May 11: 'Rocked by Women' and other SF events 

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  • Sarah Bush Dance Project presents “Rocked by Women,” a kinetic work that salutes female musicians who soothe, shake and inspire.
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The Year She Left Us

By Kathryn Ma ($25.99)

The acclaimed San Francisco short-story writer’s debut novel describes the lives and challenges of three generations of Chinese-American women; she is slated to speak at The Booksmith on Tuesday, and in more Bay Area appearances throughout the summer.

Lend a hand

Rocket Dog Rescue: Volunteers are needed for various jobs, including handling dogs at adoption sites. Interested people can meet group members at Pet Food Express today. [Noon to 5 p.m., 3160 20th Ave., S.F.;]

Get outside

Park band: The Golden Gate Park Band presents its weekly concert. Today’s program features Armenian music and dancing, in celebration of Armenian Independence Day. [1 p.m., Music Concourse, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Botany bites: “Chomp!,” the carnivorous-plant exhibit, is back. Featured flora include Venus flytrap, butterwort, and sticky sundew. [10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Conservatory of Flowers, 100 John F. Kennedy Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Butterfly habitat: A nature hike explores Pacifica’s Milagra Ridge, a former missile site that is now home to the endangered Mission Blue butterfly. [Noon; details/RSVP: (415) 561-4323;]

Flower show: The Filoli estate hosts its 2014 Flower Show, “Broadway in Bloom.” Festivities include floral arrangements, table settings, horticulture presentations and music. [10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 86 Canada Road, Woodside.]


Fur side: The San Francisco Zoo’s “Wild Walk” (3 p.m.) highlights the zoo’s “fast and furriest” denizens. Registration is required. Also today: free zoo entry for moms who come with their kids. [10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 1 Zoo Road, S.F.;]

Sports and recreation

Running club: The San Francisco Dolphin South End Runners, a club that invites runners of all levels to compete and have fun, host their “Mother’s Day 5K” race. [9 a.m., East Beach, Crissy Field, 1199 East Beach, Presidio of S.F.;]


Bach concertos: Archetti, a period-instrument string ensemble, performs a chamber-music concert featuring Brandenburg concerts by Bach and works by Torelli and Vivaldi. [3 p.m., Marines’ Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter St., S.F.]

Folk and rock band: The Deep Dark Woods, a Canadian psychedelic-folk, rock and alt-country band, perform to promote their latest album, “Jubilee.” [8 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

Architecture and design

Show house: The San Francisco Decorator Showcase features a local mansion transformed by designers into a supreme show house. The event benefits University High School. [11 a.m. to 4 p.m., 3660 Jackson St., S.F.]


Contemporary dance: Sarah Bush Dance Project presents “Rocked by Women,” a kinetic work that salutes female musicians who soothe, shake and inspire. [4 and 7 p.m., Dance Mission Theater, 3316 24th St., S.F.]


Chaya Brasserie: Chef Yuko Kajino, serving French-Asian cuisine, is featuring a three-course Mother’s Day brunch menu ($45). Appetizer options include hamachi sashimi; roasted baby beets; and Castelle French toast. Entrees include sushi omakase; polenta cake with wild mushrooms; and five-spiced duck-confit hash. Desserts include raspberry chocolate cake and mascarpone cheesecake. [11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 132 Embarcadero, S.F.; (415) 777-8688]


Giants vs. Dodgers

1:10 p.m., CSN Bay Area

Tim Hudson takes the hill for the Giants as the two NL West rivals wrap up a four-game series in Los Angeles.

The A’s close out an interleague series against the Nationals. [1:05 p.m., Coliseum, Oakland, CSN California]

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