Mayor Ed Lee, San Francisco students take cover on Great California ShakeOut

Whole lotta shakin’: Mayor Ed Lee takes shelter under a desk at William L. Cobb Elementary School on Thursday during the fourth annual Great California ShakeOut earthquake drill. Hours later

Whole lotta shakin’: Mayor Ed Lee takes shelter under a desk at William L. Cobb Elementary School on Thursday during the fourth annual Great California ShakeOut earthquake drill. Hours later

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Whole lotta shakin’: Mayor Ed Lee takes shelter under a desk at William L. Cobb Elementary School on Thursday during the fourth annual Great California ShakeOut earthquake drill. Hours later, two moderate quakes rattled the Bay Area. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)



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In his latest mystery, the acclaimed crime novelist sets Detective Tom Thorne up against a perverse serial murderer in London.


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.; Transit Center at La Terasse, 215 Lincoln Blvd, S.F.; details at]


Car-free streets: “Sunday Streets,” an event featuring car-free space where people can enjoy activities and camaraderie in San Francisco neighborhoods, takes place in the Mission District today. [11 a.m. to 4 p.m.;]

Lupus walk:
The Lupus Foundation of America holds its 2011 Walk for Lupus Now. Proceeds benefit lupus research and support programs. [10 a.m., Music Concourse, Golden Gate Park, S.F.; register:]

Family circus: Zoppe, a circus in the old-world Italian tradition, presents its one-ring show. Family patriarch Giovanni Zoppe is Nino the Clown. [11 a.m., 3 p.m., and 6 p.m., circus tent at 1044 Middlefield Road, Redwood City]

Bad seeds:
“Wicked Plants,” at the Conservatory of Flowers, is an exhibit featuring plant species that have killed people. Meet the castor bean and the strychnine tree, among others. [10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 100 JFK Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]



Jazz guitarist: Veteran jazz guitarist Jim Hall performs at the San Francisco Jazz Festival. Modern heavyweights join him at this 80th birthday celebration. [7 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Liszt celebration:
Old First Concerts hosts a “Liszt Gala.” Pianists from the Bay Area and beyond gather to celebrate the composer in honor of his 200th birthday. [2 p.m., Old First Presbyterian Church, 1751 Sacramento St., S.F.]

Literary arts

Children’s book author: Caldecott-winning author and illustrator Brian Selznick reads and shows illustrations from “Wonderstruck,” his new novel for young adults. [3 p.m., Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F.]


Children’s cinema: The 2011 NY/SF International Children’s Film Festival presents cinema for kids and teens. Films include “Sandman and the Lost Sand of Dreams,” at 12:15 p.m. [10 a.m. onward, New People Cinema, 1746 Post St., S.F.]


Dance-theater play: Kularts presents “You Will Gonna Go Crazy,” writer Jason Magabo Perez’s multimedia play about the impact of racist history on the Filipino-American family. [3 p.m., Bayanihan center, 1010 Mission St., S.F.]

Visual arts

Meet the artists: Open Studios 2011 presents weekend four. People can visit art studios in San Francisco’s Marina, Pacific Heights, Russian Hill, North Beach and Financial District areas today. [11 a.m. to 6 p.m.;]


Foreign Cinema: Chefs Gayle Pirie and John Clark’s brunch menu includes lots of egg dishes, and Clark highlights the “ever-popular omelet” today. Recent omelet selections include a champagne omelet and a Persian-style omelet with potato hash and chicken sausage. Also recommended: poached eggs with duck-leg confit. [11 a.m. to 3 p.m., 2534 Mission St., S.F.; (415) 648-7600]



Cardinals at Rangers

5:05 p.m., Fox (KTVU, Ch. 2)

The Cardinals’ Kyle Lohse squares off against the Rangers’ Matt Harrison in Game 4 of the Fall Classic.


NFL: The lowly Indianapolis Colts will have their hands full with the New Orleans Saints. [5:20 p.m., Superdome, New Orleans, NBC (KNTV, Ch. 11)]

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