Good Weekend for Sunday, Feb. 29, 2010 

Around town

Fairs and festivals

Purim party:
The Jewish Community Center hosts “Purim Unmasked: An Off-Street Festival.” The carnival-like event features food, wine, music, crafts, henna art and face-painting. [11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 3200 California St., S.F.]

Old picture show:
The Balboa Theatre celebrates its 84th birthday with a re-creation of a night at the movies, 1926 style. Main attraction: Paul Leni’s “The Cat and the Canary.” [7 p.m., 3630 Balboa St., S.F.]


French music: Mandolin Serenade presents “Mandolini Graziosi,” a concert of French classical music. [4 p.m., Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St., S.F.]

Jazz trio: The Forman, Philpot & Covington Trio performs original compositions and reworkings of standards. [4:30 p.m., Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society, Douglas Beach House, 311 Mirada Rd., Half Moon Bay]


Black dance: The Black Choreographers Festival presents its “Next Wave Choreographers Showcase.” Featured dance artists include Antoine Hunter, Cat Willis and Jaime Wright. [7 p.m., Dance Mission, 3316 24th St., S.F.]

Literary events

Chocolate specialists: Michael Recchiuti and Fran Gage, authors of “Chocolate Obsession,” discuss the ins and outs of chocolate. [3 p.m., Omnivore Books on Food, 3885a Cesar Chavez St., S.F.]

City activities

Spring celebration: The Chinese Culture Center hosts its Spring Festival. The celebration features music and dance performances, exhibits, crafts, and puzzles. [11 a.m. to 4 p.m., 750 Kearny St., third floor, S.F.]

Historic bathhouse: The National Park Service hosts a guided tour of the renovated Aquatic Park Bathhouse building, an Art Deco-style structure featuring unique architecture and murals. [3 p.m., 900 Beach St., S.F.]

What to read

The Five Ancestors #7: Dragon

By Jeff Stone ($15.99)

The final book in the series of martial arts tales for young readers follows the exploits of orphan monk Long and his dragon-inspired kung fu style. Set in medieval China, the stories are providing the basis for two upcoming Nickelodeon movies; the author will be at Kepler’s in Menlo Park at 7 p.m. Monday.

Lend a hand


San Francisco Zoo: A volunteer orientation takes place for youths in the 14-to-17 age range. [1 p.m., meet at Lurie Education Center, 1 Zoo Road, S.F.]
Rebuilding Together: Volunteers are needed to sort construction supplies. [1 to 5 p.m., Rebuilding Together Peninsula Warehouse site 1, 841 Kaynyne St., Redwood City]

Get outside

Bird walk: Zoo naturalist David Schmidt leads a hike to see snowy plovers. [Noon to 4 p.m.; meet at corner of Sloat Boulevard and the Great Highway, S.F.; RSVP:]
Chinatown fair: The Chinatown Community Street Fair celebrates the lunar new year. Festivities include music, dance, acrobatic, and puppetry. [9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Grant Avenue from California Street to Pacific Avenue and thereabouts]
Holiday flora: The Conservatory of Flowers presents its lunar new year floral display. The show features examples of penjing (elaborate miniature plant landscapes), plus seasonal blooms. [9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]
Scenic paddling: City Kayak hosts its “Full Moon Kayaking Trip,” a paddle ride along the waterfront at moonrise. [5 to 8 p.m., City Kayak, South Beach Harbor, Embarcadero at Townsend Street, S.F.; info/RSVP:]


Izzy’s Steaks and Chops: Steak-house and breakfast foods come together on chef Joe Kohn’s brunch menu. Selections include smoked-salmon Benedict with potatoes; stuffed brioche French toast with Grand Marnier cream cheese, strawberries and
maple syrup. [10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 3345 Steiner St., S.F.; (415) 563-0487]

Game of the Day

Closing ceremony
7 p.m., NBC (KNTV, Ch. 11)
After two weeks of intense competition and intriguing storylines, the Vancouver Olympics wind down with the closing ceremony.

The survivors of a rugged men’s hockey tournament square off for gold. [Noon, Canada Hockey Place, Vancouver, B.C., NBC (KNTV, Ch. 11)]

Auto racing: The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series takes its circuit to Sin City for the Shelby American. [11 a.m., Las Vegas, Fox (KTVU, Ch. 2)]

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