May 3: SF Comics Fest, New Kids on the Block and more 

click to enlarge A dog runs down the steps at Lincoln Park, which recently underwent a makeover. - MIKE KOOZMIN/THE S.F. EXAMINER
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  • A dog runs down the steps at Lincoln Park, which recently underwent a makeover.


Big Gay Ice Cream: Saucy Stories & Frozen Treats By Bryan Petroff and Douglas Quint ($25) The co-owners of New York's Big Gay Ice Cream, which is opening its first West Coast location in Los Angeles this year, are speaking at 4 p.m. today at Omnivore Books on Food.


National Park Service: San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park is offering free training for people interested in becoming docents. [Training today, Wednesday, and May 17; RSVP required at (415) 561-7174 or by emailing]


Arguello: Traci Des Jardins' restaurant in the Presidio offers Mexican-influenced brunch fare such as a chorizo-and-egg burrito, banana pancakes with caramel crema, and huevos rancheros. [11 a.m.-4 p.m., 50 Moraga Ave., Presidio, S.F.; (415) 561-3650,]


Art fest: The 19th annual A La Carte & Art Festival features live music, fine arts, classic cars, a fun zone for children and more. [10 a.m.-6 p.m., Castro Street between Church Street and Evelyn Avenue, Mountain View;]

Run for it: The 10th annual Big Bear Run, a 5-kilometer run/walk, is raising funds for Menlo-Atherton High School's athletic programs. [9 a.m., Menlo-Atherton High School, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton;]

Music on the streets: The Stern Grove Festival is bringing reggae music by La Gente, Haitian dance and New Orleans music to the Tenderloin. [Noon-4 p.m., Boeddeker Park, 246 Eddy St., S.F.]

Plane crazy: Reflect on the Presidio's military history, including the former airfield at Crissy Field, by making toy biplanes. [[11 a.m.-4 p.m., Officers' Club, 50 Moraga Ave., Presidio, S.F.; RSVP requested at]


Flashback show: Boy band New Kids the Block, multiplatinum girl group TLC and rapper Nelly are headlining a concert dedicated to 1980s and 1990s pop. [7 p.m., SAP Center, 525 W. Santa Clara St., San Jose]

Metal night: Heavy-metal group Cavalera Conspiracy, which hails from Arizona, is headlining the exceptionally loud "Pandemonium Tour." [7 p.m., Regency Ballroom, 1290 Sutter St., S.F.]

Tomorrow's opera stars: Soprano Talya Lieberman and baritone Edward Nelson, both part of the Merola Opera Program for young singers, are performing works by Britten, Poulenc and more. [5:30 p.m., Temple Emanu-El, 2 Lake St., S.F.]


Mural tour: "Baile En La Calle" offers a new perspective of the Mission's murals, with dancers bringing selected murals to life through street dance performances. The event, held by the Brava Theatre Center, is free. [11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m., tours start at 24th and Florida streets, S.F.]


Big festival: The inaugural SF Comics Fest is springing into action with a talk by Omar Morales, whose 37-by-24-inch book "Cruzader" has been recognized by Guinness World Records as the world's largest comic book. [Noon, Mission Comics and Art, 3520 20th St., S.F.]

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