July 18-20: Japanese pop summit and other events 

click to enlarge The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is leading a bike ride across the Golden Gate Bridge this weekend. - AP FILE PHOTO
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  • The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is leading a bike ride across the Golden Gate Bridge this weekend.

On the town

Porchlight: Storytellers mark the series' 12th anniversary with the theme of "The Clock Struck 12 and S--- Got Real: My Cinderella Moment." [8 p.m., Verdi Club, 2424 Mariposa St., S.F.]

A great hike

Out and a-boot: Camping in the Bay Area without a reservation? It exists! Mount Tam's Bootjack Campground (open since October) is first-come, first-served. There are only 15 tent sites and they can go fast on Saturdays, but those who are able to nab one will be camping at one of the best trailheads in the Bay Area. The Matt Davis Trail leads west to Stinson Beach and east to the West Point Inn, and the Bootjack Trail goes south to Muir Woods. [Visit WeekendSherpa.com to find out more about getting outdoors in Northern California]

A great bike ride

Bridge tour: Pack a lunch for an 18-mile tour of efforts to improve bicycle safety on both sides of the Golden Gate Bridge. The ride leaders will also talk about past and current development proposals that threaten the Marin Headlands, as well as how tunnels and trains will transform commutes. [Meet at 9:30 a.m. at Civic Center Plaza; afterward, take the 1:40 p.m. ferry back to San Francisco from Larkspur Ferry Terminal. RSVP required at sfbike.org/events]

Japanese pop festival: KEI, official illustrator of the internationally popular virtual pop star Hatsune Miku, signs autographs for fans during the J-POP Summit Festival in Japantown. The two-day street festival will also debut the diva's new video game. [1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Post Street between Webster and Buchanan streets, S.F.]

Not your average sea shantey: We Players sings Latin-flavored songs of love, loss and the sea in "Canciones del Mar" aboard the tall ship Balclutha. [8:30 p.m., Hyde Street Pier, S.F.; www.weplayers.org]

Jimmy Cliff: The reggae legend performs songs spanning his career, from the groundbreaking 1972 "The Harder They Come" to his latest, "REBIRTH," which was produced by Rancid's Tim Armstrong. [8 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Market Days: Patent Pending: The free open-air fest explores inventions with the potential to rock society, featuring art and science demonstrations, activities, exhibits and craft displays. [11 a.m.-3 p.m., Exploratorium, Pier 15, S.F.]

Live music

Kathleen Grace: One critic described the music on the Canadian country, folk and jazz-inspired artist's latest album, "No Place to Fall," as "haunting steel-guitar riffs crossed with Grace's jazz-infused interpretations? Pure buttah!" Amy LaCour and Ila Cantor also appear. [9 p.m., Hotel Utah, 500 Fourth St., S.F.]

40-year reunion: Sin-Tung Chiu, Yeeha Chiu, Dan Stevens, Susan Stephenson, Dexter Brewer and Spencer Brewer perform pieces by Schumann, Beethoven, Brahms and more. Proceeds benefit scholarships at the Community Music Center [4 p.m., 544 Capp St., S.F.]

Salsa at Stern Grove: Roberto Roena and Boogaloo Assassins share their Latin-based rhythms in a free concert. [2 p.m., Stern Grove, 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard, S.F.]


Animation legacy: Animator Emily Hubley appears after the 6 p.m. showing of "John Hubley at 100," a presentation of the works of her parents, animators John and Faith Hubley. [2, 4, 6 and 8 p.m., Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., S.F.]

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