March 7 - 9: Weekend events in SF 

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  • Sunday Streets: The year’s car-free festivities begin Sunday when more than three miles of the Embarcadero will be closed to motor vehicles, allowing visitors to walk, run, bike, dance and explore the waterfront up close.
FRIDAY

On the town

Comedy fundraiser: “Laugh for Lives,” benefiting the Asian American Donor Program, presents its 2014 comedy show. Featured comics include Eli Nicolas and Tina Kim. [8 p.m., Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon St., S.F.]

SATURDAY

A great hike

Mavericks from the ranch: Just inland from the famous Mavericks surf break in Half Moon Bay is 4,000 acres of new open space. Two years ago, Rancho Corral de Tierra, one of the largest parcels of undeveloped land on the Peninsula (with rolling hills, coastal vistas and hidden valleys) was added to the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. For a simple but strenuous hike, ascend the main fire road for 1.5 miles. Stellar views come within a quarter-mile, but you can keep going for miles, you maverick you! [Visit weekendsherpa.com to find out more about getting outdoors in Northern California]

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market top picks

Belgian endive

Celery

Cara Cara oranges

English muffins

Erbette chard

Kiwi

Spring onions

Super tulips

Rosemary salt

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Benefit

Tea ceremony: Omotesenke tea practitioners from Japan visit the Japanese Tea Garden for a tea ceremony expressing gratitude to the Bay Area for its support of Japan’s tsunami recovery efforts. [12:30 and 2 p.m., 75 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.; (415) 752-4227]

Theater

Greek tragedy: The African-American Shakespeare Company presents “Medea,” Euripedes’ classic tragedy. [8 p.m., Buriel Clay Theater, 762 Fulton St., S.F.]

Literary arts

Salon: “Women of Letters,” a salon embracing the lost art of letter writing, is in town. Alice Sebold, Kate Willett pen a “letter to the person who told me the truth.” [8 p.m., Z Space, 450 Florida St., S.F.]

Music

Slack key guitar: Award-winning Hawaiian musician Jim “Kimo” West appears in a show featuring vocalist Diana Tanaka and former Miss Hawaii, Nicole Fox. [7 p.m., Pa’ina Lounge and Restaurant, 1865 Post St., S.F.]

SUNDAY

A great bike ride

Sunday Streets: The year’s car-free festivities begin Sunday when more than three miles of the Embarcadero will be closed to motor vehicles, allowing visitors to walk, run, bike, dance and explore the waterfront up close. Don’t miss the live music, rock climbing walls, free bike repairs, kayaking samplers, face painting and much more! Free valet bike parking also is available. [11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Embarcadero between Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 52, S.F.; www.sundaystreetssf.com]

Theater

World premiere: “Crystal Springs” has opened at the Eureka Theatre. The challenges of parenting in the digital age are interwoven with a tale of online misbehavior in this new drama by Kathy Rucker. [2 p.m., 215 Jackson St., S.F.]

Visual arts

Female cartoonists: Women artists have center stage in an exhibit titled “Pretty in Ink.” Featured artists include Rose O’Neill. [Noon to 5 p.m., Main Library, fourth floor, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Conversations

Art and human rights: The Forum at Grace Cathedral welcomes playwright-performer Anna Deavere Smith and violinist Robert McDuffie for a conversation on art and human rights. [9:30 a.m., 1100 California St., S.F.]

Music

Opera company: Pocket Opera, which stages intimate, English-language productions of operatic works, presents “The Magic Flute,” Mozart’s popular fairy-tale opera. [2 p.m., Legion of Honor, 100 34th Ave., S.F.]

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