Good Sunday: May 16, 2010 

What to read

The Girl Who Fell From the Sky

By Heidi W. Durrow (22.95)

The novel, winner of the Bellwether Prize recognizing fiction that addresses social issues, is a 1980s-set coming-of-age story of the daughter of a white Danish immigrant and a black GI. Having survived a tragic accident, the girl is sent to live with her black grandmother in a strange city, where she grapples with race and identity.

Golden Gate National Parks Volunteer Program: Volunteers are needed to help enhance native-plant habitats and create wildlife corridors in the Presidio of San Francisco. [9 a.m. to noon; RSVP:]

Literary events

French writers: Visiting French authors Philippe Djian, Veronique Ovalde, Boualem Sansal and Jean Rolin read from their work. [5 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]


Food history: The San Francisco Museum and Historical Society presents “From Earth to 5-Star.” [Noon to 5 p.m., Old Mint, 88 Fifth St., S.F.]


Solo acts: “City Solo” features solo artists performing excerpts from full shows. Monica Bhatnagar, Susan Ito, Sarah Weidman and Nicole Maxali take the stage in May. [7 p.m., Off-Market Theaters, 965 Mission St., S.F.]


B-noir flicks: “I Still Wake Up Dreaming,” a film festival of rare B-noir, continues. Maxwell Shane’s “Nightmare” and William Castle’s “The Mark of the Whistler” screen today. [Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., S.F.;]


Photographer tour: Photographer and cinematographer Douglas Gayeton leads a tour of his works at Museo Italo Americano. [2 p.m., Museo Building C, Fort Mason Center, S.F.; RSVP: (415) 673-2200]

Celebrating immigrants: The San Mateo County History Museum hosts its annual Immigrants Day Festival. [Noon to 5 p.m., Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City]


Art and nature: “Presidio Habitats” opens with festivities. The exhibit features imaginative habitat structures created along trails and roads to serve Presidio animal “clients.” [Noon to 4 p.m., Fort Scott, Presidio of S.F.]

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

Jazz band: The San Francisco Bourbon Kings perform in Union Square. New Orleans jazz is the band’s specialty. [2 to 4 p.m., Post and Powell streets, S.F.]

Park band: The Golden Gate Park Band performs “A Program of Great Concert Band Music.” [1 p.m., Spreckles Temple of Music, Music Concourse, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

City activities

Jazz singer: Jazz vocalist Sheila Jordan performs a concert, joined by pianist Steve Kuhn. SFJazz presents the evening. [7 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Forum, 701 Mission St., S.F.]

Pop-punk band: Set Your Goals performs at Slim’s. The locally based pop-punk band plays music inspired by 1990s skate punk and melodic hardcore. [7 p.m., 333 11th St., S.F.]

Youth orchestra: The San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra performs works by John Adams, Vaughan Williams, Donato Cabrera and Tchaikovsky. [2 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]


Nombe Restaurant: Chef Nick Balla’s brunch menu includes a “Japanese Breakfast,” which contains broiled black cod, Onsen tamago, miso soup with vegetables, Koshihikari rice with wild nori, pickled vegetables, house umeboshi, marinated konbu and sencha tea. A vegetarian version is available. Recommended libation is a Bloody Mary. [11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 2491 Mission St., S.F.; (415) 681-7150]

Game of the day


Tour of California, Stage 1

2 p.m., Versus

The Amgen Tour of California, featuring Lance Armstrong and three-time defending champ Levi Leipheimer, kicks off with the first stage from Nevada City to Sacramento.


Baseball: The Giants close out a three-game series with the visiting Houston Astros. [1:05 p.m., AT&T Park, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area]

Auto racing: The NASCAR Sprint Cup series heads east for the Autism Speaks 400. [9 a.m., Dover International Speedway, Dover, Del., Fox (KTVU, Ch. 2)]


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