park production, “The Comedy of Errors,” ends its run at the Presidio. [2:30 p.m., Presidio Main Post Parade Ground lawn, 34 Graham St., S.F.]

Edible plants: The Conservatory of Flowers presents “Edible Expeditions.” Food-producing plants and the products they yield — chocolate, vanilla, coffee, spices — are the focus. [9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Park band: The Golden Gate Park Band performs its Sunday concert. Today’s program: a tribute to the music of Spain with El Grupo de Espana. [1 p.m., Music Concourse, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Stories for kids: The S.F. Botanical Garden hosts a “Story Time and Family Walk,” designed for ages 4 to 8. September’s featured book: “Weslandia.” [10:30 a.m., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Sports and recreation

Paddle ride: City Kayak hosts its “Mission Creek Self-Guided Trip,” a chance to paddle in protected waters. [11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; starts at City Kayak, South Beach Harbor, Pier 40, S.F.; details/RSVP: www.citykayak.com]

AROUND TOWN

Theater

Enchanted evening: Lincoln Center Theater’s award-winning production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “South Pacific” has opened in San Francisco. [2 and 7:30 p.m., Golden Gate Theatre, 1 Taylor St., S.F.]

Closing day: The 2009 San Francisco Fringe Festival, a celebration of independent theater, ends. Shows include “Recess,” “The Tao of Everest” and “The Godling,” among others. [1 to 10 p.m.; multiple venues; www.sffringe.org]

Shopping

Eco-designs: The Museum of Craft and Folk Art hosts “Threads & Wares,” a green-era version of the art-to-wear sale. Sustainable fashions and housewares are for sale. [10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Building D, Fort Mason Center, S.F.]

Movies

Dark passages: A series of noir films from the vaults of Columbia Pictures is under way. “Pushover” (1954) and “Drive a Crooked Road” (1954) make up today’s double feature. [Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., S.F.; www.roxie.com]

Music

Mahler time: The San Francisco Symphony, conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas, presents its Mahler festival. Mezzo-soprano Susan Graham is today’s guest artist. [2 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Brother act: Ming and Ping, an identical-twin electro-pop duo known for their vivid multimedia shows, perform at Slim’s. [8 p.m., Slim’s, 333 11th St., S.F.]

Chinese music: The California Chinese Orchestra presents its 2009 Chinese Music Concert, featuring selections from Cantonese operas and Chinese folk melodies. [1:30 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 700 Howard St., S.F.]

Literary events

Author tribute: The library hosts a poetry reading paying homage to Uruguayan writer Mario Benedetti, considered one of Latin America’s top 20th-century writers. [2 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

GAME OF THE DAY

NFL, Seahawks at 49ers, 1:05 p.m., KTVU (Ch. 2)

After going on the road and beating the Cardinals in the season opener, the Niners hope for a repeat performance in their debut at Candlestick Park against the Seahawks.

Other highlights

Baseball: The Giants look to gain ground in the NL West and wild-card standings as they close out a series against the Dodgers. [1 p.m., Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area]

NASCAR: The Sprint Cup Series begins the Chase for the Championship with the Sylvania 300. [11 a.m., Loudon, N.H., KGO (Ch. 7)]

 

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