May 10-12: A great Mother's Day hike and other weekend events 

click to enlarge May is Bike Month, so there are plenty of opportunities to “get rolling.” - S.F. EXAMINER FILE PHOTO
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  • May is Bike Month, so there are plenty of opportunities to “get rolling.”


  • Wild reeds: Clarinet Thing performs a concert of original works and arrangements of tunes by jazz giants. Beth Custer, Sheldon Brown, Ben Goldberg and Harvey Wainapel are the quartet. [8 p.m., Old First Church, 1751 Sacramento St., S.F.]


A great bike ride

  • Keep Pedaling After Bike to Work Day: Were you inspired by the thousands of people pedaling to the office Thursday for Bike to Work Day? May is Bike Month, so there are plenty of other opportunities to “get rolling.” Try out San Francisco biking this weekend in Golden Gate Park. []

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market top picks

  • Fresh shallots
  • Almond butter
  • Baby artichokes
  • Cilantro
  • Heirloom rose hydrosol
  • Mizuna
  • Kumquats
  • Little Gem lettuce
  • Sorrel
  • Sunflowers



  • Creative women: “Divafest,” celebrating female creativity, presents its 2013 lineup. Saturday’s shows include “You’re Going to Bleed” (7 p.m.), playwright Melissa Fall’s black comedy. [Exit Theatre, 156 Eddy St., S.F.;]

Literary arts

  • Poetry slam: The 17th annual Youth Speaks Teen Poetry Slam presents its Grand Slam Finals. Young Bay Area poets, emcees and performers vie. [7 p.m., Nourse Theatre, 275 Hayes St., S.F.]


  • String quartet: The Cypress String Quartet performs a salon concert pairing “Cypress” songs by Dvorak with works by other composers. [8 p.m., Gallery Wendi Norris, 161 Jessie St., S.F.]


  • ‘Mommie’ madness: “Mother’s Day With Mommie Dearest,” featuring a screening of the campy Joan Crawford biopic, takes place at the Castro Theatre. Special guest: Rutanya Alda (Carol Ann in the film). [7:30 p.m., 429 Castro St., S.F.]


  • Book tour: Comedian and writer Jen Kirkman, seen on “Chelsea Lately” and “After Lately,” presents her “I Can Barely Take Care of Myself” book tour. [7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]


  • Live horror: Peaches Christ presents a “Rocky Horror Show” 40th-anniversary tribute – a live event with songs from the “Rocky” stage show. Special guest: Patricia Quinn (“Magenta”). [3 and 8 p.m., Victoria Theatre, 2961 16th St., S.F.]


A great Mother’s Day hike

  • Stop and smell the flowers: Tolay Regional Park, located between the Petaluma River and Sonoma Valley, offers free ranger-led hikes in which families can learn about the park’s rich biodiversity and history while taking in views of southern Sonoma County and San Francisco. The 1,769-acre property contains pristine farm and grasslands, ridges, a seasonal freshwater lake, ponds and wetlands. For details, visit


  • Piano recital: Classical pianist Garrick Ohlsson appears in recital, performing works by Chopin, Beethoven, Schubert and Charles Griffes. [3 p.m., Marines’ Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter St., S.F.]
  • Country singer: Junior Brown, country singer-songwriter and master of the “guit-steel” double-neck guitar, performs at Yoshi’s. [7 p.m., 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]


  • Rose show: The San Francisco Rose Society’s Mother’s Day Rose Show features roses, arrangements and a rosarian answering questions. At closing time: a free rose. [12:30 to 4 p.m., County Fair Building, 1199 Ninth Ave, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]


  • Life at home: The Los Altos History Museum presents “A Place to Call Home,” an exhibition focusing on California house architecture of the past 200 years. [Noon to 4 p.m., 51 South San Antonio Road, Los Altos]


  • Comedy talk show: Host Natasha Muse and sidekick Ryan Cronin ask stand-up comics strange questions during “A Funny Night for Comedy.” May headliner: Marga Gomez. [7 p.m., Actors Theatre, 855 Bush St., S.F.]

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