May 3 - 5: Music, lectures and other San Francisco events 

click to enlarge “May Day,” an annual dance showcase benefiting the CounterPulse art space, continues. Saturday’s performers include Dohee Lee, Jess Curtis/Gravity, DavEnd (pictured) Chris Black, Byb Chanel Bibene and Ethaerial Arts. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • “May Day,” an annual dance showcase benefiting the CounterPulse art space, continues. Saturday’s performers include Dohee Lee, Jess Curtis/Gravity, DavEnd (pictured) Chris Black, Byb Chanel Bibene and Ethaerial Arts.

San Francisco events for May 3 -5, 2013.

FRIDAY, MAY 3

  • Icelandic writer: Acclaimed Icelandic author Sjon makes a San Francisco bookstore appearance. His novels include “The Blue Fox,” “The Whispering Muse” and “From the Mouth of the Whale.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

SATURDAY, MAY 4

A great dance benefit

  • “May Day,” an annual dance showcase benefiting the CounterPulse art space, continues. Saturday’s performers include Dohee Lee, Jess Curtis/Gravity, DavEnd (pictured) Chris Black, Byb Chanel Bibene and Ethaerial Arts. [8 p.m., CounterPulse, 1310 Mission St., S.F.]

Festivals

  • Mexican celebration: The San Francisco Cinco De Mayo Festival will celebrate Mexican heritage and pride, features performances, food and art. Dolores Park is the place. [10 a.m. to 6 p.m., 18th and Dolores streets, S.F.]

Movies

  • Reel world: The 56th San Francisco International Film Festival continues through May 9. Saturday’s films include “The Last Step” (Iran) at 7 p.m. at New People (1746 Post St., S.F.) and the documentary “Inequality for All” (U.S.) at 6:30 p.m. at the Kabuki (1881 Post St., S.F.) [10 a.m. onward; www.sfiff.org]

Charity walks

  • Brain tumor walk: The Bay Area Brain Tumor Walk raises funds to find a cure for brain tumors. Accompanying festivities include prizes and food.[9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Hellman Hollow, Golden Gate Park, S.F.; www.braintumorwalk.org/bayarea]

Botany

  • Plant sale: The San Francisco Botanical Garden hosts its 46th annual Spring Plant Sale. More than 2,500 kinds of plants, plus books and garden gifts, are available. [10 a.m. to 2 p.m., County Fair Building, 1199 Ninth Ave., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Dance

  • Spring program: Company C Contemporary Ballet presents its spring program. Selections include a premiere by company dancer David von Ligon and the return of Charles Anderson’s “Bolero.” [8 p.m., Z Space, 450 Florida St., S.F.]

Comedy

  • Stand-up show: Comedian John Mulaney -- seen on Saturday Night Live, “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and “Conan” -- performs a stand-up show. [7:30 and 9:45 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

SUNDAY, MAY 5

A great bike ride

  • Southeast S.F. Bike Tour: Explore the Dogpatch and Bayview on this great group bike ride with the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition. Visit old buildings, murals and waterfront parks on a casual-pace 10- to 12-mile ride. The ride ends at Hunters Point Open Studios, a free event at an old naval base with more than 150 open studios. Free for Bicycle Coalition members; $10 donation for nonmembers. [10 a.m., meet at Esprit Park, Minnesota and 20th streets, S.F.; RSVP: www.sfbike.org/chain]

Dance

  • Taylor made: The Paul Taylor Dance Company is in town. Sunday’s bill includes four contemporary-dance works, including “The Uncommitted,” a local premiere. [2 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 700 Howard St., S.F.]

Conversations

  • Funny writer: Best-selling author and NPR humorist David Sedaris appears in an evening of readings, recollections, and conversation. [7:30 p.m., War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Food and drink

  • Sweetest things: Local pastry chefs present signature desserts at “Dessert First,” a benefit for Project Open Hand. Food, drink, music, dancing and auctions accompany the fancy treats. [5 p.m., Four Seasons Hotel, 757 Market St., S.F.]

Celebrations

  • Old times: “Old Woodside Store Day” events explore 1880s life. Attendees can use a two-man saw, twine rope, make rag dolls, vie in a pie-eating contest and more. [Noon to 4 p.m., Woodside Store, 3300 Tripp Road, Woodside]

Visual art

  • Art studios: The Hunters Point Shipyard Artists host their Spring Open Studios. More than 150 studios are open to the public. [11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Islais Creek Studios, Rankin and Custer streets, S.F.; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Hunters Point Shipyard Studios, Horn and Galvez avenues, S.F.; www.thepointart.com]

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