January 10 - 12: New stairway on the block and other SF events 


On the town

Two comics: Janeane Garofalo, whose films include “Reality Bites,” and Greg Behrendt, co-author of “He’s Just Not That Into You,” appear in a night of comedy. [8 and 10:15 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]


A great hike

New Stairway on the Block: San Francisco’s Sunset neighborhood has doubled the pleasure of scenic stairway walks. The 16th Avenue Tiled Steps lead hikers to a great view at Grandview Park, and now there are sister steps tucked just down the street, between Kirkham and Lawton streets. Hidden Garden Steps showcase a mosaic mural of wild mushrooms, sprouting plants, wildflowers and animals native to the neighborhood. Along the sides, small gardens feature California native plants. [Visit WeekendSherpa.com to find out more about getting outdoors in Northern California]

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Beer time: The Bay Area Brew Fest presents its 2014 edition. Dozens of breweries take part in the celebration, which features hundreds of beers, plus food trucks and more. [2 to 5 p.m., Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]


Belly dancer: Suhaila Salimpour appears in a solo concert. Drummer Ziad Islambouli and the original Salimpour Band provide Middle Eastern music. [8 p.m., Southside Theater, Building D, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]


Rice pounding: The Asian Art Museum hosts a mochi-pounding (making sweet rice cakes) ceremony in celebration of the Japanese New Year. [Noon, 200 Larkin St., S.F.]

Literary arts

Sci-fi author: Cassie Alexander reads from “Deadshifted,” her fourth novel featuring night-shift nurse Edie Spence and paranormal doings. [3 p.m., Borderlands Books, 866 Valencia St., S.F.]


A great bike ride

Gals with Gears: Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to bike more? Then join Gals with Gears for a ride through Golden Gate Park and around Lake Merced. Gals with Gears is a fun group of women ages 50-plus who lead group rides in and around San Francisco. Bring a bike, helmet and sense of adventure. [10 p.m., meet at Golden Gate Park bandshell, S.F., www.sfbike.org]


Youth theater: Oakland’s Gritty City Repertory Youth Theatre presents “Caught Up,” a show that uses physical theater and a strong point of view to look at policies of mass incarceration. [7 p.m., Un-Scripted Theater, 533 Sutter St., S.F.]

Circus arts

Soleil at the Bay: Cirque du Soleil presents “Amaluna,” a love story set on an island governed by goddesses. Sunday is the last day to see the show. [1 and 4:30 p.m., under big top at AT&T Park, 24 Willie Mays Plaza, S.F.]


Classical pair: Martha and Monica, a cello-piano duo, perform music from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. [3:30 p.m., Old First Church, 1751 Sacramento St., S.F.]

Pop band: Leslie and the LY’s, a pop and comedy act from Iowa, appear at the Rickshaw Stop. Indie rapper and “gem-sweater lady” Leslie Hall fronts the band. [8 p.m., 155 Fell St., S.F.]


Hockney show: “David Hockney: A Bigger Exhibition,” a major survey of the artist’s 21st-century work, runs though Jan. 20 at the de Young Museum. Works range from oil paintings to iPad drawings. [9:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]


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