Are you ready for the weekend?



Food: Pizza, pasta and delicacies off the rotisserie all are delicious at Cotogna, a new, affordable eatery from Mike and Lindsay Tusk of Quince fame.    


Meet Your Mixologlist: Tomas Bermejo opened Tommy’s Mexican Restaurant in the Richmond district in 1965; his son Julio, a walking encyclopedia of all things tequila, proudly holds court at the bar. 



Improv theater: BATS Improv presents “A Very Merry Murder Mystery,” an improvised whodunit. Eccentric characters gather for the holidays and murder happens. [8 p.m., Bayfront Theater, Building B, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanand Street, S.F.]

Dance and costume artist: Sha Sha Higby performs “In Folds of Gold,” a whimsical journey of life, death and rebirth presented with visual art, sculptural costume, dance and puppetry. [8 p.m., Noh Space, 2840 Mariposa St., S.F.]


A great holiday hike

Uncut Holiday Hike: Douglas firs are among the most popular Christmas trees this side of the North Pole — but where else can you enjoy them other than on Christmas tree farms? Try the Matt Davis Trail on Mount Tamalpais. Sections of the trail beam with these coniferous beauties. Make a seven-mile loop, starting at the Pantoll Ranger Station and landing on Stinson Beach; grab a snack, then hike back up the Steep Ravine and Dipsea Trails. [Visit and sign up for weekly e-mail about getting outdoors in Northern California]

Holiday art sales

Campus art sale:
City College of San Francisco’s Fort Mason Center Art Campus hosts its Holiday Exhibition and Sale. Artwork by faculty and students is for sale. [11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Building B, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Celebrating craftswomen: More than 200 women sell handmade items at the Celebration of Craftswomen. The annual show benefits the Women’s Building. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, S.F.]


Cho show:
Comedian Margaret Cho brings her “Cho Dependent” tour to San Francisco. [8 p.m., Nob Hill Masonic Center, 1111 California St., S.F.]


Caribbean dance:
CubaCaribe presents “BoundTogether.” Alayo Dance Company and Afoutayi Dance Company perform Haitian and Afro-Cuban modern dance. [8 p.m., Dance Mission Theater, 3316 24th St., S.F.]


Swedish fair:
The Swedish Christmas Fair presents its 2010 celebration. Festivities include Scandinavian crafts, imported gifts, delicacies and Swedish music and dance. [9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saint Mary’s Cathedral, 1111 Gough St., S.F.]


Holiday sitcom: “The Golden Girls — The Christmas Episodes” is back. Four local drag personalities star in this stage production of two actual episodes of the 1980s sitcom. [7 and 9 p.m., CounterPulse, 1310 Mission St., S.F.]


Fort Mason Center Farmer’s Market top picks

  • Almonds
  • Apples
  • Asian pears
  • Farmstead cheese
  • FuYu persimmons
  • Lettuce mix
  • Mushrooms
  • Satsuma
  • Walnuts


A great bike event

S.F. Bicycle Coalition Winterfest: The organization’s annual party and fundraiser is a place for coalition members, bike industry leaders, local business supporters, artists and politicians to celebrate the love of riding a bike in The City. The event includes refreshments, DJ entertainment, a 200-item silent auction and a 60-piece art auction. Tickets are $15 to $40. [6 to 10:30 p.m., SOMArts Gallery, 934 Brannan St., S.F.,]


Symphony party: The San Francisco Symphony hosts “Deck the Hall,” its annual holiday concert and party. Hear winter music from around the globe. [11 a.m. and 3 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Menorah festivities: It’s “Bill Graham Menorah Day” in Union Square. Jewish cultural festivities are followed by a ceremony with dignitaries and the lighting of the Hanukkah menorah. [3 to 6 p.m., Powell and Post streets, S.F.]

Holiday art sales

Pottery sale: Sharon Art Studio, an intergenerational community arts center, hosts its Winter Pottery and Craft Sale. Proceeds benefit the studio. [11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Golden Gate Park, next to the Children’s Playground, S.F.]


Singer-songwriter: Jonathan Richman performs at the Great American Music Hall. A guileless honesty and playfully catchy compositions distinguish his deceptively straightforward songs. [8 p.m., 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]


Stand-up show:
Comedian Bill Burr performs at Cobb’s. His credits include “Chappelle’s Show” and “Let It Go,” his Comedy Central special. [8 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

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