Pedal off the Thanksgiving pounds with a ride through San Francisco



Food: Just in time for holiday shopping, Examiner restaurant critic Patricia Unterman recommends cookbooks by local authors: “The Food of Morocco,” “Kokkari: Contemporary Greek Flavors” and “Bi-Rite Market’s Eat Good Food.”


Meet Your Mixologist: Club Deluxe’s David Bates is happy to serve the restaurant/bar’s signature beverage, the Spa Collins, made from cucumber, ginger, lemon juice, vodka or gin, soda, mint and lime.

On the town

Museum social: Friday Nights at the de Young presents its last gathering of 2011. Kevin Epps screens his new documentary and Pure Ecstasy performs Motown hits. [5 to 8:45 p.m., de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Swing and blues: Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers perform at Biscuits and Blues. Smith specializes in swing and jump blues, presented in the authentic style of the 1940s and 1950s. [8 and 10 p.m., 401 Mason St., S.F.]


A great bike ride

Pedal off the pounds S.F. ride: What better way to make up for  Thanksgiving overeating than with a nice, 17-mile loop around The City? Nicknamed the “Butter Lap,” the classic ride hits some of The City’s most gorgeous spots. Start at the Ferry Building, then ride to through the Marina along Crissy Field. Continue through the Presidio and up to the Great Highway. Head into Golden Gate Park along JFK Drive (a new bikeway will be there soon!) and wiggle your way back to the start, or back home. For the route map, go here . []


Holiday flea market: The Treasure Island Flea marketplace presents its Christmas Shopping Show. Bring a toy for a toy drive and get in free. [9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Avenue of the Palms, Treasure Island]


Rabbit tale: ODC/Dance presents “The Velveteen Rabbit,” its annual holiday performance based on Margery Williams’ tale about a boy, a stuffed rabbit, and the power of love. [2 p.m., Novellus Theater, 700 Howard St., S.F.]


Stand-up show: Comedian Jake Johannsen performs at Cobb’s. Johannsen’s credits include frequent appearances on late-night TV and at comedy clubs nationwide. [7 and 9:30 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]


Improvised play: BATS Improv presents “Family Drama,” a three-act improvised play. The premise: Some related folks are getting together for the holidays. [8 p.m., Bayfront Theater, Building B, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]


Samba night: The Calatayud Brothers, samba musicians from Brazil, perform with Little Brasil, their band. The evening also features the Samba Da Terra Dancers and other acts. [9:30 p.m., Cafe Du Nord, 2170 Market St., S.F.]


Midnight movie: “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” the longest-running midnight movie of all time, screens at the Clay Theatre. A live appearance by the Bawdy Caste adds to the experience. [11:59 p.m., 2261 Fillmore St., S.F.]


Fort Mason Farmers Market top picks

  • Meyer lemons
  • Butternut squash
  • Fingerling potatoes
  • FuYu persimmons
  • Pomegranates
  • Pink Lady apples



Solo show: Writer-performer Don Reed presents “The Kipling Hotel,” his solo show about his 1980s misadventures and experiences as a live-in waiter at an unforgettable retirement hotel. [7 p.m., the Marsh, 1062 Valencia St., S.F.]

Charity walks/runs

Toy-drive run: “Run Wild for a Child,” a 5K/10K run/walk, benefits the San Francisco Firefighters Toy Program. Events also include an expo and a costume contest. [8:30 a.m., JFK Drive at Eighth Avenue, Golden Gate Park, S.F.;]

Fairs and festivals

Victorian fair: The Great Dickens Christmas Fair re-creates Victorian-era London. Look for lamp-lit shops, pubs, music halls, costumed actors and more. [11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Cow Palace, 2600 Geneva Ave., Daly City]


Holiday concert: Symphony Parnassus, showcasing Bay Area musicians, presents its holiday concert. Music by Respighi, Dvorak and Karl Jenkins is on the program. [3 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

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