Hike Big Sur, it’s good for the soul 



Cha-ya, a Japanese restaurant in the Mission district, does away with the meat, but the eatery manages to serve up an exemplary meal for veggies and monivores alike.


Meet Your Mixologist:
Michael Mina’s new restaurant features a large cocktail lounge run by Carlo Splendorini, who will invent a new cocktail for patrons not pleased with what they get.

On the town

Opera concert:
The Merola Opera Program, which showcases upcoming opera singers, presents its Schwabacher Summer Concert. Music by Italian composers is on the program. [7:30 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Dance sampler: ODC/Dance hosts its “Summer Sampler.” The evening features a performance of celebrated ODC works, with the company’s Brenda Way and KT Nelson shedding light on it all. [6:30 p.m., ODC Theater, 3153 17th St., S.F.]


Ferry Plaza Farmers Market top picks

  • Romano beans
  • Cape gooseberries
  • Carrots
  • Figs
  • Lemon basil
  • Little gem lettuce
  • White nectarines
  • Green gage plums
  • A great hike



Big Sur for the Soul:
Hike right into the heart of a storybook landscape in Big Sur’s Andrew Molera State Park on the 8.4-mile Ridge Bluff loop. Climb high above the world on a ridge, where you take in the Pacific’s blue waters to the west and the wild Santa Lucia Mountain Range to the east. Don’t miss the 0.1-mile offshoot, Spring Trail, to a beach where the mineral almandine adds unusual color. Run your feet through swirls of pink and lavender sand. Magic. [Visit WeekendSherpa.com to sign up for email about getting outdoors in Northern California]

Youth arts

Poetry slam:
Youth Speaks presents the Grand Slam Finals of the Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Festival, an Olympic-style poetry extravaganza. [7 p.m., War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Urban arts: Precita Eyes presents its 2011 Urban Youth Arts Festival. The day includes mural art, performances, a youth skate contest and more. [1 to 6 p.m., Potrero Del Sol “La Raza” Skate Park, 25th and Utah streets, S.F.]



For the hardcore only:
Hey masochists — Seven Hells is back with seven (and then some) of The City’s most devilish climbs. Be prepared for some very strenuous climbs and long flat rides: This year’s ride will revisit some favorite old monster climbs, but expect some surprising new nasties that will make it hard to keep two wheels on the ground. We’ll be going around 30 miles; with breaks and a moderate pace, this ride should take around 3½ hours; strong riders only, please. [10 a.m.-2 p.m.; meet at Panhandle statue, Fell and Baker streets, sfbike.org]


Intercultural music:
Saxophonist Hafez Modirzadeh presents an evening with the contemporary string quartet Ethel and musicians representing Latin, Arab, and Persian traditions. [8 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., S.F.]

Blues celebration:
Redwood City hosts its PAL Blues Festival. Music, artisans, and a barbecue competition are on the bill. [11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Courthouse Square 2200 Broadway, Redwood City]


Jewish films:
The 2011 San Francisco Jewish Film Festival presents Jewish experiences and talent from around the globe. Today’s films include “Bobby Fischer Against the World.” [Noon onward, Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.; www.sfjff.org]


Symphony in the grove:
The San Francisco Symphony performs at the Stern Grove Festival. Beethoven and Tchaikovsky are on the program. [2 p.m., Sigmund Stern Grove, Sloat Boulevard and 19th Avenue, S.F.]


Choreography showcase:
WestWave Dance presents “Sketch: New Works,” a commissioning project by Amy Seiwert’s Imagery featuring world premieres by four choreographers. [8 p.m., Z Space, 450 Florida St., S.F.]


Magic and mystery:
Theatre of Yugen’s “NohThing Like Vaudeville” series presents magician Christian Cagigal’s “Obscura,” a show of theater, illusion, and dark fables. [7 p.m., Noh Space, 2840 Mariposa St., S.F.]

Literary arts

Book fair:
Laborfest presents its annual BookFair, an all-day lineup of labor-related readings and panel discussions. [9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, 2868 Mission St., S.F.]


Comedy show:
Comedian, writer and actor Charlie Murphy, whose TV credits include “Chappelle’s Show” and “Are We There Yet?” performs a stand-up show. [8 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

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