Good Sunday: May 2, 2010 


Men and Dogs

By Katie Crouch ($23.99)

The San Francisco writer, author of the best-selling debut “Girls in Trucks,” follows with a sophomore novel about love, loyalty, family and a prodigal daughter’s return home from a life in San Francisco to Charleston, S.C.


Izzy’s Steaks and Chops: Steak-house and breakfast foods come together on chef Joe Kohn’s brunch menu. Selections include chilaquiles (fried tortilla, pulled chicken, scrambled eggs, cheese and salsa); chicken-fried steak and waffles, Belgian style, with country gravy; and stuffed brioche French toast, with Grand Marnier cream cheese, strawberries and maple syrup. [10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 3345 Steiner St., S.F.; 563-0487]


New Living Expo: Volunteers are needed to perform door-monitoring and admissions tasks. [1 to 5 p.m., Concourse Exhibition Center, 635 Eighth St., S.F.; RSVP:]

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



Polish culture: The 2010 Polish Festival features Polish folk dancing, crafts, music, food, beer, books and CDs. The Polish American Congress presents the celebration. [11 a.m. to 5 p.m., County Fair Building, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Bike ride: Friends of the Urban Forest presents a bike tour of Presidio natural areas. [11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; meet at playground on south side of Mountain Lake, Presidio of S.F.; details/RSVP:]

Sports and recreation

Triple challenge: Escape From Alcatraz Triathlon features top athletes vying in a 1.5-mile swim, an 18-hill bike ride, and an eight-mile run. Spectators can enjoy a fitness festival. [7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Marina Green, Scott Street and Marina Boulevard, S.F.]

Baseball game: The San Francisco Giants play the Colorado Rockies. Gift offer: a batting helmet for the first 7,500 fans, aged 14 and younger, arriving at the ballpark. [1:05 p.m., AT&T Park, 24 Willie Mays Plaza, S.F.]

Family kayak ride: City Kayak hosts “Family Kayaking in San Francisco,” a paddling trip in calm waters. [3 to 5:30 p.m., City Kayak, South Beach Harbor, Embarcadero at Townsend Street, S.F.; RSVP:]

Maritime events

Chinese heritage: The National Park Service hosts a ship tour focusing on Chinese cannery workers who sailed from San Francisco to Alaska for the salmon runs. [3 p.m., Balclutha, Hyde Street Pier, north end of Hyde street, S.F.]

Neighborhood focus

North Beach: S.F. City Guides presents its “North Beach by Night” tour. The neighborhood’s intersection of Italian and bohemian cultures is the focus. [7 p.m.; meet at Specs Cafe, 12 Saroyan Place (just off Columbus Avenue), S.F.]

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, S.F.; RSVP:]

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.]



Nordic exposure: The 2010 Norway Day Festival continues. Look for Norwegian art, vendors, food and entertainment, plus kids’ activities. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]


Classic ballet: San Francisco Ballet presents “Program 8” the return of Helgi Tomasson’s full-length “Romeo & Juliet,” set to music by Prokofiev. [2 p.m., War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Afro-Cuban troupe: The CubaCaribe Festival of Dance and Music closes with an appearance by Alayo Dance Company. Afro-Cuban modern dance is the troupe’s specialty. [7 p.m., Dance Mission Theater, 3316 24th St., S.F.]

Arts-space benefit: CounterPULSE hosts a “Dance Extravaganza” fundraiser. Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, Joe Goode Performance Group, Robert Moses’ Kin and others perform. [8 p.m., 1310 Mission St., S.F.]


Organ concert: Cameron Carpenter gives a recital. The Grammy-nominated organist mixes musicianship with showmanship and plays both traditional and popular music. [6 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Jazz and R&B: Raul Midon performs a concert, presented by SFJazz. Midon is known for his distinctive soaring vocals and rapid-fire, flamenco-inspired guitar playing. [7 p.m., Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon St., S.F.]

In key: The Community Music Center presents its Keyboard Marathon. Faculty and guest artists play works by Chopin and Schumann in celebration of the bicentennial of the composers’ births. [3 p.m., CMC, 544 Capp St., S.F.]


World cinema: The San Francisco International Film Festival screens “Lourdes,” “I Am Love,” “Pianomania,” “Lebanon” and Visconti’s “Senso,” among other films, today. [12:15 p.m. onward, various sites;]


Jazz group: Billy Child’s Jazz Chamber Ensemble performs. Pianist-composer Child received two Grammies in 2006. [4:30 p.m., Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society, Douglas Beach House, 311 Mirada Road, Half Moon Bay]



Rockies at Giants

1:05 p.m., Comcast SportsNet Bay Area

Pablo Sandoval and the Giants look to close out their three-game series against the Colorado Rockies with a victory at AT&T Park.


Baseball: The A’s finish off a four-game set with the Toronto Blue Jays. [10 a.m., Rogers Centre, Toronto, Comcast SportsNet California]

Golf: Tiger Woods is part of the field for the final round of the Quail Hollow Championship. [Noon, Charlotte, N.C., CBS (KPIX, Ch. 5)]

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