Cycle on the waterfront before the America's Cup


Gorey days: The 2012 Edwardian Ball celebration begins today with the Edwardian World’s Faire and continues Saturday with the ball. The event salutes the macabre art of Edward Gorey. [8 p.m., Regency Ballroom, 1300 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Dark side: The 2012 San Francisco Film Noir Festival, “Noir City X,” promises “the stuff bad dreams are made of.” “Dark Passage” at 7 p.m. and “The House on Telegraph Hill” at 9:30 p.m. lead things off. [Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.;]


A great bike ride

‘Pre-America’s Cup Waterfront Tour’: On this easy, flat 40-minute cruise, start at the Ferry Building on the Embarcadero, then head south along the waterfront, turn right on King Street, left on Third Street, right on China Basin Street (at first light after the bridge); right on Terry Francois Boulevard, left on Illinois Street and left on 24th Street. Stop to check out the farmer’s market, AT&T Park, Mission Rock and end with a picnic at Warm Water Cove. []

Lunar New Year

Flower market: The San Francisco Botanical Garden presents its Lunar New Year Celebration and Flower Market. Festivities include flora, food and performances. [10 a.m. to 4 p.m., County Fair Building, 1199 Ninth Ave., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]


Funny biz: The S.F. Sketchfest comedy celebration continues. Saturday’s slate includes “An Afternoon With Eagleheart” at 1 p.m. at Cobb’s Comedy Club; “Kevin Pollak’s Chat Show” at 3 p.m. at the Punch Line and “Smug Shift” at 11:59 p.m. at the Dark Room. [1 p.m. onward, multiple venues;]


Two troupes: Dance Mission’s Down and Dirty Dance Series presents a shared evening of performance with OngDance (“Shadow of Cheoyong”) and Steamroller (“The Earth Has Shifted”). [8 p.m., Dance Mission, 3316 24th St., S.F.]

Winter dances: CounterPulse’s Winter Special program presents “A Wintry Mix.” Davalos Dance Company performs works reflecting the emotions that accompany the winter season. [8 p.m., CounterPulse, 1310 Mission St., S.F.]


Tuskegee airman: Les Williams, an original Tuskegee airman, discusses his book about his World War II experience, “Victory.” [1 p.m., San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City]


Muni tales: “Muni Diaries Live” features special guests and audience members telling amusing stories of life on our transit system. Storytellers include author Stephen Elliott. [7 p.m., Elbo Room, 647 Valencia St., S.F.]


Fort Mason Farmers Market top picks

  • Satsuma mandarin oranges
  • Baby broccoli
  • Bok choy
  • Chicken
  • Nicasio Valley cheese
  • Organic dinosaur kale
  • Tulips


Musical theater: Lamplighters Music Theatre presents Gilbert & Sullivan’s “The Gondoliers.” Two kings have mistakenly acquired three would-be queens in this musical comedy. [2 p.m., Novellus Theater, 700 Howard St., S.F.]

Solo performers: Solo Sundays presents its monthly showcase. Writer-performers Deirdre Kennedy, Vanessa Alabarces and Brian Rosen take the stage. [7 p.m., Stage Werx, 446 Valencia St., S.F.]


Tape music: The San Francisco Tape Music Festival features audio works projected in three-dimensional space, with the audience seated in darkness. Composers include John Cage and 21st-century artists. [8 p.m., ODC Theater, 3153 17th St., S.F.]


Donors wanted: A bone-marrow donor registration drive takes place in downtown Palo Alto. People in the 18-to-60 age range are welcome to sign up. [4:30 to 7 p.m., Dragon Theatre, 535 Alma St., Palo Alto;]


Exhibit closes: “La Belle Vie” events take place at the Legion of Honor in conjunction with the closing of the Pissarro show. Look for an 11 a.m. art lecture, and a noon concert by EOS Ensemble. [9:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., 100 34th Ave., S.F.]

A great hike

‘Hood Wink’: Slicing like a bread knife between Napa and Sonoma, the Mayacamas Mountains divide the valleys. The highest point is Hood Mountain, a 2,730-foot peak, and a 3.5-mile, one-way hike to Gunsight Rock is a nearly 2,000-foot climb. But from the perch on a smattering of large boulders is an amazing wine country view that even stretches to the Bay and Golden Gate Bridge. [Visit and sign up for email about getting outdoors in Northern California]

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