February 7 - 9: Weekend events in SF 

FRIDAY

Afrobeat orchestra: Lagos Roots, a 15-piece Oakland-based Afrobeat orchestra, whose music embraces the 1970s origins of the genre, performs at Brick and Mortar Music Hall. [9 p.m., 1710 Mission St., S.F.]

SATURDAY

A great park

Helen Diller dip: Relive childhood's glory days when Winter Games meant playtime. Newly renovated slides at Helen Diller Playground in Dolores Park in The City are fun for kids and adults alike. The playground has a 45-foot undulating slide, plus a second, wide slide featuring a stunning panorama of downtown San Francisco. Afterward, break out a picnic and plop down at glorious Dolores. [Visit weekendsherpa.com to find out more about getting outdoors in Northern California]

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market top picks:

Green garlic

Apple bark

Bordeaux spinach

Broccoli sprouts

Celery

Collards

Grapefruit

Pumpkin gnocchi

Purple top turnips

Ranunculus

Music

Chinese New Year concert: The San Francisco Symphony’s Lunar New Year concert draws on Asian traditions and creates an East-West fusion. Festivities at 3 p.m. lead things off. [4 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Animal world

Furry valentine: The San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals presents its Be Mine adopt-a-thon. The pet-love event includes free dental checks for pets, an author reading and fee-waived pet adoptions. [10 a.m. to 6 p.m., 201 Alabama St., S.F.]

Movies

Indie films: The 16th San Francisco Independent Film Festival is underway. Saturday’s bill includes “Grigris,” a drama from Chad, at 12:15 p.m. and the modern comedy “Let’s Ruin It With Babies” at 7 p.m. [Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., S.F.; www.sfindie.com]

Music

New Orleans jazz: Musician and singer Henry Butler, a premier exponent of New Orleans’ jazz and blues piano traditions, appears at the SFJAZZ Center. [5:30 p.m., 201 Franklin St., S.F.]

Indie rock: The Sour Notes, an indie-rock band from Austin, Texas, is known for experimenting in a range of genres is accompanied by female vocalists. [7:30 p.m., Brick and Mortar Music Hall, 1710 Mission St., S.F.]

Literary arts

Author appearance: Robin Sloan talks about “Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore,” his award-winning debut novel. [4 p.m., Cubberley Theatre, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto]

Museums

Henri Matisse: The Legion of Honor presents “Matisse From SFMOMA,” an exhibit of about two dozen works by the modern master. Accompanying exhibit: “Matisse and the Artist Book.” [9:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., 100 34th Ave., S.F.]

SUNDAY

A great bike ride

Golden Gate Park pedal: Sundays are car-free in much of Golden Gate Park — it’s a great opportunity to enjoy the open space on a lovely ride. Bike down JFK Drive to take in sights and adventures, including roller disco, swing dancing and toy motorboat racing at Stow Lake. Afterward, check out an exhibit at the de Young Museum or California Academy of Sciences, or pedal all the way out to the beach. [www.sfbike.org]

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