August 17: The Chinatown Ping Pong festival and other SF events 

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  • Image of the week: Remembering Robin -- Fans left flowers and tributes to Robin Williams on Tuesday at the Pacific Heights home where his 1993 hit “Mrs. Doubtfire” was filmed. Williams, 63, who grappled with issues of addiction and depression though his life, was found dead Monday at his home in Tiburon.

Something to read

Sleepwalking in Paradise

By Andrew O. Dugas ($14.95)

San Francisco's first dot-com boom is the setting for a story about old money, new money and a messiah living in Golden Gate Park. Author Dugas will appear at Green Apple Books on Wednesday.

Lend a hand

Urban farm: Bring a hat and get your hands dirty at Alemany Farm, which needs volunteers to harvest and distribute fruits and veggies. [Noon to 5 p.m., 700 Alemany Blvd., S.F.; (415) 624-9934,]

Get outside

Pingpong battle: The pingpong paddles will fly at the fourth annual Chinatown Ping Pong Festival. [8 a.m.-3 p.m., Portsmouth Square, Kearny and Clay streets, S.F.; Chinese Culture Center Auditorium, 750 Kearny St., S.F.]

Mime Troupe: The San Francisco Mime Troupe performs its new show, "Ripple Effect," in a free presentation. [2 p.m., Washington Square Park, Columbus Avenue and Union Street, S.F.;]

Around town


Stern Grove Festival: Sergio Mendes, king of Brazilian bossa nova, performs in a free concert. San Francisco's LoCura opens the show. [2 p.m., Stern Grove, 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard, S.F.]

Rock show: Co-headliners Fall Out Boy and Paramore's "Monumentour" reaches the Bay Area. [7 p.m., Concord Pavilion, 2000 Kirker Pass Road, Concord]

Lone Star sound: Grammy-nominated group Reckless Kelly of Austin, Texas, plays songs from its latest album, 2013's "Long Night Moon," and more. [8 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O'Farrell St., S.F.]


Stand-up: "Saturday Night Live" and "Portlandia" star Fred Armisen performs stand-up and takes questions from the audience as part of the SF Sketchfest Summer Social. [8 p.m., Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.]


Remembering Robin: The Robin Williams Mini Film Festival concludes with free showings of the late comedian's movies "Jumanji" (noon), "Good Will Hunting" (2 p.m.) and "Dead Poets Society" (4:15 p.m.). [SoMA StrEat Food Park, 428 11th St., S.F.]

Fab Four: A showing of "Hard Day's Night" marks the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' appearance on the "Ed Sullivan Show." [2:30 and 6:45 p.m., Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., S.F.]


El Techo de Lolinda: The scenic restaurant, located directly over Lolinda Steakhouse, is featuring beignet-like buñuelos and special eggs "Benedictos" with poached eggs, jalapeño cornbread, chorizo and chili hollandaise. Cocktails include La Paloma, featuring tequila and grapefruit juice, and a Bloody Maria. [11 a.m.-2 p.m., 2518 Mission St., S.F.; (415) 550-6970,]

Game of the day


49ers vs. Broncos

1 p.m., KPIX (Ch. 5)

Rookie running back Carlos Hyde will look to build on a solid first exhibition game as the 49ers host Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos in the initial preseason game at Levi's Stadium.

Other highlight

Baseball: Tim Lincecum and the Giants play the last of a three-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies. [1:05 p.m., Comcast SportsNet Bay Area]

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