March 2: 'Li'l Abner' and other SF events

Teens and youngsters in the San Francisco Arts Education Project close their run of “Li'l Abner

Teens and youngsters in the San Francisco Arts Education Project close their run of “Li'l Abner

Something to read

I Shall Be Near to You

By Erin Lindsay McCabe ($24)

The Northern California writer’s debut novel tells the Civil War-era tale of a woman who disguises herself as a man so she can fight alongside her husband in the Union Army.

Lend a hand

Golden Gate National Parks Volunteer Program: Volunteers are needed to help enhance native-plant habitats and create wildlife corridors in the Presidio of San Francisco. [10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; 215 Lincoln Blvd. (at Graham Street), S.F., details at www.parksconservancy.org/]

Get outside

National parks: “Crown Jewels,” an exhibition of narratives and photos, showcases national parks worldwide. Featured areas include Amazonia and Tibet. [11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Presidio Trust, 103 Montgomery St., Main Post, Presidio of S.F.]

Fluttering heights: The Conservatory of Flowers has extended “Butterflies and Blooms” to March 16. The exhibit features hundreds of butterflies and colorful flowers. [10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 100 John F. Kennedy Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Whale watching: The Oceanic Society hosts naturalist-led whale-watch cruises, departing from the Peninsula. [9 a.m., Pillar Point Yacht Harbor, Half Moon Bay; www.oceanicsociety.org]

Golf tournament: The San Francisco City Golf Championship holds men’s and women’s tournaments, plus other matches today. Top amateur golfers vie. [7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Presidio Golf Course, 300 Finley Road, Presidio of S.F.; www.presidio.gov]

Academy Awards

Oscar gala: The Academy of Friends’ 2014 Oscar night gala features Oscar viewing, food, wine, a live auction and a Wizard of Oz theme. It benefits AIDS charities. [5 p.m., Terra Gallery, 511 Harrison St., S.F.]

Oscar bashing: The Roxie Theater’s “Up the Oscars!” bash includes Oscar viewing and booing, plus hors d’oeuvres and a red carpet show. Feel free to bring food, drinks and “high heels and a bad attitude.” [4 p.m., 3117 16th St., S.F.]

Oscar soiree: The Balboa Theater hosts its annual Academy Awards party featuring the Oscars on the big screen. Reed Kirk Rahlmann emcees the event. Red carpet attire is encouraged. [4 p.m., 3630 Balboa St., S.F.]

Dance

Contemporary dance: Bianca Cabrera’s Blind Tiger Society presents “The Aftermath Affair,” a dance work with music by Ben Juodvalkis. Formality meets rebellion in Cabrera’s choreography. [8 p.m., ODC Theater, 3153 17th St., S.F.]

Theater

Kids musical: Teens and youngsters in the San Francisco Arts Education Project close their run of “Li'l Abner,” based on Al Capp's famed comic strip set in Dogpatch, USA. A party follows the show. [1 p.m., Eureka Theatre, 215 Jackson St., S.F.]

Music

New-music marathon: The San Francisco Conservatory of Music hosts its Hot Air Music Festival, a marathon of new music composed and performed by students, faculty and alumni. [12:30 to 9 p.m., 50 Oak St., S.F.]

Singer-songwriters: Americana singer-songwriters Tim O’Brien and Darrell Scott perform selections from “Memories and Moments,” their second studio album. [8 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

Brunch

Magic Flute: California and Italian cuisines are served at this trattoria-style restaurant. The smoked chicken hash with peppers, hash brown potatoes, poached eggs and sun-dried tomato hollandaise is a signature brunch dish. It is served with seasonal fruit. Also look for the eggs Benedict with smoked salmon, served with fruit and potatoes. [10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., 3673 Sacramento St., S.F.; (415) 922-1225]

Sports

NBA

Warriors at Raptors

1 p.m., Comcast SportsNet Bay Area

Stephen Curry and the Warriors head north of the border to take on the Toronto Raptors for the fourth game of their six-game road trip.

College men’s basketball: Stanford takes on No. 3 Arizona in the desert. [5 p.m., McKale Center, Tucson, Ariz., ESPNU]arts

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