August 18: 'Performing Diaspora' and other S.F. events 


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San Francisco Zoo: Adult volunteers are needed to work with animals and educate people about conservation. An orientation session takes place today. [11 a.m.; meet at bronze tiger statue in the Entry Village circle, 1 Zoo Road, S.F.]



Car-free streets: "Sunday Streets" comes to the Tenderloin neighborhood. People can enjoy activities and camaraderie on car-free San Francisco thoroughfares at this community event. [11 a.m. to 4 p.m.;]


Design market: The Urban Air Market, one of the country's largest outdoor independent design shows, features sustainable fashion, art and decor. More than 150 designers and artists take part. [11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Pier 70, 420 22nd St., S.F.]

Parks and gardens

Brazilian arts: Bata Ketu. a group whose performances combine Brazilian, Cuban, and African music and dance traditions, performs a "Brazil in the Gardens" concert. [1 p.m., Yerba Buena Gardens, 770 Mission St., S.F.]

Stilt-walking troupes: The Carpetbag Brigade and Nemcatacoa Teatro – companies whose specialties include acrobatic stilt walking – present works from their Bi-Cultural Road Show. [2 p.m., Union Square, 333 Post St., S.F.]



Stern Grove: The Stern Grove Festival closes the season with a visit from the San Francisco Opera. Featured soloists: soprano Ailyn Perez and tenor Stephen Costello. [2 p.m., Sigmund Stern Grove, Sloat Boulevard and 19th Avenue, S.F.]

Park band: The Golden Gate Park Band presents its weekly concert. Today's program: a St. Steven's Day celebration with Hungarian music and dancing. [1 p.m., Music Concourse, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Haydn oratorio: The 150-voice San Francisco Choral Society presents "The Seasons," Haydn's ambitious oratorio depicting nature's changing scenes. [4 p.m., Calvary Presbyterian Church, 2515 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Streets and alleys

Poetry reading: City Lights Bookstore hosts a reading by poets from its Spotlight series, Micah Ballard, Norma Cole, Andrew Joron, Cedar Sigo and others take part. [2 p.m., Kerouac Alley, near 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]


Albee play: Monday Afternoon Productions presents "The Goat or, Who Is Sylvia?" A disturbing secret passion threatens a top architect's family solidity and career in Edward Albee's tragicomedy. [2 p.m., Phoenix Theatre, 414 Mason St. S.F.]


Space epics: Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey" (2 and 8:15 p.m.) and Andrei Tarkovsky's "Solaris" (4:50 p.m.) screen as a double bill of epic space-themed sci-fi cinema. [Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.]


History day: "Victorian Days" return to the San Mateo County History Museum. Festivities include Victorian-era-themed activities for kids, a Victorian tea, and a "History Lane." [Noon to 4 p.m., 2200 Broadway, Redwood City]


New voices: The "Performing Diaspora" series features new boundary-pushing artists rooted in diverse cultural forms. Today's presentation includes works by Congo-born dance artist Byb Chanel Bibene. [8 p.m., CounterPulse, 1310 Mission Street, S.F.]

Contemporary dance: RAWdance presents a new edition of its "Concept" series – contemporary dance with a side of popcorn. Featured artists include Fog Beast and Post:Ballet. [3 and 8 p.m., 66 Sanchez Studio, 66 Sanchez St., S.F.]


Brenda's French Soul Food: Chef Brenda Buenviaje creates New Orleans inspired cuisine, and the eggs Benedict — two poached eggs on cream biscuits with creole hollandaise and grits or hash — are a brunchtime highlight. Selections include a pulled-pork Benedict. Also recommended: crispy pork belly with grits. "Breakfast for Supper" hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. [652 Polk St., S.F.; (415) 345-8100]


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