Outdoor adventures, British cinema, variety of live music highlight San Francisco weekend 



Food: Chef Anthony Strong serves Roman fare that takes advantage of California’s superb local ingredients at Locanda, an adventurous eatery from the proprietors of Delfina.

Meet Your Mixologist: At Twenty Five Lusk, a slick new restaurant and lounge near AT&T Park, bar manager Ross Wheatley’s drink menu features old favorites made with a new twist.

On the town

Graphic novel: Best-selling comic-fantasy author Christopher Moore and award-winning screenwriter and director Ian Corson talk about their new graphic novel, “The Griff.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Movie music: The San Francisco Symphony presents “Music From the Movies.” Featured scores include those from “Jaws,” “Lawrence of Arabia” and “The Godfather.” [8 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]


A great bike ride
Do-it-yourself, one-hour summertime ride:
Start at City Hall at Polk and Grove streets. Go north on Polk, past Nob Hill and Russian Hill. Turn left on North Point Street, then right on Van Ness Avenue. Follow path to the left, up and over Fort Mason bluff, tend right toward the Golden Gate Bridge and down to Laguna Street and Marina Boulevard. Continue on the Marina multiuse path past Marina Green, turn right at Baker Street toward the water, go right past St. Francis Yacht Club, past the Golden Gate Yacht Club, to end of the breakwater. Check out the world’s smallest lighthouse, halfway out in the Marina breakwater and the Wave Organ at the end of the breakwater. [www.sfbike.org]


British cinema: “From Britain With Love” is a series of recent independent films from the United Kingdom. “A Boy Called Dad” and “NEDs” screen today. [2 p.m. onward, Balboa Theater, 3630 Balboa St., S.F., www.

Community arts

All-day arts spot: In conjunction with its “BAN6” art show, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts hosts a free “Push Play” event — forums, visual art, music, film, food, drink and lots more. [Noon to 8 p.m., 701 Mission St., S.F.]


Flea market: Treasure Island Flea takes place on the island this weekend. Merchandise ranging from new indie designs to antique furniture is for sale at the marketplace. [9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Avenue of the Palms, Treasure Island]

Comedy theater: Comedian Will Franken performs “Keep Your Dragon Low,” a show performed in a theater (instead of club) setting — 90 minutes to himself with crazy sound and lighting. [8 p.m., Stage Werx, 533 Sutter St., S.F.]


Roots band: Cornmeal, an acoustic-electric roots and bluegrass band, performs at Cafe Du Nord. “Live in Chicago Vol. 1” is the group’s most recent album. [9:30 p.m., 2170 Market St., S.F.]


Drag artists: CounterPULSE’s Summer Special presents “Work More,” a one-hour drag spectacular resulting from a collaborative process. Performers include VivvyAnne ForeverMore. [8 p.m., CounterPULSE, 1310 Mission St., S.F.]


Fort Mason farmers market top picks

  • Beefsteak tomatoes
  • Blackberries
  • Elephant garlic
  • Organic watermelon
  • Mountain-grown blueberries
  • Stone fruit

Jazz quartet: Bill Frisell, considered one of the leading guitarists in jazz, performs with his 858 Quartet. The Stanford Jazz Festival presents the concert. [8 p.m., Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Stanford University]

Ballet in the grove: The San Francisco Ballet performs at the Stern Grove Festival. The program includes works from the company’s repertory. [2 p.m., Sigmund Stern Grove, Sloat Boulevard and 19th Avenue, S.F.]

Literary arts

Author appearance: Audrey Braun (pen name of novelist Deborah Reed) reads from “A Small Fortune,” a romantic thriller. [7:30 p.m., Dog Eared Books, 900 Valencia St., S.F.]

A great hike
‘Take a Peak’: Buzzard’s Roost summit in Big Basin Redwoods State Park offers around-the-compass views. Reach it via a 2.2-mile one-way hike with a 1,000-foot ascent. Slip along the side of the canyon, climbing switchbacks to northern views of Big Basin before the final ascent on a more exposed and rugged trail. Climb over rocks until you spot the Roost, a 10-foot-tall sandstone knob rising like a medieval relic. [Visit www.WeekendSherpa.com about getting outdoors in Northern California]

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