Oct. 5: Castro Street Fair and more 

click to enlarge Grace Towers and many other drag queens rallied on the steps of City Hall on Thursday to celebrate a change to Facebook’s real-name policy, which had required performers to use their legal names on the social-networking site. After facing an outcry over the policy, the company will allow performers to use “the authentic name they use in real life.” - MIKE KOOZMIN/S.F. EXAMINER
  • Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner
  • Grace Towers and many other drag queens rallied on the steps of City Hall on Thursday to celebrate a change to Facebook’s real-name policy, which had required performers to use their legal names on the social-networking site. After facing an outcry over the policy, the company will allow performers to use “the authentic name they use in real life.”

SOMETHING TO READ

Surf Craft: Design and the Culture of Board Riding By Richard Kenvin ($29.95)

The author of "Surf Craft," which traces the evolution of surfboards from handmade works of art to mass-produced fiberglass boards, appears at City Lights in The City on Tuesday.

VOLUNTEER

Beatles Choir: If you know "Hey Jude" by heart, the Beatles Choir needs volunteers for a monthly gathering that serenades the patients of Laguna Honda Hospital. [375 Laguna Honda Blvd., S.F.; www.citychurchsf.org/City-Hope-Home]

GET OUTSIDE

Peddling on the Peninsula: Cañada Road is closed between the Filoli estate entrance and state Highway 92 every Sunday for cyclists. [9 a.m. to 3 p.m., 86 Cañada Road, Woodside; (650)361-1785]

Valpo Fun Run: The second annual Valpo Fun Run 5K is raising money for the Peninsula Bridge Program, an academic summer program for at-risk youths. [9:30 a.m., Sacred Heart Prep, 150 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton]

Castro Street Fair: The 41st annual Castro Street Fair features live music, DJs, drag queens and more on five stages, as well as food, vendors, arts and more. [11 a.m.-6 p.m., Castro Street between 16th and 19th streets, S.F.; www.castrostreetfair.org]

Band performance: The Golden Gate Park Band is performing its penultimate show of the season with classic concert band tunes. [1 p.m., Music Concourse, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

MUSIC

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass: Check out festival mainstay Emmylou Harris (5:45 p.m. at the Banjo Stage) and other artists on the last day of the free music celebration. [11 a.m.-7 p.m., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Classic rock: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers join forces with Steve Winwood for a night of AM-radio-ready rock 'n' roll. [7:30 p.m., SAP Center, 525 W. Santa Clara St., San Jose]

Rock show: Bombay Bicycle Club play music from their latest album, "So Long, See You Tomorrow," and more. Milo Greene and Luxley open the show. [8 p.m., Warfield, 982 Market St., S.F.]

Fresh sound: Mmm-mmm, Leftover Salmon! The rootsy rock band from Boulder, Colo., is bringing its bluegrass to The City. [9 p.m., Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

MUSEUMS

Art appreciation: Admission is free at the Asian Art Museum for the first Sunday of the month. Today is the Filipino American History Month Celebration, featuring music, martial arts, food and more. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 200 Larkin St., S.F.]

FILM

Pirate Night: There are no parrots in Roxie Theater's Pirate Night, which features two films about Somali pirates: the experimental documentary "The Last Hijack" (7 p.m.) and the drama film "Fishing Without Nets." (9 p.m.). [Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., S.F.]

Presidio party: The Presidio Officer's Club concludes its two-celebration of its grand reopening with live music, food and more. [10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., 50 Moraga Ave., Presidio, S.F.]

BRUNCH

Chambers: The restaurant at the trendy Phoenix Hotel is featuring unique brunch dishes such as Hangover Hash (made with dry-aged pastrami) and a Japanese-style "tamago" omelet. Sweet dishes include a souffle pancake and spiced French toast. [10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 601 Eddy St., S.F.]

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