Good Weekend: July 23, 2010 


Food: At Nombe in the Mission district, chef Nick Ballo serves pleasing, playful nontraditional Japanese fare, often featuring local ingredients — it’s comfort food filled with surprises.

Meet Your Mixologist: Martino DeGrande — who grew up in a family of restaurateurs — is general manager at Palio d’Asti, a popular Italian eatery serving a menu of new cocktails, most with fresh, seasonal ingredients.

Theater classic: Actors Theatre of San Francisco presents “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.” Seething passions beset a wealthy southern family in Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play. [8 p.m., Actors Theatre, 855 Bush St., S.F.]
Russian music: The San Francisco Symphony presents “My Classic Russian Composers.” Featured composers include Glinka and Rachmaninoff. Guest pianist: Joyce Yang. [8 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Outdoor crafts: Redwood City’s Art on the Square series presents a community arts and crafts celebration and sale. Café R&B provides the music. [5 to 8:30 p.m., Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City]


A great bike ride

“Water, Water Everywhere”: How can waste water be reused? The ride will visit public projects and private residences to learn about gray water systems, rainwater harvesting and the history of water in The City. TransitionSF and the San Francisco Permaculture Guild lead these tours showcasing efforts that create community and support the environment and economy. A $5 donation is appreciated; rain cancels. [9:45 a.m., meet at Garden for the Environment, Seventh Avenue and Lawton Street, S.F.;]

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market top picks

  • Berries
  • Purslane
  • Fingerling potatoes
  • Spinach
  • Squash blossoms
  • Zucchini
  • Donut peaches
  • Smoked trout
  • Bell peppers
  • Tomatoes


Jewish cinema: The 2010 San Francisco Jewish Film Festival begins. “Saviors in the Night,” a French-German drama, is the opening-night centerpiece feature. [Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.;]


Staged reading: American Conservatory Theater, Litquake and Christopher Moore present a staged reading from Moore’s best-seller “Fool,” a bawdy take on “King Lear.” [8 p.m., Brava Theater Center, 2781 24th St., S.F.]


Urban arts: Precita Eyes’ Urban Youth Arts Festival celebrates community and expression. Look for music, mural performances, food and hands-on activities. [1 to 6 p.m., Precita Park, near Folsom and Cesar Chavez streets, S.F.]


Modern dance: The Samantha Giron Dance Project performs “Exist in Absence,” a multiform dance piece about the pursuit of pleasure and the loss of self. [8:30 p.m., Counterpulse, 1310 Mission St., S.F.]


Jazz and blues diva: Lavay Smith and her Red Hot Skillet Lickers perform. Smith is known for the authentic 1940s and ’50s style of her jazz and blues shows. [8 and 10 p.m., Biscuits and Blues, 401 Mason St., S.F.]

Visual art

Historic murals: Laborfest hosts a “Coit Tower Mural Walk,” with a focus on labor and political aspects of the historic artwork. [9:30 a.m.; meet at Coit Tower entrance, Telegraph Hill, S.F.;]

Garden party: The Filoli historic site hosts “Wine With Roses,” a fundraiser featuring wine, a gourmet dinner, music, a raffle and flowering gardens. [5 to 8 p.m., 86 Cañada Road, Woodside; reservations: (650) 364-8300, ext. 508]


A great hike

Green Mile: Redwood National and State Parks has the largest repository of protected redwoods on the planet along with craggy coastlines, abundant wildlife and twisting rivers. Fern Canyon is perhaps the best one-mile hike in the state (and was the setting for “The Lost World: Jurassic Park”). Scale fallen trees, hop over streams and listen as water slips like tinsel over 50-foot canyon walls blanketed in shiny green ferns. [For more information, visit, the largest outdoor lifestyle publication in Northern California]


Symphony in the park: The San Francisco Symphony’s free concert in Dolores Park celebrates Mexico’s bicentennial. Alondra de la Parra conducts. [Festivities at 12:30 p.m.; concert at 2 p.m.; 18th and Dolores streets, S.F.]

Cross-cultural cool: Italian superstar Jovanotti performs in Stern Grove. His sound features spoken-word lyricism and hip-hop and world-music tones. Opening act: Bomba Estereo. [2 p.m., Sloat Boulevard and 19th Avenue, S.F.]


Gardening expo: Exhibitors from around the world display water-wise and organic products and technologies at the San Francisco Indoor Gardening Expo. [Noon to 6 p.m., Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]


Stand-up show: Comedy writer and performer Paul Mooney, whose credits include “Chappelle’s Show” and the Grammy-nominated album “Race,” performs at Cobb’s. [8 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Literary events

Book fair: LaborFest presents its annual Book Fair and Poetry Reading. Speakers, panel talks and author readings are on the slate. [9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, 2868 Mission St., S.F.]


Blues artists: The Stanford Jazz Festival presents bassist Ruth Davies’ “Blues Night.” Special guest: Keb’ Mo’. [7:30 p.m., Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Stanford University]

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