Good Weekend for Friday, Jan. 29, 2010 


Food: Housed in a Pacific Heights Victorian famous for high-profile eateries, Baker & Banker — under chef Jeff Banker and pastry chef Lori Baker — is a delightful dinner house serving flavorful dishes that reflect the personalities of its dedicated new owners.

Mixologist: At Smuggler’s Cove in Hayes Valley, Martin Cate keeps the atmosphere real and serves authentic tiki drinks — not silly and syrupy, but packed with complex flavors. Page XX

Indie music: The Winter Music Festival, a celebration presented by San Francisco IndieFest and Talking House, kicks off. Forty-three indie rock and pop acts are set to appear in 11 showcases over seven days. []

Wine arts: The Zinfandel Festival continues through Jan. 30. Friday’s events include a “Flights” panel program and an “Evening With the Winemakers.” [Intercontinental Mark Hopkins Hotel, 1 Nob Hill, S.F.;]


A great city walk
Pacific Heights Mansions: Walk past palatial homes and consulates in Pacific Heights; the mansions were used as the Japanese and German consulates in 1941. Also, learn of Victorian lifestyles and earthquake refugees in this tour led by Suzanne Dowling. [11 a.m., meet in Alta Plaza Park atop the stairs above Pierce and Clay streets; call (415) 557-4266 or visit]

Symphony concert: The San Francisco Symphony presents works by Mozart and Stravinsky. Michael Tilson Thomas conducts and plays piano (on Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23). [8 p.m., Davies Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Dvorak series: Musician-historian Robert Greenberg and the Alexander String Quartet present the second program in a four-part lecture-concert series on the music of Dvorak. [10 a.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Literary events
Author reading: Fan Wu (“February Flowers”) reads from her latest novel, “Beautiful as Yesterday.” [2:30 p.m., Chinatown Branch Library, 1135 Powell St., S.F.]

Author appearance: Novelist Lucha Corpi reads from “Death at Solstice,” her latest Gloria Damasco mystery. [2 p.m., “M” Is for Mystery, 86 E. Third Ave., San Mateo]

Film noir: The Noir City festival continues. Matinee films: “Inside Job” and “Armored Car Robbery.” Evening show: “Human Desire” and “Odds Against Tomorrow,” starring Gloria Grahame. [Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.]

Comedy festival: SF Sketchfest continues. Today’s line-up includes “The SF Sketchfest Comedy Writing Award: John Hodgman,” “Theme Park Improv” and “Celebrity Autobiography.” [2 p.m. onward;]

Green gardens: The San Francisco Botanical Garden hosts “Embracing Sustainability,” a gardening seminar and symposium. [8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., SFBG, Golden Gate Park, S.F.; info/register:]

Belfast murals: Scholar Timothy Drescher and artist Claude Moller present a discussion on the murals of Belfast, Northern Ireland. [1 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]


A great bike ride
Patty Hearst-Presidio Ride: NOPA Velo, the North Panhandle’s new bicycling group, launches its inaugural monthly outing with a 15-mile meander through Golden Gate Park and the Presidio, with two moderate climbs. Visit the site of Patty Hearst (Tania’s) captivity and get a Presidio update from Ranger Dale. Patty-Tania and park ranger attire are encouraged. All-level riders are welcome, as are kids on their own bikes with a guardian. Lunch follows at Jannah Restaurant, 1775 Fulton St., near Masonic Avenue. Heavy rain cancels. [9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; meet at Coffee, Tea & Spice, Hayes Street and Central Avenue., S.F.,]

Day of music: Violinist Midori brings together peers, students and the community to explore music of our time, focusing on works planned for her Feb. 6 recital. [10 a.m. to 6 p.m., San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., S.F.]

Jazz group: The Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society welcomes the Ignacio Berroa Quartet. Berroa, a top drummer, specializes in jazz and Afro-Cuban music. [4:30 p.m., Douglas Beach House, Miramar Beach, 311 Mirada Road, Half Moon Bay]

Chamber opera: Alban Berg’s “Wozzeck” is presented by Ensemble Parallèle, a professional ensemble in residence at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. [2 p.m. Novellus Theater, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 700 Howard St., S.F.]

Philosophy discussions: The Marsh hosts two “Philosophy Talk” sessions: “What Is a Wife?” (noon), with Marilyn Yalom, and “Faces, Feelings and Lies” (3 p.m.), with Paul Ekman. [1062 Valencia St., S.F.]

Tati tribute: The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts continues its salute to 20th-century comic French filmmaker Jacques Tati. Screening today: “Mon Oncle.” [2 p.m., YBCA Screening Room, 701 Mission St., S.F.]

Conferences and conventions
Yoga conference: The Yoga Journal San Francisco Conference continues. Yoga classes and discussions and a yoga marketplace are on the slate. [4:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Hyatt Regency, 5 Embarcadero Center, S.F.]

New theater: Sharon Gless stars in “A Round-Heeled Woman,” Jane Prowse’s play based on the book by Jane Juska, who, at age 66, placed a personals ad in the New York Review of Books. [5 p.m., Theater Artaud, 450 Florida St., S.F.]

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