Good Weekend: Oct. 15-17, 2010


Food: Corey Lee, formerly of French Laundry, offers a one-of-a-kind experience at Benu. The restaurant serves a delicious tasting menu boasting a mix of Eastern and Western flavors.


Meet Your Mixologist: Eric Johnson, bar manager and co-owner of Bar Agricole, which means “farm bar” in French, stresses the importance of agrarian values by using premium ingredients in the cocktails he serves.

On the town

Funk and jazz: Garaj Mahal performs at the San Francisco Jazz Festival. Funk grooves, jazz improvisations and East Indian tones make up the quartet’s sound. [8 p.m., Swedish American Hall, 2174 Market St., S.F.]

Contemporary ballet: Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet presents its fall home season. The program includes “Scheherazade,” a re-envisioning of the “1,001 Nights” stories. [8 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 700 Howard St., S.F.]

A great hike

Napa’s other big red: For a different liquid refreshment in the Napa Valley, try a year-round stream flowing through a redwood forest. Ritchey Creek is the centerpiece of Bothe-Napa Valley State Park just north of St. Helena. The park has miles of hiking trails, including a leisurely four-mile loop that ambles along the creek. Walk among coastal redwoods as well as maples, oaks and madrones. After the first two miles, ford the rocks and logs and return to the trailhead via the fire road for a strong finish. [For more, visit to learn about getting outdoors in Northern California]

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market top picks

  • Sorrel
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Chervil
  • Cilantro
  • Green beans
  • Marigolds
  • Organic tofu
  • Pullman loaf


Day of fun: The Potrero Hill Festival features performers, food, crafts, a kid zone and brunch. It benefits the Potrero Hill Neighborhood House. [9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 20th Street between Missouri and Wisconsin streets, S.F.;]


Indie-rock marathon: The 2010 Treasure Island Music Festival — two days of indie rock — begins. Thirteen acts are set to perform today. [Noon onward, Treasure Island; visit]

Piano man: Piano virtuoso Andras Schiff’s recital includes two Mendelssohn pieces and a Schumann sonata. [8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]


Comics expo: The 2010 Alternative Press Expo features indie and alternative comics and their creators and publishers. Comic-Con International presents the event. [11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Concourse Exhibition Center, 635 Eighth St., S.F.]


Nonfiction films: The 2010 San Francisco Documentary Film Festival continues. “Miss Landmine” and “My Kidnapper” are among the films screening today. [5 p.m. onward; Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., S.F.]

A great bike ride

Marin Headlands Art Ride: Ride over the Golden Gate Bridge to the Headlands Center for the Arts’ fall open house. Meet artists, see and discuss works in progress and check out the overall groovy scene in the former Fort Barry site. The event is free, but bring snack money and an appetite for aesthetic intrigue. The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition recreational ride is free for members, a $5 non-member donation is suggested. Rain cancels. [Meet at noon at McLaren Lodge, JFK Drive near Stanyan Street, Golden Gate Park, S.F.,]


Guitar master: Renowned guitarist John Williams appears in recital. Featured composers include Barrios, Villa-Lobos, Leo Brouwer, Francis Bebey and Williams himself. [7 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]


Indonesia stories: Wan-Chao Dance presents “Keep Her Safe, Please! Jakarta 1998,” a work inspired by the
Indonesian conflict of 1998 and the universal struggle of immigrants. [1 p.m., Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]


Gangster classic: The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival’s “Tough Guys” series presents “Little Caesar.” Edward G. Robinson stars in the 1931 gangster film. [2 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., S.F.]


Textile arts: The Antique Rug and Textile Art Association hosts its Antique Rug and Textile Show. [10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Motel Capri, 2015 Greenwich St., S.F.]


Three solos: Coke Nakamoto, Thao P. Nguyen and Zahra Noorbakhsh appear in “Dis-Oriented,” a trio of solo pieces by Asian-American women. [7 p.m., Off-Market Theater, 965 Mission St., S.F.] 

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