Good Weekend: January 8-10, 2010

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A great city bike ride

Golden Gate National Parks Endangered Species Big Year: Observe threatened flora and fauna dwelling in the wild northwestern corner of The City in a ride that goes to a few locations to look at various imperiled birds, animals and plants before ending at the Sports Basement in the Presidio to join a kick-off party for the 2010 Endangered Species Big Year. Rain cancels the ride, but not the party. [9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., meet at the Bazaar Cafe, California Street and 21st Avenue; visit wildequity.org for more information]

Eating

Food: Chef Melissa Perello, formerly of the high-end Fifth Floor, has opened the appealing little bistro Frances, which offers a tasty menu combining California ingredients, home-cooking and an uptown back drop.

Drinking

Meet Your Mixologist: Lulu Almaguer is the good-natured bar manager at Madera, an inviting lounge tucked inside the Rosewood Sand Hill resort in Menlo Park, where the feeling is as inviting as a luxurious Lake Tahoe lodge. 

Dance troupes: Dance Brigade’s Down and Dirty series kicks off a three-day dance showcase. The Twilight Vixen Revue and Tango Con*Fusion perform today. [8 p.m., Dance Mission Theater, 3316 24th St., S.F.]

Star guitarists: Tierra Negra, from Germany, and Muriel Anderson, from our own shores, perform a concert of guitar music celebrating their CD, “New World Flamenco.” [8 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

Museums

Rice-pounding ceremony: The Asian Art Museum holds its annual Mochi Pounding Ceremony, a rice-pounding event held in celebration of the Japanese New Year. [Noon to 1 p.m., 200 Larkin St., S.F.]

Celebrations

Wildlife protection: GGNRA’s Endangered Species Big Year presents its kick-off celebration — an overview of the competition, plus drinks, snacks and a nature hike. [1 to 3 p.m., Sports Basement, 610 Old Mason St., in the Presidio, S.F.]

Literary

Camus salute: “Remembering Albert Camus,” an afternoon of readings in French and English, celebrates the absurdist writer 50 years after his death. Absynthe is at the bar. [2 to 5 p.m., Edinburgh Castle, 950 Geary St., S.F.]

Author appearance: Novelist Jasper Fforde talks about his new book, “Shades of Grey.” [2 p.m., “M” Is for Mystery, 86 E. Third Ave., San Mateo]

Music

Local band: LoCura performs at the Independent. The Bay Area band’s sound includes salsa, flamenco, reggae, Cuban son and North American folk elements. [9 p.m., 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

Classical trio: The Ibert Trio — pianist Elena Levina, flutist Meerenai Shim and cellist James Lin — performs music by Gaubert, Pleyel, Ibert and Martinu. [5 p.m., San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., S.F.]

Community events

Livable city: Street Utopia North Beach 2010 holds a gathering promoting the improvement of public space in North Beach. Art, films about streets, speakers and street food are on the slate. [5:30 to 9 p.m., 1 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Sudan update: The San Francisco Bay Area Darfur Coalition hosts “Sudan 365,” an event featuring an update on Sudan, a film, a talk by “Lost Boy” Deng Jongkuch and drumming for peace. [6:45 p.m., Temple Emanu-El, 2 Lake St., S.F.]

Theater

Cabaret artist: Musical-theater singer and comedic cabaret artist Carly Ozard presents an encore of “Bewitched, Bothered, and Bipolar,” her popular cabaret show. [7 p.m., Eureka Theatre, 215 Jackson St., S.F.]

Spanish dance: Theatre Flamenco presents “Ser Y Estar,” a dance concert described as a trip along the boundaries of various facets of identity. [8 p.m., Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View]

 

SUNDAY, JANUARY 10

A great city walk

Haight Ashbury: Explore streets, sidewalks, parks and vistas that tell the story of a Victorian era resort site subsequently developed by comfortable merchants, whose gingerbread homes still grace its streets; the walk is somewhat strenuous. [11 a.m., meet at the Park Branch Library, 1833 Page St.; call (415) 557-4266 or visit www.sfcityguides.org for more information]

Music

Punk and metal: Strung Out, the 1990s-born band known for its pioneering style of fusing punk and metal, performs a concert in support of its new album, “Agents of the Underground.” [8 p.m., Slim’s, 333 11th St., S.F.]

Celebrations

LGBT party: “Too Much: A Queer Marathon” serves up 10 hours of performance by LGBT artists, plus video, food and drink, and a dance party. [2 p.m. to midnight, Mama Calizo’s Voice Factory, 1519 Mission St., S.F.]

Theater

Clown troupe: Circus Finelli, a four-woman clown company, presents a pair of shows — a family matinee and the troupe’s adult-geared “Slapstick Slavic Cabaret.” [2 and 8 p.m., Stage Werx, 533 Sutter St., S.F.]

Writer-performer: Ann Randolph appears in “Loveland,” her comic solo play about a woman facing up to the greatest loss of her life while flying from L.A. to Ohio surrounded by strangers. [7 p.m., Marsh, 1062 Valencia St., S.F.]

Literary

Bookstore talk: Authors and civil-rights advocates Elaine Elinson and Stan Yogi talk about their new book, “Wherever There’s a Fight.” [5 p.m., Red Hill Books, 401 Cortland Ave., S.F.]

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