May 31 -June 2: See S.F. by bike and other weekend events 

click to enlarge Tour the Reid Brothers' architectural history on a casually paced group ride.
  • Tour the Reid Brothers' architectural history on a casually paced group ride.

Weekend events for San Francisco.

FRIDAY, MAY 31

On the town

  • Sketch comedy: The Killing My Lobster folks present “Killing My Lobster Learns a Lesson,” a lesson-themed sketch comedy show with topics ranging from schools to table manners. [8 p.m., Stage Werx, 446 Valencia St., S.F.]

SATURDAY, JUNE 1

A great bike ride

  • Reid Brothers architecture: From the turn of the 20th century through its first few decades, James and Merritt Reid designed an impressive number of San Francisco’s buildings, from theaters to hotels, office towers to townhouses, bandshells to barns. Tour the brothers’ history on a casually paced group ride; $10 fee for non-San Francisco Bicycle Coalition members, rain cancels. [1:30 p.m., meet at 995 Market St., S.F.; www.sffbike.org/chain]

 

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market top picks

  • Fresh garbanzos
  • Blueberries
  • Fava beans
  • Maycrest peaches
  • Pastured eggs
  • Poppies
  • Royal Blenheim apricots
  • Semolina bread
  • Spring onions — www.cuesa.org

Theater

  • Cuban spirit: “Viva Cuba,” a  song and dance show, offers avant-garde musical theater and a look at postrevolutionary Cuba. [8 p.m., Southside Theater, Fort Mason, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Charity walks

  • Vision walk: The Foundation Fighting Blindness holds its 2013 Bay Area VisionWalk. A celebration follows. [9 a.m., Bandshell, Golden Gate Park, S.F.; www.visionwalk.org]
  • Mental health walk: The National Alliance on Mental Illness holds its Bay Area NAMIWalk. Featured speaker: author and mental-health advocate Kevin Hines. [9 a.m., Lindley Meadow, Golden Gate Park, S.F.; www.namiwalks.org]

Literary arts

  • Author appearance: Poet and stay-at-home dad George Estreich discusses “The Shape of the Eye,” his memoir about having a child with Down syndrome. [2 p.m., Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

Festivals

  • Street fair: The two-day Union Street Festival begins. More than 150 artisans take part in the event, which also includes food, music, and fashion. [10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Union Street between Gough and Steiner streets, S.F.]

SUNDAY, JUNE 2

A great hike

  • Muir Woods’ back door: Avoid the crowds by taking Muir Woods’ path less traveled. Bootjack Trail, a back-door route that starts from the Pantoll parking lot, parallels Redwood Creek and towering trees. The second half of the hike along the Ben Johnson Trail requires some uphill leg power, but the oak growth and warming sunbeams are natural inspirations. [Visit WeekendSherpa.com to find out more about getting outdoors in Northern California]

Museums

  • Last day: The exhibitions “Girl With a Pearl Earring” and “Rembrandt’s Century,” featuring artwork by 17th-century Dutch masters, close today. [9:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Theater

  • Political plays: Theatre Rhinoceros presents “Drunk Enough to Say I Love You?,” Caryl Churchill’s short gay-romance dramedy and political allegory. Also presented: two Palestine-themed one-acts. [3 p.m., Costume Shop, 1117 Market St., S.F.]

Dance

  • New dances: Locally based dance artist Christy Funsch presents “State: Not Anywhere Near to Now,” an evening of new work.[2 p.m., CounterPulse, 1310 Mission St., S.F.]

Literary arts

  • Poetry reading: Poets Prageeta Sharma and Susan Scarlata, in conjunction with the publication of Sharma’s new book, “Undergloom,” read from their work. [6 p.m., Alley Cat Books, 3036 24th St., S.F.]

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