Apple CEO Steve Jobs makes surprise appearance to announce iPad 2 

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Good spirits:
What is the only thing that can upstage the announcement of the newest iPad? Apple CEO Steve Jobs, whose health was reportedly worsening in the wake of his liver ailment, surprisingly made an appearance at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts for the announcement.

Something to read

The Male Brain

By Dr. Louann Brizendine ($14.99)

The UCSF professor follows her best-seller “The Female Brain” with this enlightening, enjoyable volume describing distinguishing characteristics of the male brain which, incidentally, reserves more than twice as much room for sexual pursuit as the female brain.

Lend A Hand

Surfrider Foundation:
Volunteers are needed to help clean up Ocean Beach. [10 a.m. to noon; details at]

Get outside

Birder field trip:
The Golden Gate Audubon Society hosts a field trip for birders. The San Francisco Botanical Garden is the place. [8 to 10:30 a.m., front gate, SFBG, Golden Gate Park, S.F.;]

All aboard: The Conservatory of Flowers presents its “Garden Railway,” an exhibit that re-creates Golden Gate Park sites in miniature with recycled and repurposed materials and dwarf plants. [10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 100 John F. Kennedy Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Creative habitats: “Presidio Habitats” continues. The exhibit features habitat sculptures created for the park’s “animal clients” by more than two dozen artists and designers. [11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Presidio of S.F.;]

Big boats:
Two tall ships — the brig Lady Washington and the topsail ketch Hawaiian Chieftain — are visiting, and educational activities are taking place aboard them. Events include a 10 a.m. tour. [Pier 40, S.F.;]

Around town


Local theater:
Lorraine Hansberry Theatre presents “Fabulation,” Lynn Nottage’s play about an African-American PR maven and her self-discovery journey. [2 and 7 p.m., Southside Theater, Building D, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

One-act plays:
The 2011 Bay One-Acts Festival begins. The three-week celebration features adventurous short plays performed by Bay Area theater companies. [3 and 7 p.m., Boxcar Playhouse, 505 Natoma St., S.F.]


Orchid show:
The Pacific Orchid Exposition features more than 150,000 orchids, plus demonstrations and tours. Growers, nurseries and orchid societies take part. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]


Platinum rapper:
Too $hort has added a Sunday show to his engagement at Yoshi’s. The Oakland rapper started his career at age 14 and has had numerous platinum-selling albums. [7 p.m., 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]


Old picture show:
The Balboa Theatre celebrates its 85th birthday, with a re-creation of a night at the movies, 1926 style. Main attraction: “Moran of the Lady Letty,” with Rudolph Valentino. [7 p.m., 3630 Balboa St., S.F.]

Green films: It’s the last day to catch the debut San Francisco Green Film Festival. Films include Carl A. Fechner’s “The 4th Revolution” and “Werner Herzog’s “Happy People.” [11 a.m. onward; Embarcadero Cinemas, One Embarcadero Center, S.F.,]


Oola Restaurant & Bar:
Chef Ola Fendert’s brunch menu contains egg dishes, sandwiches, salads and hot entrees. Recent selections include French toast stuffed with hazelnut chocolate; steak and potato hash with an egg; fried chicken and buttermilk waffles; all-natural baby back ribs; and slow-roasted beet salad with goat cheese. [10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., 860 Folsom St., S.F.; (415) 995-2061]



Warriors at 76ers

3 p.m., Comcast SportsNet Bay Area

In the midst of a seven-game road trip, the Warriors head to Philadelphia to take on the 76ers.


Two of the top teams in the West, the Lakers and Spurs, square off. [12:30 p.m., AT&T Center, San Antonio, ABC (KGO, Ch. 7)]

College men’s basketball: Four West Coast Conference semifinalists battle for a spot in the title game. [5 p.m., Orleans Arena, Las Vegas, ESPN2]

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