Jan. 9-10: Disney lecture about autism, Kathy Najimy and more 

click to enlarge Bodega booyah: Tiny Bodega Head in Bodega Bay has long lured visitors to its dramatic cliff-above-ocean setting and excellent vantages for spotting migrating gray whales. But visit in winter right before sunset, and you'll be treated to fewer crowds and a Technicolor show powered by nature. The 2-mile Bodega Head Trail slinks along the side of hulking cliffs, with 360-degree views from the spiky sea-stacks rising along the Sonoma Coast to the placid luster of Bodega Harbor and Tomales Bay. [Visit WeekendSherpa.com for details and other local adventures.] - COURTESY WEEKEND SHERPA
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  • Bodega booyah: Tiny Bodega Head in Bodega Bay has long lured visitors to its dramatic cliff-above-ocean setting and excellent vantages for spotting migrating gray whales. But visit in winter right before sunset, and you'll be treated to fewer crowds and a Technicolor show powered by nature. The 2-mile Bodega Head Trail slinks along the side of hulking cliffs, with 360-degree views from the spiky sea-stacks rising along the Sonoma Coast to the placid luster of Bodega Harbor and Tomales Bay. [Visit WeekendSherpa.com for details and other local adventures.]

A great hike

Bodega booyah: Tiny Bodega Head in Bodega Bay has long lured visitors to its dramatic cliff-above-ocean setting and excellent vantages for spotting migrating gray whales. But visit in winter right before sunset, and you'll be treated to fewer crowds and a Technicolor show powered by nature. The 2-mile Bodega Head Trail slinks along the side of hulking cliffs, with 360-degree views from the spiky sea-stacks rising along the Sonoma Coast to the placid luster of Bodega Harbor and Tomales Bay. [Visit WeekendSherpa.com for details and other local adventures.]

Friday

Oakland art night: Friday Nights @ OMCA presents local music, food, art and family activities, as well as half-priced admission for adults and free admission for kids. [5-9 p.m., Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland]

Fatal mystery: Caroline and Charles Todd, a mother and son duo who write under the pen name Charles Todd, are speaking about their latest book, "A Fine Summer's Day," which follows an unsettling series of murders around England in the early days of World War I. [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building Plaza, S.F.]

One-woman comedy: Actress Kathy Najimy plays a colorful character named Aunt Maddie in her one-woman show, "Lift Up Your Skirt," which also touches on her Lebanese heritage and long career in comedy. [8 p.m., Feinstein's at the Nikko, 222 Mason St., S.F.]

Classic punk: Punk-rock supergroup The Flesh Eaters, which reunited in 2006 after dissolving in the 1980s, is doing a four-stop tour of California and playing music from its recently reissued 1981 record, "A Minute to Pray, A Second to Die." [9 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O'Farrell St., S.F.]

Comedy showcase: Chad Opitz, Joselyn Hughes, Jabari Davis and other top local comedians are trudging down to the Cynic Cave for a weekly showcase. [8:30 p.m., Lost Weekend Video, 1034 Valencia St., S.F.]

Prison alternatives: Zachary Norris, executive director of the Elia Baker Center for Human Rights, discusses the need to reform America's criminal justice system and reduce incarcerations. [10 a.m., Museum of the African Diaspora, 685 Mission St., S.F.]

Saturday

Disney and autism research: Pulitzer-winning journalist Ron Suskind, Dr. Bryna Siegel and actor Jonathan Freeman, who voiced Jafar in "Aladdin," are discussing why many children with autism are able to connect with Disney animated films. [11 a.m., ILM Premier Theater, 1 Letterman Drive, Presidio, S.F.; waltdisney.org/node/1524]

English living: Author Andrew Moore discusses highlights of "Houghton Hall: Portrait of an English Country House," an exhibit that closes next week. [11 a.m., Florence Gould Theater, Legion of Honor, 100 34th Ave., S.F.]

New Year's Eve, the sequel: Arann Harris and the Farm Band are celebrating "Fashionably Late New Year's" on a bill that also includes Sam Chase. [8 p.m., Doc's Lab, 124 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Rock icons: Celebrate David Bowie and Elvis Presley, who share a Jan. 8 birthdate, with an evening of music from "Hound Dog" to "Diamond Dogs." [9 p.m., Edinburgh Castle, 950 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

A great bike ride

Resolution ride: Is 2015 the year you get savvy at urban cycling? Join a free Resolution Bike Ride with Streets of San Francisco Bike Tours and CityRide Bike Rentals. This guided urban bike ride covers safety, smart riding techniques, common hazards and the best bike routes. This casually paced 7-8 mile ride is targeted toward riders 13 and older who are looking to get comfortable riding in The City. [10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., CityRide Bike Rentals, 370 Linden St., S.F.; RSVP at sfbike.org/events]

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