Good weekend for Friday, October 23, 2009

Friday night

Eating
Outerlands: This small cafe, which cooks simple, inventive food inspired by local and organic ingredients, is just about the hottest thing going in the windswept outer Sunset. [4001 Judah St. (at 45th Avenue), S.F.; (415) 661-6140]

Drinking
Top of the Mark: Having a drink at the Top of the Mark is something like a rite of passage. Even the anti-romantic can’t help but get swept up in the magical view and historic surroundings. [1 Nob Hill, S.F.; (415) 616-6916, www.topofthemark.com]

On the town
Jazz singer: The San Francisco Jazz Festival welcomes singer-songwriter Melody Gardot. “My One and Only Thrill” is her latest album. [8 p.m., Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon St., S.F.]

Saturday

A great bike ride

Tour San Francisco’s outer limits: An all-day ride around the perimeter of the diverse and enthralling city explores world-famous landmarks as well as sights that even locals may not have seen before. The ride is 40 miles start to finish, with a friendly pace, but expect some challenging hills and strenuous riding. Bring lots of food for on-the-go snacking and one official picnic break. Hardy, hungry survivors are invited to the Park Chalet for post-ride beers and munchies. Rain cancels.
Where to meet: The Panhandle Statue at Fell and Baker streets
Time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

— San Francisco Bicycle Coalition; www.sfbike.org

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market top picks

Chicories 
Red Rome apples
Jelly melon
Persimmons
Brussels sprout stalks
Acorn squash
Spicy Kimchee
Capricious cheese

[www.ferryplazafarmersmarket.com]

Theater
Undead zone: Sleepwalkers Theatre presents “Zombie Town,” playwright Tim Bauer’s send-up of horror flicks and pretentious theater companies. [8 p.m., Exit Stage Left, 156 Eddy St., S.F.]

Music

CD-release show: “Rock noir” singer-songwriter Rykarda Parasol performs with her band. “For Blood and Wine” is her new album. [9 p.m., Café du Nord, 2170 Market St., S.F.]

Comedy

Stand-up show: Emo Philips performs at the Punch Line. His credits include award-winning comedy albums, several cable specials, and many appearances on network TV. [8 and 10 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Festivals

Kids’ fair: The Haight-Ashbury Street Fair’s “Children’s Halloween Hootenanny” has a Medieval theme this year. Events include a costume contest. [11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Stanyan and Waller streets cul-de-sac, next to Kezar Stadium, S.F.]

Charity walks

Animal welfare: The 2009 Walk for Farm Animals benefits Farm Sanctuary. Festivities complement the walk. [Noon, Ferry Park Plaza, behind Vallicourt Fountain, just north of Justin Herman Plaza, S.F.; www.walkforfarmanimals.org]

Sunday

Literary events

Book fair: The Golden Gate Park Book Fair features used, vintage, rare and collectible books and ephemera, plus appraisals. Admission is free. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., County Fair Building, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Festivals

 Peace and music: West Fest celebrates the 40th anniversary of Woodstock with vibes old and new. More than 40 bands are set to appear at the free event. [9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Speedway Meadow, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Theater

Multimedia theater: Traveling Jewish Theatre and the JCC present Dan Wolf and Tommy Shepherd’s “Stateless.” The play weaves German and Jewish history with hip hop and vaudeville. [7 p.m., TJT, 470 Florida St., S.F.]

Comedy

Stand-up show: Comedian and actor Kevin Nealon, from “Weeds” and “Saturday Night Live,” performs at Cobb’s. [8 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

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