Good Weekend for Friday, Nov. 6 

Friday, Nov. 6


Old Mandarin Islamic: The hot spot gives off the reassuring vibes of mainland China between the bustle of the kitchen staff and the “warm pots” that instantly cook slices of lamb and beef. [3132 Vicente St., S.F.; (415) 564-3481]


Blackbird: Owner Shawn Vergara said it best: Come to Blackbird and feel like you’re on vacation. Classic cocktails are written on a piece of hanging butcher paper in the new chic bar in the Castro. [2124 Market St., S.F.; (415) 503-0630,]


Mural-arts party: “Friday Nights at the de Young” presents its weekly social. Look for a celebration of the book “Street Art San Francisco: Mission Muralismo” today. [5:30 to 8:45 p.m., de Young Museum, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Taiwanese cinema: The San Francisco Film Society’s “Taiwan Film Days” series begins. Wei Te-sheng’s “Cape No. 7,” a smash hit in Taiwan, leads things off. [6:30 p.m. onward, Opera Plaza Cinemas, 601 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Baroque composer: The Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra performs works by English composer Henry Purcell. Special guest: mezzo-soprano Susan Graham. [8 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 625 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto]


Saturday, Nov. 7


Tap and jazz: Celebrated tap dancer Savion Glover appears with his Coltrane-inspired band, the Otherz. [7 and 9:30 p.m., Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon St., S.F.]
Postmodern African dance: Gregory Maqoma, a top dancer and choreographer from South Africa, performs “Beautiful Me,” his acclaimed solo piece. [8 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Forum, 701 Mission St., S.F.]

Hot dishes: The two-day Fabulous Food Festival begins. Exhibitors, chefs and a welcome from Julia Child (channeled by Carly Ozard) are on the menu. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Concourse Exhibition Center, 635 Eighth St., S.F.]

Snow sports: The weekend-long San Francisco Ski and Snowboard Festival features winter sports, BMX demos and a gear sale. [11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, S.F.]

Science bash: The Exploratorium celebrates its 40th anniversary with special attractions all weekend — bubble fun, tours and laser demonstrations included. Admission is free. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 3601 Lyon St., S.F.]
Family party: The San Francisco Museum of Craft+Design celebrates its fifth anniversary with a free family-friendly party. Look for art-making activities, a tour, cake and more. [11 a.m. to 5 p.m., 550 Sutter St., S.F.]


SFBC Architecture Ride: The Reid Brothers in the Richmond

1:30 p.m. push-off, Velo Rouge Cafe, Arguello at Cabrillo.

Whether you’re a Reid Brothers fan, a Richmond District history hound or just fancy a nice ride around the neighborhood, come along on this nonathletic, nonacademic architecture bike tour. James and Merritt Reid designed an impressive number of San Francisco’s buildings. Two-hour ride, longer if we’re having fun; have a big lunch beforehand, we’ll stop somewhere for a snack. SFBC recreational rides are free for SFBC members (a $5 donation from nonmembers is appreciated); rain cancels rides.
— San Francisco Bicycle Coalition;


  • Kamo eggplant
  • Broccoli Raab
  • Fingerling potatoes
  • Kabocha squash
  • Pomegranates
  • Sunchokes
  • Pea shoots
  • Pumpkins
  • Puntarella
  • Sage



Sunday, Nov. 8


Jazz giant: Ornette Coleman, accoladed alto saxophonist and free-jazz revolutionary, performs with his quartet. The San Francisco Jazz Festival presents the evening. [8 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

String quartet: Noe Valley Chamber Music welcomes the Picasso String Quartet. Works by Ravel, David Garner, and Mendelssohn are on the program. [4 p.m., Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St., S.F.]


Stand-up show: Comedian and writer Paul Mooney, seen on “Chappelle’s Show,” performs at Cobb’s. [8 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Fawlty logic: English actor and comedian John Cleese of Monty Python and “Fawlty Towers” fame performs at the Fox Theatre. [8 p.m., 2215 Broadway, Redwood City]


Latino cinema: Cine+Mas presents the San Francisco Latino Film Festival. Films from Mexico, Bolivia and Argentina screen today. [2 p.m. onward, Mission Cultural Center, 2868 Mission St. S.F.;

California arts: CounterPulse’s Performing Diaspora Festival presents weekend one. California dance, music and theater artists who use traditional forms as a basis for innovation perform. [8 p.m., Counterpulse, 1310 Mission St., S.F.] 


Clay and glass: Twenty-eight artists sell their work at the “Clay & Glass 28” show. Fare ranges from wood-fired tableware to fused-glass jewelry. [10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Conference Center, Building A, Fort Mason Center, S.F.]


Japanese Tea Garden: Join us for a 45-minute stroll through this five-acre world-famous garden. Learn about the icons of the Garden and the family that lived there. Admission to garden required except on the Monday morning tour. Meet just inside the enterence to the garden at 1 p.m.

San Francisco City Guides, a 31-year-old nonprofit organization conducting free walking tours spotlighting San Francisco history, architecture, legends and lore, is a program of the San Francisco Public Library. Tours offered seven days a week year round. Visit or call 415-557-4266 for more information.

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