Nov. 16: Southern soul, Hong Kong cinema and more

SOMETHING TO READ

Blackmail, My Love By Katie Gilmartin ($16.95) A woman comes to 1950s San Francisco searching for her gay brother, leading her to long-gone LGBT landmarks such as Finocchio's and Pandora's Box.

VOLUNTEER

Reading Partners: Volunteers are needed to spend one hour a week helping struggling readers at schools across the Bay Area. No tutoring experience necessary. [readingpartners.org]

GET OUTDOORS

Playing in the Panhandle: The NOW! Festival is luring folks outdoors for events around the Panhandle, including a roller-disco jam at 1 p.m. at Sixth Avenue and John F. Kennedy Drive. [All day, various times and locations; neighborland.com/now]

Hairy situation: The Mustache Dache 5-kilometer dash, which is open to proud owners of mustaches and their admirers, is raising money for prostate cancer research. [9 a.m., 1 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.; mustachedache.com]

Craft time: Families with young kids are invited to create imaginative crafts inspired by the Presidio's natural environment. [10 a.m.-3 p.m., Officers' Club, 50 Moraga Ave., S.F.; RSVP requested at presidio.gov]

Farm day: Spend time at Alemany Farm, which needs volunteers to harvest fruits and vegetables. [Noon to 5 p.m., 700 Alemany Blvd., S.F.]

MUSIC

Cool tunes: Vocalist Sofia Rei, originally from Buenos Aires, taps jazz, folk and electronic influences in her music. [7 p.m., Addition, 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Southern Soul Assembly: J Grey and Anders Osborne are teaming up with Luther Dickinson and Marc Broussard to share stories, Southern rock, gospel and blues. [8 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Instrumentals with words: Singer Deke Dickerson and instrumental band Los Straitjackets are touring to promote their team effort, “Los Straitjackets: Deke Dickerson Sings The Instrumental Hits.” [8 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

FILM

Hong Kong cinema: “The Golden Era,” director Ann Hui's biopic about ill-fated novelist Xiao Hong, screens as part of the Hong Kong Cinema festival. [3:15 p.m., Vogue Theatre, 3290 Sacramento St., S.F.]

BRUNCH

Nickies: When the siren song of brunch conflicts with the big game, this Lower Haight sports bar might be the solution. Brunch offerings include eggs Florentine, huevos rancheros and more. A spicy pint-sized Bloody Mary is $5 during brunch. [10 a.m.-2 p.m., 466 Haight St., S.F.; (415) 255-0300, www.nickies.com]

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