November 8 - 10: Weekend events in SF 

click to enlarge Hazel-Atlas Mine
  • Explore the Hazel-Atlas Mine restored to appear like its active days in the 1920s to ’40s.

On the town

Artist spotlight: “Flo Oy Wong: The Whole Pie,” a retrospective saluting the career of Bay Area artist Wong as she celebrates her 75th birthday, opens with a reception. [6 to 8 p.m., Luggage Store, 1007 Market St., S.F.]


A great hike

What Lies Beneath: Hazel-Atlas Mine in the East Bay’s Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve is like an Indiana Jones set. Explore the underground quarry restored to appear like its active days in the 1920s to ’40s. Don a hard hat, pick up a flashlight and join a 90-minute docent-led tour Saturdays and Sundays (through November). Don’t miss the “stopes,” where the tunnel goes from 8 feet tall to more than 30 feet tall. [Visit to find out more about getting outdoors in Northern California]

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Bourdeaux spinach

Chieftain potatoes

Fresh butter

Marina de Chioggia squash

Oyster mushrooms

Pink Lady apples

Tomato salt

Red mustard


Fairs and festivals

Female crafters: The 35th annual Celebration of Craftswomen features more than 150 female juried artists, plus live music and food. It benefits the Women’s Building. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Green celebration: The weekendlong Green Festival begins. Eco-friendly lectures, panels, demonstrations, food, film and kids’ activities are on the slate. [10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Concourse Exhibition Center, 635 Eighth St., S.F.]


Cello suites: Dutch cellist Pieter Wispelwey, known for his intensely personal playing, performs two programs collectively featuring all of Bach’s cello suites. [2 and 7:30 p.m., St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 1111 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

Body music: The International Body Music Festival, featuring snapping, clapping, stepping and singing, presents a show featuring artists from Greece, Indonesia, Detroit and other places. [7:30 p.m., SFJAZZ Center, 201 Franklin St., S.F.]


A great bike class

Adult Learn to Bike: You’re never too old to learn to bike. Join the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition for a lesson in a safe, car-free space. The team of teachers will get you pedaling, rolling and having fun. The class is free, but sign-ups are required. [10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Waller bicycle learning area, Waller and Stanyan streets, S.F.; RSVP at]


Singer-songwriter: British pop singer-songwriter Phildel brings her tour to San Francisco. The Disappearance of the Girl” is her new album. [8 p.m., Café Du Nord, 2170 Market St., S.F.]

Food and drink

Chocolate salon: The San Francisco Fall Luxury Chocolate Salon features talks and tastings of artisan and premium chocolate. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Conference Center, Building A, Fort Mason, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Literary arts

Author appearance: Food historian Rachel Laudan discusses her new book, “Cuisine and Empire: Cooking in World History.” [3 p.m., Omnivore Books on Food, 3885a Cesar Chavez St., S.F.]

Urban agriculture

Mushroom class: Urban agriculture specialist David Gardella teaches a class titled “Mushroom Cultivation for the Home and Beyond. [1 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.; register:]


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