Bust out that bicycle for the Japantown loop 



Spice Kit serves the utmost in street food based on hand-held meals from Korea and Vietnam. Try the ssäm, a wrap filled with delicious beef, or the pork buns.


Start the new year with Burgundy — it pairs extremely well with food and is especially good with winter menus that feature root vegetables, wild mushrooms, turkey or ham.


Audio art:
The 2011 San Francisco Tape Music Festival begins. It features the performance of audio works by 20 composers, projected in 3-D spaces. [8 p.m., Southside Theater, Building D, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Best-selling author: John Lescroart talks about his new novel, “Damage,” a thriller set in San Francisco. [7 p.m., Kepler’s Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]


A great bike ride

Downtown/uptown/Japantown loop:
Start at the Ferry Building, ride north on The Embarcadero, turn left on North Point Street, left on Polk Street, right on Pacific Avenue, left on Webster Street, left on Post Street, left on Market Street, right on Spear Street, left on Mission Street to The Embarcadero and back to the Ferry Building. Free valet bike parking is provided by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition across from the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. [www.sfbike.org]

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market top picks


  • Romanesco
  • Chard
  • Coffee beans
  • Dried persimmons
  • Fresh pasta
  • Pork tamales
  • Page mandarins
  • Schmaltz
  • Turnips
  • Walnuts


Japanese New Year:
The Asian Art Museum hosts its “Mochitsuki!” celebration, a Japanese New Year event with rice-pounding, music, dance, stories and hands-on crafts. [Noon to 4 p.m., 200 Larkin St., S.F.]


Solo theater:
Writer-performer Jennifer Jajeh presents “I Heart Hamas,” her hit solo play about life as a Palestinian American, as part of the B.O.O.M. (Best of Off-Market) Festival. [7 p.m., Off-Market Theaters, 965 Mission St., S.F.]

'Kabuki Cabaret': The Peninsula Jewish Community Center hosts “Brenda Wong Aoki and the Legend of Morning Glory,” a performance of kyogen and noh theater with music. [8 p.m., 800 Foster City Blvd., Foster City]


Flamenco show:
Theatre Flamenco presents “Una Nota Flamenca,” a work in which dancers embody the emotion stirred by a single music note. [8 p.m., Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View]


Suspense master:
“Hitchcock’s Hidden Treasures” are showing at the Castro Theatre. Look for “The Lady Vanishes” (1938) and “The 39 Steps” (1935) today. [2, 3:45, 5:35, 7:15 and 9:05 p.m., 429 Castro St., S.F.]


Conservation lecture:
The San Francisco Zoo hosts a lecture by Living With Lions Director Laurence Frank about the African lion and its dwindling population. [Noon, Lurie Education Center, Great Hall, 1 Zoo Road, S.F.]


A great kayak outing  

‘Big Break’:
Half Moon Bay Kayak Co. offer various ways to explore the waters of Pillar Point, which sit in the shadow of the legendary Mavericks big-wave surf break. Do-it-yourselfers can rent a kayak by the hour and cruise in the protected harbor. Those tempted to check out more-rowdy waves may go with a guide on an adventure paddle beyond harbor limits. Float by funny-sounding surf scooters, orange-beaked oystercatchers and brown pelicans. [Visit www.WeekendSherpa.com to sign up for e-mail about going outdoors in Northern California]


Piano concert:
Pianist Soyeon Lee, winner of the Naumburg Competition, performs a concert of works by Bach, Ravel, Ligeti, Shostakovich, Schumann and Unsuk Chin. [5 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]


Standup show:
Ben Bailey — comedian, cabbie and host of “Cash Cab” — performs. [8 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]


Musical revue:
Yoshi’s hosts a production of “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” the 1978 Tony-winning revue saluting the black musicians of the 1920s and 1930s. Music is by Thomas Wright “Fats” Waller. [7 p.m., 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]


Vast tango:
“Forever Tango” continues at the Marines’ Memorial Theatre through Jan. 12. Luis Bravo’s stage show traces tango’s colorful history through music, dance and vignettes. [2 and 7 p.m., 608 Sutter St., S.F.]


Last day:
“Japanesque: The Japanese Print in the Era of Impressionism” closes. The exhibit contains more than 250 prints, drawings, paintings and artist’s books. [9:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., Legion of Honor, 100 34th Ave., S.F.]

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