Join the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition as they teach your kids to ride 



With St. Patrick’s Day on the horizon, consider the classic fare served at the Irish Bank pub and restaurant. The fish and chips, Irish stew and corned beef and cabbage are exemplary.  


Meet Your Mixologist
: John Lillis, a native of Ireland and a second-generation barkeep, oversees the drinks at the Irish Times, The City’s newest Irish bar in the heart of the Financial District.  

Moving downtown: ODC/Dance’s 2011 “Downtown” celebration, saluting ODC’s 40th season, begins. New works and old favorites by company choreographers are on the bill. [7 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 700 Howard St., S.F.]

Crime fiction: Novelist Walter Mosley reads from “When the Thrill Is Gone,” his third novel featuring P.I. Leonid McGill. [7 p.m., Belmont Library, 1110 Alameda de las Pulgas, Belmont]


A greay city walk

Carson Falls, a storybook, 100-foot series of cascading waterfalls just outside Fairfax in Marin County, awakens during the rainy season. It’s a 1.6-mile, one-way hike to reach it starting on the rocky Pine Mountain Fire Road, with views of Mount Tam and San Pablo Bay. Follow a marked trail down forest switchbacks until the falls come into sight. On a clear day, people will be relaxing on large rocks among the waterfall’s drops and pools. [Visit; sign up for e-mail about getting outdoors in Northern California]

Ferry Plaza farmers market top picks

  • Turnips
  • Anemones
  • Dried apricots
  • Kale
  • Mizuna
  • Owari satsumas
  • Polenta loaf
  • Smoked onions
  • Wheat flour
  • Wild radish greens


Irish spirit:
The St. Patrick’s Day Parade salutes Irish culture, drawing folks of all celebratory stripes. A festival adds to the deal. [Parade: 11:30 a.m., Second and Market streets; festival: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Civic Center Plaza, S.F.;]


Rivers’ edge:
Joan Rivers performs at the Castro Theatre. “Uncensored, unscripted and unpredictable” is how the longtime comedian’s show is described. [8 p.m., 429 Castro St., S.F.]


Get dancin':
Honey Soundsystem presents “Speaker,” a dance-music celebration and gallery show benefiting the GLBT Historical Society. DJs Bobby Viteritti and Steve Fabus supply the music. [10 p.m. to 3 a.m., Public Works, 161 Erie St., S.F.]


Asian films:
The 2011 San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival presents “It’s a Wonderful Afterlife” (U.K., 12:15 p.m. at the Clay), “Open Season” (USA, 5:30 p.m. at the Sundance Kabuki) and “Gold and Copper” (Iran, 12:15 p.m. at the Sundance Kabuki) among the fare today. [Noon onward;]

Sea flicks:
The San Francisco Ocean Film Festival features films about oceans, sea life and sea-inspired cultures. Today’s bill includes films about sharks and a related discussion. [10 a.m. onward, Theatre 39, Pier 39, S.F.]


Piano concert:
Piano virtuoso Louis Lortie performs the complete Chopin etudes, described as an “Everest of the piano literature.” Chamber Music San Francisco presents the concert. [8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]


A fun bike event

‘Freedom from Training Wheels’:
San Francisco Bicycle Coalition volunteers have successfully taught lots of little ones how to ride without training wheels. Join the group in car-free Golden Gate Park for an activity on the subject. Bring bike, helmet and snacks to share. Rain cancels. [10 a.m. to noon, meet at JFK Drive just west of the Rose Garden, Golden Gate Park, S.F.,]


Modern dance:
David Herrera Performance Company presents “American Layercake,” a dance that follows a mixed-race family and explores how old American-dream models still obsess us. [7 p.m., Dance Mission, 3316 24th St., S.F.]

Literary arts

Author talk:
Journalist Alan Paul talks about his new book, “Big in China: My Unlikely Adventure Raising a Family, Playing the Blues, and Becoming a Star in Beijing.” [4 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]


Chamber music:
Members of the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra perform an all-Mozart chamber-music concert, joined by mezzo-soprano Zheng Cao. [2 p.m., San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., S.F.]

Visual arts

Craft show:
More than 200 artisans take part in the 2011 Contemporary Crafts Market, a juried show and sale. Fare ranges from jewelry to ceramics to furniture. [10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]


Musical play:
“As Always,” a musical by Peter W. Tucker, provides a trip through love, loss and redemption, all in a night of dreams. It benefits the San Francisco Parks Trust’s music programming. [2 p.m., Eureka Theatre, 215 Jackson St., S.F.]

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