San Francisco hosts Rip Curl Pro Search


Surf’s up in The City:
The legendary Kelly Slater tries to tame one of the waves off Ocean Beach on Wednesday during the Rip Curl Pro Search. The event was the next to last on the Association of Surfing Professionals World Tour schedule. Slater was prematurely crowned the season champion after winning a heat Wednesday, an error the tour disclosed Friday. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)


Last Day on Earth

By David Vann ($24.95)

Turning to nonfiction, the acclaimed local novelist examines the background of an honor student who went on a shooting rampage at Northern Illinois University in 2008. Vann is slated to speak at University of San Francisco Nov. 15.


Charles Schwab Cup: Volunteers are needed to staff concession stands and assist with maintenance. [9 a.m. to 1 p.m., or 1 to 5 p.m., Harding Park Golf Course, 99 Harding Road, S.F.; info/RSVP:]


Charity walks

Kindness to animals: Farm Sanctuary presents its 2011 Walk for Farm Animals, calling attention to cruelty issues. The event includes speakers, vegan food and raffle prizes. [10 a.m., Bandshell, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Science activities

Family science day: The Bay Area Science Festival presents a “Discovery Day” celebration. Festivities include exhibits, experiments, games and an astronomer talk. [11 a.m. to 4 p.m., AT&T Park, 24 Willie Mays Plaza, S.F.]


Garden walk: Docent Joanne Taylor leads a garden walk at the San Francisco Botanical Garden. Exotic South African flora is the focus. [1 p.m., 1199 Ninth Ave., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Local history

Labor tour: Shaping San Francisco hosts its labor-history bike tour. The four-hour ride traces the ebb and flow of local class war, from pre-urban to modern days. [Noon; meet at Counterpulse, 1310 Mission St., S.F.;]

Old town: San Francisco City Guides hosts its “Gold Rush City” tour. Topics include San Francisco’s Vigilance Committee, Emperor Norton and the original 49ers. [2 p.m.; Transamerica Pyramid, Clay and Montgomery streets, S.F.]

Flower power:
Foot Tours presents “Flashback: Summer of Love, Winter of Discontent,” a Haight-Ashbury tour examining the rise and fall of the hippie culture. [12:05 p.m.; location given upon purchase of tickets;]



Champagne gala: Lamplighters Music Theatre presents its Champagne Gala — a show, an auction and a party. This year’s show has a mad-race-around-the-world theme. [4 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]


Body music: The International Body Music Festival, where the body is the instrument, presents a family matinee. Performers include Fernando Barba, from Brazil. [2 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., S.F.]

Jazz and soul:
Vocalist Rachelle Ferrell, who has a six-octave range and has performed with Lou Rawls, Patti LaBelle and George Duke, closes a four-night stand at the Rrazz Room. [7 p.m., Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St., S.F.]


Pissarro exhibit: “Pissarro’s People” contains works by 19th-century painter Camille Pissarro that feature human subjects. Nearly 100 works are on view. [9:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., Legion of Honor, 100 34th Ave., S.F.]

Literary arts

Two novelists: Authors Priscilla Royal (“A Killing Season”) and Ann Parker (“Mercury’s Rise”) talk about their novels. [2 p.m., “M” Is for Mystery, 86 E. Third Ave., San Mateo]

Visual art

Tribal arts: The San Francisco Tribal Art Dealers Association presents “Tribal SF 2011,” a show and sale of art objects from Africa, Oceania, Asia and the Americas. [11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fleet Room, Building D, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]


Sex and violence: The “Not Necessarily Noir II” series presents Nicholas Ray’s “Johnny Guitar” (3:30 and 7:30 p.m.) and Joseph Pevney’s “Female on the Beach” (1:45, 5:40 and 9:40 p.m.). [Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., S.F.]


Nob Hill Grille: The breakfast sliders on chef Heli Samaniego’s brunch menu are highlighted today. Three mini brioche buns are filled with Italian-sausage patties, scrambled eggs and American cheese and served with home fries and chipotle aioli. Also recommended are the chicken and waffles and the huevos rancheros. [8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., 969 Hyde St., S.F.; (415) 474-5985]



49ers at Redskins

10 a.m., Fox (KTVU, Ch. 2)

Quarterback Alex Smith and the 49ers try to keep their perfect road record intact when they travel to the nation’s capital.


NFL: Carson Palmer and the Raiders take on the Denver Broncos. [1:05 p.m., Coliseum, Oakland, CBS (KPIX, Ch. 5)]

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