Good Weekend for Friday, March 12, 2010 

Friday night

Eating

Food: For celebratory St. Patrick’s Day dining, try the fare at O’Reilly’s Irish Bar & Restaurant — the oysters are grand — or more traditional corned beef and cabbage at the Liberties Bar & Restaurant.

Drinking

Meet Your Mixologist: Royal Exchange bartender Brian Trottier, new to the Bay Area, is getting ready for the big St. Patrick’s Day festivities at the Financial District tavern known for its wild parties that celebrate everything Irish.

On the town

Jazz singer: Dianne Reeves appears in concert. Reeves’ vocals range from smoky balladry to bop improvisation to sensual soul. SFJazz presents the event. [8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Museum social: “Friday Nights at the de Young” celebrates the King Tut exhibit. Festivities include henna tattooing, art making and music by the Black Olive Babes. [5 to 8:45 p.m., de Young Museum, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Saturday

Festivities

Erin apparent: San Francisco’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade celebrates being Irish. An accompanying festival features booths, food and music. [Parade begins at 11:30 a.m.; visit www.sfstpatricksdayparade.com for details]

Music

R&B star: Motown legend Smokey Robinson performs at the Warfield. Robinson’s hit-maker status dates back to 1960, with the release of “Shop Around.” [9 p.m., 982 Market St., S.F.]

Peninsula

Author appearance: Edgar Award winning novelist Domenic Stansberry talks about “Naked Moon,” featuring San Francisco P.I. Dante Mancuso. [2 p.m., “M” Is for Mystery, 86 E. Third Ave., San Mateo]

Movies

Asian cinema: The San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival continues. Films from India, Thailand, Taiwan, the Philippines, Indonesia, South Korea and the United States screen today. [www.asianameri
canmedia.org]

Comedy

Stand-up show: Comedian Dave Attell, from “Insomniac” and “The Gong Show,” performs. [8 and 10:15 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

A great city tour

Palace Hotel: Words such as “majestic” and “spectacular” fail to convey the extraordinary beauty of the elegantly restored Palace. See this 1909 Beaux Arts gem for yourself and discover why the downtown landmark is consistently ranked as one of the top luxury hotels in the world. Tatiana Gay and Harlan Hirschfeld are tour leaders. [10 a.m., meet on right side of main lobby; 2 New Montgomery St., S.F.; (415) 557-4266; www.cityguides.org]

Sunday

Museums

Easy as pi: The Exploratorium hosts Pi Day, inspired by the number you get when you divide the circumference of a circle by the circle’s diameter (3.14, roughly). Enjoy rituals, antics and a slice of pie. [1 to 3:30 p.m., 3601 Lyon St., S.F.]

Visual arts

Craft show: More than 230 artisans take part in the 2010 Contemporary Crafts Market, a juried show and sale. Fare ranges from jewelry to ceramics to glassware. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Music

Bluegrass band: The Grammy-winning Del McCoury Band performs. McCoury’s music has long defined authenticity for hard-core bluegrass fans. [8 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

Funk and soul man: Maceo Parker, funk and soul saxophonist, is in town. Parker has both played with giants such as James Brown and Prince over the years and enjoyed a solo career. [7 p.m., Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon St., S.F.]

Peninsula

Chamber music: The Ives Quartet presents music by Mozart, Dan Becker and Brahms. Guest artist: clarinetist Jerome Simas. [Talk at 6 p.m.; concert at 7 p.m.; Kohl Mansion, 2750 Adeline Drive, Burlingame]

A great bike ride

Sunday Streets: The program offers car-free space in San Francisco bicyclists, strollers, dancers, skaters, kids, grandmas, rope skippers, hop-scotchers and anyone else who wants to have fresh-air fun in the streets. Today’s location is The Embarcadero: Enjoy open space along the waterfront, from AT&T Park and China Basin past the Ferry Building to Pier 39 and Fisherman’s Wharf. The route will be lined with activities for all ages and interests. [10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; www.sundaystreetssf.com]

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