Ride your bike on Angel Island 

FRIDAY, JULY 15

Eating

Food:
Piccino, a top-quality cafe and pizzeria that just moved into a new, bright, airy space in the Dogpatch, offers a mix of Italian-inspired local food and sophisticated European wines.

Drinking

Meet Your Mixologist:
Bartender Vanessa Garrovillas mixes classy cocktails for everyday people at Churchill, a hip, steampunk-style bar at a busy location that has already played host to many a watering hole.

On the town

Star trumpeter:
Grammy-winning trumpeter Chris Botti and his band appear with the San Francisco Symphony. The program includes jazz classics. [8 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Museum social: Friday Nights at the de Young welcomes artist Rupert Garcia, a leader of the Chicano Art Movement. Also this week: live Gypsy jazz. [5 to 8:45 p.m., de Young Museum, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

SATURDAY, JULY 16

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market top picks


  • Romano beans
  • Lemon cucumbers
  • Garlic quark
  • Rocambole garlic
  • Thai basil
  • Romaine lettuce
  • Summer pork sausages
  • Santa Rosa plums
  • Squash blossoms
  • Cherry tomatoes


A great bike ride

Angel Island:
Start at the Blue & Gold Ferry terminal, Pier 41, the Embarcadero at Powell Street. Catch the ferry to Angel Island; from the Visitors Center, take the road to the left up a short, steep hill. At the top of the hill, turn right and follow Perimeter Road counterclockwise around the circumference of the island. Mountain bikers can make a side trip to the summit of Mount Caroline Livermore — 781 feet high. [www.sfbike.org]

Music

Mexican musician:
David Aguilar, a singer-songwriter from Mexico’s independent music scene, performs at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts. [7:30 p.m., 2868 Mission St., S.F.]

Comedy

Stand-up show:
Greg Fitzsimmons, stand-up comic and host of his own weekly radio show, performs at the Punch Line. [8 and 10 p.m., 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Movies

Silent films:
The San Francisco Silent Film Festival presents new discoveries and restorations of silent gems, with live accompaniment. The 1918 romantic comedy “Mr. Fix-It” is on today’s bill. [Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.; www.silentfilm.org]

Festivals

Salsa celebration:
The Salsa Festival on the Fillmore features salsa music and dancing at 11 venues. A free outdoor concert leads things off. [7 p.m. to 2 a.m., Fillmore Street from Eddy Street to Geary Boulevard, S.F.; www.salsaonfillmore.com]

Literary arts

Author appearance:
Novelist Michael Wiley talks about “A Bad Night’s Sleep,” his third mystery featuring Chicago detective Joe Kozmarski. [2 p.m., “M” Is for Mystery, 86 E. Third Ave., San Mateo]

Local history

LaborFest:
The labor festival hosts a “San Francisco General Strike Walk,” a chance to learn about this significant event in labor history and to visit key sites involved. [10:30 a.m.; Harry Bridges Plaza, front of Ferry Building, S.F.]

SUNDAY, JULY 17

Music

Mozart celebration:
The 2011 Midsummer Mozart Festival presents “Program I,” an all-Mozart concert. Guest artists include pianist Jon Nakamatsu. [3 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Charity walks

AIDS walk:
The 25th AIDS Walk San Francisco features a 10K walk, plus festivities. It benefits local AIDS services. [Sign-in is at 9 a.m., Mother’s Meadow; walk begins and ends in Sharon Meadow; Golden Gate Park, S.F.; www.aidswalk.net]

Festivals

Reggae and ska:
The English Beat, the pioneering 1980s band, brings reggae and dub-infused ska to the Stern Grove Festival. [2 p.m., Sigmund Stern Grove, Sloat Boulevard and 19th Avenue, S.F.]

Theater

‘Vice’ revue:
Thrillpeddlers presents “Vice Palace: The Last Cockettes.” A revival of the 1972 musical extravaganza, it contains elements of Poe, Fellini, Roger Corman and other Cockettes shows. [7 p.m., Hypnodrome, 575 10th St., S.F.]

Fairs and expos

Gardening show:
Hobby gardeners can learn more efficient ways to grow healthy plants at the San Francisco Indoor Gardening Expo. Two hundred exhibitors take part. [Noon to 5 p.m., Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, S.F.]

A great excursion

H2-Om:
You won’t need to roll out your mat for this yoga class. Hit the cool and calm waters of Richardson Bay to strike some poses on a Stand Up Paddleboard. OnBoardFitness offers a fresh dose of morning Om with SUP Yoga classes in Sausalito. From Schoonmaker Beach, paddle into the tiny protected cove on Richardson Bay for a 75-minute session. Try not to be distracted by playful seals circling and moon jellies pulsating as you do a downward-facing dog! [Visit weekendsherpa.com to sign up for email about getting outdoors in Northern California]

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