Music, theater among Bay Area's weekend activities



Food: Txoko, a new Basque-named restaurant in the former Enrico’s space (run by the folks at Naked Lunch next door) serves delicious, eclectic bites and small plates. Page 22


Wine: A dessert wine with universal appeal born out of the tradition of Asti Spumante, Moscato d’Asti is like soda pop for grown-ups — delicious even when it is not at its best. Page 23

On the town

Funny women: “Five Funny Females,” a show featuring five female comics, plus host Susan Alexander, returns to the Purple Onion in two performances, each with a separate lineup. [8 and 10 p.m.,
140 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Cuisine scene: Stars in the food and drink scene take part in “SF Chefs 2011,” a culinary festival happening in and near Union Square. Today’s bill includes an opening ceremony and a grand tasting. [6 p.m. onward;]


A great bike ride

Southeast Bikeways Survey Ride: Explore ideas for bikeways in The City from the Mission to Islais Creek and southward, ride the Bayview Wiggle and check out other opportunities to connect the southeast by bike. The two-hour ride (maybe longer) will be more leisurely than athletic, but participants will get a workout for their imaginations as they help visualize the future of bikeways. The ride is free for SF Bicycle Coalition members; a
$5 donation from nonmembers is appreciated. Rain cancels. [10:30 a.m., meet at Atlas Cafe, 20th and Alabama streets, S.F.,]


Outdoor concert: The AfroSolo Arts Festival presents “A Concert for Peace,” an outdoor jazz event featuring the Jerome Clay Ensemble and guest artists. [1 to 3 p.m., Yerba Buena Gardens, 770 Mission St., S.F.]


Musical theater: Lamplighters Music Theatre presents “H.M.S. Pinafore,” Gilbert & Sullivan’s musical comedy about patriotism, snobbery and incompetence in high places. [2 and 8 p.m., Novellus Theater, 700 Howard St., S.F.]

Theater in the park: The San Francisco Mime Troupe presents its 2011 summer-in-the-park show, “2012  the Musical.” The satirical play takes on corporate arts funding. [2 p.m., Peacock Meadow, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Outdoor Shakespeare: Atmos Theatre presents “Twelfth Night.” Illyria is transformed into colonial New England in this guided-hike version of the bard’s comedy. [1 p.m., Theatre in the Woods, 2170 Bear Gulch Road, Woodside]


Gardening fair: The San Francisco Botanical Garden Society presents its Summer Gardening Fair. The event features plants, horticulture activities, books and butterflies. [10 a.m. to 3 p.m., SFBG, Ninth Avenue and Lincoln Way, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]


Stand-up show: Comedian Greg Proops performs at the Punch Line. “Whose Line Is It Anyway?,” “The Drew Carey Show,” and “Just Shoot Me” are a few of his credits. [8 and 10 p.m., 444 Battery St., S.F.]


Fort Mason Farmers Market top picks

  • Watermelon
  • Early girl tomatoes
  • Fresh herbs
  • Princess grapes
  • Sweet peppers



Stage struck: The San Francisco Theater Festival celebrates the diverse, vibrant local theater scene. More than 100 shows — comedy, drama, circus arts and more — are on the bill. [11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.;]


Still truckin’: “Jerry Day” celebrates the music and legacy of Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia. Performers include Melvin Seals and JGB. [11:30 a.m. onward, Jerry Garcia Amphitheater, McLaren Park, 40 John F. Shelley Drive, S.F.]

Rhythm and blues: R&B star Aaron Neville performs at the Stern Grove Festival. Local bluesman Quinn Deveaux and the Blue Beat Revue open the afternoon. [2 p.m., Sigmund Stern Grove, Sloat Boulevard and 19th Avenue, S.F.]


Silent-film star: Diana Serra Cary, who, in the 1920s, was silent-cinema child star “Baby Peggy,” visits the library to discuss her life in Hollywood and sign books. [2 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]


Two dance troupes: Labayen Dance/SF and the DanceWright Project premiere new work from choreographers Enrico Labayen and Jamie Ray Wright. [7 p.m., Dance Mission Theater, 3316 24th St., S.F.]

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