Good Sunday: July 11, 2010 


If You Follow Me

By Malena Watrous ($14.99)

The San Francisco writer’s debut novel, loosely based on her own expreriences, is a dark comedy about an American who goes to rural  Japan to teach English in an attempt to rebuild after her father’s suicide.


Iluna Basque: Chef Mattin Noblia welcomes diners to a Spain vs. Netherlands World Cup viewing party, with an all-you-can-eat buffet available for $15. The food will be a big spread of Spanish and French fare — paella, tortillas, salads, croquettes and lots more. Reservations (at Open Table) are suggested. [11 a.m. to about 1:30 p.m., 701 Union St.; (415) 402-0011]


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



Car-free streets: “Sunday Streets,” featuring car-free space where people can have healthy fun in San Francisco neighborhoods, returns to the Mission District. Activity hubs include Garfield Square. [10 a.m. to 3 p.m.,]

Parks and gardens

Symphony in the Grove: The San Francisco Symphony performs in Stern Grove. Featured composers include Copland, Gershwin and Beethoven. [2 p.m., Sigmund Stern Grove, Sloat Boulevard and 19th Avenue, S.F.]

Outdoor theater: The San Francisco Mime Troupe presents its 2010 summer park show, “Posibilidad.” Politics in the workplace is the topic of the satirical song and tango. [2 p.m., Peacock Meadow, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Park band: The Golden Gate Park Band presents its Sunday concert. This week’s event: “Bastille Day Program of French Music.” [1 p.m., Spreckles Temple of Music, Music Concourse, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

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

Asian festivities: Target Family Days presents an Asian-themed celebration, with lion dancing, wok cooking, Chinese-style art making, kung fu and lots more. [11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City]

Jewish music: The Jewish Music Festival celebrates its silver anniversary with an afternoon of music and family attractions in Yerba Buena Gardens. [Noon to 5 p.m., Mission Street between Third and Fourth streets, S.F.]



World premiere: The Contemporary Jewish Museum presents Dan Plonsey’s “Bar Mitzvah,” a music-theater work that asks what it means to become an adult in today’s world. [1 and 4 p.m., 736 Mission St., S.F.]

Loving couples: Walking Elephant Theatre Company presents “Prop 8 Love Stories.” Actors, ages 10 to 17, play couples (some gay, same straight) whom they talked to about love and discrimination. [8 p.m., Northside Theater, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Literary events

Lit and labor: LaborFest 2010 presents “California Working Class Divas,” a program of readings hosted by activist and poet Alice Rogoff. [5 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]


Ska band: The New Jersey ska band Streetlight Manifesto brings its “Ship of Fools” tour to San Francisco. The group is promoting its latest release, “ 99 Songs of the Revolution, Vol. 1.” [7:30 p.m., Slim’s, 333 11th St., S.F.]


Dance theater: Dark Porch Theatre presents “Comedy Ballet,” an unconventional dance-theater work that unfolds under the aegis of two paintings by Mikhail Poloskin. [3 p.m., The Garage, 975 Howard St., S.F.]


Hilarity happens: The “LOL SF” festival features funny films chosen by comedians. “Duck Soup,” “Groundhog Day” and a panel discussion are on the bill today. [2 to 10 p.m., Vogue Theatre, 3290 Sacramento St., S.F.]

Indie horror: The Another Hole in the Head Film Festival features indie-horror and grind-house fare. Today’s bill includes Takashi Miike’s “Yatterman.” [5 to 11 p.m., Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., S.F.;]


World Cup final

Spain vs. Netherlands

11:30 a.m., ESPN

Spain and the Netherlands each seek their first title in the World Cup final at Soccer City, South Africa.


Giants vs. Nationals: The Giants rookie Madison Bumgarner takes on former San Francisco pitcher Livan Hernandez. [10:35 a.m., Nationals Park, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area]

A’s vs. Angels: The A’s take on the division rival Angels at home. [1:05 p.m., Oakland Coliseum, Comcast SportsNet California]

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