Plenty of events around SF for the Labor Day weekend 

Something to read

Madness, Rack, and Honey
By Mary Ruefle ($25)
The accomplished poet is humorous and self-deprecating in  this collection of illuminating essays on poetry,
aesthetics and literature, originally presented as lectures to graduate students.

Lend a hand

Glide: The Free Meals Program needs volunteers to prepare the dining room, place food on trays, carry trays to guests and wipe down tables. [11:15 a.m. to 2 p.m., 330 Ellis St., S.F.; info/RSVP:]

Get outside

Fairs and Festivals

Art and wine: The Millbrae Art and Wine Festival features crafts, music, green products and food, wine and beer. More than 250 artisans take part. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Broadway between Victoria Avenue and Meadow Glen, Millbrae]

Parks  and gardens

Park band: The Golden Gate Park Band weekly concert features concert band music with guest bass-baritone John Minagro. [1 p.m., Music Concourse, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Musical satire: The San Francisco Mime Troupe’s 2012 summer-in-the-park show is the musical satire “For the Greater Good, or The Last Election.” [2 p.m., Dolores Park, 18th and Dolores streets, S.F.]

Birder field trip: The San Francisco Botanical Garden hosts “Birding at the Garden,” a docent-led bird-watching amble. [8 a.m., front gate, SFBG, 1199 Ninth Ave., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Around town


Greek festival: The Belmont Greek Festival holds its 2012 celebration, which offers Greek food, music, dancing and more. [Noon to 10 p.m., Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Cross, 900 Alameda de las Pulgas, Belmont]

Music and dance

Post-punk band: The Men, a post-punk band from Brooklyn, N.Y., performs songs from the follow-up to the album “Open Your Heart.” [9 p.m., the Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

Mexican indie rock: The Yerba Buena Gardens Festival presents “Mexico Day.” Liquits and the Play & Movil Project, two of Mexico’s most popular indie bands, perform. [1 to 3 p.m., Yerba Buena Gardens, 770 Mission St., S.F.]

Outdoor dance: Alleluia Panis Dance Theater, teaming with choreographer Jay Loyola, presents “Song of the Pala’uan Bird,” a Filipino-American dance with a story of courage. [2 to 4 p.m., Union Square, 333 Post St., S.F.]

Salon: Rawdance presents the 12th edition of its “Concept” series, an informal and intimate salon featuring veteran and emerging talent from the local dance world. [3 and 8 p.m., 66 Sanchez Studio,
66 Sanchez St., S.F.]


Bard in the park: The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival’s  2012 Free Shakespeare in the Park show is “Henry V.” [2 p.m., Presidio Main Post Parade Ground lawn, between Graham Street and Keyes Avenue, S.F.]


Stand-up show: KO Comedy presents a “Labor Day Comedy Bash.” Sammy Obeid, Kabir “Kabeezy” Singh and guest comics take the stage. [8 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]


Scala’s Bistro: Chef Jen Biesty’s brunch menu contains creative and classic egg and breakfast dishes. Selections include a fried-egg “Biestwich” with crispy bacon, avocado, pickled-vegetable aioli, arugula and a ciabatta bun; corned-beef hash with poached eggs, potatoes, red onion and stewed peppers; and regular and crab-cake versions of eggs Benedict. [10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., 432 Powell St., S.F.; (415) 395-8555]


Giants at Cubs
11:20 a.m., Comcast SportsNet Bay Area
Matt Cain takes the hill to cap off the Giants’ six-game road trip. The Giants will only face NL West foes from Monday

Other highlights

BASEBALL: The A’s look to gain ground in the American League wild-card race against the Boston Red Sox. [1:05 p.m., Oakland Coliseum, Comcast SportsNet California]

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