Hike Barnabe Peak for stellar Marin County views 

click to enlarge Clear views: Recent rain means likely stellar views when things clear. Head to Samuel P. Taylor State Park’s Barnabe Peak for a four-mile, round-trip trek to 1,466-foot Barnabe Peak, which begins alongside Devil’s Gulch Creek, a popular place to see salmon spawning. - WEEKENDSHERPA.COM
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  • Clear views: Recent rain means likely stellar views when things clear. Head to Samuel P. Taylor State Park’s Barnabe Peak for a four-mile, round-trip trek to 1,466-foot Barnabe Peak, which begins alongside Devil’s Gulch Creek, a popular place to see salmon spawning.

Black arts: The Black Choreographers Festival launches the San Francisco portion of its 2012 schedule. A special presentation of Marc Bamuthi Joseph’s “Word Becomes Flesh” is on the slate. [8 p.m., Dance Mission, 3316 24th St., S.F.]

A great hike

Clear views:
Recent rain means likely stellar views when things clear. Head to Samuel P. Taylor State Park’s Barnabe Peak for a four-mile, round-trip trek to 1,466-foot Barnabe Peak, which begins alongside Devil’s Gulch Creek, a popular place to see salmon spawning. Vistas sprawl from Tomales Bay in Point Reyes to Mount Tam and the rolling hills of Marin County. [Visit WeekendSherpa.com to sign up for email about getting outdoors in Northern California]

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market top picks

  • Daffodils
  • Cara Cara oranges
  • Dried apples
  • Lemons
  • Merguez sausage
  • Mizuna  
  • Parsley
  • Pea shoots

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Music

Violin star:
Jazz violinist Regina Carter performs music from “Reverse Thread,” an album capturing the essence of African folk melodies while infusing them with a contemporary feel. [8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Theater

‘Greek’ musical:
CounterPulse’s Winter Special series presents Trixxie Carr and Ben Randle’s “Hold Me Closer, Tiny Dionysus,” a “Greek comedy rock epic” set in San Francisco. [8 p.m., CounterPulse, 1310 Mission St., S.F.]

Benefit performance: Playwright-performer Anna Deavere Smith, with cellist Joshua Roman, premieres “On Grace.” The hourlong show benefits arts events at Grace Cathedral. [7:30 p.m., Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St., S.F.]

Food and drink

Baking competition:
A cupcake contest takes place at Omnivore Books. See website for entry and eating guidelines. [3 p.m., Omnivore Books on Food, 3885a Cesar Chavez St., S.F.; www.omnivorebooks.com]

Dance

Contemporary ballet:
Company C Contemporary Ballet presents its winter program. Dances include choreographer Peter Anastos’ “Footage” and Charles Anderson’s “Akimbo.” [3 p.m., Novellus Theater, 700 Howard St., S.F.]

Festivals

Balkan music:
The San Francisco Tamburitza Festival celebrates Balkan folk music and the lutelike tamburitza. [Noon to 8 p.m., Croatian American Cultural Center, 60 Onondaga Ave., S.F.]

Literary arts

Author appearance:
Author Alan Kaufman discusses his new memoir, “Drunken Angel,” in conversation with Brenda Knight. [2 p.m., Bird and Beckett Books and Records, 653 Chenery St., S.F.]

Comedy

Cupid detractors:
The Crackpot Crones — lesbian playwright Terry Baum and comic feminist Carolyn Myers — present “I Hate Valentine’s Day,” a sketch-comedy and improv show. [5 p.m., Dark Room, 2263 Mission St., S.F.]

A great bike ride

San Francisco murals:
Many of The City’s beautiful murals are best seen from the seat of a bike. For one nice tour, start at the Duboce Bikeway Mural, at Duboce Bikeway off Church Street. Turn left on Church, go down to 15th Street, turn right on Valencia Street — enjoy the bike-timed green light — and go left into Clarion Avenue off 17th Street. End in magical Clarion Alley in the Mission. [www.sfbike.org]

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