September 15: Festivals and more SF events 

click to enlarge The Ghirardelli Square Chocolate Festival, showcasing local chocolatiers, features tastings, chef demos, a silent auction and sundae-eating contests.
  • The Ghirardelli Square Chocolate Festival, showcasing local chocolatiers, features tastings, chef demos, a silent auction and sundae-eating contests.
SOMETHING TO READ

World Film Locations San Francisco

Edited by Scott Jordan Harris ($18)

The culture critic of Britain's Daily Telegraph has gathered essays to accompany snapshots of 46 scenes from 46 movies filmed in The City, from "Vertirgo" and "Dirty Harry" to "Escape from Alcatraz" and "The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill."

LEND A HAND

Glide: The free meal program needs volunteers to prepare the dining room, place food on trays, serve guests and wipe tables. [11:15 a.m. to 2 p.m., 330 Ellis St., S.F., daily shifts also available; info/RSVP: www.onebrick.org or www.glide.org]

GET OUTSIDE

Festivals

Asian festival: The Autumn Moon Festival continues in Chinatown. The annual Asian celebration features crafts, food, entertainment and parades. [11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Grant Avenue and California Street and nearby blocks, S.F.]

Choc of the town: The Ghirardelli Square Chocolate Festival, showcasing local chocolatiers, features tastings, chef demos, a silent auction and sundae-eating contests. It benefits Project Open Hand. [Noon to 5 p.m., 900 North Point St., S.F.]

Sports and recreation

Paddle field: Local and visiting paddlers vie in the San Francisco International Dragon Boat Festival. The new Bay Bridge supplies a backdrop. Festivities accompany the racing. [8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Treasure Island; www.sfdragonboat.com]

AROUND TOWN

Music

Hip-hop festival: The Rock the Bells hip-hop festival presents its Sunday lineup. Top-billed acts include the multiplatinum group Wu-Tang Clan. [11 a.m., Shoreline Amphitheatre, 1 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View]

Kidchella: The free kids summer rock concert series closes with an appearance by The Hipwaders. [11 a.m., Courthouse Square. 2200 Broadway, Redwood City, (650) 780-7311, www.redwoodcity.org ]

Comedy

Funny folk: "Comedy Day" features five hours of free humor. More than 40 comics, including Diane Amos, Will Durst, Nato Green and Carrie Snow, take part. [Noon to 5 p.m., Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Theater

Indie action: The San Francisco Fringe Festival, featuring indie and risk-taking theater, runs through Sept. 21. Today's shows include "Parly Girl," a solo work about life's lessons, waitress-style, at 5:30 p.m. [Exit Theatre, 156 Eddy St., S.F.; www.sffringe.org]

Improv arts: The San Francisco Improv Festival, celebrating the art of improvisational theater, runs through Sept. 21. Today's acts include Classy Pants and Narcissists Anonymous. [7 and 9 p.m., Eureka Theatre, 215 Jackson St., S.F.]

Movies

Latino cinema: The San Francisco Latino Film Festival runs through Sept. 27. Today's films include "Barrio Brawler," a drama filmed in San Francisco, at 7 p.m. [Opera Plaza Cinema, 2961 601 Van Ness Ave., S.F.; www.sflatinofilmfestival.org]

Pasolini series: "Pasolini," a series saluting 20th-century Italian filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini, continues. Today's films include "The Canterbury Tales" (1972), covering the bawdiest of Chaucer's tales, at 7:15 p.m. [Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., S.F.; www.roxie.com]

Community

Family day: Cultural venues offer families free admission, hands-on activities, and special performances on this Yerba Buena Family Day. Venues include the Contemporary Jewish Museum. [11 a.m. to 4 p.m., www.ybfamilyday.org]

Literary arts

Novelist appearance: Author Janet Dawson presents her new Jeri Howard mystery novel, "Death Rides the Zephyr." [3 p.m., Borderlands Books, 866 Valencia St., S.F.]

BRUNCH

Bin 38: Chef Christian Phernetton's brunch menu contains creative breakfast fare, sandwiches and salads. The flatbread with applewood-smoked bacon, oven-roasted tomato, greens, Gruyere and Parmesan is recommended today. Also look for Today's Omelet, with farmers market veggies, smashed herb potatoes and green salad. Featured libation: bottomless mimosas. Patio dining is available. [10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 3232 Scott St., S.F.; (415) 567-3838]

SAILING

America's Cup

1 and 2 p.m., KNTV, Ch. 11

The biggest sailing event in the world takes center stage on San Francisco Bay once again with two races between Oracle Team USA and Emirates Team New Zealand scheduled.

OTHER HIGHLIGHT

NFL: The 49ers and Seahawks meet in a highly anticipated NFC West showdown. [5:30 p.m., CenturyLink Field, Seattle, KNTV, Ch. 11]

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