Terminal 2 opening draws star-studded crowd 

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Terminal 2 takes off: The opening of the new-look Terminal 2 at San Francisco International Airport on Wednesday drew a star-studded crowd that included, from left, San Francisco Chief of Protocol Charlotte Shultz, Mayor Ed Lee, Lois Driggs Cannon and her husband, former astronaut Buzz Aldrin.


What You See in the Dark

By Manuel Muòoz ($23.95)

The award-winning short-story writer’s first novel, set in Bakersfield in the 1950s, is part noir thriller, part love story and part an exploration of the dark side of the American dream.  


San Francisco Vintners Market:
Volunteers are needed to set up the entrance area, take tickets and hand out stemware. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., three three-hour shifts are available, Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.; www.onebrick.org]



Cherry blossom time:
The Cherry Blossom Festival, celebrating Japanese and Japanese-American culture, continues. Festivities include performances, food, crafts and martial arts. [11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Post and Buchanan streets, S.F.]

Open roads: Sunday Streets, a program offering car-free space where people can enjoy healthy activities on San Francisco streets, presents its April edition on Great Highway and in Golden Gate Park. [11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; www.sundaystreetssf.com]

Zoo guests: Two characters from “Sesame Street Live” visit the San Francisco Zoo today. Festivities include a meet-and-greet session, coloring, entertainment and a scavenger hunt. [Noon to 4 p.m., 1 Zoo Road, S.F.]


Killer flora:
“Wicked Plants” at the Conservatory of Flowers is an exhibit featuring plant species that have killed people. Meet the castor bean and the strychnine tree, among others. [10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 100 JFK Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Visual arts

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



Mandolin madness:
The San Francisco Festival of the Mandolins presents its 2011 salute to the stringed instrument featuring performances and workshops. [9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Croatian American Cultural Center, 60 Onondaga Ave., S.F.]

Piano and cello: Noe Valley Chamber Music presents Jennifer Culp and Betty Woo in a program of works by Chopin, Beethoven and a world-premiere piece by Daniel David Feinsmith. [4 p.m., Holy Innocents Episcopal Church, 455 Fair Oaks St., S.F.]


‘FedFest One Hundred’:
The event celebrates the Jewish Community Federation’s centennial year with programs featuring leaders in fields of Jewish life, including philanthropy, music, literature, film, history, foreign affairs and more. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mission Bay Conference Center, UCSF, William J. Rutter Center, 675 Owens St., S.F.]


Sustainability festival:
The Spring Green Festival features speakers, workshops, organic food and more. Global Exchange and Green America present the celebration of sustainability. [11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Concourse Exhibition Center, 635 Eighth St., S.F.]


Beauty and liberation:
Sins Invalid, a performance project that celebrates artists with disabilities and offers a vision of beauty that includes all bodies, presents a new production, “Time Machine.” [7 p.m., Z Space, 450 Florida St., S.F.]

Book events

Book awards:
The 30th annual Northern California Book Awards celebration honors authors in several categories. A reception and book signing follow. [1 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Book fair: The Anarchist Book Fair features booksellers, zines, pamphlets, lectures, panels and artwork. Today’s speakers include Annie Danger and Diane Di Prima. [11 a.m. to 5 p.m., County Fair Building, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]


Screen gem:
“Seven Samurai” screens at the Castro Theatre. Desperate villagers hire the eponymous warriors to protect them from bandits in Akira Kurosawa’s epic mix of philosophy and action. [2:30 and 7 p.m., 429 Castro St., S.F.]


Izzy’s Steaks and Chops:
Chef Joe Kohn’s brunch menu includes steakhouse and breakfast dishes. Selections include stuffed brioche French toast with Grand Marnier cream cheese and strawberries; a prime-rib sandwich with horseradish cream and fries; skirt steak and eggs with potatoes and a biscuit; and smoked-salmon Benedict and chilaquiles with chicken breast and Gouda. [10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 3345 Steiner St., S.F., (415) 563-0487]



Cardinals at Giants

1:05 p.m., Comcast SportsNet Bay Area

Catcher Buster Posey will be honored prior to the game with his Rookie of the Year award, while the Giants will try to close out their series with the Cardinals on a high note.


The final round of the Masters wraps up, with the green jacket going to the victor. [11 a.m., Augusta, Ga., CBS (KPIX, Ch. 5)]

NBA: The Warriors take on the Kings, possibly for the last time if Sacramento’s move to Anaheim pans out. [6 p.m., Oracle Arena, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area]

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