January 24 - 26: Turtle Island Quartet and other SF events 

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  • The Bay Area’s Grammy-winning Turtle Island Quartet appears in a special program of original works and music inspired by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli.

Film noir: Noir City, the San Francisco Film Noir Festival, launches its 2014 lineup. “Journey Into Fear” (1943) at 7:30 p.m. and “The Third Man” (1949) at 9 p.m. make up the opening double bill. [Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.; www.noircity.com]


A great concert

Crossover strings: The Bay Area’s Grammy-winning Turtle Island Quartet appears in a special program of original works and music inspired by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli. [8 p.m., Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison St., Berkeley]

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market top picks

Blood oranges



Dutch red shallots

Malaysian white guavas


Red mustard greens


Walnut oil

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Lunar New Year

Garden festival: The San Francisco Botanical Garden celebrates the Year of the Horse and the garden’s magnolias from China. [9 a.m. to 3 p.m., 1199 Ninth Ave., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Food and drink

Zin city: The Zinfandel Experience hosts three Saturday Tasting Tracks. Wine aficionados can enjoy intimate, in-depth tastings, along with food trucks and Presidio history sites. [10 a.m., 1 and 4 p.m., Presidio, S.F.; www.zinfandel.org]


Rock and folk: Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers perform a concert to promote their latest album. [9 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]


Funny biz: SF Sketchfest, the San Francisco Comedy Festival, is underway. Saturday’s shows include “Comedy Film Nerds” at 1 p.m. at the Punch Line, 444 Battery St., S.F., and “The Laughspin Podcast Live” at 4 p.m. at the Dark Room, 2263 Mission St., S.F. [www.sfsketchfest.com]


A great hike

Tam good view: There are all kinds of benches – bus-stop benches, garden benches, stadium benches. Then there’s the spantastic O’Rourke’s Bench, one of the finest you’ll have the pleasure of resting your butt on! Set nearly 2,000 feet high on the southwest flank of Marin’s Mount Tamalpais, O’Rourke isn’t very well known. Part of its secret is that it’s hidden under a bay tree, on a little spur trai. [Visit WeekendSherpa.com to find out more about getting outdoors in Northern California.]


Jazz trio: Guitarist Bill Frisell presents his new trio. Frisell’s sound has expanded to include everything from American Songbook ballads to country blues to urban thrash over the decades. [4 p.m., SFJAZZ Center, 201 Franklin St., S.F.]

Pop rock: Van Dyke Parks and Matt Montgomery (whose new album is “Petty Troubles”) play with the Bay Area nonprofit Awesome Orchestra. [4 p.m., Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts, 1428 Alice St., Oakland]


Solo series: Solo Sundays, featuring comic, poignant and provocative solo theater, hosts performers Echo Brown, Julia Jackson, Bruce Pachtman and Jill Vice. [7 p.m., Stage Werx Theatre, 533 Sutter St., S.F.]

Literary arts

Book group: The World Affairs Council’s International Forum Book Club meets to discuss George Orwell’s “1984.” Newcomers are welcome. [11 a.m., Books Inc., 601 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]


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