Good Weekend: July 2-4, 2010 


Food: Delicious, hearty home-style cooking from the south of India is on the menu at Ruchi, an immaculate, reasonably priced new South of Market eatery. 


Meet Your Mixologist: Kevin Diedrich tends bar at the Burritt Room, a sophisticated spot inside the Crescent Hotel with a bit of history attached — it’s named after the alley where murder that opens “The Maltese Falcon” occurred. 

On the town

Guitarist and band: Nouveau-flamenco guitarist-composer Ottmar Liebert — one of the most successful instrumental artists of the last decade — performs with his band, Luna Negra. [8 and 10 p.m., Yoshi’s, 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Without a plan: BATS Improv presents “Spontaneous Broadway.” Improvised songs based on audience-suggested titles are followed by a full improvised musical. [8 p.m., Bayfront Theater, Fort Mason, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market top picks

  • Rose Diamond nectarines
  • Baby Savoy cabbage
  • Bronze fennel
  • Armenian cucumbers
  • Lemon basil
  • Navajo carrots
  • Dahlias
  • Breakfast radishes

A great city walk

Point Pinole Stroll: Richmond’s Point Pinole Regional Shoreline is home to a surprisingly serene and wholly rugged beach, which is better for lazy strolling than for sprawling on a blanket. Reach it by hiking (or biking) the aptly named Bay View Trail for one mile, passing through a eucalyptus grove. Take a short side trail down to the rocky beach and walk below the shoreline cliffs. [For more information, visit www,, the largest outdoor lifestyle publication in Northern California]


Jazz fest: The two-day Fillmore Jazz Festival begins. Performers range from emerging acts to seasoned crooners. Crafts and food also are on the bill. [10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fillmore Street between Jackson and Eddy streets, S.F.]


Theater in the park: The San Francisco Mime Troupe takes on politics in the workplace in its 2010 summer park show, “Posibilidad,” a satirical song and tango. It launches today. [2 p.m., Dolores Park, 18th and Dolores streets, S.F.]

Cross-disciplinary arts: Kunst-stoff/Artsfest presents cross-disciplinary performances in dance, theater and music. Look for “The Dark Season,” a “Macbeth”-inspired work, this weekend. [8:30 p.m., 929 Market St., S.F.]


Stand-up comedy: Scott Capurro performs a stand-up show. Edgy, raw, and dirty comedy is his specialty. [8 and 10 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]


Mesoamerican troupe: Balamcoatl gives an interactive kid-oriented presentation featuring Mesoamerican music and dance. [11 a.m. and 12:15 p.m., Yerba Buena Gardens, Children’s Garden, Howard and Fourth streets, S.F.]

A great bike ride

Bike around Angel Island: Pack a picnic and your bike, then catch the Blue & Gold Ferry (at Pier 41, Embarcadero at Powell Street) to Angel Island; call (415) 705-5555 for schedule. From the visitors center, take the road to the left up a short steep hill. At the top, turn right and follow Perimeter Road counterclockwise around the island’s circumference, about five miles. Do check out the Immigration Station museum. Mountain bikers may want to make a side trip to the summit of Mount Caroline Livermore (781 feet high). []


Boom town: Fourth of July waterfront festivities include entertainment, bands, family fare, food and wine-tasting. The fireworks start at 9:30 p.m. [Noon onward; S.F. waterfront from Aquatic Park to Pier 39;]


Opera in the Grove: The San Francisco Opera presents a “Celebration of American Music” in Stern Grove. Guest vocalists: Patricia Racette and John Relyea. [2 p.m., Sloat Boulevard and 19th Avenue, S.F.]

Symphonic Fourth: The San Francisco Symphony presents its “Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular” — a concert followed by pyrotechnics. [8 p.m., Shoreline Amphitheatre, 1 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View]


Sports science: Exploratorium exhibits include a “Science of Baseball” self-guided tour. Learn why a curveball curves, and more. Also at the museum: “Geometry Playground.” [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 3601 Lyon St., S.F.]


Summer comedies: The Roxie Theater presents “Wet Hot American Summer” (2001) and “One Crazy Summer” (1986). Casts include Janeane Garofalo and Paul Rudd. [3117 16th St., S.F.;]


Monstrous comedy: “Young Frankenstein,” the stage musical by Mel Brooks based on his 1974 film, has opened in San Francisco. Shows continue through July 25. [2 p.m., Golden Gate Theatre, 1 Taylor St., S.F.]

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