Good Weekend for Friday, November, 13, 2009 


OTD Bush: Slanted Door founder Charles Phan’s latest eatery has more of a casual neighborhood feel than his flagship restaurant but many of the dishes and the attention to quality will be very familiar.



Vesuvio: The former beatnik haunt now offers a mix of neighborhood regulars and tourists a place to dream and drink the day away. Come in at 6 a.m. and bartender Tony Lioce will serve you a drink and get your story.


On the town

Offer you can’t refuse: As part of its “Prime Pacino” series, the Castro Theatre presents “The Godfather” and “The Godfather Part II,” a double feature. [5:30 and 8:45 p.m., 429 Castro St., S.F.]

Classic blues: Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers, specializing in swing and jump blues, perform at Biscuits and Blues. [8 and 10 p.m., 401 Mason St., S.F.]


A great bike ride

Ecological History (North) Bike Tour: Explore San Francisco’s lost sand dunes, ponds, creeks and coastline with CounterPULSE and Shaping San Francisco director Chris Carlsson on this four-hour bicycle tour. The ride will focus on San Francisco from downtown north, covering the heart of The City, the waterfront, Yerba Buena cove, Telegraph Hill, Black Point and Crissy Field. It’s a social, historical and critical tour through The City’s ecological past and present. Bring a snack and water; reservations preferred: (415) 608-9035. Sliding scale benefits Shaping San Francisco: $15-50. [Noon to 4 p.m., meet at CounterPULSE, 1310 Mission St. at Ninth Street]

— San Francisco Bicycle Coalition;



Films from Italy: The San Francisco Film Society’s 2009 “New Italian Cinema” series begins. Opening-night feature: Marco Risi’s “Fortapasc.” [6 p.m. onward, Embarcadero Center Cinema, 1 Embarcadero Center, S.F.]



Indian dance: Abhinaya Dance Company, a local troupe specializing in South Indian classical dance, performs “Nritya Sangati: Dance Progressions.” [2 p.m., Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center, S.F.]



Stand-up show: Comedian Russell Peters performs. Showtime’s “Comics Without Borders” and the new DVD “Red, White and Brown” are among his credits. [8 and 10:15 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Black comedy: Comedian Lewis Black, famous for his high-octane rants, performs at the Fox Theater. Black currently hosts Comedy Central’s “The Root of All Evil.” [8 p.m., Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway, Redwood City]



Beer and cheer: The “BevMo! Holiday Beer Fest” features holiday, seasonal and specialty beers, plus hard ciders. Partial proceeds go to the Culinary Arts Foundation. [1 to 4 p.m., Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, S.F.]



Science writer: K.C. Cole talks about his new book, “Something Incredibly Wonderful Happens: Frank Oppenheimer and the World He Made Up.” [3 p.m., Exploratorium, 3601 Lyon St., S.F.]



Composer-pianist: Larry Karush performs “Comprovisations for Solo Piano,” a concert featuring his recent works, plus nonstandard treatments of jazz standards. [4 p.m., Old First Presbyterian Church, 1751 Sacramento St., S.F.]


A great city walk

Theater in San Francisco: Find out about more than 150 years of theater in San Francisco. The tour includes current theaters and those that fell or burned in the 1906 earthquake, prominent actors, and trends that occurred over the years. [Meet 10 a.m. at Yerba Buena Gardens, Mission Street between Third and Fourth streets, by the outdoor stage on southeast corner of the park; visit or call (415) 557-4266 for more information]


Ferry Plaza Farmers Market top picks

- Kamo eggplant
- Broccoli raab
- Fingerling potatoes
- Kabocha squash
- Pomegranates
- Sunchokes
- Pea shoots
- Pumpkins

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