What Went Wrong With Oscar Toll?
By Charles Bush ($12.95)
Written by a San Francisco attorney who worked in the secretive world of death-penalty defense, the novel realistically details the machinations of a case involving a murderer on San Quentin’s Death Row.
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Boys Hope Girls Hope: The residential program seeks volunteer tutors in biology and ESL (Cantonese and Spanish speakers) to work with kids in need. [4 to 8 p.m.; http://volunteer.truist.com/thevolunteercenter/org or www.boyshopegirlshope.org]
Floral spectacle: “Magnificent Magnolias” are the feature attraction at the San Francisco Botanical Garden. Nearly 100 types of the fragrant flower erupt in pink and white. [7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., 1199 Ninth Ave., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]
National parks: “Crown Jewels,” an exhibition of narratives and photos, showcases national parks worldwide. [11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Presidio Trust, 103 Montgomery St., Main Post, Presidio of S.F.]
Beginner biking: The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition hosts a “Rec Ride” for those new to cycling. [10 a.m., Pompei Circle, Golden Gate Park, S.F.; details/RSVP: www.sfbike.org]
Scavenger hunt: Urban Adventure Quest presents the “Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure S.F.,” a smart-phone-guided local-history game. [Any time from sunrise to sunset; starts at Yerba Buena Gardens, between Mission, Third, Fourth and Howard streets, S.F.; www.urbanadventurequest.com]
Art and flowers: The 2014 “Bouquets to Art” show, at the de Young Museum, closes. Floral arrangements created by 125 local designers, inspired by de Young artwork, are on view. [9:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]
Dance makers: “ODC/Dance Downtown” spotlights ODC dance makers Brenda Way, KT Nelson and Kimi Okada. Today’s bill includes Okada’s “Two If by Sea.” [4 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 700 Howard St., S.F.]
Garden show: The 2014 San Francisco Flower and Garden Show ends today. Festivities include gardens, blooms, seminars, workshops, vendors and edibles. [10 a.m. to 6 p.m., San Mateo Event Center, 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo]
Children’s chorales: Vance George conducts the boys chorus Ragazzi and the Young Women’s Chorus of San Francisco in “Young Women, Young Men: Together We Sing,” a program of works by Fauré, Martini and Bernstein. [4 p.m., Calvary Presbyterian Church, 2515 Fillmore St. S.F.]
Solo series: Solo Sundays, featuring comic, poignant and provocative solo theater, presents its March show. [7 p.m., Stage Werx Theatre, 446 Valencia St., S.F.]
Two authors: A.D. Winans (“In the Pink,” a story collection) and S.J. Cruz (“The Flowers Won’t Die,” a novel) read from their new fiction. [2 p.m., Bird and Beckett Books and Records, 653 Chenery St., S.F.]
The Front Porch: Chef Matt Marcus creates southern-inspired cuisine, and the chicken and waffles are a brunch-menu highlight. The dish consists of three pieces of chicken over a jalapeno-bacon waffle with maple syrup. Also recommended: shrimp and grits, with garlic, shallot, poached egg, andouille sausage,and red-eye gravy. [10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., 65a 29th St., S.F.; (415) 695-7800]
Starting at 9 a.m. (CBS, TNT, TBS, truTV)
March Madness continues with a full slate of games to determine the final eight teams in the Sweet 16.
Spring training: A split-squad A’s team takes on the Chicago Cubs. [1 p.m., Phoenix Municipal Stadium, Phoenix, WGN]