Good Sunday Feb. 21. 2010 


A Community Organizer’s Tale
By Mike Miller ($21.95)
The book — both an exploration of history and primer on organizing — describes the rise and fall of San Francisco’s powerful grassroots Mission Coalition Organization; the author headed the group from 1968 to 1971.

Greens: “New and fun” is how chef Annie Somerville describes today’s featured brunch dish — poached eggs on grilled polenta. Additional ingredients include spicy tomato chickpea sauce, habanero-chili oil, marjoram and sage. [10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Fort Mason Center, S.F.; (415) 771-6222]

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

Golden Gate National Parks Volunteer Program: Volunteers are needed to help enhance native-plant habitats and create wildlife corridors in the Presidio. [9 a.m. to noon, Presidio of San Francisco; details/RSVP:]
Rebuilding Together: Volunteers are needed to sort construction supplies into buckets and bags. [1 to 5 p.m., Rebuilding Together Peninsula Warehouse site 1, 841 Kaynyne St. (parking lot on Charter Street), Redwood City]

Get Outside
Lunar New Year
Chinatown run: The Chinese Chamber of Commerce holds its Chinese New Year Run. The event benefits Chinatown YMCA youth programs. [8 a.m., Grant Avenue and Sacramento Street; details/RSVP:]

Zoo events: The San Francisco Zoo hosts Lunar New Year festivities. Events include dance and yo-yo performances and a “Zodiac Tour” (featuring animals on the Chinese calendar). [10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 1 Zoo Road, S.F.]

Holiday flora: The Conservatory of Flowers presents its Lunar New Year floral display. The show features examples of penjing (elaborate miniature plant landscapes), plus seasonal blooms. [9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Tulip celebration: Pier 39 presents “Tulipmania.” Flowers of every color combination, from Apricot Beauties to Texas Flames, are on view. Tours take place at 10 a.m. [10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Pier 39, S.F.]

Books and botany: The San Francisco Botanical Garden hosts its “Children’s Story Time and Family Walk,” designed for ages 4 to 8. February’s featured book: “Jacob’s Tree.” [10:30 a.m., SFBG, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Tea garden: Tour, hosted by San Francisco City Guides, explores Golden Gate Park’s Japanese Tea Garden, focusing on its icons and the family that lived there. [1 p.m.; meet at entrance to tea garden, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Local history
Nob Hill: Foot Tours presents “Hobnobbing With Gobs of Snobs,” a humorous tour that looks at the dirty money that helped build San Francisco’s Nob Hill area. [1 p.m.; details/RSVP:]

Sports and recreation
Scenic paddling: City Kayak hosts its “Downtown San Francisco Trip,” a kayak paddle ride along the waterfront. [Noon to 3 p.m., City Kayak, South Beach Harbor, Embarcadero at Townsend Street, S.F.; details/RSVP:]

Touareg band: SFJazz welcomes Tinariwen, a group of Touareg guitarists and percussionists whose music mixes North African traditions with western blues and psychedelic rock. [7 p.m., Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon St., S.F.]

New opera talent: The San Francisco Opera Center presents a Schwabacher Debut Recital, spotlighting emerging talent. Baritone Michael Sumuel performs. [5:30 p.m., Temple Emanu-El, 2 Lake St., S.F.]

Last day: The 2010 San Francisco Bluegrass & Old-Time Festival ends. Shows include “Fabulous Duos,” with Jeannie and Chuck, Keystone Crossing and the Courtney Janes. [1 p.m. onward, several venues;]

Wine arts
Wine-tasting fundraiser: The Word Up Wine Tasting is back. Proceeds benefit Friends of the San Francisco Public Library’s Neighborhood Library Campaign. [2 to 5 p.m., Conference Center, Building A, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Solo artists: “City Soulo” series welcomes Meldy Hernandez, Mary Van Note, Jawad Ali and Nicole Maxali. The four perform excerpts from their full-length solo shows. [7 p.m., Off-Market Theaters, 965 Mission St., S.F.]

Freedom ships: The National Park Service hosts “Maritime Routes of the Underground Railroad,” a talk about the use of ships as routes to freedom. [3 p.m., Sailor’s Den, Visitor Center, 499 Jefferson St., S.F.]

Black dance: The 2010 Black Choreographers Festival continues. Robert Henry Johnson, Corey Action, Reginald Savage and Raissa Simpson, among others, have the spotlight today. [7 p.m., Dance Mission, 3316 24th St., S.F.]

History And Community
Remembrance day: The detainment and incarceration of Japanese Americans during the war is the focus of “Day of Remembrance 2010.” Talks and performances take place. [2 p.m., Kabuki Cinemas, 1881 Post St., S.F.]

Free day: Admission to the de Young Museum and its King Tut show is free this weekend. Tut tickets (limit: four per adult) are available at the museum on a first-come, first-served basis. [9 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]
German opera: West Bay Opera presents Carl Maria von Weber’s “Der Freischutz,” the first major German Romantic opera. [2 p.m., Lucie Stern Community Theater, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto]

Olympic men’s hockey
USA vs. Canada
4 p.m., MSNBC
The young American squad will have its hands full against the favored Canadians in a huge hockey showdown that should draw big-time ratings.

Olympics: Prime-time coverage includes bobsledding, ice dancing, speedskating and freestyle skiing. [7 p.m., Vancouver, NBC (KNTV, Ch. 11)]

NASCAR: The Sprint Cup Series heads to Southern California for the Auto Club 500. [11 a.m., Fontana, Fox (KTVU, Ch. 2)]

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