Jan. 16: Sea lions, noir and more 

click to enlarge Kite Hill is an east-facing grassy knoll often overshadowed by Twin Peaks, but don't be fooled: it's jam-packed with city vistas. - COURTESY WEEKEND SHERPA
  • Courtesy Weekend Sherpa
  • Kite Hill is an east-facing grassy knoll often overshadowed by Twin Peaks, but don't be fooled: it's jam-packed with city vistas.

A great hike

Hill topper: You know that phrase, "It's hiding right under your nose?" Well, the tallest landmark in San Francisco, Sutro Tower, is a blinking beacon to one of The City's least-known parks. Kite Hill is an east-facing grassy knoll often overshadowed by Twin Peaks, but don't be fooled: Kite Hill is jam-packed with city vistas! Views include colorful houses and other parks around town: Tank Hill and Buena Vista Park, to name a few. [Visit WeekendSherpa.com for details and other local adventures.]

Friday

Sea lion appreciation: Celebrate the 25th anniversary of sea lions' arrival at Pier 39 with a weekend of walking tours, exhibits and more. [Noon-4 p.m., Pier 39, S.F.]

Noir City: The 13th Noir City film festival starts 12 days of cinema with the 1950 thriller "Woman on the Run." [7:30 p.m., Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.]

Comedy: Michael Yo, who calls himself a "half-black brother with a Korean mother," hosts a radio show in Miami and has appeared on "Chelsea Lately." [8 and 10:15 p.m., Cobb's Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Rock show: Eclectic rocker Ariel Wang, whose music ranges from psychedelic rock to Appalachian folk, is headlining a show that also includes Gospel Flats and Kendra McKinley. [8 p.m., Doc's Lab, 124 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Edwardian Ball: The Edwardian Ball and World's Faire kicks off with period-appropriate entertainment, cocktails and lots of revelers in classic attire. [8 p.m., Regency Ballroom, 1290 Sutter St., S.F.]

Saturday

Beach run: The Steep Ravine 10-kilometer run, half-marathon and marathon start at Stinson Beach before heading on to Mount Tamalpais and beyond. [8 a.m., Stinson Beach Park, Highway 1, Stinson Beach; www.coastaltrailruns.com]

Paper lovers: Postcards, magazines and assorted memorabilia are on sale at the Vintage Paper Fair. [10 a.m.-6 p.m., County Fair Building, Ninth Avenue and Lincoln Way, S.F.]

Comedy show: Comedian Karl Hess, who has appeared around the country and written for MTV, is recording a live album. [8 and 10 p.m., Lost Weekend Video, 1034 Valencia St., S.F.]

Jazz on film: Jazz historian Mark Cantor presents "Giants of Jazz on Film: The Singer & The Song," which includes rare footage of Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan and more. [8 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Rock party: San Francisco indie-rock group The Hundred Days is marking the release of its first EP. All concertgoers receive a copy of the band's EP. [9:30 p.m., Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., S.F.]

A great bike ride

Survey northwestern S.F.: Andy Thornley, one of San Francisco's most knowledgeable and vivacious velocitizens, is leading a ride of northwestern San Francisco that examines how the SF Bike Network is doing. Free for San Francisco Bicycle Coalition members, $10 donation from nonmembers appreciated. No RSVP needed, and rain cancels ride. [1:30 p.m., meet at Velo Rouge Café, 798 Arguello Blvd., S.F.]

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