Take a round-trip hike to Muir Beach 



Food: Chef-owner Ali Yaldiz serves tempting Turkish fare at Tuba. Appetizer platters offer a delicious variety ideal for sharing, as do sexy main courses featuring lamb, beef and eggplant.



Meet Your Mixologist: Eric Passetti, bar manager at the 103-year-old recently renovated House of Shields on New Montgomery Street, has venerable roots in The City coming from a long line of bar owners.


On the town

Bound for Gorey: The 2011 Edwardian Ball happens today and Saturday. The macabre art of Edward Gorey and the style of the Edwardian era set the tone for this festival of arts and revelry. [8 p.m., Regency Ballroom, 1300 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Dark side: "Tales of madness" are promised at "Noir City 9," the 2011 San Francisco Film Noir Festival. Today’s double bill: "High Wall" and "Stranger on the Third Floor." [Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.]



A great hike

‘Sea the Way’: When the ocean is tempestuous and the sky gray, lace up your hiking boots and visit Muir Beach. It is the launching point for a 5-mile, round-trip hike featuring gorgeous views of the Pacific Ocean. Start with a steady climb up Coastal Trail to a sweeping vista of the Marin Headlands, then detour down to Pirate’s Cove — a pocket beach used as a staging area for bootleggers in the 1920s. [Visit www.WeekendSherpa.com to sign up for free e-mail about getting outdoors in Northern California]



Family camp: "Camp Mather Day" festivities offer a chance to learn about this family camp, which is located near Yosemite. [10 a.m. to 3 p.m., County Fair Building, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]



Beethoven night: The San Francisco Symphony, with conductor Marek Janowski and pianist Juho Pohjonen, performs music by Beethoven. [8 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]



Reel improv: Performers create two improvised "films" based on audience-supplied titles in the "Double Feature Improv" show. Players include Rafe Chase of the 3 for All troupe. [8 p.m., Stage Werx, 533 Sutter St., S.F.]


Literary arts

Suspense novelist: British author Erin Kelly talks about her debut novel of psychological suspense, "The Poison Tree." [2 p.m., "M" is for Mystery bookstore, 86 E. Third Ave., San Mateo]



Femme arts: The 2011 Women on the Way Festival continues. Innovative female artists in theater, dance, music and comedy take the stage. [8 p.m., Shotwell Studios, 3252-A 19th St., S.F.; Garage, 975 Howard St., S.F.]


Ferry Plaza Farmers Market top picks

  • Beets
  • Apple butter
  • Black Spanish radishes
  • Bordeaux spinach
  • Cara Cara oranges
  • Desiree potatoes
  • Fennel
  • Leeks
  • Purplette onions
  • Rapini greens
  • Fresh soy noodles
  • Dried cannellini beans




A great bike ride

Sunday picnic ride: Start, and grab a sandwich, at Arguello Super Market and ride south on Arguello Boulevard into Golden Gate Park to the top of the hill. Go left onto Conservatory Drive, right on JFK Drive, left on Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive into the concourse, left on MLK Drive, left on Music Concourse Drive past the Academy of Sciences, tend right at the fork and back out to JFK Drive. Go left, then left again at Stow Lake Drive and loop around the lake. [www.sfbike.org]


Circus arts

Circus show: The San Francisco Circus Center’s New Pickle Circus presents its new show with clowns, acrobats, contortionists and jugglers. [11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]



Baroque music: Players from the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra present "Viva Vivaldi," a period-instrument performance of chamber works by the composer. [2 p.m., San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., S.F.]


Beyond Latin jazz: Vocalist Kat Parra performs with her ensemble. Parra both bends and transcends the traditional definitions of Latin jazz to explore world tonalities. [7 p.m., Red Poppy Art House, 2698 Folsom St., S.F.]



Dance collaboration: The Riley Project and Aura Fischbeck Dance present contemporary-dance works exploring the human condition through the lens of social politics, misbehavior and love. [2 p.m., CounterPULSE, 1310 Mission St., S.F.]



Solo performers: Solo Sundays presents its monthly showcase. Writer-performers Ericka Lutz ("A Widow’s To-Do List") and Martha Rynberg ("Lady Parts") take the stage. [7 p.m., Stage Werx, 533 Sutter St., S.F.]

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