Good Weekend: Aug. 6-8, 2010 


Food: Amazing noodles in several spice levels of broth — complemented by hearty, perfectly balanced ingredients like pork and vegetables — are the menu highlight at Ramen Dojo in San Mateo.


Meet Your Mixologist: Fabian Oregon at the Elite Cafe enjoys making particularly creative cocktails; his special “hot shot” contains chili peppers.

On the town

American theater: Multi Ethnic Theater presents “Gem of the Ocean,” the first play in August Wilson’s 10-piece cycle dramatizing the black experience in the 20th century. [8 p.m., Next Stage, 1620 Gough St., S.F.]

Funny women: “Five Funny Females,” a show featuring five female comedians plus host Susan Alexander, returns to the Purple Onion. There are two performances, each with a separate lineup. [8 and 10 p.m., 140 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market top picks

  • Gravenstein apples
  • Little gem lettuce
  • Japanese eggplant
  • Padron peppers
  • Fingerling potatoes
  • Lemon cucumbers
  • Wagon Wheel cheese
  • Dandelion greens

A great bike ride

‘Summer of Smooth’: The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition’s Good Roads crew loves smooth bikeways. Join the group for a “lovin’ the Haight” ride as they embrace lurking potholes with spray paint. First-timers always are welcome (and they get the first chance with the paint). Drinks and lunch follow. [10 a.m. to noon, meet in front of the McKinley Monument, Panhandle Park at Baker Street, S.F.,]


Latino voices: Cutting Ball Theater presents “Vanguardia,” an evening of experimental plays by six Hispanic playwrights. [Preshow soiree 6 p.m., show 8 p.m., Exit on Taylor, 277 Taylor St., S.F.]


Island culture: The two-day San Francisco Aloha Festival, celebrating Pacific Islander culture, begins. Look for music, dance, crafts, food, games and more. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Presidio Main Post/Parade Grounds, S.F.]

Yoga celebration: Yoga for Hope, benefiting City of Hope, takes place in Union Square. Festivities include yoga instruction and demonstrations and DJ music. [10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Powell and Post streets, S.F.]


Jazz concert: The AfroSolo Arts Festival presents a free jazz concert with the Junius Courtney Big Band Orchestra. [1 to 3 p.m., Yerba Buena Gardens, Mission Street between Third and Fourth streets, S.F.]


Showgirl fever: Peaches Christ presents “Night of 1,000 Showgirls.” A screening of the laughably un-Oscar-worthy “Showgirls” and a wildly campy preshow are on the bill. [8 p.m., Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.]

A great excursion

Pickin’ on Brentwood: The best way to get fresh produce is to go straight to the source, and at Brentwood’s 150-acre Smith Family Farm, the “u-pick” season is always on. Summer is filled with boysenberries, plums and peaches. Grab a pail and pick to your taste buds’ pleasure. There’s a large picnic ground with a table and hay bales for seats. [For more information, visit; sign up for a free weekly e-mail about getting outdoors in Northern California]


Ballet in the grove: The San Francisco Ballet performs at Stern Grove. The program includes Helgi Tomasson’s “Prism,” Mark Morris’ “Sandpiper Ballet” and other works. [2 p.m., Sloat Boulevard and 19th Avenue, S.F.]


Rap artist: Multiplatinum Grammy-winning rapper Ludacris performs at Slim’s. “Battle of the Sexes” is his latest album. [9 p.m., 333 11th St., S.F.]


Performance gala: The AfroSolo Arts Festival presents a “Performance for Peace,” a multicultural gala featuring words, dance and music. [3 p.m., African American Art and Culture Complex, 762 Fulton St., S.F.]

Free theater festival: The San Francisco Theater Festival features 130 shows — comedy, drama, opera, you name it. Yerba Buena Gardens, and thereabouts, is the place. [11 a.m. to 5 p.m., near Third and Mission streets, S.F.,]


Stand-up show: Comedian Ralphie May performs. “Last Comic Standing,” “Mohr Sports” and “Tough Crowd” are a few of his credits. [8 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

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