May 19: Banjo virtuoso Bela Fleck and other San Francisco events 

Banjo virtuoso Bela Fleck performs a solo recital at the SFJAZZ Center this Sunday. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • Banjo virtuoso Bela Fleck performs a solo recital at the SFJAZZ Center this Sunday.

San Francisco events for May 19, 2013.


The World’s Strongest Librarian
By Josh Hanagarne ($26)
This touching memoir documents the struggles of a 6-foot-7 librarian with Tourettes who breaks with Mormonism and finds solace in weightlifting.


San Francisco Zoo: Adults interested in working with animals and educating people about conservation are invited to a volunteer orientation. [11 a.m.; meet at bronze tiger statue, Entry Village Circle, 1 Zoo Road, S.F.]


Sports and recreation

  • Big run: Serious athletics and wacky spirit share the spotlight on Bay to Breakers day. Live music and other attractions accompany the cross-city run. [7 a.m. to noon; starts at 300 Howard St. and ends in Golden Gate Park, S.F.;]


  • Park band: The Golden Gate Park Band presents its weekly concert. Today’s scheduled program includes “Great Movie Marches” and more. [1 p.m., Music Concourse, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]
  • Drum and dance: Bu Falle, an ensemble that teaches schoolkids about traditional African songs, drums, rhythms and movement, presents a performance in Union Square. [2 p.m., 333 Post St., S.F.]
  • ‘Patriotism and Prejudice’: The tour tells the poignantly ironic story of Japanese-American soldiers who were trained to fight Japan while their families were interned. [1 p.m.; meet at 215 Lincoln Blvd., Presidio of S.F.; RSVP: (415) 561-4323]



  • Banjo maestreo: Banjo virtuoso Bela Fleck performs a solo recital. Fleck has made jazz, pop, country, classical and folk music with his instrument over the course of his career. [7:30 p.m., SFJAZZ Center, 201 Franklin St., S.F.]
  • Rock and hip hop: Flobots bring their spring tour to The City. “The Circle in the Square” is the alternative-rock and hip-hop group’s latest release. [7:30 p.m., Café Du Nord, 2170 Market St., S.F.]

Fairs and festivals

  • Making it: The Maker Faire celebrates the do-it-yourself experience and the joy of tinkering. Festivities include exhibits, presentations and workshops. [10 a.m. to 6 p.m., San Mateo County Event Center, 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo]


Literary arts

  • Playwright memoir: Playwright-activist Eve Ensler, best known for “The Vagina Monologues,” talks about her memoir, “In the Body of the World.” [8 p.m., Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto]
  • Book awards: The Northern California Book Awards honor authors of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and other forms. A book-signing session and reception follow the awards ceremony. [1 p.m., Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]
  • Novelist appearance: Jenny Milchman reads from her debut novel “Cover of Snow,” a thriller. [4 p.m., Green Apple Books, 506 Clement St., S.F.]


  • Stand-up show: Comedian-actor Jay Mohr, seen on “Saturday Night Live,” “Ghost Whisperer” and “Gary Unmarried,” performs. [7:30 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]


  • Botany for families: The San Francisco Botanical Garden hosts a “Funday” event for ages 3 to 10. Activities include a story session, crafts and a garden walk. [10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., 1199 Ninth Ave., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]


  • Film noir: “I Wake Up Dreaming 2013,” a series of classic and obscure film noir, presents “Autumn Leaves” (1956) at 3:15 and 7:30 p.m. and “Female on the Beach” (1955) at 1:15, 5:30 and 9:30 p.m. Both feature Joan Crawford. [Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., S.F.;]


  • MoMo’s: Chef Damon Hall cooks American and San Francisco fare, with small plates, salads, breakfast standards, pizzas and sandwiches are available for brunch. The huevos rancheros are recommended. The dish includes eggs, chorizo, refried beans, pepper jack, crisp tortilla and tomatillo sauce. [10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 760 Second St., S.F.; (415) 227-8660]

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