Go for a beautiful hike in Butano State Park 

FRIDAY NIGHT

Eating

Food:
Simple, delicious breakfasts and lunches are on the menu at Plow, a popular Potrero Hill spot serving family fare that’s worth a wait.   

Drinking

Meet Your Mixologist:
Buzzard Alavi enjoys tending bar at Marriott Marquis View Lounge, also known as the jukebox for its distinctive arching windows and 360-degree panorama of The City.
 
Solo dance: Opiyo Okach, a Kenyan artist known for the simplicity and elegance of his improvisation style, presents a work-in-progress solo, “Body Evidence.” [8 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., S.F.]

Music quintet: The Divisa Ensemble, a flute, oboe, violin, viola and cello quintet that performs as a full group and divides into smaller groups, gives a recital. [8 p.m., Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View]


SATURDAY

A great hike
 
Bountiful Butano:
For a hike boasting redwood forests, panoramic ocean views and few others on the trail, go to Butano State Park on the San Mateo coast. First-time visitors should try the five-mile Mill Ox Loop, a moderate hike with diverse beauty. Zigzag up to Butano Fire Road and soak in views of the Coastal Range before dropping back into the canyon and following a creek through a fern grove. [Visit WeekendSherpa.com to sign up for emails about getting outdoors in Northern California]


Ferry Plaza Farmers Market top picks

  • English peas
  • Antique Rose hydrosol
  • Dandelion greens
  • Daikon sprouts
  • Dates
  • Kohlrabi
  • Natilla
  • Radishes
  • Raspberries
  • Toulouse sausage



Variety

Fab femmes:
“Divafest,” saluting female writers and performers, continues. Saturday’s shows include Maggie Cronin’s “A Most Notorious Woman” and Margery Fairchild’s “Eleanor.” [8 p.m., Exit Theatre, 156 Eddy St., S.F.]

Family show: Gustafer Yellowgold — a cone-headed fellow who came to Earth from the sun — appears in the pop-rock concert/animated storybook experience called “Gustafer Yellowgold’s Infinity Sock.” [11 a.m., Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Youth arts

Student arts:
The 2011 “Young at Art” festival begins. San Francisco public-school students showcase their creativity in visual arts, theater, poetry and film. [9:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Theater

Theater on the spot:
BATS Improv presents “Improvised Noir,” a show of full-length, film-noir “movies” created spontaneously and inspired by audience suggestions. [8 p.m., Bayfront Theater, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Gay tales: GuyWriters presents “Eat Our Shorts 3: Large Unit Available,” a show of seven stories in which local playwrights explore the dreams and realities of today’s gay male experience. [8 p.m., Stage Werx, 533 Sutter St., S.F.]

Literary arts

Author appearance:
Novelist Gordon W. Dale talks about “Fool’s Republic,” his political thriller about a model citizen accused of committing crimes against the state. [2 p.m., “M” Is for Mystery, 86 E. Third Ave., San Mateo]


SUNDAY

A great bike ride

Colma cemetery bike tour:
This spirited tour of several cemeteries where famous San Franciscans are buried includes visits to Woodlawn, Home of Peace, Hills of Eternity, Cypress Lawn and Holy Cross. Bring a snack and water, and reserve a spot by calling (415) 608-9035. The cost is $15-$50 for the ride, which benefits Shaping San Francisco. [Noon to 4  p.m., meet at the BART Station, 365 D St., Colma, www.sfbike.org]

Sports and recreation

Big run:
Serious athletes and zany revelers alike shine on Zazzle Bay to Breakers day — Zazzle Footstock events accompany the run. [Run: 7 a.m.; see website for map; Footstock: 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Speedway Meadow, Golden Gate Park, S.F.; www.zazzlebaytobreakers.com]

Fundraisers

Epicurean celebration:
More than 80 top culinary artists and more than 60 wineries take part in the 2011 Star Chefs and Vintners Gala. The event benefits Meals on Wheels. [5 to 11 p.m., Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Maitri gala: “Bliss,” a gala benefiting Maitri and its AIDS hospice care, features food and drink and live and silent auctions. Jazz divas Kim Nalley and Paula West perform. [6 p.m., County Fair Building, 1199 Ninth Ave., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Comedy

Standup show:
Mark Lundholm, a comic who worked his way up from homeless criminal to off-Broadway star (“Addicted — a comedy of substance”), performs. [8 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]
 
Dance

Theater and movement:
Copious Dance Theatre performs a program including “Secret’s Lament,” choreographer Kat Worthington’s athletic dance about dysfunctional relationships. [5 p.m., Z Space, 450 Florida St, S.F.]

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