January 17 - 19: 'Sea Lion Encounter' and other SF events 

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  • Pier 39’s Sea Lion Center opens this weekend, in conjunction with the 24th anniversary of the animals’ pier arrival.
FRIDAY

On the town

Gorey days: The two-day Edwardian Ball extravaganza, an interactive celebration of Edward Gorey’s playfully macabre art and writing, opens. [8 p.m., Regency Ballroom, 1300 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

SATURDAY

A great hike

High point: Point Reyes National Seashore is home to a popular lighthouse, miles of glorious beaches, tule elk and a 1,400-foot peak, Mount Wittenberg. It’s a fairly easy 800-foot climb, just 2 miles to the top. For a better vantage point, continue on toward Sky Camp. Soon all of Drakes Bay, Drakes Estero, Chimney Rock and Point Reyes come into full sight. This might be the nicest view in the whole park. [Visit WeekendSherpa.com to find out more about getting outdoors in Northern California]

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market top picks

Romanesco

Arugula

Carrots

Gwen avocados

Kimchee

Pomegranate juice

Salsify

Tokyo turnips

Tulips

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Movies

German cinema: Berlin & Beyond, featuring films from Germany, Austria and Switzerland, presents an all-day bill. Films include “Measuring the World 3D,” a historical romp, at 9:45 p.m. [Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.; www.berlinbeyond.com]

Environment

Bay watershed: Bay Area Art & Science Interdisciplinary Collaborative Sessions hosts “BAASICS.4,” a program in which artists and scientists reflect on the San Francisco Bay watershed. [7 p.m., ODC Theater, 3153 17th St., S.F.]

Music

Singer-songwriter: David Jacobs-Strain, a blues singer, songwriter and guitarist noted for his gritty style and nuanced dexterity, appears in concert. [8 p.m., St. Cyprian’s Church, 2097 Turk St., S.F.]

Literary arts

Horror novel: Sci-fi novelist Scott Sigler presents “Pandemic,” the final installment in his “Infected” horror trilogy. [3 p.m., Borderlands Books, 866 Valencia St., S.F.]

SUNDAY

Great wildlife viewing

Sea lions: Pier 39’s Sea Lion Center opens this weekend, in conjunction with the 24th anniversary of the animals’ pier arrival. Attractions include displays, videos and, through Monday, a “Sea Lion Encounter” tour. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Pier 39, S.F.]

Dance

British troupe: British choreographer Wayne McGregor and Random Dance present “Far,” a work that blurs lines between performance, philosophy and real-time technology. [2 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., S.F.]

Comedy

Two comics: Sean Patton (“Live at Gotham,” “Conan”) and Chris Porter (“Live at Gotham,” “Last Comic Standing”) co-headline a night of stand-up. [7:30 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Music

Woodwind quintet: The Stanford Woodwind Quintet, joined by pianist Paul Hersh, performs a concert of chamber music. Featured composers include Leo Smit and Jean-Michel Damase. [2 p.m., Legion of Honor, 100 34th Ave., S.F.]

Indie rock: The 1990s-formed indie-rock band Pinback performs at Bimbo’s. “Information Retrieved” is the group’s latest LP. [9 p.m., Bimbo’s 365 Club, 1025 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

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