Good weekend: Nov. 27-29

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Eating

Olea: Chef/co-owner Gabriel Amaya’s short but impeccable menu showcases the particularly fresh and natural ingredients he finds at the farmers’ market. Standout dishes include flatbread, frisee salad with persimmons; duck breast, bavette steak and quinoa with vegetables.

Drinking

Circolo: The sleek Potrero Hill eatery and bar, helmed by Jolene Linsangan, is doing its best to ease patrons’ pocketbooks in these trying economic times. At  happy hour, $10 cocktails drop down to $7, beers are two bucks and well cocktails are three. On Tuesdays, happy hour goes extends through the day.

On the town

Tree lighting: The annual tree-lighting celebration at Ghirardelli Square features live music and entertainment starting at 2 p.m. and, at 5:30 p.m., the ceremony. Special guest: Santa. [900 North Point St., S.F.]

Holiday improv: BATS Improv presents “Home for the Holidays,” an improvised play. The premise: A family is getting together for the holidays. [8 p.m., Bayfront Theater, Building B, Fort Mason Center, S.F.]

SATURDAY, NOV. 28

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market top picks

  • Wild arugula
  • Crimson seedless grapes
  • Dandelion greens
  • Red carrots
  • Black twig apples
  • Olive oil
  • Daikon radish
  • Yuzu</li>
  • Jade green beans

Fairs and festivals

Crafts fair: More than 200 women sell handmade items at the Celebration of Craftswomen. The annual event benefits the San Francisco Women’s Building. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, Buchanan Street and Marina Boulevard, S.F.]

Crystal fair: Vendors from around the world take part in the Christmas in San Francisco Crystal Fair. Crystals, minerals, beads, and jewelry are for sale. [10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Conference Center, Building A, Fort Mason Center, S.F.]

Music

Italian program: Music director Nicola Luisotti and the San Francisco Opera Orchestra perform “Concerto Italiano,” a concert benefiting the Museo ItaloAmericano. [7 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Music and justice: Mamacoatl, a Latin, spoken-song, blues, and son band, gives a concert recognizing the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls. [7 p.m., Dance Mission, 3316 24th St., S.F.]

String quartet: The New Esterhazy Quartet presents “Le Matin, Le Midi, Le Soir,” a concert that continues the group’s presentation of Haydn’s string-quartet cycle. [4 p.m., St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 1111 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

A cappella: Straight No Chaser, a male a cappella ensemble with a pop sensibility, performs at the Palace of Fine Arts. The group’s new album contains holiday tunes. [8 p.m., 3301 Lyon St., S.F.]

Theater

Bubble mania: “The Greatest Bubble Show on Earth,” featuring Louis Pearl, the “Amazing Bubble Man,” opens. Unusual bubbles and bubbly music are on the bill. [1 p.m., the Marsh, 1062 Valencia St., S.F.]

Sports and recreation

Ice rink: Holiday ice-skating has returned Union Square. Skaters can enjoy the rink through Jan. 18. [10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., Post and Powell streets, S.F.]

SUNDAY, NOV. 29

A bike ride for a good cause

World AIDS Day Ride: Positive Pedalers is proud to facilitate San Francisco’s third annual World AIDS Day Ride to bring awareness to this pandemic and how it still affects millions of people throughout the world. [Meet at 7:30 a.m. at McLaren Lodge, 501 Stanyan St., at JFK Drive, in Golden Gate Park; for more information, including how to RSVP, visit www.pospeds.org]

Dance

Rabbit tale: ODC/Dance presents “The Velveteen Rabbit,” the holiday dance show based on Margery Williams’ tale about a stuffed rabbit that becomes real. [2 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 700 Howard St., S.F.]

Theater

Solo performance: Writer-performer Dan Hoyle presents “Tings Dey Happen,” his solo play about his year exploring the West African oil frontier as a Fulbright scholar. [2 p.m., Marines Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter St., S.F.]

Comedy

Stand-up comics: Jake Johannsen and Dat Phan, whose collective credits include dozens of TV appearances, perform at Cobb’s Comedy Club. [8 p.m., 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

 

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