Threat of tsunami draws onlookers to Fort Point 

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Keeping watch:
With the threat of a tsunami striking San Francisco on Friday, onlookers at Fort Point under the Golden Gate Bridge look for signs. The tsunami was triggered by an 8.9-magnitude earthquake off the coast of Japan.

Something to read

The Information

By James Gleick ($29.95)

The book covers the history of information from civilization’s pre-alphabet days to the present, including the rise of archives and invention of computers. The author appears at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Mechanic’s Institute in The City.

Lend a hand

San Francisco Recreation and Park Department:
Volunteers are needed to pull weeds and load the truck at the Rhododendron Dell in Golden Gate Park. [9 a.m. to noon, 100 John F. Kennedy Drive, S.F.; details/RSVP:]

Get outside

Tall ships:
Two tall ships — the brig Lady Washington and the topsail ketch Hawaiian Chieftain — are visiting, and educational activities are taking place aboard them. Events include a 10 a.m. tour. [Pier 40, S.F.;]

Last day: “Garden Railway” closes today. The exhibit re-creates Golden Gate Park sites in miniature. [10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Conservatory of Flowers, 100 John F. Kennedy Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Diversity celebration: InterPlay presents a “Cultural Diversity Celebration,” embracing cultures and people through art. Dancers, musicians, and storytellers perform. [2:30 to 4:30 p.m., Music Concourse, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Watershed tour: Thinkwalks (“nerdy tours for San Franciscans”) hosts its “Watersheds of Laguna Honda” walking tour. [1 p.m.; meet at Garden for the Environment, Seventh Avenue and Lawton Street, S.F.; RSVP:]

Around town


Gilbert & Sullivan:
Lamplighters Music Theatre, specializing in Gilbert & Sullivan, presents two short plays: the duo’s “Trial by Jury” and Gilbert’s “Engaged.” [2 and 7 p.m., Presentation Theater, USF, 2350 Turk Blvd, S.F.]


New Orleans music:
New Orleans’ Preservation Hall Jazz Band performs a concert, with the Bay Area’s Bourbon Kings Brass Band opening the show. SFJazz presents the evening. [7 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Opera vocalists: Stanford Lively Arts presents a vocal recital featuring Adler Fellows from the San Francisco Opera performing Russian art-song repertory. [2:30 p.m., Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Stanford University]


Political satire:
The Capitol Steps, a Washington-based satirical troupe made up of former congressional staffers who poke fun at politicians, perform a pair of shows. [2 and 5 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]


Bodies electric:
Dance theater comes in dark-comic form in “Lightning Strikes Anonymous and Other Stories.” The 13th Floor company presents this look at electricity’s mysterious power. [8 p.m., ODC Theater, 3153 17th St., S.F.]


Asian films:
The 2011 San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival presents “Emir” from the Philippines (3 p.m., Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.), “Passion” from Mongolia (4 p.m., Sundance Kabuki, 1881 Post St., S.F.), and “Raavanan” from India (9:30 p.m., Castro) among other films today. [Noon onward;]

Sea flicks: The 2011 San Francisco Ocean Film Festival presents its final day of films about oceans, sea life and sea-inspired cultures. Three programs of short films take place today. [10 a.m. onward, Theatre 39, Pier 39, S.F.]


Chef-owner Calvin Schneiter’s brunch menu includes egg dishes, breakfast items, salads, and “Andalu classics.” Scrambles are particularly popular. Options include “Ultimate Veggie” (artichoke hearts, mushrooms, tomato, spinach, onions) and “Gourmand” (oyster mushrooms, robbiola, truffle oil, arugula). Also look for the ahi tuna tacos. [10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., 3198 16th St., S.F.; (415) 621-2211]

Game of the day


Selection Sunday

3 p.m., CBS (KPIX, Ch. 5)

March Madness officially kicks off when the field of 68 for the NCAA Tournament is unveiled.


The Warriors host the Minnesota Timberwolves and their star Kevin Love. [6 p.m., Oracle Arena, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area]

Golf: The final round of the Cadillac Championships wraps up. [Noon, Doral, Fla., NBC (KNTV, Ch. 11)]

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