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July 14: 'The Loudest Man on Earth' and other S.F. events

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SOMETHING TO READ

Wealth and Power

By Orville Schell and John Delury ($30)

Subtitled "China's Long March to the 21st Century," the book, via portraits of its modern leaders, offers an analytical and personal perspective on the country's current pre-eminence. The authors will speak at 7 p.m. July 31 at the World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.

LEND A HAND

American Cancer Society: Persons between the ages of 30 and 65 who have never been diagnosed with cancer and are willing to make a long-term commitment are needed for a cancer-prevention study. [Details: www.CPS3BayArea.org]

GET OUTSIDE

Parks and squares

Stern Grove: The Stern Grove Festival welcomes the Kronos Quartet. The new-music string ensemble is scheduled to world-premiere a composition by Amon Tobin. [2 p.m., Sigmund Stern Grove, Sloat Boulevard and 19th Avenue, S.F.]

Park band: The Golden Gate Park Band presents its weekly concert. Today's program features music by Russian composers. [1 p.m., Music Concourse, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Dance workshop: Axis Dance Company, whose collaborative performances feature dancers with and without disabilities, presents the third of three workshops for all ages and abilities. [1 p.m., Jessie Square, 736 Mission St., S.F.]

Fairs and festivals

Alley fair: Visitors to North Beach can check out the North Beach Mini Street Fair, a small gathering where makers sell wares ranging from crafts to soaps to baked goods. [Noon to 6 p.m., Kerouac Alley, between Grant and Columbus avenues, S.F.]

AROUND TOWN

Animal world

Where the bears are: The San Francisco Zoo hosts its annual Teddy Bear Festival, a celebration of bears both real and fictional. Events include bear-themed meet-and-greets and book readings. [11 a.m. to 3 p.m., 1 Zoo Road, S.F.]

Walking tours

Labor tour: LaborFest hosts an "SF General Strike Walk." The tour looks at the causes and successes of the 1934 General Strike and at key sites in the event. [10 a.m.; meet at Harry Bridges Plaza Tower, in front of Ferry Building, S.F.]

Sports and recreation

America's Cup: The 2013 America's Cup sailing races continue at the waterfront. Check website for a schedule of events. [Piers 27/29, S.F.; www.americascup.com]

Music

Comic opera: Pocket Opera, which puts on intimate opera productions in English, presents "The Merry Wives of Windsor," Otto Nicolai's comic opera based on Shakespeare's play. [2 p.m., Legion of Honor, 100 34th Ave., S.F.]

Blues artist: Blues guitarist and singer-songwriter Daniel Castro performs with his band. [7 and 9 p.m., Biscuits and Blues, 401 Mason St., S.F.]

Food and drink

Food soiree: The Center for Urban Education and Sustainable Agriculture's Summer Celebration features tasting areas saluting six food families – grains and berries among them. Star chefs and bartenders take part. [6 p.m., Ferry Building, S.F.]

Theater

World premiere: TheatreWorks presents "The Loudest Man on Earth," a romantic comedy by Catherine Rush about a deaf, reclusive stage director and bold, charismatic journalist. [2 and 7 p.m., Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto]

Comedy

Comedy showcase: Cobb's Comedy Allstars presents a Sunday edition. Featured comedians include Dan Mintz, known for his extreme-deadpan delivery. [7:30 p.m., Cobb's Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Literary arts

Author visit: Sahar Delijani presents her debut novel, "Children of the Jacaranda Tree," a tale about a group of mothers, fathers, children, and lovers in postrevolutionary Iran. [2 p.m., San Mateo Library, 55 West Third Ave., San Mateo]

Bouche: The bistro, serving French and California cuisine, launches its Sunday brunch menu this Bastille Day. Dishes include Bing-cherry and brown-sugar beignet with bourbon and chocolate dip; smoked-lamb carpaccio with crispy poached egg and arugula pesto; and a veal-beef-lamb burger with Munster and bacon marmalade. Also today: a complimentary bellini. [10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., 603 Bush St., S.F.; (415) 956-0396]

BASEBALL

A's vs. Red Sox

1:05 p.m., Comcast SportsNet California

All-Star Bartolo Colon makes his final start for the A's ahead of the Mid Summer Classic against the visiting Boston Red Sox.

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

BASEBALL: The Giants sew up a four-game set against the San Diego Padres. [1:10 p.m., Petco Park, San Diego, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area]