Dining, entertainment and outdoors activities for the weekend 

Rotisserie in the Rough: Not into golf? There’s still a great reason to visit the Presidio Golf Course. (weekendsherpa.com)
  • Rotisserie in the Rough: Not into golf? There’s still a great reason to visit the Presidio Golf Course. (weekendsherpa.com)


Food: Oliveto’s new young chef Jonah Rhodehamel is continuing the tradition of excellence set by Paul Bertolli nearly 20 years ago.

Meet Your Mixologist: Pete Gowdy, bar manager at Bottle Cap, brings a bright aesthetic to the new North Beach saloon in the former home of the legendary Washington Square Bar & Grill.

On the town
Foreign films: New cinema from Germany, Austria and Switzerland screens at the 2011 Berlin & Beyond Film Festival. Friday’s films include “Joschka & Mr. Fischer” at 6 p.m. [Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.; www.berlinbeyond.com]

East and West: Ultra World X-Tet performs new works. The group’s instruments include guzhengs (23-string Chinese zither), saxophone, bamboo flute, bass and percussion. [8 p.m., Old First Church, 1751 Sacramento St., S.F.]



A great hike and bites

Rotisserie in the Rough: Not into golf? There’s still a great reason to visit the Presidio Golf Course: pulled pork, baby! Located between the 16th and 17th holes, the General Store has a billowing barbecue stand and snack shop. Sizzle master Ben Pickering’s menu also includes tri-tip, sausage and chili. Grab a Racer 5 IPA to complement the ’cue. Go soon: Ben’s around just through October before he closes up for the season. [Visit WeekendSherpa.com to sign up for email about getting outdoors in Northern California]

Neighborhood events

Local history: Potrero Hill History Night features a barbecue and a free program. Guests include music critic Joel Selvin, talking with Country Joe McDonald. [5:30 to 9 p.m., International Studies Academy, 655 De Haro St., S.F.]


Hip-hop violinist: Grammy-winning violinist Miri Ben-Ari appears in concert. Her sound merges classical styles with jazz, R&B and hip-hop. [8:30 p.m., Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto]

Human rights

LGBT gala: The Human Rights Campaign, the LGBT civil rights organization, hosts its San Francisco Bay Area Gala Dinner and Auction. Visibility Award recipient: MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts. [6 p.m., Fairmont Hotel, 950 Mason St., S.F.]

Literary events

Literary lunch: The San Francisco Authors Luncheon features Russell Banks, Melissa Clark, Jacqueline Winspear and other authors this year. It benefits the National Kidney Foundation.
[10 a.m., Marriott Marquis,
55 Fourth St., S.F.]


For kids: The Haight-Ashbury Street Fair hosts its “Children’s Halloween Hootenanny,” a fair with a costume contest, performers, and activities. [11 a.m. to
4 p.m., Stanyan/Waller cul-de-sac, next to Kezar Pavilion, S.F.]

For grown-ups: Masquerotica, a new Halloween party, features sex-positive, musical and theatrical events, with nine playgrounds. Costumes are required. [8 p.m. to 4 a.m., Concourse Exhibition Center, 635 Eighth St., S.F.]


Fort Mason Farmers Market top picks

  • Butternut squash
  • Eggplant
  • Gourds
  • Kabocha squash
  • Pumpkins
  • Rainbow Orchards apples and apple juice


A great bike ride
Last 2011 Sunday Streets: Roll down the gloriously car-free streets of the Mission District for the final Sunday Streets of the season. Ride over to the Mission Branch Public Library for a free outdoor family rock concert, or pedal to one of Valencia Street’s new outdoor seating parklets. [11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Valencia Street, between Duboce Avenue and 24th Street, and down 24th Street to Hampshire Street, S.F. www. sundaystreetssf.com]


String quartet: The St. Lawrence String Quartet performs a new work by Osvaldo Golijov, paired with a major work by Schubert, one of Golijov’s favorite composers. [2:30 p.m., Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Stanford University]

Visual arts
Poster fair: The International Vintage Poster Fair features posters galore, dated from the 1890s to the 1980s. Exhibitors from six continents take part.
[11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Conference Center, Building A, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]


Stand-up show: Comedian Ian Edwards, seen on “Def Comedy Jam” and P. Diddy’s “Bad Boys of Comedy,” performs at Cobb’s. Kevin Shea shares the bill. [8 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Nonfiction cinema: The San Francisco Documentary Film Festival continues. Today’s topics include alternative farmers, the “Tetris” championship, and comics artist Stan Lee. [12:30 p.m. onward, Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., S.F.]

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