Explore Point Reyes’ Chimney Rock 

FRIDAY NIGHT

Eating

Food:
Delicious flavors from Mexico’s Yucatan are on the nicely priced menu at Haltun, an easygoing new spot in the Mission.  

Drinking

Meet Your Mixologist:
For more than three decades, Ron Minolli has been a fixture in North Beach at Gino and Carlo, an unpretentious Italian bar founded in 1942.  
 
Celtic-harp player:
The Irish American Crossroads Festival welcomes Patrick Ball, whose performances blend Celtic-harp playing with storytelling for a theatrical experience. [7 p.m., St. Patrick’s Church, 756 Mission St., S.F.]

Mystery novelist: Author Jacqueline Winspear reads from her latest Maisie Dobbs mystery, “A Lesson in Secrets.” [7 p.m., “M” Is for Mystery, 86 E. Third Ave., San Mateo]

SATURDAY

A great hike

Wildflower power:
Each spring, the patch of land at Point Reyes’ Chimney Rock gets carpeted with more than 50 species of wildflowers — radiant Douglas iris mingle with Indian paintbrush and checker blooms, and buttercups speckle the landscape. From the flat Chimney Rock Trail, spot elephant seals flopping, yelping and bathing in the beach coves below. [Visit www.WeekendSherpa.com for an email about getting outdoors in Northern California]

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market top picks

  • Blood oranges
  • Arugula
  • Bay leaves
  • Dill
  • Escarole
  • Lemon quark
  • Radishes
  • Rose hydrosol
  • Spanish onions


Dance

Dance improvisation:
Dance artist Meg Stuart presents “Auf den Tisch!” an audience-participation improv work in which everyone has to “put things on the table.” [8 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., S.F.]

Festivities

Library reopening:
Restored and upgraded, San Francisco’s 1921-built Presidio Branch Library reopens with a celebration. City officials are set to speak. Lion dancers are on the bill as well. [1 p.m., 3150 Sacramento St., S.F.]

Persian celebration: ArtPeople Gallery hosts a party celebrating the Persian New Year. Festivities include Persian music, fine art, food and classical performances. [6 to 10 p.m., Crocker Galleria, 50 Post St., S.F.]

Music

Symphony concert:
The Bay Area Rainbow Symphony performs. The program includes Barber’s “Violin Concerto,” featuring Ives Quartet violinist Bettina Mussumeli. [8 p.m., San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., S.F.]

Jazz and calypso: Cultural Odyssey presents an “Underground Jazz Cabaret and an Evening With Women of Calypso,” a night of music, theater and commentary. [8 p.m., African American Art and Culture Complex, 762 Fulton St., S.F.]
 
Museums

Spain and fashion:
Celebrating the exhibit “Balenciaga and Spain,” the de Young Museum hosts a symposium on the influence of Spanish culture on the work of haute couturier Cristobal Balenciaga. [1 to 4 p.m., 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]


SUNDAY

A great bike ride

“Birding by Bike”:
Meet San Francisco Bicycle Coalition members and bird experts Annie and David Armstrong for this tour through the Presidio and Golden Gate Park, looking for winter residents and spring species. The 20-mile ride follows mainly bike routes, with a total elevation of about 1,300 feet. Bring water, a snack and binoculars. A $5 donation is suggested, and rain cancels the ride. [Meet at 8:45 a.m. at Velo Rouge Cafe, 798 Arguello Blvd., S.F., www.sfbike.org]

Music

R&B singer:
SFJazz welcomes soul singer Irma Thomas, a New Orleans R&B icon since the 1960s. [7 p.m., Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon St., S.F.]

Bach chorus: The San Francisco Bach Choir presents “J.S. Bach: A Choral Retrospective,” a celebration devoted entirely to the composer’s choral writing. [4 p.m., Calvary Presbyterian Church, 2515 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Comedy

Arab humor:
Arab-American comedians Dean Obeidallah, Aron Kader and Maysoon Zayid make up the Arabs Gone Wild tour. Topics include politics and crazy families. [8 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Theater

Solo performers:
Solo Sundays presents its monthly showcase. Writer-performers Joe Klocek (“Dad, With a Squirt Gun”) and Beth McLaughlin (“Here to See the World”) take the stage. [7 p.m., Stagewerx, 533 Sutter St., S.F.]

Literary arts

Author appearance:
Author Tracy Seeley talks about “My Ruby Slippers: The Road Back to Kansas,” a memoir about a woman’s search to find the meaning of home. [4 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

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