Ride along with a literary history bike tour 

FRIDAY

Eating

Food: Greg Dunmore is preparing exceptional contemporary Japanese, farm-fresh fare at Nojo in Hayes Valley. Don’t miss the grilled dishes served on a stick.

 

Drinking

Meet Your Mixologist: Bartender Phil Fong, a 14-year-veteran at Waterfront, was inspired by Chinese cultural symbols in creating his bright-red signature cocktail, the Razzberry Lemon Drop.

 

On the town

Hip-hop dance: Bay Area hip-hop dancer Allan Frias appears in "House of Frias," a music and dance journey through club dance. [8 p.m., Dance Mission Theater, 3316 24th St., S.F.]

 

Benefit concert: Bay Area chamber groups join artists from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music for a concert benefiting earthquake relief in Japan. Ensembles include Sqwonk and Zofo. [7 p.m., SFCM, 50 Oak St., S.F.]

 

SATURDAY

A great bike ride

Literary History Bike Tour: Visit varied neighborhoods while learning facts, tidbits and heresy about The City’s writerly past in this San Francisco Bicycle Coalition offering. Be prepared to meet some authors, and expect a two-hour, fairly easy-going ride — minimal hills! Eat a big breakfast before; time-permitting, there will be a stop at a coffee house. A $5 donation is requested, rain cancels. [Meet at 11:15 a.m. at Mechanic’s Institute Library, Post and Montgomery streets, S.F., www.sfbike.org]

 

Festivals

Carnaval time: Latin American and Caribbean cultures set the tone at Carnaval San Francisco. Festivities include food, music, dancing, and on Sunday, a parade. [10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Harrison Street between 22nd and 16th streets, S.F.]

 

Music

Songbook giant: Tony Bennett appears in concert. SFJazz presents the evening as part of its "Ultimate American Songbook Series: Living Legends" programming. [8 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

 

Coltrane salute: The Asian American Orchestra performs a free outdoor concert: "India & Africa: A Tribute to John Coltrane." [1 p.m., Yerba Buena Gardens, Esplanade, Third and Mission streets, S.F.]

 

Comedy

Standup show: Comedian Nick Griffin performs at the Punch Line. His TV credits include appearances with David Letterman and Conan O’Brien and on Comedy Central. [8 and 10 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

 

Variety

Last day: The 2011 "Divafest," a showcase for female writers and performers, ends today. Shows include Maggie Cronin’s "A Most Notorious Woman." [8 p.m., Exit Theatre, 156 Eddy St., S.F.]

 

Lectures

All about jade: Asian Art Museum docent Pauline Tsui visits the library’s Chinatown Branch to present the story of jade, considered in China to be more precious than gold. [2:30 p.m., 1135 Powell St., S.F.]

 

SUNDAY

Fort Mason Center Farmers Market top picks

  • Albion strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Early apricots
  • Nicasio Valley cheese
  • Rainier cherries
  • Sweet lettuce mix

Note: A National Maritime Historic Park rangers will be on hand to talk about historic ships and summer programs.

[www.fortmason.org]

 

A great excursion

‘Cache Flow’: Test your mettle with other amateurs on a do-it-yourself white-water adventure outfitted by Cache Canyon Whitewater River Trips. Cache Creek is rated Class III, and with a limit of two people per raft, you choose the captain and first mate. Then it’s an 8-mile self-guided adventure through more than a dozen rapids. If you happen to get ejected, take heart: The water’s warm! [Visit WeekendSherpa.com for email about getting outdoors in Northern California]

 

Dance

Two dance companies: Scott Wells & Dancers perform "A Walk in the Parkour" and Khambatta Dance Company perform mixed repertory in this double bill. [8 p.m., CounterPULSE, 1310 Mission St., S.F.]

 

Music

Two singer-songwriters: Folk-rock artist Robert Ellis performs at Hotel Utah. Virgil Shaw, of Dieselhead fame, shares the bill. [8 p.m., 500 Fourth St., S.F.]

 

Museums

Contemporary art: "Marco Breuer: Line of Sight" continues at the de Young Museum. Breuer has placed photographs in dialogue with objects from the museum’s collection. [9:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

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