November 3: Saucer science and other SF activities 

click to enlarge Whispering Dishes
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  • “Whispering Dishes” made its debut in San Francisco last week as part of The City’s first Living Innovation Zone.
SOMETHING TO READ

Becoming Mr. October

By Reggie Jackson ($26.95)

The baseball Hall of Famer’s memoir, co- written by Kevin Baker, is his own candid account of the eventful two years, 1977 and 1978, when he became a Yankee legend.

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 http://www.parksconservancy.org/]

GET OUTSIDE

Parks

Show extended: The Conservatory of Flowers has extended “Butterflies and Blooms” until early 2014. The exhibit features hundreds of butterflies and colorful flowers. [10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 100 John F. Kennedy Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Swing dancing: Lindy in the Park presents its weekly swing-dance event. A beginner lesson and community dancing make up the session. [11 a.m. to 2 p.m., between de Young Museum and 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. About 40 species are spotted on the monthly walk. [8 a.m., 1199 Ninth Ave., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Bicycle events

Cemetery tour: Shaping San Francisco hosts its Halloween bike tour of Colma cemeteries where famous San Franciscans are buried. Bring a snack and water. [Noon to 4 p.m.; meet at Colma BART station, 365 D St., Colma; www.shapingsf.org]

Fairs and festivals

Poster fair: The International Vintage Poster Fair features original posters dating from the 1890s through the 1980s. Subjects range from food to film to travel. [11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Conference Center, Building A, Fort Mason, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Music

Cellist-composer: Composer, cello rocker and one-woman orchestra Zoe Keating appears at the Chapel. Via a cello and a foot-controlled laptop, Keating creates intricate, haunted-sounding music. [9 p.m., 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

Hawaiian guitarist: Makana, from Hawaii, plays Yoshi’s. His “slack rock” guitar sound contains slack-key, folk, rock, bluegrass and jazz styles. His songs contain both political and personal themes. [7 p.m., 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Visual arts

Art studios: ArtSpan’s Open Studios celebration presents its third weekend. Via self-guided tours, people can meet San Francisco artists in their studios in the Tenderloin, Potrero Hill, Dogpatch, Bayview, Portola, Excelsior and SoMa. [11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; www.artspan.org]

Movies

Taiwanese films: The San Francisco Film Society presents its Taiwan Film Days series. Today’s films include “Apolitical Romance,” a Taiwanese-Chinese cross-cultural tale, at 6 p.m. [Vogue Theatre, 3290 Sacramento St., S.F.; www.sffs.org]

BRUNCH

Citizen’s Band: Chef Chris Beerman’s menu pays tribute to classic dishes at this “fine diner.” The chicken-fried eye-of-round steak with Pinkie’s buttermilk biscuit, escarole, country cream gravy and fried egg is a recommended brunch dish today. Also look for the shrimp and grits with tasso, tarragon, cheddar and fried egg. [10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 1198 Folsom St., S.F.; (415) 556-4901]

NFL

Raiders vs. Eagles

1:05 p.m., Fox (KTVU, Ch. 2)

Darren McFadden and the Raiders look to climb back to .500 on the season with a victory against the struggling Eagles.

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Golf: The Champions Tour wraps up its season with the Charles Schwab Cup Championship. [1:30 p.m., TPC Harding Park, Golf Channel]

SAUCER SCIENCE

“Whispering Dishes” made its debut in San Francisco last week as part of The City’s first Living Innovation Zone. The display is on Market Street at Yerba Buena Lane, which is between Third and Fourth streets. “Whispering Dishes” features two saucers on the sidewalk that face each other 50 feet apart. They are designed in such a way as to capture sound — meaning you can talk to someone who is standing in front of the other one even on a busy and loud street.

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