The 17th annual How Weird Street Faire takes place South of Market  with people celebrating “unique individual culture and identity, while embracing all of the communities they call home.” (Courtesy photo)

The 17th annual How Weird Street Faire takes place South of Market with people celebrating “unique individual culture and identity, while embracing all of the communities they call home.” (Courtesy photo)

May 1-2: How Weird Street Faire, Sunday Streets, Road to Recovery 5K, Gepe, Daniel Handler, Cochon555


How Weird Street Faire: The 17th annual event — for all ages and packed with art, electronic music, performances, vendors, food, drink and people in costumes – has the theme “The Cosmic Stew.” [Noon to 8 p.m., Howard and Second streets, S.F.]

S.F. Sunday Streets: The block party — in which streets are closed to vehicles, allowing pedestrians and anyone not in a car to take over — is in the Bayview and Dogpatch; an 11 a.m. procession at Yosemite Avenue and Third Street kicks off festivities. [11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Third Street, between 18th Street and Yosemite Avenue, S.F.]

Road to Recovery 5K: The Center for Open Recovery hosts the fund-raiser, a 5K walk, stroll or run along the beach followed by a festival with music, yoga, healthy refreshments, community booths and inspirational speakers. [7:30 a.m. (registration), 9 a.m. (start), Crissy Field, 926 Old Mason St., S.F.]

S.F. Maritime National Historical Park: The park celebrates Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month with a tour that explores the role of the ship Star of Alaska (Balclutha) in transporting Asian cannery workers to Alaska to pack salmon. [2:15 p.m., aboard Balclutha, Hyde Street Pier, S.F.]

Gepe: The Chilean pop star has influences as varied as Victor Jara, Brian Wilson and Sonic Youth. [9:30 p.m., Brick & Mortar, 1710 Mission St., S.F.]

Daniel Handler: The San Francisco writer of Lemony Snicket fame talks about why the Bay Area is home to many brilliant writers and how home inspires creativity. [9:30 a.m., Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St., S.F.]

Cochon555: Five top chefs cook over 36 dishes prepared from locally-raised heritage breed pigs at the eighth annual, $130-per-person benefit event to raise awareness about socially responsible farming. [5 p.m., Terra Gallery, 511 Harrison St., S.F.]

Pedrito Martinez Group: The Cuban percussionist and his band play the first show in Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, a series of 100 free outdoor performances over the summer. [1 p.m,, Mission, between Third and Fourth streets, S.F.]

Festival of French Music: Gifted Bay Area students perform work by Couperin, Rameau, Fauré and others in a program presented by the Music Teachers Association of San Francisco. [4 p.m., Old First Church, 1751 Sacramento St., S.F.]


Story Makers Podcast: Hosts Elizabeth Stark and Angie Powers speak with local writers Dorothy Hearst, author of “Spirit of the Wolves,” the third title in her “Wolf Chronicles” series, and Sylvia Linsteadt, co-author of “Wonderments of the East Bay.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 1491 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley]

International Ocean Film Tour: The third volume of the series presented by Miller Entertainment has 120 minutes packed with inspiring stories from the seven seas and the best water sports action of the year, and prizes and product giveaways. [7:30 p.m., Sundance Kabuki, 1881 Post St., S.F.]

Small Business Tax Seminar and Resource Expo: The free event offers valuable information about legal issues and funding for business owners and entrepreneurs and for those who would like to start a business. [9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Milton Marks Conference Center, 455 Golden Gate Ave., S.F.]

Twinkie Chan: The San Francisco crochet designer and craft superstar — known for adorable food-themed scarves — hosts a trunk show and signs copies of her new book “Crocheted Abode a la Mode.” [2 to 4 p.m., ImagiKnit, 3897 18th St., S.F.] 4

Climate Hustle: The film, accompanied by a discussion with Sarah Palin, “debunks myths and hype about man-made global warming in an informative and entertaining style.” [Regency 6, 280 Smith Ranch Road, San Rafael]

Opera Workshops for Adults: A four-session series begins with “History of Opera and Performers” featuring lecturer Kayleen Asbo, baritone Hadleigh Adams and Sheri Greenawald, director of San Francisco Opera Center. [7 p.m., Diane B. Wilsey Center for Opera, Veterans Building, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Bleached: The Los Angeles band’s ambitious new record “Welcome The Worms” retains its cheeky, California-punk sound, but goes deeper than on previous efforts. [9 p.m., Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., S.F.]

Dave Barry: The best-selling humorist, promoting his latest book “The Worst Night Ever,” appears at the sold-out talk. [7:30 p.m., Kepler’s, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

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