Good Weekend: Sept. 3, 2010


Food: Chef Bridget Batson’s thrilling menu of Iberian fare at Gitane on Claude Lane features standout dishes such as plump roasted quail, stuffed Spanish peppers and a delicious squid paella.   


Meet Your Mixologist: Morgan Schick, bar manager at the new restaurant Thermidor, developed the selective yet full bar from scratch. He shares his recipe for The Gentleman Caller, a striking and sophisticated cocktail easily made at home.


Comics art: The Cartoon Art Museum and the San Francisco Zine Fest host “Now See This,” a multimedia reading by indie-comics creators. Participants include Jesse Reklaw (“10,000 Things to Do”). [7 p.m., 655 Mission St., S.F.]

Classic comedies: “Some Like It Hot” (1959), the Billy Wilder sex farce, screens at the Castro Theatre. The screwball romantic comedy “My Man Godfrey” (1936) completes the double feature. [429 Castro St., S.F.]


A great walk

‘Wizard of Paws’: If you notice Sparky clicking his paws with his eyes shut tight, he may be thinking, “There’s no place like Funston.” The City’s popular Fort Funston is a dog’s dream, bringing pooches out, tails a-wagging, to enjoy the windswept dunes. Take a quick hike down to the park’s wide-open beach. To get there, you’ll have to hoof and woof down a sand ladder. Then, relish in the magical coastline backed by 30-foot high cliffs, where fetch is played in all directions. [For more information, visit; sign up for a weekly e-mail about getting outdoors in Northern California]

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market top picks

  • Almonds
  • August Tummy plums
  • Blue cheese
  • Figs
  • Fingerling potatoes
  • Haricots verts
  • Lemon verbena
  • Pink Pearl apples
  • Romano beans
  • Zante currants


Outdoor Shakespeare: The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival presents Free Shakespeare in the Park. This year’s show is “Two Gentlemen of Verona.” [7:30 p.m., Presidio Main Post Parade Ground lawn, 34 Graham St., S.F.]

Sense and spontaneity: Impro Theatre of Los Angeles performs “Jane Austen UnScripted,” a show of improvisational theater inspired by Austen’s novels. [8 p.m., BATS Improv, Building B, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]


Nice mix: Nice Guy Trio, collaborating with top string players, performs at Yerba Buena Gardens. Jazz, bluegrass, avant-garde, Balkan, symphonic and other styles make up the mix. [1 p.m., esplanade, Mission and Third streets, S.F.]

Rock band: Green Day performs at the Shoreline Amphitheatre. Seventies-style punk, catchy lyrics and pop make up the popular band’s sound. [7 p.m., 1 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View]


Tea events: The Asian Art Museum hosts September tea gatherings and tastings. Experts provide information about Japanese tea practices. [1 and 2:30 p.m., 200 Larkin St., S.F.; reservations:]


Stand-up show: Comedian Harland Williams, known for his “Harland Highway” podcast, performs a show of stand-up and sketch comedy, joined by special guests. [8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]


A great bike ride

Waterfront and SoMa: For an hourlong scenic tour, start at the Ferry Building, ride north on The Embarcadero, turn left on North Point Street, left on Polk Street, right on Market Street and take a sharp left onto 14th Street. Go left on Folsom Street, follow Folsom to the Bay, turn left onto The Embarcadero and go up to the Ferry Building. On the way, check out the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park at the Hyde Street Pier. []

Visual arts

Art and redwoods: The Kings Mountain Art Fair features art in a redwood-forest setting. Proceeds benefit the local volunteer fire brigade. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Kings Mountain Community Center, 13889 Skyline Blvd., Woodside]


Stand-up show: Norm MacDonald of “Saturday Night Live” fame performs. [8 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Literary events

Books for kids: Books and songs for kids ages 10 and younger, from Italian publishers, are available at “La Festa del Libro 2010,” a fair organized by Papilio Books. [10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Book Passage, Ferry Building, S.F.]


Last day: Multi Ethnic Theater’s production of “Gem of the Ocean,” the first in August Wilson’s 10-play cycle dramatizing the black experience in the 20th century, closes. [7 p.m., Next Stage, 1620 Gough St., S.F.]


R&B band: Mint Condition, a Minnesota-based R&B band, performs. The group is known for the range of its sound, which includes jazz stylings and Jamaican-based rhythms. [8 p.m., Yoshi’s, 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]

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