Take your bike on the ‘Saturday Morning Loop’ 

Friday night


For the ultimate in tasty seafood, try Craw Station. The eatery serves no-nonsense, Asian-Cajun-flavored boiled and fried crab, oysters, shrimp, crawfish and more.


Meet Your Mixologist:
Tsunami Mission Bay — which specializes in high-end, rare gin — boasts bar manager Robert Pace’s unique menu of gin cocktails featuring a distinctive Japanese touch.

On the town

Musical cocktail:
Pink Martini, a “little” orchestra whose music is an original mix of Latin, classical, jazz, cabaret and pop, appears with the San Francisco Symphony. [8 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Aerial theater: The Paper Doll Militia presents “This Twisted Tale,” an aerial-theater show about a misfit little girl and the Devil. Sweet Can Circus opens the evening. [8 p.m., Dance Mission Theater, 3316 24th St., S.F.]


A great bike ride

‘Saturday Morning Loop’:
Start at the Ferry Building, ride north on the Embarcadero, go left on North Point Street, left on Polk Street, right on Pacific Avenue, left on Webster Street, left on Post Street, left on Market Street, right on Spear Street, left on Mission Street, to the Embarcadero and back to the Ferry Building. At either end of the lovely loop, take advantage of free valet bike parking provided by the SF Bicycle Coalition at the Farmers Market every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Harry Bridges Plaza, across from the Ferry Building. [www,sfbike.org]

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market top picks

  • Bintje potatoes
  • Blenheim apricots
  • Blackberry honey
  • Organic blueberries
  • Cubanelle peppers
  • Eclair strawberries
  • Ivory Princess peaches
  • Snow peas



Jazz celebration:
The 2011 Fillmore Jazz Festival begins. The two-day celebration includes a wide range of jazz, crafts, chefs and food booths. [10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fillmore Street between Jackson and Eddy streets, S.F.]

Beer festival: The 2011 BreastFest features hundreds of microbrews, plus barbecue fare and live music. The celebration benefits the Charlotte Maxwell Complementary Clinic. [5 to 9 p.m., Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]


Outdoor theater:
The San Francisco Mime Troupe launches its free 2011 summer park show, “2012: The Musical.” The musical satire takes on corporate arts funding. [2 p.m., Dolores Park, 18th and Dolores streets, S.F.]

Cultural arts

National Queer Arts Festival:
“Queer Rebels of the Harlem Renaissance” salutes Harlem’s gender rebels. LGBT African- American artists present new work. [7:30 p.m., African American Art and Culture Complex, 762 Fulton St., S.F.]


A great excursion

Hidden Perles:
You’ll need a boat to get to one of the best beaches in the Bay Area. Fortunately, ferries leave regularly for Angel Island, the tranquil state park in the middle of the Bay. Access Perles Beach via a 1.5-mile (one-way) walk or bike ride along Perimeter Road. It’s a south-facing slice of sun and sand that sees only a handful of people. Enjoy close-up views of The City, the Golden Gate and Bay bridges and Alcatraz. There’s no signed trail to the beach, just a worn path found by in-the-know folks. [Visit weekendsherpa.com  to sign up for email about getting outdoors in Northern California]


Indie rock:
The Stern Grove Festival presents an “indie Independence Day weekend” of rock and folk. Singer-songwriter Neko Case headlines the show. [2 p.m., Sigmund Stern Grove, Sloat Boulevard and 19th Avenue, S.F.]


Solo play:
Zahra Noorbakhsh presents “All Atheists are Muslim.” Zahra needs to tell her Iranian Muslim parents that her white atheist boyfriend should live with her in this solo play. [7 p.m., Stage Werx Theatre, 533 Sutter St., S.F.]


Stand-up show:
Comedian Hal Sparks, seen on “Talk Soup” and “Queer As Folk,” performs at Cobb’s. Myq Kaplan, whose credits include “Live at Gotham,” shares the bill. [8 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]


Bad seeds:
“Wicked Plants,” at the Conservatory of Flowers, is an exhibit featuring plant species that have killed people. Meet the castor bean and the strychnine tree, among others. [10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 100 John F. Kennedy Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

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