Good Sunday for Feb. 7, 2010 

Bubble Gum and Hula Hoops
By Harry Oliver ($12.95)
In the compact volume subtitled “The Origins of Objects in Our Everyday Lives,” the London-based writer tells unexpected stories about how common items — from safety pins to dental floss — came into use.

Fior d’Italia: Chef Gianni Audieri cooks traditional Italian cuisine, and his brunch menu features egg and breakfast dishes. Recent selections include French toast with cinnamon, raisin and maple syrup; omelet with salami, onions and peppers; polenta with mozzarella and tomato; poached eggs with prosciutto and spinach; and fresh fruit. [10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; 2237 Mason St., S.F.; (415) 986-1886]

Surfrider Foundation: Volunteers are needed to help clean up Ocean Beach. [10 a.m. to noon; details at]

San Francisco Food Bank: Volunteers are needed to sort, inspect and repackage food. [9 a.m. to noon, 900 Pennsylvania Ave., S.F.; RSVP:]

New Year flora: The Chinese New Year Flower Fair — flora, fruit, food and arts — takes place in Chinatown. [9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Grant Avenue from Clay Street to Broadway, and Pacific Avenue between Stockton and Kearny streets, S.F.]

Bird walk: The San Francisco Botanical Garden and the Golden Gate Audubon Society host a first-Sunday bird walk. [8 a.m., SFBG, Golden Gate Park, S.F.; register:]

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.]

Local history
Flower power: Foot Tours presents “Flashback: Summer of Love, Winter of Discontent,” a Haight-Ashbury tour exploring the rise and fall of the hippie culture. [1 p.m.; meet at Haight and Cole streets; RSVP:]

Old town: San Francisco City Guides hosts a “Gold Rush City” tour. Topics include San Francisco’s Vigilance Committee, Emperor Norton and the original 49ers. [2 p.m.; meet at Transamerica Pyramid, Clay and Montgomery streets, S.F.]

U.S. history
Black soldiers: Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy hosts a tour titled “Buffalo Soldiers in a ‘Jim Crow’ Army.” The African-American 9th Cavalry is the focus. [2 p.m.; meet at Lyon and Lombard streets, S.F.; RSVP: (415) 561-4323]

Visual art
Mission murals: Precita Eyes hosts “Mission Trail Mural Walks.” Tours feature dozens of murals in the Mission district’s Precita Park area. [11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.; meet at Precita Eyes Mural Arts and Visitors Center, 2981 24th St., S.F.]

Waterfront events
Wharf walk: The National Park Service presents its Historic Waterfront Walking Tour. Sites include Aquatic Park, the Cannery, Hyde Street Pier and Fish Alley. [10:30 a.m.; meet at Argonaut Hotel lobby, 495 Jefferson St., S.F.]


Lunar New Year: The Asian Art Museum hosts a Year of the Tiger celebration with Chinese music and dance, hands-on projects, a reading and more. Today is Target First Free Sunday. [Noon to 4 p.m., 200 Larkin St., S.F.]

Black sailors: The National Park Service hosts “Black Americans at Sea,” a talk by a maritime ranger about the lives of African-American seamen during the Age of Sail. [3 p.m., Sailor’s Den, Visitor Center, 499 Jefferson St., S.F.]

Solo dance: Back by popular demand, dance and performance artist Monique Jenkinson (aka Fauxnique), presents a reworked version of “Luxury Items,” her solo piece. [8 p.m., CounterPULSE, 1310 Mission St., S.F.]

Screen gem: “Gone With the Wind” screens, with a rare non-faded pre-1982 print, at the Castro Theatre. [2 and 7 p.m., 429 Castro St., S.F.]

Indie flicks: The 2010 San Francisco Independent Film Festival (IndieFest) presents “Bonecrusher,” “The Blood of Rebirth,” “Point Traverse” and other fare today. [2:45 to 11:15 p.m., Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., S.F.;]

Saltwater cinema: The San Francisco Ocean Film Festival features films about oceans, the life they contain and the cultures they inspire. Three shows take place today. [10 a.m., 1 and 4 p.m., Theatre 39, Pier 39, S.F.;]

Chamber music: The Zodiac Trio, a clarinet-violin-piano ensemble, performs music by Philip Glass, Ned Rorem, Paul Schoenfield, Peter Schickele and Andrew List. [4 p.m., Old First Presbyterian Church, 1751 Sacramento St., S.F.]

Print fair: Fine prints representing five centuries of art are for sale at the San Francisco Fine Print Fair. Eighteen select dealers take part. [11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Conference Center, Building A, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Asian arts: Eighty-five galleries show and sell fare at the Arts of Pacific Asia Show — Chinese porcelain, Japanese prints, Korean ceramics and other items. [11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, S.F.]

Celebrating Haydn: The New Esterhazy Quartet, a period-instrument and chamber-music ensemble, presents “Haydn Extras and Encores.” [4 p.m., All Saints Episcopal Church, 555 Waverly St., Palo Alto]


NFL: Super Bowl
Saints vs. Colts
3:25 p.m., CBS (KPIX, Ch. 5)
Two of the top quarterbacks in the NFL — the Colts’ Peyton Manning and the Saints’ Drew Brees — collide in Miami with the Vince Lombardi Trophy on the line.

College women’s basketball: Second-ranked Stanford hosts USC in Pac-10 Conference action. [1 p.m., Maples Pavilion, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area]

Golf: The final round of the Northern Trust Open wraps up. [11:30 a.m., Riveria Country Club, Los Angeles, NBC]

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