Good Weekend: Feb. 12-14 



Food: After 17 years, LuLu is still going strong — with its strategic convention-area location, full bar, robust food and extensive hours of operation, it should get an award for public service.


Meet Your Mixologist: Bartender Jonathan Kelly, a romantic at heart, tells why Piperade is a great spot for Valentine’s Day — and first dates, too.


Black History Month: “Soul Food for Thought,” a reception (5:30 p.m.) and show (8 p.m.), features performers, health talks, food, and a silent auction. It benefits the International Fund for Africa. [Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Tango music: Tango No. 9, an ensemble devoted to the non-native art of tango music, performs its winter concert, “Tango for the New Decade.” [8:15 p.m., Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St., S.F.]


Ferry Plaza Farmers Market top picks:

  • Narcissus
  • Kale
  • Bacon
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Fennel
  • Walnut oil
  • Goats Jaak cheese
  • Pullman’s loaf
  • Broccoli
  • Black Spanish radishes

A great city bike ride anytime

From City Hall to the Wave Organ: Start at Polk and Grove streets, go north on Polk, then left on North Point Street, then right on Van Ness Avenue toward the water. Follow path left up and over Fort Mason bluff; tend right (toward the Golden Gate Bridge) and down to Laguna Street and Marina Boulevard; continue on Marina and roll onto multiuse path next to Buchanan Street; follow it beside the Marina Green; turn right at Baker Street, right past St. Francis Yacht Club, straight past Golden Gate Yacht Club, to the end of the breakwater. Check out the world’s smallest lighthouse, halfway out the Marina breakwater, and the Wave Organ at the end of the breakwater. []

Animal world

Acting like animals: “Woo at the Zoo” returns. The popular S.F. Zoo tour looks at the ins and outs of animal mating. The evening includes dinner. [6 to 9 p.m., 1 Zoo Road; RSVP:; info: (415) 753-7236]


Bluegrass blowout: The 2010 San Francisco Bluegrass & Old-Time Festival has begun. Today’s multivenue bill includes a “Bluegrass Show,” a “Heartbreak Hootenanny” and a “Portland Invasion.” [4 p.m. onward;]

Bali high: The Stanford Pan-Asian Music Festival welcomes Gamelan Sekar Jaya. The Balinese group premieres the music-dance suite “Sekala-Niskala: Seen and Unseen.” [8 p.m., Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Stanford University]

Hardcore polka: Polkacide, San Francisco’s punk polka band, celebrates 25 years. The group promises “beer, dancing, sweating and wiener dogs” along with the music. [10 p.m., Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., S.F.]


Flower market: The San Francisco Botanical Garden Society hosts its Lunar New Year Flower Market. Festivities include plant sales, entertainment and kids’ activities. [10 a.m. to 2 p.m., County Fair Building, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Boathouse benefit: The Save the Stow Lake Boathouse Coalition hosts a “Save Stow Lake Boathouse Party,” a family-geared fundraiser. [11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Stow Lake Boathouse, Golden Gate Park, S.F.;]

Brazilian Carnaval Ball: Friends of Brazil presents its annual music-and-party-event. This year’s theme is “Salute to the World Soccer Cup.” [9:30 p.m., Cocomo Cafe Club, 650 Indiana St., S.F.]


Stand-up star: Comedian Dana Gould performs. “Seinfeld,” the film “The Aristocrats” and an HBO special shot at the Fillmore are among his many credits. [8 and 10 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]


Black History Month: The Freedom Socialist Party presents a Black History Month talk titled “The Myth of a Post-Racial Society.” [7:30 p.m., New Valencia Hall, 625 Larkin St., S.F.]


Indie cinema: The 2010 San Francisco Independent Film Festival presents “Harmony and Me,” “Last Son,” “Rene,” “No One Knows About Persian Cats” and other films. [2:45 onward, Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., S.F.;]


Author appearance: Jedediah Berry talks about his debut novel, “The Manual of Detection.” [1:30 p.m., Belmont Library, 1110 Alameda de las Pulgas, Belmont]


A great city walk

Art Deco Marina: Admire the stylish and elegant buildings of the Marina while learning to recognize the Art Deco style made popular in the 1930s and 40s. [11 a.m.; meet in front of the Marina Library, 1890 Chestnut St., near Webster street, S.F., (415) 557-4266,]


Loving couples: “How We First Met” is back. Couples submit stories of how they met, the audience chooses a winning story and actors re-create it with sketches and songs. [8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]


Double deal: “Sweethearts for Seva,” a concert of duets, features Joan Baez and Steve Earle; David and Tracy Grisman; and Tuck and Patti. Wavy Gravy hosts. Proceeds benefit Seva. [7:30 p.m., Bimbo’s, 1025 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Jazz and blues diva: Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers perform. Smith is known for the 1940s- and 1950s-style authenticity she brings to her jazz and blues shows. [8 and 10 p.m., Biscuits and Blues, 401 Mason St., S.F.]

Jazz group: The Terry Disley Love Experience performs a concert of “red hot and romantic jazz.” [4:30 p.m., Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society, Douglas Beach House, Miramar Beach, 311 Mirada Road, Half Moon Bay]


Funny valentines: “Strange Love” is the Valentine’s Day edition of “A Funny Night for Comedy.” Will Franken; Wegent and Page; and host Natasha Muse supply the humor. [7 p.m., Actors Theatre, 855 Bush St., S.F.]


Chinatown night life: The San Francisco Museum and Historical Society presents “Swinging Chinatown,” an exhibit revisiting Chinatown’s nightclubs of decades past. [Noon to 5 p.m., Old Mint, 88 Fifth St., S.F.]


Love among neurotics: Woody Allen’s “Annie Hall” screens at the Red Vic Movie House. Allen and Diane Keaton star. [2, 4, 7:15, and 9:20 p.m., 1727 Haight St., S.F.]

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