Good Sunday: June 13, 2010 

SOMETHING TO READ
The Glorious World Cup: A Fanatic’s Guide

By Alan Black and David Henry Sterry ($12)
In a fun and funny volume, Black — proprietor of the San Francisco pub Edinburgh Castle — and his co-writer break down the world’s biggest sports contest — divas and divers, winners and whiners, myths and madness.

BRUNCH
Balboa Cafe:
Chef Jose Lemus’ brunch menu contains appetizers and breakfast, egg and lunch items. Recent selections include buttermilk pancakes with bananas and toasted pecans; French toast with caramelized apples and pears; huevos rancheros with black beans, jack cheese and salsa; and Dungeness-crab cakes with avocado-jalapeño sauce and micro greens. [9 a.m. to 3 p.m., 3199 Fillmore St., S.F., (415) 921-3944]

LEND A HAND
San Francisco Free Folk Festival:
Volunteers are needed to help with greeting, raffle sales, instrument checks and the crafts-club table. [Noon to 4 p.m., Presidio Middle School, 450 30th Ave., S.F., www.onebrick.org]

GET OUTSIDE

Festivals
Haight love:
The Haight Ashbury Street Fair celebrates the history and spirit of an incomparable neighborhood. Festivities include music, food and crafts. [11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Haight Street from Stanyan Street to Masonic Avenue, S.F.]

Parks and gardens
Band festival: The Golden Gate Park Band presents day two of “Let’s Do It Again in 2010,” its weekend band festival. Eleven bands are on the slate. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Music Concourse, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Botany bites: The Conservatory of Flowers presents “Chomp 2! Return of the Carnivorous Plants.” Meat-eating plants are on display. [10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Sonic concert: “Phantom Power,” a site-specific concert, features potential and vanished soundscapes superimposed over an existing sonicsape, in Yerba Buena Gardens. [7 to 9 p.m., Mission Street between Third and Fourth streets, S.F.]

Sports and recreation
Kayak ride:
City Kayak hosts a “Beginner Kayaking” ride — an easy, scenic ride in shallow waters. [10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., City Kayak, South Beach Harbor, Embarcadero at Townsend Street, S.F., info/RSVP: www.citykayak.com]

Architecture
Stately mansions:
The Victorian Home Walk offers the chance to see 200 meticulously restored Victorian homes and learn about different types of architecture. [11 a.m., meet at Union Square, Powell and Post streets, S.F.]

Local history
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.]

Visual arts
Mission murals:
Precita Eyes hosts “Mission Trail Mural Walks.” The 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.]


AROUND TOWN

Museums
Mexican fantasies:
The Mexican Museum presents “Fantastic Creatures in Mexican Art and Myth,” a centuries-spanning exhibit of art from the museum’s collection. [Noon to 4 p.m., Building D, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Music
‘Ring’ master:
The San Francisco Opera presents “Die Walkure,” the second installment of Wagner’s “Ring” cycle. [1 p.m., War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Indie band: Real Estate, a psychedelic-pop band with New Jersey roots, performs at the Independent. [8 p.m., 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

Cabaret
Russian dressing:
Countess Katya Smirnoff-Skyy, aka actor and drag artist J. Conrad Frank, presents “Katya ... A One Night Stand,” an evening of song, story and vodka. [7 p.m., Eureka Theatre, 215 Jackson St., S.F.]

Dance
Women’s showcase:
The National Queer Arts Festival presents a female dance showcase, “Garage All-Stars 2.” Featured choreographers include Anne Bluethenthal and Shaunna Vella. [8 p.m., the Garage, 975 Howard St., S.F.]

Literary events
Full Cup:
Writer and soccer fan Steven Stark talks about his new book, “World Cup 2010: The Indispensable Guide.” [7:30 p.m., Green Apple Books, 506 Clement St., S.F.]

Theater
Solo acts:
“City Solo” features solo artists performing excerpts from full-length shows. Janine Brito, Martha Rynberg, Julia Jackson and Thao P. Nguyen take the stage. [7 p.m., Off-Market Theaters, 965 Mission St., S.F.]

Comedy: Palo Alto Players presents “Jewtopia,” Bryan Fogel and Sam Wolfson’s comic stage show about two guys helping each other find the perfect Jewish girl. [2:30 p.m., Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto]


Exhibitions
Crystal fair:
The “Summer in San Francisco Crystal Fair” features crystals, minerals, beads and jewelry. More than 40 international vendors take part. [10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Conference Center, Building A, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

GAME OF THE DAY
Baseball
A’s at Giants

1:05 p.m., CSN Bay Area and CSN California
Both Bay Area squads will be searching for a win and bragging rights at AT&T Park in the teams’ final meeting of the year.

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS
Soccer: World Cup action continues with a matchup between Germany and Australia highlighting the day. [11:30 a.m., Durban, South Africa, ABC (KGO, Ch. 7)]
NASCAR: The Sprint Cup series heads to Michigan for the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400. [10 a.m., Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, Mich., TNT]

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