California Street cable cars back in action this week 


Back in action:
The historic cable cars were back in full action on San Francisco streets this week after a major renovation project. The California line had been shuttered for six months while infrastructure improvements were made, including upgrades to 17 blocks of California Street between Drumm Street and Van Ness Avenue.


Pacific Heights

By Paul Harper ($25)

New York Times best-selling thriller writer David Lindsey adopts a pseudonym for this new series, which introduces San Francisco detective Marten Fane, a former intelligence officer brought out of retirement by a seemingly traceless murder.


Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy 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., meet at Presidio Transit Center, 215 Lincoln Blvd., S.F.,]


Jazz fest:
The 2011 Fillmore Jazz Festival continues. The celebration includes a wide range of jazz, more than 200 artisans and food and beverage booths. [10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fillmore Street between Jackson and Eddy streets, S.F.]

Indie rock: The Stern Grove Festival presents an “indie Independence Day weekend” of rock and folk. Singer-songwriter Neko Case headlines the show. [2 p.m., Sigmund Stern Grove, Sloat Boulevard and 19th Avenue, S.F.]

Outdoor theater: The San Francisco Mime Troupe launches its 2011 summer park show, “2012 — The Musical,” this weekend. The musical satire takes on corporate arts funding. [2 p.m., Dolores Park, 18th and Dolores streets, S.F.]

Birder field trip: The Golden Gate Audubon Society hosts a field trip for birders. The San Francisco Botanical Garden is the place. [8 to 10:30 a.m., front gate, Ninth Avenue and Lincoln Way, Golden Gate Park, S.F.;]



Ethnic dance:
The 2011 San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival presents a Sunday matinee. Haitian, Hawaiian, Spanish, Chinese, Egyptian and other dance styles are on the slate. [3 p.m., Novellus Theater, 700 Howard St., S.F.]


Sage struck:
Theatre of Yugen’s “NohThing Like Vaudeville” series presents “The Great Zamboni.” Actor Jordan Winer appears as a mystic who’s “not the sharpest sage in the spice cabinet.” [5 p.m., Noh Space, 2840 Mariposa St., S.F.]


On your Marx:
“A Night at the Opera” and “Duck Soup” screen as a double feature. The Marx brothers invade the world of opera and declare war on a country. [2:20, 3:45, 5:30, 7 and 8:45 p.m., Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.]


Guitar master:
Ottmar Liebert, a modern flamenco-guitar virtuoso, performs with Luna Negra. He’s celebrating his updated, remastered compilation disc, “Santa Fe.” [7 and 9 p.m., Yoshi’s, 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Literary arts

Book group:
The San Francisco Young Professionals Book Club meets to discuss “20 Under 40: Stories From the New Yorker.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 601 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]


Free day:
Today is Target Free First Sunday — free general admission, but $5 adult fee for the “Bali” show — at the Asian Art Museum. Attractions include “Shadows, Masks & Mythology.” [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 200 Larkin St., S.F.]


1300 on Fillmore:
Chef David Lawrence’s brunch menu features Southern flavors with California ingredients. Dishes include spicy tasso Cajun ham-and-eggs Benedict with buttermilk chive biscuits and Tabasco hollandaise; barbecue shrimp with creamy grits; black-skillet fried chicken with buttermilk whipped potatoes and pan gravy; and cinnamon-brioche French toast. [11 a.m. and 1 p.m., 1300 Fillmore St., S.F.; reservations: (415) 771-7100]



Giants at Tigers

10:05 a.m., Comcast SportsNet Bay Area

The Giants wrap up interleague play for the season when they close out a three-game series in Detroit.


Major League Baseball will unveil the rosters for the All-Star Game during a selection show. [9 a.m., Atlanta, TBS]

Tennis: The last two men standing battle for the Wimbledon championship. [6 a.m., Wimbledon, England, NBC (KNTV, Ch. 11)]

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