Good Sunday Nov. 1, 2009

Something to read

By Candida Lawrence ($23.95)
The Mill Valley memoirist in her mid-80s has garnered praise from Alison Lurie, who called her a “contemporary American heroine.” Her new collection of incisive autobiographical essays, her fourth book, details more scenes from a long, richly lived life. 

Game of the Day

49ers at Colts
10 a.m., Fox (KTVU, Ch. 2)
Alex Smith makes his first start of the year for the 49ers and he will have his hands full in Indianapolis with Peyton Manning and the Colts.

Other highlights
Baseball: The Phillies and Yankees square off in Game 4 of the World Series. [5 p.m., Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, Fox (KTVU, Ch. 2)]
Golf: The Champions Tour Charles Schwab Cup Championship concludes. [1:30 p.m., Sonoma Golf Club, Golf Channel]


Izzy’s Steaks and Chops: Steakhouse and breakfast foods come together on chef Joe Kohn’s brunch menu. Recent dishes include steak hash with creamed spinach and biscuit; chicken-fried steak and waffles, Belgian-style, with country gravy; skirt steak and eggs with house potatoes and biscuit; a croque-mademoiselle sandwich; and omelets and Benedicts. [10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 3345 Steiner St., S.F.; (415) 563-0487]

Lend a hand

Recreation and Park Department: Volunteers are needed to plant trees at St. Mary’s Park. [9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Justin Drive at Murray Street, S.F.; RSVP:]

Surfrider Foundation: Volunteers are needed to clean up Ocean Beach. [10 a.m. to noon, S.F. location; details:, or (415) 561-4751]

Get outside

Visual art

Meet the artists: It’s the final weekend of Artspan’s 2009 Open Studios celebration, offering opportunities to visit San Francisco artists in their work environments. Hunters Point Shipyard is the place. [11 a.m. to 6 p.m.;]

Bicycle events

Biking through time: A “Transit History Bike Tour” benefits Shaping San Francisco. Riders learn about lost freeways, violent strikes, graft and corruption, and more. [Noon, CounterPULSE, 1310 Mission St., S.F.]

Two-wheeling: San Francisco Bicycle Coalition hosts a gathering to get kids riding without training wheels. Bring a bike, helmet and snack to share. [1 to 2:30 p.m., JFK Drive, west of Conservatory Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Ships and sailing

Full steam: The National Park Service hosts a tour of the ferryboat Eureka’s engine room, offering a chance to learn about steam ferries and how they run. [3 p.m., Hyde Street Pier, foot of Hyde Street, S.F.]


Stories for kids: The Botanical Garden hosts a “Story Time and Family Walk,” designed for ages 4 to 8. November’s featured book: “One Leaf Rides the Wind.” [10:30 a.m., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

U.S. history

‘Patriotism and Prejudice’: History tour focuses on the ironic situation in which Japanese-American soldiers were sent to war as their families were interned. [1 p.m., Crissy Field Center, 603 Mason St., Presidio; RSVP: (415) 561-4323]

Sports and recreation

Moon river: City Kayak hosts its “Full Moon Kayaking” trip. Paddle along the San Francisco waterfront as the full moon rises. [4 to 7 p.m., South Beach Harbor, Pier 40, The Embarcadero, S.F.; RSVP:]


Stately mansions: The Victorian Home Walk offers the chance to see 200 meticulously restored Victorian homes and learn about different types of architecture. [11 a.m., meet at Union Square, Powell and Post streets]

Around town


Skulls and scares: The Academy of Sciences hosts Day of the Dead and post-Halloween activities, including skeleton-themed family crafts (11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) and a “creepy crawly” animal program (1:30 p.m.). [55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Body of evidence: “Very Postmortem” has opened at the Legion of Honor. The exhibit features the mummy of the Egyptian priest Irethorrou and looks, via modern science, at how he lived. [9:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., 100 34th Ave., S.F.]


Day of the Dead concert: The San Francisco Symphony presents its “Dia de los Muertos Family Concert,” celebrating Mexican culture. Festivities precede the music. [2 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Rock band: The Canadian band Skinny Puppy, a pioneering force in electronic and industrial rock, performs at the Regency Ballroom. [8 p.m., 1290 Sutter St., S.F.]

Composer spotlight: The San Francisco Contemporary Music Players present a performance and discussion of “Archaeologies of the Future,” a new work by Ken Ueno. [4:30 p.m., ODC Dance Commons, 351 Shotwell St., S.F.]

Jazz trio: The Marc Cary Focus Trio performs. Pianist-bandleader Cary seeks to unite East Indian, West African and American Indian traditions in an acoustic setting. [2 p.m., de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Literary events

Book festival: The Jewish Community Center’s 2009 BookFest features book signings, talks and panels. Writers from around the world take part. [12:30 to 6 p.m., JCC, 3200 California St., S.F.; RSVP: (415) 292-1233 or]


Solo theater: Writer-performer Victoria Doggett presents “I Prefer Fur,” her solo show about a man, woman, cat and a dangerous love triangle. [6 p.m., Off-Market Theaters, 965 Mission St., S.F.]


French films: Today, the San Francisco Film Society’s French Cinema Now series presents “Adhen,” “The Wolberg Family,” “Welcome” and Truffaut’s “The 400 Blows.” [2 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Clay Theatre, 2261 Fillmore St., S.F.]


Author appearance: Irish author John Connolly reads from his new novel, “The Gates.” [1 p.m., “M” is for Mystery bookstore, 86 E. Third Ave., San Mateo]

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