Good Sunday: April 18, 2010 


Elegy for April

By John Banville ($25)

The Booker Prize-winner’s third in a series of crime novels written under the pseudonym Benjamin Black once again follows the exploits of a hard-drinking, middle-aged, insatiably curious Dublin pathologist Quirke.


Oola Restaurant & Bar: The restaurant now serves Sunday brunch, and chef Ola Fendert’s menu contains a variety of a la carte options. Recent selections include French toast stuffed with hazelnut chocolate; steak and potato hash; mushroom omelet with mushroom-stuffed potato pancake; and frisee salad with a poached egg. [10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., 860 Folsom St., S.F.; (415) 995-2061]


Recreation and Park Department: Volunteers are needed to help prepare Shakespeare Garden for the wedding season. [10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Drive at Middle Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.; RSVP:]

Surfrider Foundation: Volunteers are needed to help clean up San Francisco’s Ocean Beach. [10 a.m. to noon; details/RSVP:]



In the pink: The Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates Japanese and Japanese-American culture. The Grand Parade takes place today. [11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Post and Buchanan streets, S.F.; parade starts at 1 p.m., S.F. City Hall]

Car-free streets: The “Sunday Streets” program features car-free space where people can enjoy healthy activities in San Francisco neighborhoods. Today’s location: the Bayview District. [10 a.m. to 3 p.m.;]


Art show: The Artists Guild of San Francisco presents an exhibition. The public can talk with local artists and buy their work at this outdoor show. [9:30 a.m. to twilight, Music Concourse, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Books and botany: The S.F. Botanical Garden hosts a “Story Time and Family Walk,” designed for ages 4 to 8. April’s featured book: “Eeny, Meeny, Miney Mole.” [10:30 a.m., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Sports and recreation

Family kayak ride: City Kayak hosts “Family Kayaking in San Francisco,” a paddling trip in calm waters. [3 to 5:30 p.m., City Kayak, South Beach Harbor, Embarcadero at Townsend Street, S.F.; RSVP:]

Animal world

Meet the Muppets: Bert, Ernie and Grover from “Sesame Street” visit the animals at the San Francisco Zoo. Special festivities include entertainment, photo ops and a treasure hunt. [10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 1 Zoo Road, S.F.]

Local history

Wiggle room: Thinkwalks hosts a “Wiggle Walking Tour.” The tour features a route bicyclists use to avoid hills, plus some Lower Haight social history. [1 p.m.; meet at bike mural, Duboce Avenue and Church Street, S.F.; RSVP: (415) 505-8255]


Literary events

Book awards: The 29th annual Northern California Book Awards honor authors in seven categories. A reception and a book-signing session follow the ceremony. [1 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]


Caribbean arts: The sixth annual CubaCaribe Festival of Dance and Music is under way. Top choreographers of the Caribbean diaspora have the spotlight. [7 p.m., Dance Mission Theater, 3316 24th St., S.F.]

Fine Lines: Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet company performs. The program includes a premiere presented in collaboration with the San Francisco Opera Adler Fellows. [5 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 700 Howard St., S.F.]


Shaky times: An “’06 Quake Memorial Evening” commemorates the Big One. A screening of “San Francisco” (1936) and live Barbary Coast music are on the bill. [6:45 p.m., Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.]

Dude zone: “The Big Lebowski” screens at the Red Vic Movie House as part of the theater’s “Day of the Dude” celebration. Jeff Bridges is the Dude in this favorite from the Coen brothers. [1727 Haight St., S.F.; (415) 668-3994]


Knockout Punch: The Punch Brothers, a bluegrass quintet featuring acclaimed mandolin player Chris Thile, perform. SFJazz presents the concert. [7 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]


Prize-winner:  American Bach Soloists’ concert features works by Bach, Handel and Vivaldi and violinist Johanna Novom, winner of the 2008 Young Artists Competition. [7  p.m., St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 1111 O’Farrell St., S.F.]


Activist talk: Activist Nathan Thornton, a veteran of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade (fighting Franco in the Spanish Civil War), speaks. The Freedom Socialist Party hosts the talk. [1 p.m., New Valencia Hall, 625 Larkin St., S.F.]


Solo artists: “City Solo” features solo artists performing excerpts from full-length shows. Thao P. Nguyen, Enzo Lombard, Caitlin Gill and Sarita Ocon take the stage in April. [7 p.m., Off-Market Theaters, 965 Mission St., S.F.]


Chamber music: The Viviana Guzman Trio, featuring flute with classical and flamenco guitars, performs. [4:30 to 7:30 p.m., Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society, Douglas Beach House, Miramar Beach, 311 Mirada Road, Half Moon Bay]


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