February 21 - 23: Gals with Gears and other SF events 

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  • Calling all women 50 years or older who seek fun, healthy and practical bike rides: Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Gals with Gears will be pedaling around the Presidio, stopping at the Golden Gate Bridge Visitor Center plaza and the Legion of Honor along the way.
FRIDAY

On the town

Black dance: The Black Choreographers Festival, celebrating African and black dance and culture, presents its “Next Wave” showcase. New and midcareer artists take part. [8 p.m., Dance Mission, 3316 24th St., S.F.]

String quartet: The Ives Quartet, known for its passionate playing and eclectic repertoire, performs a concert of works by Mozart, Mendelssohn, and Cowell. [8 p.m., Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto]

SATURDAY

A great grove

The other San Francisco giant: Before the baseball team, came the original San Francisco giants — coast redwoods, the tallest living things on earth. Golden Gate Park’s Botanical Garden is home to the century-old Redwood Grove, splendored with the fog-loving beauties. The grove could double as Muir Woods, but you'll be in San Francisco admiring some of the tallest Sequoia sempervirens. Home run! [Visit WeekendSherpa.com to find out more about getting outdoors in Northern California]

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market top picks

Nettles

Meyer lemons

Cauliflower

Cocktail grapefruit

Escarole

Blue cheese

Merguez sausage

Mint

Walnuts

— www.cuesa.org

Literary arts

Author appearance: Anna Quindlen, whose recent books include the novel “Still Life With Bread Crumbs” and the memoir “Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake,” discusses her work. [1:30 p.m., Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto]

Movies

Hoffman tribute: A marathon of films featuring Philip Seymour Hoffman, presented by City Arts & Lectures, begins. “Magnolia” leads things off. [10 a.m. to 11 p.m., Nourse Theater, 275 Hayes St., S.F.; www.cityarts.net]

Music

Guitar duo: The Omni Foundation’s “Dynamite Guitars” series welcomes SoloDuo, the Europe-based classical guitarist duo of Matteo Mela and Lorenzo Micheli. [7:30 p.m., St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 1111 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

Musical puppets: San Francisco Chamber Orchestra presents “The Storytellers,” a concert featuring music by Stravinsky and puppets telling tales from Russian folklore. [8 p.m., First Palo Alto United Methodist Church, 625 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto]

Comedy

Stand-up show: Comedian Sheng Wang, seen on Comedy Central and on the Comedians of Comedy tour, performs at the Punch Line. [7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Lectures

College and civil rights: Bay Area Radical Women and Freedom Socialist Party host a conversation examining how privatizing community colleges would re-segregate schools. [7 p.m., New Valencia Hall, 747 Polk St., S.F.]

SUNDAY

A great bike ride

Gals with Gears Rec Ride: Calling all women 50 years or older who seek fun, healthy and practical bike rides: Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Gals with Gears will be pedaling around the Presidio, stopping at the Golden Gate Bridge Visitor Center plaza and the Legion of Honor along the way. The route will be no-drop, approximately 11 miles and hilly. Helmets are required and rain will cancel. To attend, please RSVP at meetup.com/Gals-With-Gears.

Fairs and festivals

Orchid show: The Pacific Orchid Exposition features thousands of blooms, plus seminars and tours. This year’s theme: “Orchids — And All that Jazz.” [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Movies

Jewish stories: The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival presents its first “Winter Fest.” [Noon to 10:30 p.m., Vogue Theater, 3290 Sacramento St., S.F.; www.sfjff.org]

Literary arts

Children’s book: Author Lemony Snicket and author-illustrator Lisa Brown talk about their new book, “29 Myths on the Swinster Pharmacy,” a mystery of sorts for ages 5 and up. [3 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Comedy

Stand-up show: Comedian Deon Cole performs at Cobb’s. His credits include “Def Comedy Jam,” “Comic View” and the “Barbershop” films. [7:30 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

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