Good Sunday: May 30, 2010 

Saved by the Sea

By David Helvarg ($25.99)
The Bay Area-based writer’s memoir, subtitled “A Love Story with Fish,” tells the extrordinary story of his long career in environmental activism and journalism and his ongoing, visionary, all-consuming battle to save the oceans.  

Chef Annie Somerville’s highlighted brunch item is scrambled eggs with morel mushrooms. The seasonal dish also contains English peas, spring onions, Gruyere and chervil. It is served with grilled levain bread. [10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Fort Mason Center, Buchanan Street and Marina Boulevard, S.F.; (415) 771-6222]



Carnaval time: Latin American and Caribbean cultures set the tone at Carnaval San Francisco. The grand parade takes place today. [10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Harrison Street between 16th and 24th streets, S.F.; parade: 9:30 a.m., Bryant and 24th streets, S.F.]

Vietnamese dance:
Nguyen Dance Company performs in Union Square. A blend of contemporary and traditional Vietnamese dance is the multicultural troupe’s specialty. [Noon, Powell and Post streets, 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.]

Art and nature: The “Presidio Habitats” exhibit features habitat sculptures created along trails and roads for Presidio animal “clients.” Self-guided tour maps are available. [11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fort Scott, Presidio of S.F.]

Park band: The Golden Gate Park Band presents its Sunday concert. This week’s program: “Memorial Weekend Tribute.” [1 p.m., Spreckles Temple of Music, Music Concourse, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Sports and recreation
Kayak ride:
City Kayak hosts a “Beginning Kayak” 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:]

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, 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.; near Haight and Cole streets, S.F.; RSVP/details:]

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.]


Jazz and blues original:
Singer, songwriter and pianist Mose Allison performs a concert celebrating the release of “The Way of the World,” his new album. [7 and 9 p.m., Yoshi’s, 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Vocalist and big band: Kurt Elling teams up with the Count Basie Orchestra to celebrate the music that the famed big band crafted with Frank Sinatra in the 1960s. [7 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Harp concert: St. Mary’s Sunday concert series presents “A Celebration of Harps.” The Triskela harp trio and the Bay Area Youth Harp Ensemble perform. [3:30 p.m., St. Mary’s Cathedral, 1111 Gough St., S.F.]

Two troupes:
San Francisco’s Gretchen Garnett and Dancers and New York City’s Erica Essner Performance Co-Op make up a dance double bill. [2 p.m., Southside Theater, Building D, Fort Mason Center, S.F.]

LGBT theater:
Comic Marga Gomez presents “Marga Gomez Is Proud and Bothered,” her show about improper encounters that occurred during “one very long Pride Month.” [2 p.m., New Conservatory Theatre Center, 25 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Life before Dorothy: “Wicked” continues at the Orpheum Theatre. The hit musical tells the story of Oz’s two best-known witches in their early years. [2 and 7:30 p.m., 1192 Market St., S.F.]

Home design
Nice digs:
The San Francisco Decorator Showcase, benefiting University High School, continues through Memorial Day. A local mansion has become a premier design show house. [11 a.m. to 4 p.m., 3450 Washington St., S.F.]

Local comedians: It’s “S.F. Comedy Showcase” night at the Punch Line. Fifteen local comics take the stage. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Opera production: West Bay Opera presents “La Traviata,” a story of passionate, tragic love. Music is by Verdi. [2 p.m., Lucie Stern Community Theater, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto]


Diamondbacks at Giants

1:05 p.m., Comcast SportsNet Bay Area
The Giants look to close out their three-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks at AT&T Park with a win.

Auto racing: The Indianapolis 500, one of the biggest racing events of the year, takes center stage. [10 a.m., Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis, ABC (KGO, Ch. 7)]

Auto racing: The NASCAR Sprint Cup series hosts one of its longest races of the year in the Coca-Cola 600. [2 p.m., Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, N.C., Fox (KTVU, Ch. 2)]

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