San Francisco events April 19 - 21 

click to enlarge Beginners ride: Join the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition for a learn-to-ride class for people of all ages. Bring your own bicycles and helmets. Youths under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. [10 a.m., meet at Grattan Elementary School, 165 Grattan St., S.F.; RSVP: www.sfbike.org/chain] - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • Beginners ride: Join the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition for a learn-to-ride class for people of all ages. Bring your own bicycles and helmets. Youths under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. [10 a.m., meet at Grattan Elementary School, 165 Grattan St., S.F.; RSVP: www.sfbike.org/chain]

San Francisco events for April 19 - 21, 2013.

Friday

  • Harp concert: The Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts hosts  “An Evening of Harp Music From Latin America.” Ensemble El Contratiempo and StringQuake perform. [7 p.m., 2868 Mission St., S.F.]

Saturday

  • Beginners ride: Join the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition for a learn-to-ride class for people of all ages. Bring your own bicycles and helmets. Youths under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. [10 a.m., meet at Grattan Elementary School, 165 Grattan St., S.F.; RSVP: www.sfbike.org/chain]
  • Earth Day celebration: Earth Day San Francisco festivities, at Civic Center Plaza, include eco-themed speakers, performances and workshops. Bands include Poor Man’s Whiskey. [10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Polk and Grove streets, S.F.]
  • Japanese festival: The Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival, celebrating Japanese culture, continues. Food, performances, art, and a taiko festival are on Saturday’s slate. [10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Post and Buchanan streets and thereabouts, S.F.]
  • Author talk: Best-selling author Anne Lamott discusses her latest works: “Some Assembly Required” and “Help, Thanks, Wow.” [5 p.m., St. James Episcopal Church, 4620 California St., S.F.; www.greenapplebooks.com]
  • String quartet: The New Esterhazy Quartet presents “The Danube Runs Through It,” a concert of music from Austria and Hungary by Haydn, Bartok and Szekely. [4 p.m., St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 1111 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

Sunday

  • Botanical Beauty: For Earth Day weekend, take a trip around the world without leaving San Francisco. The Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park has 55 acres of flora — from New Zealand to the Mediterranean and every place in between. Many parts of the garden are currently reaching their peak. Check out the California Native Garden’s awesome display of Douglas iris poppies, azaleas and California Glory. Then stroll through the century-old Redwood Grove that could pass as a slice of Muir Woods. [Visit WeekendSherpa.com to find out more about getting outdoors in Northern California]
  • New-music giants: Laurie Anderson and the Kronos Quartet — major forces in new music since the 1980s — present their first collaboration, an evening-length work. [7 p.m., Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford University, Stanford]
  • Piano recital: Classical pianist Andras Schiff, who has been surveying the keyboard works of great composers, performs a concert featuring Bach’s “English Suites.” [2 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]
  • Reggae band: New Zealand’s Katchafire, a popular roots-reggae collective, brings its spring U.S. tour to The City. [9 p.m., Mezzanine, 444 Jessie St., S.F.]
  • South Asian humor: Comics with East Indian roots are “Pundits With Punchlines.” Tapan Trivedi, Kabir “Kabeezy” Singh and Samson Koletkar perform in the show. [7:30 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

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