weekendsherpa.comWe’re at the end of wildflower season

weekendsherpa.comWe’re at the end of wildflower season

Good weekend: May 24-26


On the town

  • Two novelists: Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Adam Johnson (“The Orphan Master’s Son”) appears in conversation with novelist Anthony Marra (“A Constellation of Vital Phenomena”). [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]


A great hike

  • ‘Floral Finder’: We’re at the end of wildflower season, but don’t tell Ring Mountain that. The tiny but mighty open space preserve on the Tiburon Peninsula has a wide range of wildflowers and jaw-dropping views. Take a 2.5-mile hike on the Loop and Phyllis Ellman trails. The route goes across grassy slopes, through coast live oaks, to a ridge where you’ll find Turtle Rock and great views of San Francisco, the Bay Bridge, Sausalito and the tips of the Golden Gate Bridge. [Visit WeekendSherpa.com to find out more about getting outdoors in Northern California]

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market top picks

  • Breakfast radishes
  • Bintje potatoes
  • Blue cheese
  • Bronze fennel
  • Brooks cherries
  • Padron peppers
  • Savoy cabbage  
  • Snow peas
  • Strawberries

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  • Glass act: Composer Philip Glass appears in conversation (6 p.m.). Also: The Philip Glass Ensemble accompanies a screening of Jean Cocteau’s “La Belle et la Bete” (8 p.m.). [Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 700 Howard St., S.F.]
  • Blues and jazz: Lavay Smith, specializing in classic blues and jazz, performs with her Red Hot Skillet Lickers. Featured player: blues-harmonica man Big Bones. [1 p.m., Yerba Buena Gardens Esplanade, 770 Mission St., S.F.]

Fairs and festivals

  • Carnaval time: Carnaval is happening in the Mission district. The multicultural event features music, salsa dancing, food, and on Sunday, a parade. [10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Harrison Street between 16th and 24th streets, S.F.; www.carnavalsanfrancisco.org]
  • S.F. Sex Worker Film Festival: The daylong event showcases dozens of films, videos and shorts dealing with sex workers and sex industries around the world. [2 p.m. to midnight, 3117 16th St., S.F.]

Literary arts

  • Poetry night: Poets and translators Arturo Mantecon (translator of Spanish poet Leopoldo Maria Panero) and Andrea D. Lingenfelter (translator of China’s Zhai Yongming) give a reading. [7 p.m., Alley Cat Books, 3036 24th St., S.F.]


  • Cabaret performer: New York cabaret star Lady Rizo performs in San Francisco. Retro arrangements of pop songs and a glamorous diva style distinguish the comedian-singer’s shows. [8 p.m., Z Space, 450 Florida St., S.F.]
  • Musical extravaganza: Thrillpeddlers presents “Tinsel Tarts in a Hot Coma,” a restored version of the theatrical, gender-bending Cockettes’ 1971 musical extravaganza. [8 p.m., Hypnodrome, 575 10th St., S.F.]


A great bike ride

  • Tour de Marin 2013: Join the Marin County Bicycle Coalition  and Whole Foods Market for a 40-mile ride through Marin County. The ride leaves from San Rafael and winds its way through the hills and valleys of Marin. There will be lots of food, including gourmet cuisine from artisan cheesemakers and other local producers; $50 includes registration, food, T-shirt and ride support. RSVP at  tourdemarin2013.eventbrite.com. [8:30 a.m., 340 Third St., San Rafael]


  • Dreams and desires: Cutting Ball Theater presents “Krispy Critters in the Scarlett Night,” Andrew Saito’s play about love and longing in the neglected neighborhoods of a fictional city. [5 p.m., Exit on Taylor, 277 Taylor St., S.F.]


  • Art and science: Jess Curtis/Gravity, with collaborating artists, presents “Performance Research Experiment No. 2,” a dance work investigating the workings of live art on the body. [8 p.m., CounterPulse, 1310 Mission St., S.F.]

Natural world

  • Butterfly exhibit: “Butterflies and Blooms,” a pollination-themed exhibit featuring more than 20 butterfly species, is on view at the Conservatory of Flowers. [10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 100 John F. Kennedy Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]


  • Stand-up show: Comedian Loni Love performs. “Premium Blend,” “Chocolate News” and “Chelsea Lately” are a few of her TV credits. [8 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]


  • Verdi opera: West Bay Opera presents “Otello,” Verdi’s opera based on the Shakespeare play, as part of a celebration of the 200th anniversary of the composer’s birth. [2 p.m., Lucie Stern Community Theater, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto]


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