Celebrate a great Dutch holiday riding from the ocean to Union Square 



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Author appearance:
Novelist Mary Gordon reads from her latest book, "The Love of My Youth." [7 p.m., Kepler's Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

Performance fundraiser:
"May Day" — three nights of performances benefiting CounterPulse — begins. Top local dance companies are on the bill tonight. [8 p.m., CounterPulse, 1310 Mission St., S.F.]


A great bike ride

Queen's Day Green Bike Ride:
Celebrate a great Dutch holiday by wearing orange and joining this free guided bike tour, a one-way ride starting near the ocean, then going through Golden Gate Park, the Presidio and along the waterfront to Union Square. A bike-decorating party starting starts at 9 a.m. The tour, co-sponsored by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition and the Consulate General of the Netherlands, is appropriate for ages 12 and older. [9 a.m., meet at Queen Wilhelmina windmill, Golden Gate Park, S.F., www.sfbike.org]

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Glass act:
Composer-pianist Philip Glass performs a recital. It coincides with the re-creation of "Dance," dance artist Lucinda Childs' 1979 collaboration with Glass and Sol LeWitt. [3 p.m., Novellus Theater, 700 Howard St., S.F.]

South American music: Paraguayan singer Daniel Velazquez performs a concert. [8 p.m., Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, 2868 Mission St., S.F.]


Contemporary dance:
Kate Weare Company presents "Bright Land," a dance in which choreographer Weare uses old Celtic ballads as a peephole into the history of American lives. [8 p.m., ODC Theater, 3153 17th St., S.F.]


Dutch treats:
Queen's Day festivities celebrate Dutch culture. The afternoon includes Dutch food, Dutch musicians, orange tulips and a Dutch-style flea market. [Noon to 6 p.m., Union Square, Post and Powell streets, S.F.]


World cinema:
The 54th San Francisco International Film Festival continues. Today's packed slate includes "The Pipe" (Ireland) at 12:15 p.m. and "Autumn" (India) at 9:15 p.m. at the Kabuki and "End of Animal" (South Korea) at 9 p.m. at New People. [12:15 p.m. onward; www.sffs.org]


Solo play:
Writer, performer and registered nurse Alison Whittaker presents "Vital Signs," her multicharacter solo play offering an insider's view of an urban hospital. [8 p.m., Shotwell Studios, 3252-A 19th St., S.F.]


A great outing

Tiburon triple play:
You don't need a car for this Tiburon adventure: boat, bike and boot power each leg. Starting from San Francisco's Pier 41, board the Tiburon-bound ferry with your bike. After docking, jump on your two-wheeler and turn right onto Paradise Drive, pedaling 2 miles to the tiny Tiburon Uplands Nature Preserve, marked by a blink-and-you'll-miss-it sign. Take a .7-mile walk on the Loop Trail, through chaparral, oaks and Douglas irises. Terrific trifecta! [Visit WeekendSherpa.com to sign up for email about getting outdoors in Northern California]

Visual arts

Studio city:
The artists of Hunters Point Shipyard and Islais Creek host their Spring Open Studios, a chance to meet and buy from local artists in their place of work. [11 a.m. to 6 p.m., S.F. Bayview area; maps at www.shipyardartists.com]


Forbidden love:
Sean Dorsey Dance presents "The Secret History of Love (Part I)," a dance exploring the history of outlawing LGBT love, and how people found each other over the decades. [8 p.m., Z Space, 450 Florida St., S.F.]


Jazz pianist:
Venezuela-born jazz pianist Gabriela Montero appears in concert. Impromptu invention distinguishes her artistry. SFJazz presents the event. [2 p.m., Legion of Honor, 100 34th Ave., S.F.]


Cabaret show:
"Divas and Dames" cabaret features Connie Champagne, Sharon McNight, Paula West and others. It benefits the Richmond/Ermet AIDS Foundation. [7:30 p.m., Marines Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter St., S.F.]

Nordic exposure:
The Norway Day Festival features Norwegian arts, crafts, performances, vendors and cuisine. Special guests include Norway's Olympic Curling Team. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

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