May 23 - 25: Rock 'n' Roll History Ride and other weekend events in SF 

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  • Are you a rock ’n’ roll fanatic or history buff? Get ready to rock by bike with an eye specifically toward San Francisco’s history and contribution to the genre.

On the town

Vocal impersonator: Singer-songwriter and recording and tribute artist Jimmy James makes a rare appearance in The City. [8 and 10 p.m., Rebel, 1760 Market St., S.F.]


A great bike ride

Rock ’n’ Roll History Ride: Are you a rock ’n’ roll fanatic or history buff? Get ready to rock by bike with an eye specifically toward San Francisco’s history and contribution to the genre. This 5- to 10-mile, easy, mostly flat group ride for ages 18 and older will pass by some of the most famed musical venues and buildings related to The City’s rock history; $10 donation. [1 to 3 p.m., meet at 1 Ferry Building, S.F.; RSVP:]

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market top picks

Squash blossoms



Dutch iris

English peas


Purple asparagus

Rainier cherries




Carnaval time: Carnaval San Francisco features multicultural music, dance and food, with the parade set for Sunday. This year’s theme: the World Cup. [10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Harrison Street between 16th and 24th streets, S.F.;]

Beer and cheer: The San Francisco International Beer Festival features hundreds of beers, plus bites. It benefits Telegraph Hill Cooperative Nursery School. [7 p.m., Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, Buchanan Street and Marina Boulevard, S.F.]

Literary arts

Author appearance: Joshua Ferris, author of “To Rise Again at a Decent Hour,” a new novel, presents his book. [4 p.m., Books Inc., 601 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]


Improvised Jane: Mission Improv presents “Extremely Jane Austen.” Improvisers ask the audience for titles and perform fully invented stories in the style of an Austen novel. [8 p.m., Stage Werx, 446 Valencia St., S.F.]

A great garden

Garden picnic: There’s an eight-year waiting list for a plot at the Fort Mason Community Garden, but it is open to visitors and makes a nice spot for taking in some tranquility. Sit on a bench among California poppies and a few palm trees. San Francisco sprawls to the west. Potent herbs and chirping sparrows add to the sensory experience. Afterward, head to Off the Grid: Picnic at the Presidio (11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays). Sprawl out on the lawn and indulge in the food truck fantasyland, with live music and good libations. [Visit to find out more about getting outdoors in Northern California]



Classical duo: The Zivian-Tomkins Duo — cello virtuoso Tanya Tomkins and pianist and fortepianist Eric Zivian — perform a concert of works by Beethoven. [3 p.m., Marines’ Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter St., S.F.]

Rock band: Howlin’ Rain, whose sound is a mix of psychedelia, arena rock and the blues, performs at the Chapel. The locally based band is currently promoting “Live Rain,” its first live album. [9 p.m., 777 Valencia St., S.F.]


Stand-up show: Comedian Yannis Pappas, whose characters include Mr. Panos and Maurica, does stand-up. His TV credits include “Fusion Live.” [7:30 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]


Solo series: Solo Sundays, featuring comic, poignant and provocative solo theater, presents its May edition. Thao P. Nguyen. Peter L. Stein and Amy K. Kilgrard take the stage. [7 p.m., Stage Werx, 446 Valencia St., S.F.]

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