Guitarist and contemporary-jazz pioneer Lee Ritenour plays Herbst Theatre 


Sharon Ardiana, owner of the popular Gialana, has opened Ragazza, which serves hearty, filling Italian fare, including great pizza.


Meet Your Mixologist:
Sean Roland of Rebel — a new biker-themed spot — likes to prepare fresh, simple drinks to go with the bar’s barbecue menu.

On the town

Weird worlds:
The Another Hole in the Head film festival launches its 2011 lineup of dark-fantasy, horror-comedy, sci-fi and bizarro cinema. The opening-night centerpiece is "Helldriver" (Japan). [Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., S.F.;]

Innovative music: The Kronos Quartet presents "A Chinese Home," a multicomposer repertory work inspired by the story of a dismantled and rebuilt Chinese village house. [8 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., S.F]


A great bike ride

Route 10:
Start this 30- to 60-minute self-guided “ocean to Bay” ride at Sutro Heights at Point Lobos and 48th avenues. Go north on Camino del Mar, right on Clement Street, left on 30th Avenue and right on Lake Street. Follow to Arguello Boulevard, go left, then quick right onto Sacramento Street. Go left on Cherry Street, right on Clay Street, left on Webster Street, right on Broadway, left on Polk Street, right on Pacific Avenue, left on Powell Street, right on Broadway, and across The Embarcadero to the Bay. Stop to check out Alta Plaza Park, where the steps are still chewed from a stunt in the movie “What's Up Doc?” []


Street fair:
The Union Street (Eco-Urban) Festival has upped its green focus while also featuring familiar fun. Look for eco-attractions, plus music, crafts and food. [10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Union Street between Gough and Steiner streets, S.F.]

Charity walks

Hope walk:
The City of Hope's San Francisco Walk for Hope benefits the fight against women's cancers. Festivities accompany the walk. [9 a.m., Justin Herman Plaza, Market Street and the Embarcadero, S.F.;]

Vision walk: The 2011 Bay Area VisionWalk benefits the Foundation Fighting Blindness. Accompanying festivities include DJ music and kids' events. [9 a.m., Bandshell, Golden Gate Park, S.F.;]


Pride concert:
Bay Area Rainbow Symphony presents its Pride Month concert. The program includes Villa-Lobos' "Guitar Concerto" with virtuoso Jon Mendle. [8 p.m., San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., S.F.]


Female playwrights:
Woman's Will, an all-female Shakespeare company, presents "Playfest 2011," a fundraising show featuring plays written by women and a sneak preview. [8 p.m., Phoenix Theatre, 414 Mason St., S.F.]

Literary arts

Marathon reading:
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art hosts a marathon reading of selections from "The Making of Americans," Gertrude Stein's epic novel. [11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., 151 Third St., S.F.]


Fort Mason Center farmers market top picks  

  • Eight-ball summer squash
  • Button mushrooms
  • Coral cherries
  • Gold nuggest mandarin oranges
  • Herbs: dill, parsely, mint
  • Spring onions



Contemporary dance:
Anne Bluethenthal and Dancers present "Goin' Gaga and Other Dances," an evening of music, dance, text, feminism, social commentary and a little body paint. [6 p.m., CounterPulse, 1310 Mission St., S.F.]


Dude returneth:
"Much Ado About Lebowski" is back. Presented by the Primitive Screwheads and SF Indiefest, the stage comedy splices the Coen brothers with the Bard. [8 p.m., CellSpace, 2050 Bryant St., S.F.]


Stand-up show:
Comedian Arj Barker performs. "Premium Blend," "The Glass House" and "Flight of the Conchords" are among his credits. [8 p.m., Cobb's Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]


Jazz artist:
Guitarist and contemporary-jazz pioneer Lee Ritenour  appears, marking his 50th year as a musician with the album "6 String Theory.” [7 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Literary arts

Author appearance:
Sara Gran talks about "Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead," the first book in a projected mystery series. [2 p.m., "M" Is for Mystery, 86 E. Third Ave., San Mateo]

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