See chicks ‘Spring to Life’ at California Academy of Sciences 

Image of the week

New life:
Will Savill-Welch, 4, looks at two baby chickens at the Spring to Life exhibit at the California Academy of Sciences. The academy estimates that more than 100 eggs will be hatched by the time the exhibit ends May 1.

Something to read

The Company We Keep

By Dayna and Robert Baer ($26)

Subtitled “A Husband-And-Wife True-Life Spy Story,” the book is about CIA agents who reveal their “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” true story of love against all odds in the world of espionage. They appear at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco. Tickets are $20.

Lend a hand

Surfrider Foundation:
Volunteers are needed to help clean up Ocean Beach. [10 a.m. to noon; details at]

Get outside

Car-free streets:
Sunday Streets, a program offering car-free space where people can enjoy healthy activities in San Francisco neighborhoods, presents its 2011 kickoff event. The Embarcadero is the place. [11 a.m. to 4 p.m.;]

Square deal: The San Francisco Museum and Historical Society hosts “Circling the Square,” an exploration of the history of Union Square. [2 p.m., meet at the square’s Dewey Monument, Powell and Post streets, S.F.]

Antiques fair: The Candlestick Park Antiques and Collectibles Faire features more than 500 booths of merchandise. All items are at least 20 years old. [6 a.m. to 3 p.m., Candlestick Park, 602 Jamestown Ave., S.F.]

Mission murals:
Precita Eyes hosts “Mission Trail Mural Walks.” Tours feature dozens of murals in the Mission district’s Precita Park area. [11 and 1:30 p.m., meet at Precita Eyes Mural Arts and Visitors Center, 2981 24th St., S.F.]

Around town


Bach program:
The San Francisco Symphony, conducted by Chorus Director Ragnar Bohlin, presents Bach’s “Mass in B minor,” considered a masterwork. [2 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

World music: Israeli vocalist Yasmin Levy, who has expanded the ancient Sephardic tradition by melding Ladino melodies with cadences of flamenco, appears in concert. [7 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

German music: The Calmus Ensemble Leipzig, from Germany, performs music by classical German composers plus German folk songs, in celebration of Bach’s birthday. [8 p.m., St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 1111 O’Farrell St., S.F.]


Story ballet:
San Francisco Ballet presents George Balanchine’s “Coppelia,” about an inventor, the woman he’s courting and a lifelike doll. The score is by Leo Delibes. [2 p.m., War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Literary arts

Poetry reading:
Jack Hirschman, Agneta Falk and Neeli Cherkovski take part in a worldwide reading in solidarity with jailed Chinese dissident poet Liu Xiaobo, a Nobel Peace Prize recipient. [1:30 p.m., Bird & Beckett, 653 Chenery St., S.F.]


Screen gem:
“Battleship Potemkin” (1925), Sergei Eisenstein’s influential silent film, screens in restored form at the Castro Theatre. The drama depicts the 1905 Russian Revolution. [2, 4, 5:45, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., 429 Castro St., S.F.]


Rock musical:
“Rock of Ages” continues at the Curran Theatre. A small-town girl and a big-city rocker fall in love to the greatest songs of the 1980s in the Tony-nominated musical. [2 p.m., 445 Geary St., S.F.]


1300 on Fillmore:
Sunday is Gospel Brunch Day at the restaurant, and chef David Lawrence recommends a new dish: lemongrass ginger house-cured salmon with molasses soy glaze. It is served on a cornmeal pancake. Also highlighted: the “1300 on Fillmore” brunch (scrambled eggs, creamy grits, chicken-apple sausage and applewood-smoked bacon). [Seatings: 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., 1300 Fillmore St., S.F., (415) 771-7100]

Game of the day


Warriors at Mavericks

4:30 p.m., Comcast SportsNet Bay Area

The Warriors take on the Mavericks for the second time in five days, having lost a 112-106 thriller Wednesday.


The Sprint Cup Series revs up for the Jeff Byrd 500. [9:30 a.m., Briston, Tenn., Fox (KTVU, Ch. 2)]

The New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins meet in a key Eastern Conference clash. [9:30 a.m., Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh, NBC (KNTV, Ch. 11)]

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