Take an easy ride in San Francisco’s Richmond district 

Eating

Food:
Osteria Coppa, run by chef Chanan Kamen in San Mateo, servies the most delicious pasta dishes, and the rest of the menu is mighty fine, too. It’s great food, rewarding and accessible for everyone, at nice prices.

Drinking

Meet Your Mixologist:
Matthew Dondanville, bar manager at Paragon, an eatery and watering hole near AT&T Park, is getting ready for baseball season by adding a new drink, the Fleur Loco, to the cocktail menu.

New music: The Del Sol String Quartet, known for its adventurousness in presenting new music from around the world, performs. [8 p.m., Old First Church, 1751 Sacramento St., S.F.]

Improv troupe: The 3 for All troupe performs at Zeum. The trio creates improvised scenes — some intensely dramatic and some wildly comic — from audience suggestions. [8 p.m., 221 Fourth St., S.F.]


SATURDAY

A great bike ride

‘Reid Brothers in the Richmond’:
This nonathletic, nonacademic architecture-themed, two-hour (possibly longer) tour showcases nine Richmond district projects by James and Merritt Reid, who designed an impressive number of San Francisco buildings in the early 20th century. Eat lunch before, the ride will include a stop for a snack. A $5 donation is requested; rain cancels. [1:30 p.m., meet at Velo Rouge Cafe, Arguello Boulevard at Cabrillo Street, S.F., www.sfbike.org]

Ferry Plaza farmers market top picks

  • Strawberries
  • Artichokes
  • Bok choy
  • Dried apples
  • Fresh shallots
  • Pullet eggs
  • Rainbow chard
  • Spinach
  • Tulips
  • White turnips


Exhibitions

Comics convention:
Comic books and related popular culture have the spotlight at the WonderCon convention. Exhibits, vendors, panels, films and celebrities are on the slate. [10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Moscone Center, 747 Howard St., S.F.]

Dance

Mood and motion:
The Natasha Carlitz Dance Ensemble presents “Orff Beet,” an evening of dances set to music by Orff and Beethoven, composers who blended form with emotion. [8 p.m., ODC Theater, 3153 17th St., S.F.]

Open house

New campus:
Institute on Aging, a service group for older adults, holds a community gathering to open its state-of-the-art facility, which centralizes services and integrates affordable housing. [11:30 a.m., 3575 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Music

Funk band:
Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk performs at the Independent. Free-flowing funk is the specialty of the band. [9 p.m., 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

Guitar concert: Polish classical guitarist Marcin Dylla, winner of 19 international guitar competitions, appears in concert. Omni Foundation presents the evening. [8 p.m., Green Room, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Theater

Scottish drama:
Stop the Silence presents “To Kill a Kelpie.” Two adult brothers confront dark childhood truths in this stage drama by Scottish playwright-actor Matthew McVarish. [7 p.m., Noh Space, 2840 Mariposa St., S.F.]

Literary arts

Mystery novel:
Novelist Kate Atkinson reads from “Started Early, Took My Dog,” the latest installment in her mystery series featuring semi-retired detective Jackson Brodie. [2 p.m., “M” Is for Mystery, 86 E. Third Ave., San Mateo]

SUNDAY

A great hike

Dipsea-Doo-Dah:
Mount Tam’s 3.9-mile round-trip Dipsea Trail Loop is at its best during the rainy season. Starting at Pantoll Ranger Station, descend into Steep Ravine’s sheltering redwood forest. Next comes the famous wooden ladder, and lush green vegetation and flowing creek. Make a left onto the Dipsea Trail and begin ascending out of the canyon for a “mist-ifying” experience. [Visit www.WeekendSherpa.com to sign up for email about getting outdoors in Northern California]

Music

Czech composers:
The Pavel Haas Quartet, specializing in the Czech repertoire, plays its namesake’s music, plus a work by Schulhoff, who studied with Debussy (also on the bill). [7 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Theater

Solo performance:
Writer, performer and former Pickle Family Circus clown Geoff Hoyle presents “Geezer,” his comic, wistful and physical solo show about what it is like to grow old. [3 p.m., the Marsh, 1062 Valencia St., S.F.]

Movies

Screen gem:
“The African Queen” screens at the Castro Theatre. Humphrey Bogart plays the world-class souse who takes an impossibly prim Katharine Hepburn down the Congo in John Huston’s classic. [429 Castro St., S.F.; (415) 621-6120]

Comedy

Stand-up show:
Comedian and actor John Pinette, whose credits include the “Tonight” show, “The View” and the DVD “I’m Starvin’,” performs at Cobb’s. [8 p.m., 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Museums

Free day:
Today is Target First Free Sunday at the Asian Art Museum. General admission is free (capacity restrictions apply). Admission to the “Bali” exhibition is $5. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 200 Larkin St., S.F.]

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