Explore San Francisco’s lost sand dunes, ponds, creeks and coastline 

FRIDAY NIGHT

Eating

Food:
Dining in the airport has never been so good, with local establishments offering ultra-fresh baked goods, coffee, sandwiches and chicken at SFO’s new Terminal 2.

Drinking

Meet Your Mixologist:
Dave Gabine enjoys his work at Le Central, a Financial District restaurant and bar known for its familiar faces and personalities, French-bistro mystique, untouched decor and classic cocktails.  

On the town

Asian comics:
Dat Phan headlines "Far Easter 6," 2011's edition of the show featuring comics of Asian descent. Rex Navarrete, Ali Wong and Rajan Dharni also appear. [8 and 10:15 p.m., Cobb's Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Classical guitarist: The renowned musician appears in recital. Music by Byrd, Handel, Bach, Regondi, Roux and Albeniz is on the program. [8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

SATURDAY

A great bike ride

Ecological History (North) Bike Tour:
Explore San Francisco’s lost sand dunes, ponds, creeks and coastline with CounterPULSE and Shaping San Francisco director Chris Carlsson on this four-hour tour, which focuses on SF from downtown north, covering the heart of The City, the waterfront and Yerba Buena Cove, Telegraph Hill, Black Point and Crissy Field. Bring a snack and water; reserve by calling (415) 608-9035. The cost is $15 to $50 sliding scale, to benefit Shaping SF. [Noon to 4 p.m., meet at CounterPULSE, 1310 Mission St., S.F., www sfbike.org]

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market top picks

 

  • Fava beans
  • Arugula
  • Beets
  • Herb slab
  • Irises
  • Goat Jaaak
  • Green garlic
  • Queso fresco
  • Seascape strawberries
  • Walnuts


Earth Day

Public celebration:
Earth Day San Francisco, a free public event, features speakers, music, exhibits, workshops, films, games and lots more. Civic Center Plaza is the place. [10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Polk and Grove streets, S.F.]

Science events: California Academy of Sciences Earth Day events highlight sustainability and conservation. Attractions include "Save the Frogs" and a planetarium show, "Fragile Planet." [9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Green printing: San Francisco Center for the Book hosts its annual Earth Day celebration, a day of sustainable printing and book-arts activities. [11 a.m. to 5 p.m., 300 De Haro St., S.F.]

Literary arts

Book sale:
Friends of the San Francisco Public Library hosts its 50th-anniversary book sale, benefiting the library's education programs. All items are $3 or less. [10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Music

Blues artists:
SFJAZZ's spring celebration welcomes veteran blues artist and recent Grammy Award recipient Buddy Guy. Rising blues star John Nemeth also takes the stage. [8 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Movies

World cinema:
The 54th San Francisco International Film Festival has begun. Saturday's packed lineup includes "Pink Saris" (England/India) at 1  p.m. at New People; "Hospitalite" (Japan) at 9 p.m. at New People and "The Troll Hunter" (Norway) at 11:30 p.m. at the Kabuki. [Noon onward; www.sffs.org]

SUNDAY

A great hike

Monterey Jack:
Monterey is known for its classic coastline, but the highest point on the peninsula, Jacks Peak, is worth a visit.  At just over 1,000 feet tall, the peaceful ridge-top park provides beautiful views of Monterey Bay and Carmel Valley. Take a 2.5-mile clockwise loop hike among pine and madrone by starting on the Earl Moser Trail. Blooming wildflowers like the violet Douglas Iris decorate the trail. [Visit WeekendSherpa.com for email about getting outdoors in Northern California]

Festivities

Parade and festival:
Both elegant and wacky, the 2011 Spring Celebration and Easter Parade features music, food, and a bonnet contest. The parade starts at 2 p.m. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Union Street between Gough and Fillmore streets, S.F.]

Children's book day: "Dia de Los Ninos/Dia de Los Libros" festivities celebrate kids and books. Look for literary activities, a book giveaway, and performances. [1 to 4 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Music

Vocal group:
Sweet Honey in the Rock, the Grammy-winning vocal ensemble, presents its three-icon tribute show, "Remembering Nina, Odetta and Miriam." [7 p.m., Yoshi's, 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Museums

Balinese arts:
"Bali" continues at the Asian Art Museum. The exhibition contains 131 art pieces, from simple woven images of the rice goddess to elaborately carved and gilded chairs. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 200 Larkin St., S.F.]

Ancient Mexican arts: "Olmec: Colossal Masterworks of Ancient Mexico" continues at the de Young Museum. Exhibit highlights include colossal heads carved from boulders. [9:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Classic car preview: Some 70 historic vehicles participating in this year’s California Mille — a four-day, 1,000-mile tour on public roads — will be on display on Nob Hill. [11 a.m. to 6 pm.., Mason and California streets, streets, S.F.]

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