August 4: Body percussion and more S.F. events 


The Gravity of Birds

By Tracy Guzeman ($25)

The Bay Area writer's first novel – about "the way the past unravels the present" – tells the story of an art authenticator and art historian who discover devastating secrets two sisters have kept from each other.


San Francisco Fringe Festival: Volunteers are needed to perform ticket-selling, ushering, flyer-posting and other work for the annual theater festival, which takes place Sept. 6 to Sept. 21 this year. [Details:]


Fairs and festivals

Asian fair: The Nihonmachi Street Fair, celebrating Asian Pacific cultures and communities, is happening in Japantown. Festivities include music, dance, art and food. [11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Post and Webster streets and thereabouts, S.F.]

Taste this: "SF Chefs 2013," a festival celebrating local culinary stars, ends today. Events include a blind wine tasting with top sommeliers (10 a.m.). [Union Square (333 Post St.) and thereabouts, S.F.;]


American music: Rock and folk legend Bob Dylan brings his "Americanarama" tour to the Shoreline Amphitheatre. Supporting acts include Wilco. [5:30 p.m., 1 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View]

Stern Grove: The Stern Grove Festival welcomes funk and soul star Shuggie Otis. The Relatives, a psychedelic, funk and gospel band, open. [2 p.m., Sigmund Stern Grove, Sloat Boulevard and 19th Avenue, S.F.]


Parks and gardens

Outdoor theater: The San Francisco Mime Troupe presents "Oil &Water," its summer park production. Two one-act musicals about dangerous energy practices make up the show. [2 p.m., Yerba Buena Gardens, 770 Mission St., S.F.]

Park band: The Golden Gate Park Band presents its weekly concert. Today's program: "A Space Odyssey." [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. About 40 species are spotted on this monthly walk. [8 a.m.; meet at front gate, 1199 Ninth Ave., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]


Chinese music: The California Chinese Orchestra presents its 2013 "Chinese Music Fundraising Concert." Traditional Chinese music and Cantonese operas are on the bill. [12:30 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 700 Howard St., S.F.]

Body music: Percussionist and dancer Keith Terry performs a program of body music – chest slaps, cheek pops, clapping, stepping and more – with his group, Corposonic. [7:30 p.m., SFJazz Center, 201 Franklin St., S.F.]

Dead certain: Jerry Day festivities celebrate the music and legacy of Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia. Performers include Melvin Seals and JGB. [11:30 a.m., Jerry Garcia Amphitheater, McLaren Park, 45 John F. Shelley Drive, S.F.]


Graphic novelist: The Cartoon Art Museum presents "Will Eisner: Father of the Graphic Novel." Art from seven graphic novels by Eisner, a top force in the development of sequential art, is on view. [11 a.m. to 5 p.m., 655 Mission St., S.F.]


Belly dance: Suhaila Dance Company presents "Enta (You Are) Omri (My Life)," a work featuring belly dance, Middle Eastern music and themes of love and loss. [3 p.m., Southside Theater, Building D, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]


Jewish cinema: The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival continues. Today's bill includes a cartoonist-themed documentary pairing: "The Art of Spiegelman" and "Every Tuesday" at noon at the Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F. [Various venues;]


1300 on Fillmore: Chef David Lawrence's brunch menu contains southern-inspired dishes. Selections include spicy tasso Cajun ham and eggs Benedict with buttermilk chive biscuits and Tabasco hollandaise; cinnamon-brioche French toast with maple syrup, balsamic-glazed strawberries and vanilla-bean cream; black-skillet-fried chicken with buttermilk-whipped potatoes and gravy; and a rib-eye burger. [11 a.m. and 1 p.m., 1300 Fillmore St., S.F.; reservations: (415) 771-7100]


A's vs. Rangers

1:05 p.m., Comcast SportsNet California

Josh Donaldson and the A's try to create some distance between themselves and the AL West second-place Rangers in the three-game series finale.


NFL: The Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins kick off the NFL preseason in the annual Pro Football Hall of Fame Game. [5 p.m., Fawcett Stadium, Canton, Ohio, NBC (KNTV, Ch. 11)]


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