Gamelan Sekar Jaya among ethnic arts performances in San Francisco this weekend 

click to enlarge Gamelan Sekar Jaya, a Balinese orchestra, presents dance and music at Yerba Buena Gardens on Saturday. (Courtesy photo) - GAMELAN SEKAR JAYA, A BALINESE ORCHESTRA, PRESENTS DANCE AND MUSIC AT YERBA BUENA GARDENS ON SATURDAY. (COURTESY PHOTO)
  • Gamelan Sekar Jaya, a Balinese orchestra, presents dance and music at Yerba Buena Gardens on Saturday. (Courtesy photo)
  • Gamelan Sekar Jaya, a Balinese orchestra, presents dance and music at Yerba Buena Gardens on Saturday. (Courtesy photo)

Friday night


Food: Truly fresh and whole ingredients are on the menu at Blue Barn Gourmet, chef-owner Sam Josi’s appealing sandwich and salad shop in the Marina.


Meet Your Mixologist: John Caine is the friendly owner and bartender at HiDive, a South-of-Market bayside spot that has the feel of a historical waterfront saloon.

On the town

Hispanic stories: Hispanic-themed films screen at the 2011 Maya Indie Film Series, “Seven Films in Seven Days.” The prime features are “All She Can” and “Forged.” [Opera Plaza Cinema, 601 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco;]

Congolese ensemble: Staff Benda Bilili, a Congolese ensemble founded by paraplegic street musicians, makes its U.S. debut. The group’s music contains rumba, son, reggae and funk. [8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]



Orchid festival: The San Francisco Orchid Society presents Orchids in the Park, a festival, with sales and seminars, celebrating the flower known for its beauty and mystique. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., County Fair Building,
1199 Ninth Ave., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]


Arts of Bali: Gamelan Sekar Jaya, a Balinese orchestra, presents a program of Balinese music and dance in an outdoor setting reflective of the sites used in traditional Balinese contexts. [1 p.m., Yerba Buena Gardens, 740 Mission St., S.F.]

Literary arts

Waters rising: Chef Alice Waters shares “40 Years of Chez Panisse: The Power of Gathering,” her book about how the restaurant’s modest beginning grew into a culinary mecca. [1 p.m., Omnivore Books, 3885a Cesar Chavez St., S.F.]

Something Moore: Filmmaker, activist and bestselling author Michael Moore talks about his new book, “Here Comes Trouble,” a collection of far-ranging, irreverent vignettes from his life. [2 p.m., Books Inc., 601 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Charity walks

Heart walk: The American Heart Association holds its 2011 San Francisco Community Heart Walk. Walkers can choose a three- or one-mile route. [9:40 a.m., Peacock Meadow, Golden Gate Park, S.F.;]


Arts Ed Matters: The nonprofit advocate for art in San Francisco public schools hosts a fundraiser featuring a silent art auction and performances by EFFT and Skylark Trio. [5 to 9 p.m., 111 Minna St., S.F.]


Fort Mason Farmers Market top picks

  • Autumn Royal grapes
  • Butternut squash 
  • Honeycrisp apples
  • Kabocha squash
  • Princess grapes
  • Red Flame grapes


A great hike

Go Wild in Tahoe: Journey into a granite wonderland and up to panoramic views on a six-mile loop hike in Tahoe’s Desolation Wilderness. Start at the Eagle Falls trailhead and gain 1,200 feet trekking into the beautifully barren rocky terrain. Make a left at the three-way junction onto Bayview Trail for the ultimate Lake Tahoe view: Emerald Bay in plain sight. [Visit to sign up for email about getting outdoors in Northern California]

Family fun

‘Create and build’: The last of a series of Target Family Day programs features free concerts and other hands-on activities. [11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway Street, Redwood City]


Funny folk: “Comedy Day” features five hours of free humor. More than 30 comics, including Diane Amos, Will Franken, Will Durst and Brian Copeland, take part. [Noon to 5 p.m., Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]


Mission concert: The Women’s Antique Vocal Ensemble presents its “Mission Project.” The concert features Renaissance and Baroque music from New Spain. [4 p.m., Mission Dolores Basilica, 16th and Dolores streets, S.F.]

Psychedelic rock: Lumerians, a locally based psychedelic-rock and space-rock band whose performances have been noted for their psychedelic visual effects, perform at Bottom of the Hill. [9 p.m., 1233 17th St., S.F.]

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