May 5: Music, lectures and other San Francisco events 

click to enlarge Voices heard: May Day demonstrators gathered by the hundreds at Civic Center Plaza on Wednesday can be seen in the reflection of one supporter’s shades as he watches the festivities. The group gathered in the Mission district and marched downtown to bring awareness to immigration reform legislation being considered in Congress, among other issues. - IMAGE OF THE WEEK: MIKE KOOZMIN/ THE S.F. EXAMINER
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  • Voices heard: May Day demonstrators gathered by the hundreds at Civic Center Plaza on Wednesday can be seen in the reflection of one supporter’s shades as he watches the festivities. The group gathered in the Mission district and marched downtown to bring awareness to immigration reform legislation being considered in Congress, among other issues.

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The Secret Lives of Sports Fans

By Eric Simons ($26.95)

In a book subtitled
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Lend a hand

Golden Gate National Parks Volunteer Program:
Volunteers are needed to help enhance native-plant habitats and create wildlife corridors in the Presidio. [10 a.m. to 1 p.m., 215 Lincoln Blvd. (at Graham Street), S.F.; details at www.parksconservancy.org]  

Get outside

Festivals

Fashion market:
More than 130 designers sell their creations at the Urban Market. San Francisco’s Hayes Valley is the place. [11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Octavia Boulevard and Hayes Street, S.F.]

Parks and gardens

Dance for peace:
Dance artist Anna Halprin and the local community of Planetary Dancers present a dance for peace. [2 p.m., Esplanade, Yerba Buena Gardens, 770 Mission St., S.F.]

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

Bird walk: “Birding at the Garden,” a docent-led bird-watching amble, takes place at the San Francisco Botanical Garden. [8 a.m., meet at front gate, 1199 Ninth Ave., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Around town

Festivals

Nordic exposure:
The Norway Day Festival features Norwegian food, music, art, sports and fashion. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Bike rides

Southeast ride:
The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition hosts a bike ride exploring San Francisco’s southeast corner. Last stop: Hunters Point Open Studios. [10 a.m., meet at Esprit Park, Minnesota and 20th streets, S.F.; www.sfbike.org]

Dance

Girl troupe:
Dance Brigade’s Grrrl Brigade company presents “Sacred Ground ... There Is a Goddess in Every Girl,” a tale of goddess culture told via dance and taiko. [2 and 6 p.m., Dance Mission Theater, 3316 24th St., S.F.]

Museums

Mexican arts:
The Mexican Museum hosts a free Family Sunday in celebration of Cinco de Mayo. Attractions include a hands-on art workshop for kids.  [Noon to 3 p.m., Building D, Fort Mason, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Music

Rising stars:
The San Francisco Opera Center’s Schwabacher series, showcasing rising opera talent, presents a Sunday recital. Featured vocalists: Sarah Mesko and Theo Lebow. [5:30 p.m., Temple Emanu-El, 2 Lake St., S.F.]

Brunch

Balboa Cafe:
Chef Jose Lemus cooks classic and creative fare and, with its early start time, the Balboa brunch has a distinctive breakfast tone. Menu highlights include corned beef hash, huevos rancheros and the BalBurrito (scrambled eggs, chorizo, black beans, pico de gallo, jack cheese, avocado salsa). Featured libation: Balboa Mary. [9 a.m. to 3 p.m., 3199 Fillmore St., S.F., (415) 921-3944

Game of the day

BASEBALL

Giants vs. Dodgers

5 p.m., ESPN


Buster Posey and Co. play host to the Dodgers in prime time, finishing up a three-game set against their Southern California rivals.

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

NHL:
Playoff hockey returns to the Bay Area as the Sharks take on the Vancouver Canucks in Game 3. [7 p.m., HP Pavilion, San Jose, CSN California]

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