Good Weekend: July 30-Aug. 1 


Food: Thermidor, the latest of several notable eateries hidden in Mint Plaza, features sophisticated Continental dining reminiscent of the 1950s — starting with an excellent version of the restaurant’s namesake, lobster thermidor.

Meet Your Mixologist: Veteran bartender Deb Zell enjoys plying her trade at Zuni, with its loyal clientele, cosmopolitan New York feel, and menu of cocktails made without blenders, and only with organic fruits and vegetables.

On the Town

Fusion ensemble: Ultra World X-tet, an East-meets-West ensemble whose instruments include saxophones and bamboo flutes, performs a concert. [8 p.m., Old First Presbyterian Church, 1751 Sacramento St., S.F.]

Arts soiree: “Fridays Nights at the de Young” celebrates the French arts. Guests include Parisian chanteuse Betty Roi and artist “Edgar Degas.” [5 to 8:45 p.m., de Young Museum, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]


A great bike ride

Social justice murals ride: Join this two-wheeling survey of more than a dozen murals addressing social issues, covering easy territory from the Mission to the Castro with no steep hills. Look at the art, politics and neighborhood issues; examine public art organizing techniques and hear stories about your favorite murals on the two-and-a-half-hour ride. The cost is $10 to $40, sliding scale. [11:45 a.m., meet at Mona Caron’s Market Street Railway mural on Church Street at 15th Street, S.F.,]

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market top picks

  • Erbette chard
  • Basil
  • Shiro plums
  • Almond butter
  • English thyme
  • New potatoes
  • Greengage plum fruit cheese
  • Sugar snap peas
  • Basque frying peppers
  • Lovage


Dance sampler: ODC Dance presents its 2010 “Summer Sampler,” a celebration featuring wine, hors d’oeuvres and contemporary dance. [4:30 and 6:30 p.m., ODC Dance Commons, 351 Shotwell St., S.F.]


Indonesian celebration: Indonesia Day festivities take place in Union Square. Highlights include a performance of Balinese music and dance by Gamelan Sekar Jaya. [11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Powell and Post streets, S.F.]


Choral concert: The San Francisco Choral Society presents “Music for a Summer Night,” a concert of music by Beethoven and Britten. [8 p.m., Calvary Presbyterian Church, 2515 Fillmore St., S.F.]


Midnight movie: “Rocksploitation,” a midnight-movie series with live music by Citizen Midnight, presents David Lynch’s “Wild at Heart,” the uncut version. [11:55 p.m., Bridge Theatre, 3010 Geary Blvd., S.F.]


Money problems: Employing Heart Project presents “Out of Work.” Via performance, video and ideas, artists take both a thought-provoking and a quirky look at the economic crisis. [8 p.m., Counterpulse, 1310 Mission St., S.F.]

Literary events

Novelist appearance: Tony O’Neill reads from “Sick City.” Two druggies must unload a celebrity sex tape before their pasts, and a killer, catch up with them in this twisted Hollywood tale. [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Author reading: David Kulczyk reads from “Death in California: The Bizarre, Freakish, and Just Curious Ways People Die in the Golden State,” a nonfiction collection. [2 p.m., “M” Is for Mystery, 86 E. Third Ave., San Mateo]


A great hike

Hawk Hideout: Dip your baby toe into the backpacking experience via a short hike to a surprisingly secluded campsite in the Marin Headlands. Hawk Camp is 2.5 miles from the Tennessee Valley parking lot. It’s a gradual grunt up Marincello Trail before dropping down into Gerbode Valley. The final section is flat with wide-open views of the Pacific, but you have to work for it the last 100 feet. [For more, visit and sign up for a free weekly e-mail about getting outdoors in Northern California]

Fairs and festivals

DIY crafts: The Renegade Craft Fair, celebrating the DIY movement, features more than 225 vendors. Fare ranges from clothing to rock posters to housewares. [11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Block party: Out Side Art, a block party with artists and DJs, benefits Root Division and the San Francisco Parks Trust. Events include an effort to finish a mural begun by artist Banksy. [11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Mission 161, 161 Erie St., S.F.]


Songstress stylings: The Stern Grove Festival welcomes folk, jazz and blues singer-songwriter Rickie Lee Jones. Opening act: singer-songwriter Meklit Hadero. [2 p.m., Sigmund Stern Grove, Sloat Boulevard and 19th Avenue, S.F.]


Standup show: Comedian and actor Tracy Morgan performs at Cobb’s. “Saturday Night Live,” “30 Rock” and the recent film “Cop Out” are a few of his credits. [7:30 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]


Mint condition: The Joe Goode Performance Group presents “Traveling Light,” a site-specific dance and theater work that takes the audience on a journey through the Old Mint chambers. [8 p.m., Old Mint, 88 Fifth St., S.F.]

Jazz concert: The Stanford Jazz Festival welcomes the Dave Douglas Quintet Plus. [8 p.m., Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Stanford University]

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