Good Weekend: January 15-17, 2010 



Food: At Grain in Daly City, chef Richard Ju prepares a small menu of comfort food of his own invention, using a pan-Asian pantry of ingredients that are local and sustainable; his partner at the inviting new eatery is his wife Cindy.



Meet your mixologist: Bartender Facundo Gomez at Scala’s Bistro, adjacent to the Sir Francis Drake Hotel near Union Square, is ready and willing to help tourists and locals alike and, when enjoying a cocktail himself, is fond of flavored vodka or mojitos.

Museum social: “Friday Nights at the de Young” returns to the de Young Museum. “Africa Live!” is this week’s theme. Guests include African-jazz artist Idris Ackamoor. [5 to 8:45 p.m., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Fab femmes: The Women on the Way Festival is under way. Innovative female theater, dance, music and comedy artists take the stage. [8 p.m., Shotwell Studios, 3252-A 19th St., S.F.; the Garage, 975 Howard St., S.F.]



 A great bike ride

Buildings by James and Merritt Reid: In the early 20th century, these Canadian brothers designed an impressive number of San Francisco buildings, including theaters, hotels, office towers, townhouses, bandshells and barns. Discover their work and hear their story on a two-hour ride that might go longer. There will be a stop for a snack; rain cancels ride. A $5 donation from those who are not members of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is requested. [1:30 p.m., meet in front of the David Hewes Building, 995 Market St. at Sixth Street; visit for more information]


Comedy festival: The S.F. Sketchfest comedy celebration continues. Sketch comedy, stand-up comedy and a midnight movie are on the bill today. [2 p.m. to 2 a.m., multiple venues;]

Literary events

Shades of Pink: Best-selling author Daniel Pink, whose new book is “Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us,” appears in conversation with Michael Krasny. [2 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Poetry celebration: Philip Hackett Poet’s Gallery presents its Winter Poetry Festival. Expect poetry, artwork, music and camaraderie. [Noon to 6 p.m., Piazza Market, 627 Vallejo St., S.F.]

Sci-fi novelist: Local sci-fi and thriller writer Jeff Carlson talks about “Plague Zone,” the third book in his “Plague” series. [3 p.m., Borderlands Books, 866 Valencia St., S.F.]


Talk and concert: Teacher-composer Robert Greenberg and the Alexander String Quartet present a lecture-concert devoted to the music of Dvorak. [10 a.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]


Science events: The Exploratorium hosts a “Physics of Toys” session from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and a presentation with scientist Paul Doherty titled “A Close Look at Clouds” at 1 p.m. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 3601 Lyon St., S.F.]

Local history

North Beach culture: The San Francisco Museum and Historical Society hosts “Hipsters, Paesani, and Semaphore Hill,” a tour of North Beach. [10 a.m.; meet at Vesuvio / City Lights, Columbus Avenue near Broadway, S.F.]

Collaborative music: The Kronos Quartet reunites with pipa virtuoso Wu Man. The evening includes “A Chinese Home,” a performance exploring China’s evolving identity. [8 p.m., Memorial Auditorium, Stanford University, Stanford]

Travel writer: Jacqueline Stewart talks about her new book, “Finding Slovenia: A Guide to Old Europe’s New Country.” [3 p.m., Books Inc., 855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto]



A great city walk

Downtown Deco: Discover downtown’s legacy of the Art Deco era through various permutations of American Deco. [11 a.m., meet in front of the Telephone Building at 140 New Montgomery St.; call (415) 557-4266 or visit]


Festival tryouts: San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival auditions are open to the public. Dance lovers can watch dozens of troupes trying out, and learn which ones make it. [10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon St., S.F.]


Beat-box musical: “The Bright River,” written and performed by Tim Barsky, is now a full-length stage show. The beat-box musical involves a search for a lost soul in a dystopian underworld. [7 p.m., Brava Theater, 2781 24th St., S.F.]


Organ recital: Award-winning organist Paul Jacobs performs music by Reger, N. Boulanger, Franck, Schumann and Reubke. [6 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Brass and funk: The Rebirth Brass Band and Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk perform. New Orleans is the sound. [9 p.m., the Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

Literary events

Book celebration: Editor Michael Fox presents “Venezuela Speaks!,” a book containing interviews with activists and participants from across Venezuela’s social movements. [5 p.m., Green Arcade, 1680 Market St., S.F.]

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