Learn about the boom and the bust of the Old West 

Something to read

"Desert America"  By Rubén Martínez ($28)
In a volume subtitled “Boom and Bust in the New Old West,” the award-winning journalist and poet investigates drug wars, immigration and the socio-economic divide. He reads at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at The Booksmith, 1644 Haight St. in The City.

Lend a hand

SCRAP: Scroungers’ Center for Reusable Art Parts needs volunteers to roll fabric, sort and package materials, reorganize aisles and help maintain the warehouse. [10 a.m. to 1 p.m.,
801 Toland St., S.F.;


Jazz giants: Al Jarreau and the George Duke Trio, who appeared together at the Half Note club in San Francisco in the 1960s, reunite at Stern Grove in a program of jazz. [2 p.m., Sigmund
Stern Grove, Sloat Boulevard and 19th Avenue, S.F.]

Park band: The Golden Gate Park Band presents its weekly concert. Today’s program: “The Music of Edvard Grieg.” [1 p.m., Music
Concourse, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Country blues: Mobile Homeboys, a band whose music contains country, bluegrass, blues and rock ingredients, performs in Union Square. [2 to 4 p.m., Powell and Post streets, S.F.]

Shakespeare play: The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival presents its 2012 Free Shakespeare in the Park show, “Henry V,” on the parklike grounds of Redwood City’s Sequoia High School. [2 p.m., 1201 Brewster Ave., Redwood City]


Soul singer: R&B and soul singer-songwriter Allen Stone, in town for the Outside Lands festival, performs a night show at the Independent. [10 p.m., 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]


Musical theater: The touring 25th-anniversary production of “Les Miserables,” based on Victor Hugo’s novel, is at the Orpheum Theatre. Shows continue through Aug. 26. [2 p.m., 1192 Market St., S.F.]


Olympics-themed art: “Gifts From the Gods,” an exhibit at the Legion of Honor, contains Olympics-related art. Greek and Roman coins celebrating the games are among the items on view. [9:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., 100 34th Ave., S.F.]

Literary arts

Author appearance: Novelist Joe Pachinko talks about his new book, “Geek City Apocalypso.” [2:30 p.m., Bird and Beckett Books and Records, 653 Chenery St., S.F.]


Comedy chat: Host Natasha Muse and co-host Ryan Cronin ask stand-up comics strange questions during “A Funny Night for Comedy.” Ngaio Bealum headlines the August show. [7 p.m., Actors Theatre, 855 Bush St., S.F.]


Double bill: “Sunrise” (1927), F.W. Murnau’s acclaimed silent tale of temptation and redemption, screens at 3:20 and 7 p.m. at the Castro Theatre, along with Tod Browning’s long-banned “Freaks” (1932), showing at 2, 5:30 and 9:05 p.m. [429 Castro St., S.F.; (415) 621-6120]

Art fair

The Burlingame ArtzFest: The fair features crafts, music, food, a kids’ area and home, garden and green fare. [10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Burlingame Avenue in downtown Burlingame]


Maverick Restaurant: Chef Emmanuel Eng, cooking creative American cuisine, recommends the duck confit hash today. The brunch plate includes pickled beets, brussels sprouts, caramelized onion, lipstick-pimento sauce and sunny-side-up eggs. Also highlighted is the fried-chicken sandwich with buttermilk ranch, heirloom tomato, Monterey jack, greens, Acme round bun and house chips. [10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 3316 17th St., S.F.; (415) 863-3061]

London Olympics

Closing ceremony
8 p.m. tape-delayed, NBC (KNTV, Ch. 11)
The London Olympics wind to an end as events wrap up and the closing ceremony will shift focus to the Winter Games in Sochi, Russia in 2014.

BASEBALL: The Giants close out a
three-game series against the lowly Colorado Rockies. [1:05 p.m., AT&T Park, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area]

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