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Good Weekend: April 23-25

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Friday night

Peter Fang, chef at the popular House of Nanking, has opened a bigger, more comfortable spot, Fang, featuring original dishes inspired by flavors from southeastern China.  

Meet Your Mixologist:
Danielle Marchant, a gin drinker herself, creates cocktails that complement the menu at the retro Bruno’s in the Mission, which boasts new chefs and a menu featuring Southern fare.

On the town
Motion carried:
Bay Area National Dance Week kicks off with a new event: “One Dance.” Dancers and nondancers move to one piece of music in downtown San Francisco. [Noon, Union Square, Powell and Post streets, S.F.]

Museum night: “Friday Nights at the de Young” features “Bouquets to Art,” live jazz by Erik Jekabson, art-making with Kim Erickson and poetry program. [5 to 8:45 p.m., de Young Museum, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

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A great hike
Light Sleeper: Stay the night at the Pigeon Point Lighthouse in the next few weeks and get a bonus: gray whales swimming right outside your door. The four guesthouses, salty and weathered with white and blue trim (don’t mind the flaking paint), each have a private room. The best vantage point for spotting grays is a short stroll away on a boardwalk overlook. Guests have access to a secluded hot tub above the bluffs, facing the ocean. [For directions and more information visit WeekendSherpa.com: the largest outdoor lifestyle publication in Northern California.]

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market top picks
– Kefir
– Fava beans
– Savoy cabbage
– Breakfast radishes
– Capricious cheese
– Rhubarb
– Plant starts
– Parsley
– Dried apricots
– Natilla

Beer bash:
The San Francisco International Beer Festival offers tastings of 300-plus brews, plus food from local eateries. [7 to 10 p.m., Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, S.F.]

Comic cabaret:
Carly Ozard gives an encore performance of “Bewitched, Bothered and Bipolar.” [10:15 p.m., Rrazz Room, Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St., S.F.]

Classical: The Redwood Symphony presents Shostakovich’s “Symphony No. 10” and Bartok’s “Piano Concerto No. 2.” [8 p.m., Cañada College, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd., Redwood City]

Much afoot:
Mark Foehringer Dance Project/SF presents “Dancing in the Park.” Forty dance acts appear. A Young Choreographers Festival (11 a.m.) precedes the show. [Noon to 5 p.m., Music Concourse, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Charity walks
Sexual-assault awareness:
Women Against Rape presents the 2010 Walk Against Rape. A festival follows. [Starts at 10 a.m., Justin Herman Plaza, S.F.; festival is at Dolores Park, S.F.; register/info: (415) 861-2024 or www.sfwar.org]


A great bike ride
Dead Presidents Ride:
The two-hour ride celebrates the May 13, 1903, visit of President Teddy Roosevelt to the east end of Panhandle Park, and also gives a nod to six other chief executives along a route to Golden Gate Park, through the Presidio and over the Golden Gate Bridge. Presidential attire encouraged. Drinks, lunch follow at Herbivore Restaurant; heavy rain cancels. [9 a.m. coffee; 10 a.m. ride start, meet at  Mojo, 639 Divisadero St., S.F., www. sfbike.org]

Visual arts
Meet the artists:
Mission Artists United presents “Spring Open Studios in the Mission.” Artists in the neighborhood welcome guests at their studios from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. See website for details. [www.missionartistsunited.org]

Family music:
Edwin Outwater conducts the San Francisco Symphony in “Musical Postcards,” a children’s program addressing the glory of the world. [2 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Piano recital:
Renowned pianist Emanuel Ax plays Thomas Ades’ “Three Mazurkas” (a San Francisco Symphony co-commission), plus music by Chopin and Schumann. [7 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Jazz giant: Tenor saxophonist Charles Lloyd, whose best-known work is “Forest Flower,” appears with a new quartet, featuring prolific young pianist Jason Moran. [7 p.m., Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon St., S.F.]

Gems and minerals
Gem session:
The S.F. Gem and Mineral Society presents its open house. Guests can explore the group’s clubhouse, meet members and buy crafts and mineral specimens. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 4134 Judah St., S.F.]

Kubrick retrospective:
“Spartacus” (1960) and “Paths of Glory” (1957) screen at the Castro Theatre as part of a series celebrating the films of Stanley Kubrick. [1:15, 5:10 and 7 p.m., Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.]

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