Good weekend: Sept. 18-20

Friday night



Schmidt’s Deli: This deli pairs sausages and other cured meats from an authentic German butcher in Mountain View with housemade German sides, German wines and fabulous German beers. [2400 Folsom St. (at 20th Street), S.F.; (415) 401-0200]



Starbelly: At the few-week-old Starbelly, bartender Lane Ford has to be incredibly creative when it comes to mixing the drinks — incorporating wine and beer into savory cocktails. [3583 16th St., S.F.; (415) 252-7500,]


On the town

Real folk: Folk-music legend and peace and justice advocate Pete Seeger is in town. The concert, “This Land Is Your Land,” also features the Waybacks, Sarah Lee Guthrie and others. [8 p.m., Masonic Auditorium, 1111 California St., S.F.]

Dance company: Capacitor presents an evening of new dances and old favorites. Selections include “The Perfect Flower,” a physical meditation on beauty and solitude. [8 p.m., Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center, S.F.]

Community concert: Redwood City’s Music on the Square series welcomes the Sun Kings, a Beatles tribute band. [6 to 8 p.m., Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City]



Ferry Plaza Farmers Market top picks:

Fresh garbanzo beans
Yellow wax beans
Fingerling potatoes
Tayberry conserve




Opera simulcast: The San Francisco Opera presents “Opera at the Ballpark,” a free live simulcast of Verdi’s “Il Trovatore.” [8 p.m., AT&T Park, 24 Willie Mays Plaza, S.F.; register at]

Electronic music: It’s the last day to catch the 2009 San Francisco Electronic Music Festival. Jorge Bachmann, Gino Robair and Pamela Z perform. [8 p.m., Brava Theater, 2781 24th St., S.F.]



Italian fete: The San Francisco Italian Athletic Club hosts “Festa Coloniale Italiana,” a festival with Italian-themed food, gifts, entertainment and exhibits. [11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Stockton Street between Union and Filbert streets, S.F.]

Beer and blues: More than 15 microbreweries are expected to take part in the Half Moon Bay Brew Fest. Food and live music. [Noon to 4 p.m., Pillar Point Harbor, 1 Johnson Pier, Half Moon Bay]

Mural-arts gala: Precita Eyes Muralists present “Community Art from the Heart,” a mural-arts gala celebrating the publication of “Street Art San Francisco: Mission Muralismo.” [6:30 to 9:30 p.m., SOMArts, 934 Brannan St., S.F.]




Chinatown fair: The Autumn Moon Festival happens in Chinatown. The celebration includes Asian crafts, food and entertainment. [11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Grant Avenue between California Street and Broadway]



British blockbuster: American Conservatory Theater presents the England-based Kneehigh Theatre production of Noel Coward’s “Brief Encounter,” directed and adapted by Emma Rice. [2 and 7 p.m., A.C.T., 415 Geary St., S.F.]



New Jersey sound: Gaslight Anthem, a Bruce Springsteen-influenced rock band from New Jersey, performs at the Fillmore. Murder by Death, Loved Ones and Frank Turner open the evening. [8 p.m., 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]



Hilarity ensues: “Comedy Day” features 30 comics on one stage over five hours — Will Durst, Diane Amos, Brian Copeland and Carrie Snow, to name a few. The event is free. [Noon to 5 p.m., Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Funny girls: Comedian and writer Heather McDonald, from “Chelsea Lately,” performs at Cobb’s. The special guest is Whitney Cummings, also from “Chelsea Lately.” [7 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]


A great city walk

Castro – Tales of the Village: Discover a neighborhood, once dairy farms and dirt roads, which is now one of The City’s most vibrant and cohesive communities. The walk is offered every Sunday of the month at 11 a.m. Meet at Harvey Milk Plaza, Castro and Market streets, under the large rainbow flag.

San Francisco City Guides, a 31-year-old nonprofit organization conducting free walking tours spotlighting San Francisco history, architecture, legends and lore, is a program of the San Francisco Public Library. Tours are offered seven days a week year round. [Visit or call (415) 557-4266 for more information.]

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