Jan. 23-24: Sketchfest, dog show and more 

click to enlarge Hot saucer: Among the six-pack chairlifts and supersized gondolas in North Lake Tahoe, sometimes it's refreshing to go more old-school. Hello Granlibakken! This family-owned "resort" near Tahoe City looks like a throwback ... and that's all part of its charm. There's a woodsy lodge. There's a small ski hill accessed by a rope tow. And there's sledding. Just $14 gets you access to the hill and a saucer rental. Then hit the slope! There's only one. Do your best Clark Griswold imitation, and repeat. - [Visit WeekendSherpa.com for details and other local adventures. - COURTESY WEEKENDSHERPA.COM
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  • Hot saucer: Among the six-pack chairlifts and supersized gondolas in North Lake Tahoe, sometimes it's refreshing to go more old-school. Hello Granlibakken! This family-owned "resort" near Tahoe City looks like a throwback ... and that's all part of its charm. There's a woodsy lodge. There's a small ski hill accessed by a rope tow. And there's sledding. Just $14 gets you access to the hill and a saucer rental. Then hit the slope! There's only one. Do your best Clark Griswold imitation, and repeat. [Visit WeekendSherpa.com for details and other local adventures.

A great hike

Hot saucer: Among the six-pack chairlifts and supersized gondolas in North Lake Tahoe, sometimes it's refreshing to go more old-school. Hello Granlibakken! This family-owned "resort" near Tahoe City looks like a throwback ... and that's all part of its charm. There's a woodsy lodge. There's a small ski hill accessed by a rope tow. And there's sledding. Just $14 gets you access to the hill and a saucer rental. Then hit the slope! There's only one. Do your best Clark Griswold imitation, and repeat. [Visit WeekendSherpa.com for details and other local adventures.

Friday

Prison symposium: Bringing to Light: Invisible Abuses Against Women and LGBT People in Prison is a symposium by the Hastings Women's Law Journal that addresses pressing issues in the U.S. prison system. [1 p.m., Mary Kay Kane Hall, UC Hastings College of the Law, 200 McAllister St., S.F.]

Dinner discussion: Environmental lawyer-turned-rancher Nicolette Hahn Niman and chef Wyatt Sandberg are discussing ethical ways to produce and eat beef. The $55 ticket includes a full dinner featuring BN Ranch meat and local wine. [6:30 p.m., 18 Reasons, 3674 18th St., S.F.]

Rock show: Ridiculously catchy Oakland indie-punkers Shannon & The Claims are headlining a show marking the 10th anniversary of (((folkYEAH!))). [9 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

Comedy show: Celebrate the beginning of SF Sketchfest with The Vice Principals of Comedy -- or risk an afternoon in detention. [8 p.m., Lost Weekend Video, 1034 Valencia St., S.F.]

Saturday

Dog show: The 116th annual Golden Gate Kennel Club Dog Show is kicking off two days of competition featuring nearly 1,500 dogs and 150 breeds. [8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Cow Palace, 2600 Geneva Ave., Daly City; goldengatekennelclub.com]

Grumpy Cat: Celebrity feline Grumpy Cat is lending her star power to the opening of Berkeley Humane's Mobile Adoption Center. [Noon-3 p.m., Berkeley Humane, 2700 Ninth St., Berkeley]

'NewsRadio' reunion: "Salute to 'NewsRadio': 20th Anniversary Reunion" -- featuring appearances by Dave Foley, Maura Tierney, Stephen Root, Khandi Alexander, Andy Dick and Joe Furey -- is among today's SF Sketchfest highlights. [1 p.m., Marines' Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter St., S.F.; www.sfsketchfest.com]

Languages at risk: Bob Holman and David Grubin are doing a Q&A session at a screening of highlights from "Language Matters with Bob Holman," Grubin's film about endangered languages that is set to debut Sunday on KQED. [2:30 p.m., Exploratorium, Pier 15, S.F.]

Meat and more meat: Ryan Farr, butcher at San Francisco's 4505 Meats, shares delicious advice in his new book "Sausage Making: The Definitive Guide With Recipes." [3 p.m., Omnivore Books on Food, 3885a Cesar Chavez St., S.F.]

Ramones talk: Drummer Marky Ramone is discussing his time in one of punk's most influential bands and his new memoir, "Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life as a Ramone." [7 p.m. reception, 8 p.m. main program, Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Dance party: Bay Area group La Gente, which takes its inspiration from reggae, cumbia, hip-hop, salsa and rock, is currently recording its fourth studio album. [9 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O'Farrell St., S.F.]

A great bike ride

Bike the Bay Trail: When San Francisco's Bay Trail is complete, it will be a 500-mile network of continuous bicycling and hiking trails around the San Francisco and San Pablo Bays that connects all nine Bay Area counties. Now 330 gorgeous miles are already complete, which means there's plenty of brilliant shoreline for you to comfortably explore. For maps and more information, visit baytrail.org.

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