Dec. 19-20: Retro French pop, Oakland bike ride and more 

click to enlarge Oakland holiday lights ride: Join the Scraper Bike Team on its second Christmas light ride through East Oakland, where members ride around town exploring the holiday lights that decorate the neighborhoods. This is a kid-friendly ride, so get festive and check out the East Bay! [5 p.m., meet at ColectiVelo, 4848 International Blvd., Oakland] -  - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • Oakland holiday lights ride: Join the Scraper Bike Team on its second Christmas light ride through East Oakland, where members ride around town exploring the holiday lights that decorate the neighborhoods. This is a kid-friendly ride, so get festive and check out the East Bay! [5 p.m., meet at ColectiVelo, 4848 International Blvd., Oakland]

A GREAT HIKE

Toast of the town: Fill your cup of holiday cheer in Sonoma. There's a ho-ho-whole bunch of reasons to go, including hiking and biking trails as well as a historic square that's home to locally owned shops and more than a dozen wine-tasting rooms. When the sun goes down, the plaza glows with holiday lights. Go on a self-guided cycle-and-sip tour or hike the recently opened Montini Open Space Preserve for excellent views of the valley. [Visit WeekendSherpa.com for details and other local adventures.]

FRIDAY

Coppola fest: A weekendlong tribute to the Coppola family kicks off with a benefit party for the century-old Roxie, followed by a discussion with Richard Beggs and Walter Murch, who won Oscars for sound design on "Apocalypse Now." The Francis Ford Coppola-directed film screens at 8 p.m. [5:30 p.m., Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., S.F.]

New fiction: Canadian poet and professor Stephanie McKenzie reads from her work and speaks about her upcoming debut novel, "As Crows and John-Crows Fly." [6 p.m., Modern Times, 2919 24th St., S.F.]

Local Bloco at 20: Loco Bloco marks two decades of Afro-Latino music, culture and activism with live music and dance. [7 p.m., Brava Theater Center, 2781 24th St., S.F.]

Rock flashback: The Mother Hips are playing their 1995 album "Part Timer Goes Full" in its entirety. [8 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O'Farrell St., S.F.]

Green-eyed monsters: "Hand to Mouth," a monthly comedy showcase, features local comics riffing on the theme of jealousy. [8:30 p.m., Lost Weekend Video, 1034 Valencia St., S.F.]

SATURDAY

Dickens fair: The Great Dickens Christmas Fair, a lively revival of Victorian London at the Cow Palace, enters its final weekend with good food, family activities and saucy stage shows. A free shuttle is available from the Glen Park BART station. [10 a.m.-7 p.m., Cow Palace, 2600 Geneva Ave., S.F.]

Remembering 'Margaret': A scrapbook found in a San Francisco dumpster two decades ago forms the inspiration for "Margaret," a concert based on the strange and mysterious life of Margaret Rucker. [7 p.m., Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.]

Free jazz show: The Yancie Taylor Quintet -- including James Bailey, Glen Pearson, Ryan Lukas, Bryan Bowman and Yancy Taylor -- performs a free show. [8 p.m., Bird & Beckett Books and Records, 653 Chenery St., S.F.]

Ooh la la: San Francisco band Rue '66 specializes in female-driven, 1960s-flavored French pop. The Incidentals are also featured on the bill. [8 p.m., Hemlock Tavern, 1131 Polk St., S.F.]

Rap show: Veteran Los Angeles rap group Dilated Peoples is back with its latest album, "Directors of Photography." [9 p.m., Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

A GREAT BIKE RIDE

Oakland holiday lights ride: Join the Scraper Bike Team on its second Christmas light ride through East Oakland, where members ride around town exploring the holiday lights that decorate the neighborhoods. This is a kid-friendly ride, so get festive and check out the East Bay! [5 p.m., meet at ColectiVelo, 4848 International Blvd., Oakland]

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