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Food: Authentic fare from Austria is served at Leopold’s, an appealing eatery run by brothers Klaus and Albert Rainer. Don’t miss the chicken soup, wiener schnitzel and apple strudel.


Meet Your Mixologist: Ken Gray, bar manager at Lafitte, a terrific waterfront establishment, enjoys serving his Mohawk. The cocktail  combines tobacco and whiskey flavors.

On the town

Fashion fever: “Friday Nights at the de Young” salutes fashion. The creations of Discarded to Divine, a talk on film and fashion, and a flamenco act are on the slate. [6 to 8:45 p.m., de Young Museum, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Art and dance: Zaccho Dance Theatre presents “The Monkey and the Devil,” Joanna Haigood’s race-themed performance installation. A panel talk featuring W. Kamau Bell follows. [8 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., S.F.]


Ferry Plaza Farmers Market top picks

  • White carrots
  • Broccoli
  • Collards
  • Fennel
  • Lavender honey
  • Navel oranges
  • Parsley
  • Ranunculus
  • Sorrel
  • Tahoe Gold mandarin sorbet
  • Shiitake mushrooms
  • Parsley
  • Fresh soy noodles
  • Dried cannellini beans


In the pink: The Cherry Blossom Festival, celebrating Japanese and Japanese-American culture, continues. Look for food, performances, martial arts and the parade on Sunday.  [11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Post and Buchanan streets, S.F.]

Beer fest: The San Francisco International Beer Festival features top brewers and eateries. It benefits the Telegraph Hill Cooperative Nursery School. [7 to 10 p.m., Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Kids’ corner: The 2011 Goat Festival features goat-milk products and a chance to meet some of the animals. The Center for Urban Education About Sustainable Agriculture presents the event. [10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Ferry Building, The Embarcadero, S.F.]

Sports and recreation

Youth boating: High-school teams take part in the 2011 Youth Dragon Boat Race, sponsored by the California Dragon Boat Association. A festival accompanies the race. [8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Lake Merced, 1 Harding Road, S.F.]


All about wood: The Exploratorium hosts its Wood Faire. Guests can view wood under a microscope, watch woodworkers, engage in papermaking and buy art. [Noon to 4 p.m., 3601 Lyon St., S.F.]



Jazz master: Ellis Marsalis, pianist, NEA jazz master and patriarch of the famous jazz clan, appears in concert. A talk leads things off. SFJAZZ presents the program. [7 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]


Fine Lines: Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet presents a new work, exploring the inner and outer space of the body. Music is by Mickey Hart. [5 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 700 Howard St., S.F.]


Stand-up show: Comedian Aisha Tyler performs at Cobb’s. “Talk Soup,” “Friends” and “Ghost Whisperer” are some of her TV credits. [8 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Visual art

Studio city: Mission Artists United hosts “Spring Open Studios” in the artist-rich Mission neighborhood. Art lovers can meet and buy from artists in their place of work. [11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; details at]


Actor conversation: Clive Owen, star of “Croupier” and “Children of Men,” appears in conversation with reporter Tabitha Soren. City Arts and Lectures presents the talk. [7 p.m., Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon St., S.F.]

A great bike ride

Marin Headlands Art Ride: Take a merry ride over the bridge to the Headlands Center for the Arts for an open house. Meet artists in their studios, see works in progress and check out the groovy scene nesting in the former Fort Barry site. Bring snack money and an appetite. A $5 donation is appreciated from those who are not San Francisco Bicycle Coalition members; rain cancels. [Noon, meet at McLaren Lodge, JFK Drive near Stanyan Street, Golden Gate Park, S.F.,]


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