Take a hike at Ukiah’s Vichy Springs 

click to enlarge Scenic soak: What’s better than hiking to a waterfall? How about relaxing afterward in a warm mineral bath? Do both at Ukiah’s Vichy Springs! - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • Scenic soak: What’s better than hiking to a waterfall? How about relaxing afterward in a warm mineral bath? Do both at Ukiah’s Vichy Springs!

Eating

Food:
Chef-owner Phil West uses market-fresh ingredients in sexy, sophisticated ways at Range, a pioneering eatery in the Mission.

Drinking

Meet Your Mixologist:
Bix bar manager Nick DiLullo serves up martinis, Manhattans and seasonal cocktails in the restaurant known for its old-world ambiance.

Food bazaar:
La Cocina, an incubator program that cultivates low-income food entrepreneurs, presents its third annual gift bazaar, a one-stop shop for foodies. [5 to 9 p.m., Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, 2868 Mission St., S.F.]

Piano concert: Acclaimed pianist Christian Zacharias performs classical and Romantic music from the late-18th and early-19th centuries. [8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

SATURDAY

A great excursion

Scenic soak:
What’s better than hiking to a waterfall? How about relaxing afterward in a warm mineral bath? Do both at Ukiah’s Vichy Springs! The 157-year-old resort is home to the only warm-water naturally carbonated mineral baths in North America. Famous folks who have vacationed here include Mark Twain and Teddy Roosevelt. Lesser known is the fact that the resort sits on 700 acres of open space that includes a hiking trail to a 40-foot waterfall: Chemisal Falls is an absolute stunner. [Visit WeekendSherpa.com to sign up for email about getting outdoors in Northern California]

Ferry Plaza farmers market top picks

  • Crab
  • Artichokes
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Hayward kiwi
  • Rapini greens
  • Persimmons
  • Pickled beans
  • Puntarelle
  • Satsuma mandarins

— www.cuesa.org

Dance

Sugarplum crazy:
The Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band presents “Dance-Along Nutcracker.” The zany audience-participatory event has a psychedelic-’60s theme this year. [7 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., S.F.]

Music

Singer-songwriter:
Pop and rock notable Sara Bareilles brings her tour to San Francisco. “Love Is Christmas” is her new single. [8 p.m., Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, 99 Grove St., S.F.]

Virtuoso guitarist: Acclaimed and popular Uruguayan guitarist Eduardo Fernandez, who interprets music ranging from Bach to contemporary, appears in concert. [8 p.m., Marines’ Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter St., S.F.]

Theater

Holiday sitcom:
“The Golden Girls: The Christmas Episodes” is back. Four drag personalities star in this stage production featuring two actual episodes of the 1980s sitcom. [8 p.m., Victoria Theatre, 2961 16th St., S.F.]

Literary arts

Chef author:
Stephanie Izard, owner of the Girl & the Goat restaurant in Chicago and a winner on TV’s “Top Chef,” talks about her new book, “Girl in the Kitchen.” [3 p.m., Omnivore Books on Food, 3885a Cesar Chavez St., S.F.]

Celebrations

Sweet home:
It’s “Frosting the Conservatory” day at the Conservatory of Flowers. Guests can make a gingerbread house at this family workshop and fundraiser. [11 a.m. to 3 p.m.,100 JFK Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

SUNDAY

A great bike ride

Pedaling the Presidio:
Learn the rich history of the Presidio on this five-mile ride while pedaling through amazing groves of trees. Ranger James Osborne leads the free ride through the Presidio’s past. Reservations and helmet required. Call (415) 561-4323. [1 to 3 p.m., meet at Crissy Field Center Plaza, 1199 East Beach, Presidio]

Music

Indie band:
The Cave Singers perform. “No Witch” is the Seattle-based folk and rock group’s most recent album. [8 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

Israeli singer: Award-winning Israeli singer Chava Alberstein, who has released more than 40 albums, performs in the Bay Area. [7:30 p.m., Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto]

Dance

New choreography:
Laura Arrington and Jesse Hewit/Strong Behavior premiere new choreography — “Wag” and “Freedom,” respectively — in a shared program. [8 p.m., Z Space, 450 Florida St., S.F.]

Comedy

Stand-up show:
Comedian Ben Bailey, best known as the host of “Cash Cab” and “Cash Cab: After Dark,” performs at Cobb’s. [7 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

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