Courtesy<p>Swell time: Winter brings the strongest ocean swells of the year

Jan. 2-3: Jazz, giant peaches and more


Swell time: Winter brings the strongest ocean swells of the year, and there's no place more famous for big, gnarly surf than Pillar Point Harbor in Half Moon Bay. Hike the bluffs just north of Pillar Point. The trail is 150 feet above the Pacific Ocean alongside rugged cliffs. Walking along the continent's crust, you'll have views of Half Moon Bay and Point Montara, and the churning sea below. The trail ends after about a mile. [Visit for details and other local adventures.]


Jazz Fridays: Don Prell, who has been playing jazz bass every first Friday of the month for 12 years at Bird & Beckett Books and Records, is performing with the Seabop Ensemble. [5:30 p.m., Bird & Beckett Books and Records, 653 Chenery St., S.F.]

Sharp sounds: Indie-rockers The Bayonets, comprising pop songwriter Oliver Leiber and session musician Brian Ray, are sharing the bill with singer Bonnie Hayes. [9 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O'Farrell St., S.F.]

Rock show: Michigan group Pity Sex is playing music from its debut album, “Feast of Love,” and more. Oakland's Whirr is also on the bill. [9:30 p.m., Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., S.F.]

Comedy show: Eric Schwartz, who has appeared on “The Tonight Show” and BET, is headlining a comedy bill. [8 p.m., Lost Weekend Video, 1034 Valencia St., S.F.]


2014 redux: Will Durst and his troupe of fellow comedians are skewering 2014 in “Big Fat Year End Kiss Off Comedy Show,” which is touring the Bay Area. [8 p.m., Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Ave., Alameda]

Family theater: The Bay Area Children's Theatre is bringing Roald Dahl's “James and the Giant Peach” to life in a stage musical. [2 and 5 p.m., Children's Creativity Museum, 221 Fourth St., S.F.]

Stand-up comedy: Comedian Josh Wolf, who has appeared on “Chelsea Lately” and written extensively for television, is topping the bill. [7:30 p.m., Cobb's Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Americana music: California country rockers The Easy Leaves are topping a bill of Americana bands that also includes the Better Haves and Sam Doores of The Deslonds. [8 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O'Farrell St., S.F.]

New drama: Theatre Rhinoceros tackles David Mamet's complex prison drama “The Anarchist.” [3 and 8 p.m., Eureka Theatre, 215 Jackson St., S.F.]


Go your own way: Get creative by mapping out your own route. There are online resources that show where the bike lanes are, and even what the grade of your ride will be. Check out the Maps & Routes section on the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition website to view the San Francisco Bike Map and Walking Guide and find a link to 511's Bike Mapper. You'll also find a link to Google Maps for mapping optimal bike routes, complete with terrain changes. []

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