April 3-4: Calamity Cubes, Easter fun and more 

click to enlarge Samuel P. Taylor State Park's Madrone Cabins are five new A-frame cabins with hardwood floors. - WEEKENDSHERPA.COM
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A great hike

Cabin fever: Want to camp in the redwoods, minus the whole pitching a tent and sleeping on the ground thing? Samuel P. Taylor State Park has you covered! Its Madrone Cabins are five new A-frame cabins with hardwood floors. Each sleeps up to five people in bunk beds (bring sleeping bags). They also have electric heaters, designed to look like wood stoves. You'll also enjoy lights and electricity -- illuminating the fact that, yes, camping can be fun! [Visit WeekendSherpa.com for details and other local adventures]


Taste of Paris: David Lebovitz, who packed up his favorite cast-iron skillet and moved to Paris a decade ago, is sharing his experiences in his new book, "My Paris Kitchen: Recipes and Stories." [6 p.m., Omnivore Books on Food, 3885a Cesar Chavez St., S.F.]

Avant-garde film: Check out "Rainbow's Edge," which examines the 1969 Tate murders and the mental state of Charles Manson's followers before the massacre, as well as other shorts by experimental filmmaker Ryan Wicks.[8 p.m., Artists' Television Access, 992 Valencia St., S.F.]

Ohlone welcome: The California Academy of Sciences is marking the start of its "Whales" exhibit by hosting an Ohlone welcome ceremony for visiting Maori dignitaries from New Zealand. The ceremony will include traditional songs, speeches and more. [10 a.m., California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Dance party: Sacred Dance, the sixth annual Opulent Temple White Party, features Billy Seal, Dulce Vita, DJ Icon, ELiKi and more. [9 p.m., Bently Reserve, 301 Battery St., S.F.]


Flower show: Get a final glimpse of the Macy's Flower Show, which juxtaposes lush blooms and fine design, and check out a performance by Non-Stop Bhangra. [9 a.m.-11 p.m., musical performance at 2 p.m., Macy's, 170 O'Farrell St., S.F.]

Autism and music: "Sound Maze for Max" is a maze filled with large, invented musical instruments visitors can use to explore the concepts of sound and music. The exhibit -- designed for people of all ages, including people on the autism spectrum -- is connected to the theater piece "Max Understood," a tale of a boy with autism that premieres April 15. [10 a.m.-6 p.m., Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Tubular: San Francisco psychedelic-punk-rock band The Tubes, which became legendary in the 1970s for its visually impressive live shows, is performing. The Mermen, marking two decades of instrumental rock, is also performing to promote its new album, "In God We Trust." [9 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

Punk for life: Hardcore punk band D.R.I. is celebrating three decades together. [9 p.m., Slim's, 333 11th St., S.F.]

Rock out: The Calamity Cubes, a Kansas "thrashicana" band featuring a "hard-driving banjo," is performing. [9:30 p.m., Riptide, 3639 Taraval Ave., S.F.]

A great bike ride

Eggstravaganza: Looking for a taste of outdoors Easter celebrations this Saturday? Eggstravaganza has got it, with egg hunts, carnival rides, games, live entertainment, and family activities galore. Ride your bike to Sharon Meadow in Golden Gate Park and let the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition keep your bike secure ­with free valet bicycle parking. [11 a.m.-3 p.m., Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park, S.F.; admission is $8 per person and children under 2 are free]

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