Good Sunday: June 27, 2010 


What He’s Poised To Do
By Ben Greenman ($13.99)
The collection of stories by New Yorker editor Ben Greenman, stemming from the author’s obsession and passion for the lost art of letter writing, addresses issues of love, infidelity and the human longing for connection.


Lyon-Martin Health Services: Volunteers are needed to accept donations for Lyon-Martin at Pride festivities. [10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; 12:30 to 3 p.m.; or 3 to 6 p.m.; details/RSVP: or]

Ryan Phua Memorial Fund: Volunteers are needed to help with registration, activities and other tasks at its Memorial Kids’ Ride. [8 a.m. to noon, California Drive and Lorton Avenue, Burlingame; RSVP:]


Parade and celebration: San Francisco Pride events include the Pride Parade. Festivities continue all afternoon at the Civic Center. [Parade: 10:30 a.m., Market and Beale streets, S.F.; celebration: noon to 7 p.m., Civic Center Plaza, S.F.]

DJ collective: Fingersnaps DJ & Art Collective, a group dedicated to teaching and cultivating the art of DJ culture, celebrates San Francisco Pride. [2 to 4 p.m., Union Square, Post and Powell streets, S.F.]

Pride sail: Red and White Fleet hosts its Pride Cruise, a two-hour sail featuring a buffet, DJ music and dancing, and a cash bar. [8 p.m., Pier 43½, S.F.;]

Parks and gardens

Summer rock: “Alice’s Summerthing,” a free celebration, features music, food, crafts and activities. Lifehouse, Kris Allen, One eskimO and Thriving Ivory perform. [Noon to 4 p.m., Speedway Meadow, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Hawaii in the Grove: The Stern Grove Festival goes Hawaiian. Hapa, a popular music act from Hawaii, headlines the day. A hula performance leads things off. [2 p.m., Sigmund Stern Grove, Sloat Boulevard and 19th Avenue, S.F.]

Venezuelan music: The EnCayapa ensemble, from Venezuela, performs a concert of traditional Venezuelan music, jazz and chamber music. [1 to 3 p.m., Yerba Buena Gardens, Mission Street between Third and Fourth streets, S.F.]

Telegraph Hill tour: San Francisco’s “high hill,” now known as Telegraph Hill, is the focus of a history walk hosted by the San Francisco Museum and Historical Society. [2 to 4 p.m.; details/RSVP: (415) 537-1105, ext. 100, or]

City Activities

Shape of things: The Exploratorium’s “Geometry Playground” is open. You can climb inside huge 3-D shapes, or watch yourself in a curved mirror while trying to play hopscotch, among other fun. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 3601 Lyon St., S.F.]

Wine tasting: Pinot Days San Francisco 2010 hosts its Grand Festival Public Tasting, a showcase for more than 220 Pinot Noir producers. Specialty foods complement the wines. [1 to 5 p.m., Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, S.F.]

Pop group: The Backstreet Boys perform at the Warfield. The top-selling pop group is touring in support of its latest album, “This Is Us.” [8 p.m., 982 Market St., S.F.]

Russia house: The Jupiter Chamber Players perform a program of Russian chamber music. Featured composers include Georgy Catoire and Tchaikovsky. [4 p.m., Old First Presbyterian Church, 1751 Sacramento St., S.F.]

World dance: The 2010 San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival ends. Ten dance companies, ranging from Mexican to Cambodian to Zimbabwean in style, perform. [2 p.m., Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon St., S.F.]

Solo performance: Solo Sundays presents its monthly showcase of solo-theater talent. Leo Petropoulos and Julia Jackson take the stage. [7 p.m., Stagewerx Theatre, 533 Sutter St., S.F.]

World music: Brothers of the Baladi, a group that blends Middle Eastern music with styles from other places, performs. [4:30 p.m., Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society, Douglas Beach House, 311 Mirada Road, Half Moon Bay]


1300 on Fillmore: Chef David Lawrence’s Gospel Brunch features southern flavors and California ingredients. Menu selections include scrambled eggs with creamy grits, chicken-apple sausage and applewood-smoked bacon; cinnamon-brioche French toast with balsamic-roasted strawberries and French vanilla-bean cream; spicy tasso Cajun ham and eggs Benedict; and a rib-eye burger. [11 a.m. and 1 p.m., 1300 Fillmore St., S.F.; reservations recommended; (415) 771-7100]



Red Sox at Giants

1:05 p.m., Comcast SportsNet Bay Area

Aubrey Huff and the Giants close out their interleague series with the Boston Red Sox at AT&T Park.


Baseball: The Dodgers and Yankees renew their rivalry in interleague action. [5 p.m., Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, ESPN]

World Cup: The round of 16 continues with a pair of games from South Africa. [7 a.m. on ESPN, 11:30 a.m. on ABC (KGO, Ch. 7)]

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