Good Sunday: May 23, 2010 


The Invisible Bridge
By Julie Orringer ($26.95)
The debut novel from the writer of the acclaimed short-story collection “How to Breathe Underwater” tells a Holocaust-era tale set in Paris and Budapest about torn-apart families and lovers caught in the perils of history.


Epic Roasthouse:
Chef Jan Birnbaum’s brunch menu contains egg, breakfast and steakhouse dishes. Selections include strawberry ricotta pancakes with strawberry mint butter and balsamic glaze; roast-beef hash with poached eggs and horseradish cream; almond-polenta waffle with Seville orange marmalade; New York steak and poached eggs; and asparagus omelet with rock-shrimp Bearnaise. [11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; 369 Embarcadero, S.F. (415) 369-9955]


AIDS Emergency Fund:
Volunteers are needed to help with setup, decorations, balloons, signs, barricades and cleanup at the Castro County Fair. [8 to 11 a.m., Armory, 15th and Mission streets, S.F.; RSVP:]

Dolores Park Works: Volunteers are needed to pick up litter, remove graffiti and spruce up gateways in Dolores Park. [10 a.m. to noon; meet at Mexican Liberty Bell, 19th and Dolores streets, S.F.; RSVP:]

Kara’s Summer Celebration:
Fundraising event needs volunteers to set up auction, registration and ballroom areas. [9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Hotel Sofitel, Redwood Shores, 223 Twin Dolphin Drive, Redwood City; RSVP:]



Little trees: The Bonsai Society of San Francisco presents its 50th-anniversary event. Look for bonsai displays, tree-potting demos, a bonsai clinic and more. [10 a.m. to 4 p.m., County Fair Building, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Park band: The Golden Gate Park Band presents an Armenian-American Day concert, with Armenian music, costumes and dancing. [1 p.m., Spreckles Temple of Music, Music Concourse, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Design fair:
The Capsule SF Design Festival features 130 independent clothing and accessories designers, paper makers, jewelry creators and others in Hayes Valley. [11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Hayes and Octavia streets, S.F.]

Car-free streets: “Sunday Streets,” featuring car-free space where people can have healthy fun in San Francisco neighborhoods, returns to the Bayview District. A Bayview festival is on the bill. [10 a.m. to 3 p.m.;]

Bicycle events
Presidio ride:
Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy hosts “Pedaling the Presidio,” a bike tour exploring the Presidio’s history and scenery. [1 to 3 p.m.; meet at Crissy Field Center, 1199 East Beach, Presidio of S.F.; RSVP: (415) 561-4323]

New bike lanes: The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition hosts its “New Network Route Ride: Diagonal San Francisco.” The relaxed bike ride visits some of the newest bike lanes in town. [3 p.m.; meet at Illinois and Third streets. S.F.]

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


Indie-rock and dark-folk singer-songwriter Emily Jane White performs at Cafe Du Nord. “Victorian America” is her new album. [8 p.m., 2170 Market St., S.F.]

Romani music: The San Francisco International Arts Festival presents a Voice of Roma concert of Romani music. Rumen Shopov and the Brass Liberation Orchestra perform. [8 p.m., Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center, S.F.]

Chamber-music gala: Noe Valley Chamber Music presents its Gala Finale and Silent Auction. Tenor Thomas Glenn and pianist-composer Jack Perla perform. [4 p.m., Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St., S.F.]

Literary events

Author appearance: Alice Rothchild talks about “Broken Promises, Broken Dreams: Stories of Jewish and Palestinian Trauma and Resilience.” [3 p.m., Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia St., S.F.]

Cookbook talk: Chef, chocolate connoisseur and cookbook author Barbara Passino talks about “Chocolate for Breakfast.” [3 p.m., Omnivore Books on Food, 3885a Cesar Chavez St., S.F.]


Bead show:
More than 150 exhibitors take part in the San Francisco Bead and Design Show. Fare includes beads, jewelry, precious stones, clothing and metalwork. [10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Hotel Whitcomb, 1231 Market St., S.F.]


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


Giants at A’s:
The Giants and A’s close out their three-game Bay Bridge Series from the Oakland Coliseum. [1:05 p.m., CSN Bay Area and CSN California]

Cycling: The eight-stage Amgen Tour of California concludes in Southern California. [3:30 p.m., Thousand Oaks, Versus]

Tennis: Early-round action kicks off at the French Open. [9 a.m., Paris, ESPN2]

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