Good Weekend: Jan.1-3 

FRIDAY, JAN. 1

Stand-up comedy: Comedian and actor Craig Robinson, of NBC’s “The Office,” performs at Cobb’s. Natasha Leggero (“Chelsea Lately”) also is on the bill. [8 and 10:15 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Blues artist: Terry Hanck performs at Biscuits and Blues. A hard-blowing sax and powerful vocals distinguish his sound. [8 and 10 p.m., 401 Mason St., S.F.]


SATURDAY, JAN. 2

San Francisco Ferry Plaza Farmers Market top produce picks

  1. Carrots
  2. Cara Cara oranges
  3. Feijoas
  4. Rose petal sugar
  5. Broccoli di Cicco
  6. Fresh tofu
  7. Fava greens
  8. Eucalyptus wreaths
  9. Beef chuck roast
  10. Baby green garlic


A great bike ride

Start: Take your bike on BART to Pleasant Hill station (no bikes in the first car, please)
Route: Get on the Iron Horse Trail (follow signs and path or ask station agent). Go south on the paved multiuse trail, which traces the former Southern Pacific Railroad right-of-way abandoned in 1977. Chug along through Walnut Creek, Alamo, Danville and San Ramon. Ride as far as the Dublin/Pleasanton BART station (25 miles) and catch the train there, or double back at any point and return to Pleasant Hill BART.

Stop and check out: Museum of the San Ramon Valley (Danville railroad station); lunch in downtown Alamo or Danville

— San Francisco Bicycle Coalition; sfbike.org

Music

Haydn quartets: The New Esterhazy Quartet concludes its presentation of Haydn’s String Quartet Cycle with a performance of four quartets by the composer. [4 p.m., St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 1111 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

Swing time: Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers, specializing in swing and jump blues, perform. Smith is known for the authentic 1940s and ’50s style of her shows. [8 and 10 p.m., Biscuits and Blues, 401 Mason St., S.F.]

Rock band: The Melvins, the 1980s-formed rock and sludge band, perform at the Great American Music Hall. “Chicken Switch,” described as a remix “of sorts,” is the group’s latest release. [9 p.m., 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

Comedy

Greg Proops: The comedian, known for his improvisational work on “Whose Line Is It Anyway?,” performs a stand-up show. [8 and 10 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Nature

Birding walk: The Golden Gate Audubon Society cohosts “Birding for Everyone,” a guided walk through habitats where quail and other birds may nest. [10 a.m. to noon, San Francisco Botanical Garden, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Museums

Tut and quilts: “Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs” continues at the de Young Museum. Also on view: “Amish Abstractions,” an exhibit of Amish quilts. [9:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Illusion

Magic show: “Absolute Magic” is back. Magicians Adam Sachs and RJ Owens and special guests provide the illusion and humor. [8 p.m., Stage Werx, 533 Sutter St., S.F.]

Sports and recreation

Ice rink: The holiday ice-skating rink is still open in Union Square. Skaters can enjoy it through Jan. 18. [10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., Post and Powell streets, S.F.]

Peninsula

Victorian dance: The Period Events and Entertainments Re-Creation Society hosts a “12th Night Victorian Ball,” an evening inspired by the times and writings of Dickens. [7 p.m., Masonic Lodge, 100 N. Ellsworth Ave., San Mateo]


SUNDAY, JAN. 3

A great city walk

On San Francisco City Guides’ “Noe Valley: A village within a city” walk, find out about the valley’s working-class roots. Walk along and learn tricks to uncover this now-upscale neighborhood’s historic streets. Meet at 1 p.m. at the S.F. Public Library, 451 Jersey St., between Castro and Diamond streets. [Visit www.sfcityguides.org or call (415) 557-4266 for more information]


Music

Hawaiian vibes: Cyril Pahinui, a singer and slack-key guitarist from Hawaii, performs at Yoshi’s. Hawaii-born singer Faith Ako is the evening’s special guest. [7 p.m., 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Theater

Solo comedy: “Love, Humiliation & Karaoke” is back. Enzo Lombard plays 12 characters in seven fast-paced scenes, each set in a different city, in this solo comedy. [7 p.m., Stage Werx, 533 Sutter St., S.F.]

Comic whodunit: “Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘The 39 Steps’” brings a Hitchcock film mixed with a spy novel to the stage. Four actors play more than 150 zany characters. [2 p.m., Curran Theatre, 445 Geary St., S.F.]

Dance

Arts of China: Shen Yun Performing Arts presents a concert of Chinese classical dance and music inspired by ancient Chinese arts. [2 and 7 p.m., War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Circus arts

Last day: It’s the last day to catch Cirque du Soleil’s “Ovo” in San Francisco. The circus show immerses audiences in an insect world. [1 and 5 p.m., AT&T Park, Third Street and Terry A. Francois Boulevard, S.F.]

Museums

Asian arts: Today is Target Free Sunday at the Asian Art Museum. General admission and family programs are free. Exhibits include “Photographic Memories” and “Emerald Cities.” [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 200 Larkin St., S.F.]

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