Kick off Mother's Day with brunch at Orson and other Sunday activities

Around town


Bach concertos: The Archetti ensemble performs a Mother’s Day concert featuring two of Bach’s merry Brandenburg concertos, Brandenburgs No. 4 and 5, and other works. [3 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Singer-songwriter: Rock and folk artist KT Tunstall performs at the Great American Music Hall. Organic instrumentation mixes with dance-friendly textures in “Tiger Suit,” her latest studio album. [8 p.m., 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

Life With Mother: Susan Ito, Martha Rynberg and others appear in “See, Mom, I Didn’t Forget,” a show about Mother’s Day mishaps and other family craziness. [2 and 7 p.m., Shelton Theater, 533 Sutter St., S.F.]


Family festival: The Asian Art Museum hosts its Spring Family Festival, “Gods, Goddesses, and Gamelan.” The Mother’s Day event features activities that focus on Bali’s women. [10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 200 Larkin St., S.F.]

Literary arts

Chocolate cookbook: Carole Bloom presents “Intensely Chocolate,” her book of 100 recipes for cakes, cupcakes, brownies, muffins, tarts, cookies and other goodies. [3 p.m., Omnivore Books on Food, 3885-A Cesar Chavez St., S.F.]


Ballet concert: Smuin Ballet presents its Spring Program. Selections include “Momentum,” choreographed by Choo San Goh, a world premiere by Amy Seiwert and “To The Beatles.” [2 and 7 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 700 Howard St., S.F.]


Hard to refuse: “The Godfather” and “The Godfather Part II” screen as a double feature. Marlon Brando, Al Pacino and Robert Duvall star in the crime-family saga. [3:30 and 7 p.m., Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.]

Something to read

A Double Life: Discovering Motherhood
By Lisa Catherine Harper ($16.95)

In her award-winning memoir, the Bay Area writer and professor of writing at the University of San Francisco sets her personal story against the backdrop of science, as she explores physical, mental and emotional transformations of motherhood.

Lend a hand
San Francisco Food Bank: Volunteers are needed to sort, inspect and repackage food. [9 to 11 a.m., 900 Pennsylvania Ave., S.F.; RSVP:]


Orson: Chef Elizabeth Falkner and chef de cuisine Jay Roberts serve creative California cuisine, and Mother’s Day brunch is on the bill today. Recommended dishes include the Kobe New York steak and eggs. Also, look for the mascarpone-stuffed French toast with strawberry jam. [11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., 508 Fourth St., S.F., (415) 777-1508]

Get outside

Car-free streets: Sunday Streets, a program offering car-free space where people can enjoy healthy activities and community camaraderie, returns to the Mission district. [11 a.m. to 4 p.m.,]

Dance concert: Axis Dance Co., an award-winning and internationally known resource for physically integrated dance, performs in Union Square. [2 to 4 p.m., Powell and Post streets, S.F.]

Park band: The Golden Gate Park Band performs. Today’s program is an Armenian Independence Day concert. [1 p.m., Spreckles Temple of Music, Music Concourse, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Birder field trip: The Golden Gate Audubon Society hosts a field trip for birders. The San Francisco Botanical Garden is the place. [8 to 10:30 a.m., front gate, SFBG, Ninth Avenue and Lincoln Way, Golden Gate Park, S.F.,]

Game of the day

Rockies at Giants
1:05 p.m., Comcast SportsNet Bay Area
The Giants look to pick up ground on the NL West-leading Colorado Rockies in the finale of a three-game series.

NBA: The Lakers and Mavericks square off in Game 4 of their series. [12:30 p.m., AmericanAirlines Arena, Dallas, ABC (KGO, Ch. 7)]

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