Good Weekend: April 16-18 


Food: At L’Ardoise, chef-owner Thierry Clement, formerly of Fringale, serves old-school, old-world, old-fashioned French fare that’s comforting and delicious. 


Meet Your Mixologist: Ellis Clayton presides over magnificent punch bowls — whose contents complement the cocktail menu — at Hobson’s Choice in the Haight. 

On the town

Electronica: Orbital, the brotherly duo featuring Phil and Paul Hartnoll of Sevenoaks, England, plays at The Warfield. [9 p.m., 982 Market St., S.F.] 

Clever collaboration: Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet’s world-premiere piece features contributions from vocalists who are San Francisco Opera Adler Fellows. [8 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 700 Howard St., S.F.]

A great hike

The Full Lobos: It’s been called the greatest meeting of land and water in the world. Point Lobos State Reserve, 2 miles south of Carmel, marks the unofficial start of Big Sur. Rough-and-tumble headlands and jagged rocks amid rollicking waves make this old whaling station an explorer’s paradise. Make a 5-mile loop. Walk the cypress-lined trail and take detours to coves such as “The Pit” (pictured). [For directions and more information, visit, the largest outdoor lifestyle publication in Northern California]


Ferry Plaza Farmers Market top picks

  • Red chard
  • Baby spring onions
  • Red Hawk cheese
  • Radish rapini
  • Mini Pullman loaves
  • Chicken beer sausages
  • Avocados
  • Green garlic
  • Broccoli di cicco
  • Snap peas

Art and music

Jewelry show: The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art store’s Jewelry Trunk Show and Sale features new pieces by international, national and local designers. [10 a.m., Schwab Room, SFMOMA, 151 Third St., S.F.] 

Local debut: Prize-winning French guitar virtuoso Gabriel Bianco performs, presented by Omni Foundation for the Performing Arts. [8 p.m., War Memorial Building, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]


Walkathon: University of San Francisco’s Hospitality Management Association hosts its 10th annual Walk-A-Thon for Women’s Cancer Research. [10 a.m., Golden Gate Bridge, south side near souvenir store, S.F.]

‘One Home, Many Hearts’: San Francisco’s Raphael House’s annual gala commemorates 38 years of service. This year, the theme is a speakeasy. [6 p.m. Bimbo’s 365 Club, 1025 Columbus Ave., S.F.]


Peace talk: Lawyer and professor Kirk Boyd discusses the 2048 Project, which aims to draft an international agreement that will allow people across the world to create a social order based on human rights. [7:30 p.m., The Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

A great bike ride

Waterfront Sunday Streets: Enjoy open space along San Francisco’s waterfront, from China Basin down Terry Francois Boulevard and all along Third Street to Bayview Playground. The route will be lined with activities for all ages and interests — no registration, no admission, no cars — so come out and play! [10 a.m. to 3 p.m., from AT&T Park down Terry Francois Boulevard and Third Street to Bayview Playground,,]

Walking tour

‘Circling the Square’: The San Francisco Museum and Historical Society presents a walk and talk about the history of Union Square called “Churches, Scandals and the Victorian Compromise.” [2 p.m., meet at monument in center of Union Square, Stockton and Geary streets, S.F.]


In the pink: The Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates Japanese and Japanese-American culture; the grand parade is today. [Parade begins at 1 p.m., Civic Center, Polk Street, S.F.; festival from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Post and Buchanan streets, S.F.]


Family music: Edwin Outwater conducts the San Francisco Symphony in “Musical Postcards,” a children’s program addressing the glory of the world. [2 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]


Taste sensation: “A Taste of Tequila & Tamales By the Bay” offers food and beverages to benefit the Benchmark Institute, which teaches people how to use the law for low-income communities. [Noon, Conference Center, Building A, Fort Mason, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]


Northern California Book Awards: The annual event honors works by Northern California writers in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, translation and children’s literature. The featured speaker is Cody Award-winner Nancy J. Peters, co-owner and former publisher of City Lights Books. [1 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

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