July 5 - 7: Shell Beach hike and other weekend activities 

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On the town

Improv theater: "Awkward Dinner Party" is back. A couple and their dinner guest reveal uncomfortable truths in this improvised play. [8 p.m., Stage Werx, 446 Valencia St., S.F.]


A great hike

Pomo on parade: Sonoma Coast State Park's Shell Beach is easily accessed by car, but we've got a much better route via a peaceful 3-mile (one-way) hike showcasing the region's best features: redwoods, rivers, coastline and pocket beaches. You'll weave through a forest dappled in sunlight before making an ascent that tops out at a terrific vista of the Russian River emptying into the Pacific. Don't miss the view from the lone picnic table 100 feet off the trail on a small hill. Drop down the coast-hugging hills to reach Shell Beach. [Visit WeekendSherpa.com to find out more about getting outdoors in Northern California]

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market top picks

• ocamole garlic

• Gypsy peppers

• Kadota figs

• Nectarines

• Raspberries

• Romano beans

• SOW juice to order

• Thai basil

• Tomatillos — www.cuesa.org


Jazz fest: The Fillmore Jazz Festival features a diverse lineup of bands, plus art and food. Kim Nalley, Charles Unger and Afrolicious, to name a few, perform Saturday. [10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fillmore Street between Jackson and Eddy streets, S.F.]


Rebel spirit: The National Queer Arts Festival presents "Queer Rebels of the Harlem Renaissance," a performance featuring provocative artists of color. [7:30 p.m., African American Art & Culture Complex, 762 Fulton St., S.F.]

Harp concert: Latin-jazz harpist, singer and composer Liza Wallace performs a concert featuring selections from her new CD, "Walken." [7:30 p.m., Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, 2868 Mission St., S.F.]


Hip-hop dance: Funkanometry SF presents "The Sockhop 6," an interactive hip-hop dance event featuring community-minded companies from around the country. [7 p.m., Marines' Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter St., S.F.]


A great bike ride

Pedal Sunday Streets: This weekend, Sunday Streets sets up its celebration in Golden Gate Park and the Great Highway. Pedal through the park and along the ocean, free of cars. Of all the Sunday Streets events, this is one of the longest routes — there's plenty of space to coast, pedal and wheel your way around! [www.sfbike.org/chain]

Sports and recreation

America's Cup: The America's Cup racing events are underway in San Francisco. See website for a schedule. [Piers 27-29, S.F.; www.americascup.com]


American theater: Brava and Black Artists Contemporary Cultural Experience present "In a Daughter's Eyes," A. Zell Williams' play about two women locked in a room and a struggle to heal wounds. [3 p.m., Brava Theater, 2781 24th St., S.F.]


Stern Grove: The San Francisco Symphony performs at Stern Grove. The program includes Gershwin's "An American in Paris" and Ravel's "Bolero." [2 p.m., Sigmund Stern Grove, Sloat Boulevard and 19th Avenue, S.F.]

Russian folk music: Trio Voronezh, an ensemble specializing in Russian music, performs at Yoshi's. Members play three Russian folk instruments. [7 p.m., 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]

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