A great hikes and bike rides and other weekend events in San Francisco

Courtesy PhotoNestled in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains

Courtesy PhotoNestled in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains

San Francisco events on April 5, 6 and 7 2013.

On the town (Friday)

  • West African arts: Duniya Dance and Drum Company presents “The Madness of the Elephant,” a performance of Guinean music and dance. [8 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

A great hike (Saturday)

  • ‘Green Tranquili-Tea’: Nestled in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains, Hakone Gardens offers pure tranquility with multi-tiered waterfalls, koi ponds and a bamboo garden. Wander to the Moonviewing House and under the wisteria arbor to a secluded pavilion. There’s also a once-a-month, hourlong public tea ceremony that includes some amazingly bright green tea. [Visit WeekendSherpa.com to find out more about getting outdoors in Northern California]

A great bike ride (Sunday)

  • Recycling ride: Recyclers, artists, diggers, environmentalists, do we have a ride for you! The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition group pedal goes to two of San Francisco’s most inspirational and iconic nonprofits, SCRAP and Building REsources. The meandering three-hour ride will take you from the Mission district into Bayview along great new bike routes and into magical worlds of reusing and recycling. Cost is $5 for nonmembers; rain cancels. RSVP at sfbike.org/rec_rides. [10 a.m., meet at Workspace Gallery, 2150 Folsom St., S.F.]

Museums (Saturday)

  • Grand opening: The Museum of Craft and Design hosts grand-opening festivities at its new home. Inaugural exhibits include “Michael Cooper: A Sculptural Odyssey, 1968-2011.” [11 a.m. to 6 p.m., 2569 Third St., S.F.]

Literary arts (Saturday)

  • Book sale: The Friends of the San Francisco Public Library’s Spring Book Sale features books, DVDs, CDs and other items. Everything is $3 or less. [10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Comedy (Saturday)

  • Cup of Coco: Comic storyteller Miss Coco Peru (aka Clinton Leupp) presents “She’s Got Balls,” her new show. Topics include Facebook and the Creature From the Black Lagoon. [8 p.m., Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.]

Music (Saturday)

  • Benefit concert: Colla Voce sings songs with LGBT themes in a program to benefit Asian and Pacific Islander Family Pride’s educational film project “Coming Out, Coming Home.” [4 p.m., St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church, 101 Gold Mine Drive, S.F.]

Dance (Sunday)

  • In the flow: “Flow Show/San Francisco” is back for a fifth year. Artists specializing in hoops, juggling, Maori poi and other forms of movement appear with unique props. [7 p.m., Dance Mission, 3316 24th St., S.F.]

Lectures (Sunday)

  • Immigration talk: Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas discusses his experiences as an undocumented immigrant. Sequoia Adult School Scholars presents the talk. [3:30 p.m., Sequoia High School, 1201 Brewster Ave., Redwood City]

Literary arts (Sunday)

  • Irish-American arts: The Crossroads Festival presents “Irish-American Writers of the San Francisco Bay Area.” [2 p.m., McLaren Conference Center, Room 250, USF, 2130 Fulton St., S.F.]


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