Explore the Russian River 


Distinctive Northern Chinese cuisine characterized by notable, nuanced flavor and texture make up the menu at Sichuan Home, a new spot in the Richmond.


Meet Your Mixologist:
Coco500 bar manager Elaine Danoff, a 20-year veteran of the trade, enjoys the current creative-cocktail wave and introducing imaginative libations to her customers.

On the town

Dance collective: Requisitedance, a Bay Area dance collective, presents new works by company and guest choreographers. Themes include transformation of self-identity. [8 p.m., Dance Mission Theater, 3316 24th St., S.F.]

Jazz and blues: Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers, the popular swing and jump-blues band, perform at
Biscuits and Blues. [8 and 10 p.m.,  401 Mason St., S.F.]


A great excursion

‘Russian Redux’: Is it 1981 or 2011? It’s hard to tell at the old-school Monte Rio Beach on the Russian River. The scene is pure summer classic: a slow-moving river ideal for swimming and boating, plenty of room for water fights, and an expansive beach made for sunbathing, barbecuing and enjoying concession-stand munchies. Escape the crowds by renting a canoe or kayak and paddling upstream to explore the river. [Visit WeekendSherpa.com to sign up for email about getting outdoors in Northern California]


Filipino fair: The two-day Pistahan fair celebrates Filipino Americans in San Francisco. Festivities include food, music, crafts and, on Saturday, the parade. [11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Yerba Buena Gardens, 770 Mission St., S.F.; www.pistahan.net]


Male icons: Man Dance Company, an LGBT-themed dance group, presents “Hollywood Knights,” a dance concert honoring the men who have graced the red carpet. [8 p.m., San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., S.F.]


Crafts show: The two-day 2011 American Craft Council Show, the West’s largest juried crafts show, begins. The celebration includes handmade art and live crafting. [10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]


Music fest: Bands galore perform at the weekend-long Outside Lands festival. Top-billed acts include Muse and the Black Keys. [11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Polo Fields and Speedway, Marx and Lindley meadows, Golden Gate Park, S.F.; www.sfoutsidelands.com]


Comedy show: Wild 94.9’s Comedy Jam presents its 2011 show. The all-star lineup includes Katt Williams, Dave Chappelle and Chris Tucker, to name a few. [7 p.m., Shoreline Amphitheatre, 1 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View]


Shark in the park: The San Francisco Neighborhood Theater Foundation presents Steven Spielberg’s “Jaws.” Dolores Park is the place. [8 p.m. or dusk, 18th and Dolores streets, S.F.]

  • Dapple Dandy pluots
  • Early Girl tomatoes
  • Padron peppers
  • Princess grapes

Note: Kids ages 3 to 5 are invited to be creative at the SF Children’s Art Center in Building C from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. [www.fortmason.org]



Cuba and Brazil: Cuban star Wil Campa y Su Orchestra bring their energetic big-band sound to Sigmund Stern Grove. Brazilian samba singer Luisa Maita shares the bill. [2 p.m., Sloat Boulevard and 19th Avenue, S.F.]

Modern rock: Cosa Brava, a rock band formed by composer and instrumentalist Fred Frith, performs. “Ragged Atlas” is the group’s debut album. [8 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

Kiddie rock: The Tricycle Music Fest West, featuring rock for kids, presents a main-stage show. Frances England and Charity and the Jamband perform. [11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Main Library, Larkin Street steps,
100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Literary arts

Book discussion: The Modern Lit Book Club discusses “Miss Lonelyhearts” and “The Day of the Locust,” both by Nathanael West. [7 p.m., Books Inc., 2251 Chestnut St., S.F.]



A great bike ride and more

Car-free streets: “Sunday Streets,” a celebration where people can enjoy activities and camaraderie on San Francisco streets without cars, presents its August edition — a Civic Center-Tenderloin route. [11 a.m. to 4 p.m.;

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