March 27-28: Whitehorse, Jennifer Coolidge and more

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A great hike

Go see Madonna: Surprise your friends by taking them to see Madonna! The venue is amazing, high up in the Santa Cruz Mountains. OK, we’re not talking “Like a Virgin” Madonna; we’re talking Mount Madonna, 10 miles west of Gilroy. Do a 1.7-mile loop through towering redwoods. Start on the Sprig Trail for a brief stretch before checking out the Bayview, Redwood, Iron Springs and Blackhawk trails. Keep an eye out for wildflowers and banana slugs! [Visit WeekendSherpa.com for details and other local adventures]

Friday

Stand-up comedy: Jennifer Coolidge, who can be seen on “2 Broke Girls” and has appeared in improvisational comedies like “Best in Show,” is headlining. [8 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Book party: A launch party celebrates Nancy Calef’s new illustrated memoir, “Peoplescapes — My Story From Purging to Painting,” which chronicles her artistic journey out of self-destruction and eating disorders. [7:30 p.m., Beat Museum, 540 Broadway, S.F.]

‘Delicious Foods’: Author James Hannaham’s latest book, “Delicious Foods,” follows a woman trapped on a mysterious farm. [7 p.m., Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., S.F.]

Avant-garde: “Animation and Earthworks; Eyeworks and Errata Films by Alexander Stewart” showcases the psychedelic works of the avant-garde filmmaker. [7:30 p.m., Artists’ Television Access, 992 Valencia St., S.F.]

Saturday

New exhibit: Doug Hall’s large-scale installation “The Terrible Uncertainty of the Thing Described” uses video monitors, a Tesla coil and more to comment on the forces of nature and the influence of the media. [11 a.m.-6 p.m., Walter and McBean Galleries, San Francisco Art Institute, 800 Chestnut St., S.F.]

War casualties: “Pencil & Paper: Telling Stories in a War Zone” is a multimedia exploration of the struggles of child soldiers in South Sudan. [4 p.m., Alley Cat Books, 3036 24th St., S.F.]

Jazz night: The Vinnie Rodriguez Quartet pays tribute to late piano legend Horace Silver. [8 p.m., Bird & Beckett Books and Records, 653 Chenery St., S.F.]

Immigration stories: Meredith Monk and Bob Rosen’s 1981 film “Ellis Island” uses documentary film, drama and dance to tell the stories of millions of immigrants who passed through the island, and the 280,000 who were sent back. [5:30 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., S.F.]

Americana via Canada: Husband-and-wife Canadian rock duo Whitehorse is playing Americana music from its latest album, “Leave No Bridge Unburned,” and more. [9:30 p.m., Hotel Utah, 500 Fourth St., S.F.]

A great bike ride

Weekend Ride: Explore our coastline this weekend by biking part of the San Francisco Bay Trail. Right now, 330 gorgeous miles of multi-use paths run around the Bay Area, which means there’s plenty of shoreline to discover by bike. When San Francisco’s Bay Trail is complete, it will be a 500-mile network of continuous bicycling and hiking trails around the San Francisco and San Pablo bays. [Check out baytrail.org for maps and more information]

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