Pianist Lara Downes to play at Classical Revolution benefit 

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  • Lara Downes (Courtesy photo)
  • Lara Downes (Courtesy photo)

Friday night

Eating
Food: The new, well-run Park Tavern — with its big bar and unfussy, modern bar food — perfectly fills the North Beach spot that formerly housed the venerated Moose’s.

Drinking
Meet Your Mixologist: Epic Roasthouse head bartender Jeff Fairbanks, a seasoned pro, features his tasty drink Autumn in Paris at the sophisticated waterfront steak place.

On the town
Piano performance: Lara Downes plays music from her latest album “Thirteen Ways of Looking at the Goldberg” in a benefit presented by Classical Revolution; a 7 p.m. reception precedes the concert. [8 p.m., Salle Pianos, 1632c Market St., S.F.]

Modern dance: A Mused Collective presents “Blue: ebbs and flows.” The evening includes “Unquenchable,” an exploration of humans’ relationship with water. [8 p.m., CounterPulse, 1310 Mission St., S.F.]

Litquake
San Francisco’s 12th annual literary festival is a nine-day extravaganza featuring some 800 writers, hundreds of readings and dozens of panels. Many events are free.

Nordic noir: A dark and stormy night of Scandinavian crime fiction
Fans of Nordic noir can move beyond Henning Mankell and Stieg Larsson during this evening featuring three authors from the snowy climes of Norway and Sweden. In conversation with Noir City Film Festival producer and host Eddie Muller, crime novelists Tom Egeland (“The Gospel of Lucifer”), Jorn Lier Horst (“Nocturnal Man”) and Liza Marklund (“The Postcard Killers”) will chat about the bleak landscape of Scandinavian thrillers and discuss their work in the context of contemporary global crime fiction. [8 p.m. Friday, Swedish American Hall, 2174 Market St., S.F., $10 advance, $12 at the door, www.brownpapertickets.com]

Saturday

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market top picks

  • Kohlrabi
  • Almond butter
  • Carrots
  • Cranberry beans
  • Early Girl tomatoes
  • Flavor Fall pluots
  • Golden Delicious apples
  • Jalapeños

Festivals, celebrations
Hill festival: The Potrero Hill Festival features performers, food, crafts and brunch. It benefits the Potrero Hill Neighborhood House. [9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 20th Street between Missouri and Arkansas streets, S.F.; www.potrerofestival.com]

Indie-rock marathon: The 2011 Treasure Island Music Festival — two days of indie bands galore — begins. Saturday’s headliner: Empire of the Sun. [Noon onward, Treasure Island; www.treasureislandfestival.com]

Neighborhood arts: The Yerba Buena Community Benefit District presents Yerba Buena Night, a free evening of art and performances. [4 p.m. to midnight, throughout S.F.’s Yerba Buena neighborhood; www.visityerbabuena.org]

Movies
Real life: The San Francisco Documentary Film Festival presents two weeks of nonfiction cinema. Saturday’s films feature young farmers, yoga women, odd collector’s items and more. [12:30 p.m. onward, Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., S.F.]

Taiwanese films: The San Francisco Film Society presents “Taiwan Film Days” through the weekend. Saturday’s bill includes the award-winning documentary “Taivalu.” [1:30 p.m. onward, SFFS Cinema, 1746 Post St., S.F.; www.sffs.org]

Sunday

A great walk
Cow Hollow Tour: Historic bells cast halfway around the world, a rare building type from 1861, a grand Italianate manor house and San Francisco’s most exotic building are among the sights on the San Francisco City Guides Tour led by Don Andreini. [10 a.m., meet at Holy Trinity Cathedral, Van Ness Avenue and Green Street, S.F., www.sfcitiguides.org]

Music
Baroque music: Magnificat, a baroque-music company, presents Charpentier’s emotionally charged setting of the Orpheus myth, “La Descente d’Orphee aux enfers.” [4 p.m., St. Mark’s Church, 1111 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

Comedy
Stand-up show: Norm MacDonald, of “Saturday Night Live” and “Sports Show” fame, performs. [8 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Dance
Solo dance: Dance artist Rosangela Silvestre presents “Faces of Nature,” a solo work exploring the artistic expression of the Orixas, the spirits or deities of the Yoruba traditions. [7:30 p.m., Dance Mission, 3316 24th St., S.F.]

Museums

Book sale: The San Mateo County History Museum hosts a book sale benefiting the San Mateo County Historical Association. Used books are 50 percent off. [10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 2200 Broadway, Redwood City]

Movies

Arab cinema: The Arab Film Festival continues through Oct. 23 around the bay. Sunday’s films include “The Birds of the Nile,” from Egypt, screening at 8:45 p.m. [Noon onward, Embarcadero Center Cinema, 1 Embarcadero Center, S.F.; www.arabfilmfestival.org]

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