Good Weekend for Friday, March 19 


Friday night



Food: Gary Rulli, most famous for his astounding Italian pastry cafes in Larkspur and the Marina district, has another hit with Ristobar, his new Italian spot on Chestut Street, which offers a huge variety of innovative and delicious savory specialties.


Meet Your Mixologist: Bartender John Sanders is an eight-year veteran at Marché, a high-end yet neighborhood-friendly Menlo Park eatery. Among the establishment’s menu of classic cocktails is its signature drink: the Chi Chi Rodriguez.

On the town

Benefit gala: Writer Po Bronson is the special guest at the Haight Ashbury Psychological Services’ Annual Benefit. The evening also includes food, wine and a live auction. [6 to 9 p.m., St. Anne of the Sunset, 850 Judah St., S.F.]

Bluegrass artist: Bluegrass and country singer-songwriter Nell Robinson, backed by John Reischman and the Jaybirds, performs a CD-release concert. [8:15 p.m., Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St., S.F.]


A great city walk

Landmark Victorians of Alamo Square: Some of The City’s most opulent and carefully restored “painted ladies,” including world-famous Postcard Row, are featured on this tour, which also boasts breathtaking downtown panoramic views from Alamo Square Park. [Meet at 11 a.m. at 824 Grove St., S.F.;]

Food and drink

Semisweet surrender: The San Francisco International Chocolate Salon is back. Tastings, demos, wine pairings, a chef competition and author talks take place. [10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Stalk market: An asparagus celebration takes place at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. The public can learn how asparagus is grown and picked, and take home recipes. [10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Market Street and the Embarcadero, S.F.]

Farmers market top picks: Artichokes, page mandarins, walnuts, chervil, St. Pat’s Cheese, sage, Irish soda bread, corned beef, daffodils, apple cider


Jazz pianists: Hiromi, performing solo, and Robert Glasper, appearing with a quartet, make up a double bill. SFJazz presents the evening. [8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Beyond classical: Quartet San Francisco, a Grammy-nominated string quartet whose music ranges from classical to jazz to funk, performs a family matinee concert. [11 a.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Visual arts

Art auction: The Lab, which provides space and career support for emerging artists, hosts its annual fundraising auction. Silent and live sessions feature works by dozens of artists. [6 to 10 p.m., 2948 16th St., S.F.]


Tea gathering: The Asian Art Museum hosts “The Way of Tea,” a bimonthly tea-appreciation gathering and tasting. [1 and 2:30 p.m., 200 Larkin St., S.F.; RSVP:]


Stand-up show: Comic Robert Kelly, whose credits include Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend” and Dane Cook’s “Tourgasm,” performs at the Punch Line. [8 and 10 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]


Scandinavian noir: Novelist Jo Nesbo talks about “The Devil’s Star,” her Norwegian serial-killer thriller. [2 p.m., Belmont Library, 1110 Alameda de las Pulgas, Belmont]



A great bike ride

Family Golden Gate Bridge Ride: Traverse Marina Green and Crissy Field through the Presidio to the Golden Gate Bridge. The return trip follows the same course; those who want to visit the Discovery Museum can return on their own. Due to distance and hills, the ride is recommended for kids on 16-inch bikes and above, and is not recommended for training wheels. A $5 donation is requested; rain cancels. [Meet at 10:30 a.m. at Little Marina Green, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.;]


U.S. premiere: San Francisco Ballet presents “The Little Mermaid,” Hamburg Ballet director John Neumeier’s modern interpretation of Hans Christian Andersen’s tale. [2 p.m., War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]


New play: Cutting Ball Theater, dedicated to cutting-edge drama, presents Marcus Gardley’s “... And Jesus Moonwalks the Mississippi,” a mythology-inspired play with storytelling and gospel music. [5 p.m., Exit on Taylor, 277 Taylor St., S.F.]


Fantasy creatures: The Mexican Museum presents “Fantastic Creatures in Myth and Art,” an exhibit of items from its collection. [Noon to 4 p.m., Building D, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]


Men’s chorus: Chanticleer performs “In Time of ... (Songs of Love & Loss, War & Peace),” a choral concert reflecting on profound experiences that touch us all. [5 p.m., San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., S.F.]

Literary events

Pen pals: Authors Ayelet Waldman and Michael Chabon discuss their creative and life partnership. The evening benefits WE-ACT. [6 p.m., Congregation Sha’ar Zahav, 290 Dolores St., S.F.; info/RSVP:]

Book talk: Jeff Garlin, from “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” talks about “My Footprint,” his comic memoir about his effort to lessen both his physical and carbon footprint. [3 p.m., Books Inc., 2251 Chestnut St., S.F.]


Chamber orchestra: The Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra’s Sinfonia ensemble, featuring young musicians, performs a concert. [3 p.m., Cubberley Theatre, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto]

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