Pedal your way through the history of The City's protest movements, and other weekend activities

courtesy photoLong before Occupy San Francisco set up camp on The Embarcadero

courtesy photoLong before Occupy San Francisco set up camp on The Embarcadero

Friday night

Wine: Choosing wine for Thanksgiving dinner involves more than just pairing fruity reds with the bird. Chardonnays and white Rhone varietals can have their place at the table, too.

Meet Your Mixologist: Head bartender Hugo Calalay has launched a new cocktail menu at the Butterfly Lounge, a bar in the Hotel Majestic named for its exquisite collection of mounted, rare butterflies.

On the town
Hip-hop dance: The three-day 2011 San Francisco Hip Hop DanceFest begins. Top hip-hop companies from the United States and Europe perform. Ten acts take the stage today. [8 p.m., Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon St., S.F.]

A cappella group: Anonymous 4, the female a cappella quartet specializing in pre-1600 “early” music, presents “Sisters in Spirit,” a concert of medieval and early American music. [8 p.m., Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St., S.F.]


A great bike ride
Protest history: Long before Occupy San Francisco set up camp on The Embarcadero, our city already had a long history of protest. Learn about the extensive, sometimes violent history, and revolutionary leaders who helped pave the way for today’s protests on this four-hour “Dissent” bike ride with Shaping San Francisco; $15-$50 sliding scale. [Noon, meet at Counterpulse, 1310 Mission St., S.F.]

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market top picks

  • Zinnias
  • Black Twig apples
  • Early Girl tomatoes
  • Green beans
  • Italian parsley
  • Pasture-raised chicken stock
  • Point Reyes Blue cheese
  • Radicchio
  • Taylor Gold pears
  • Yacon

Anniversary celebration: Dance Brigade, one of the nation’s first feminist dance companies, presents a 35-year retrospective celebration featuring dancing, taiko and fun. [8 p.m., Novellus Theater, 700 Howard St., S.F.]

Beer fest: Beer connoisseurs can taste holiday and seasonal brews and ciders at the BevMo! Holiday Beer Fest. More than 100 top breweries are represented. [5:30 to 9 p.m., Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Artisan fair: The de Young Museum Store hosts its annual Holiday Artisan Fair. Jewelry, textiles, tabletop wares, accessories, books and stationery are for sale. [9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]


Choral concert:
The San Francisco Choral Society performs Olli Kortekangas’ “Seven Songs for Planet Earth” and Mozart’s “Grand Mass in C Minor.” [8 p.m., Calvary Presbyterian Church, 2515 Fillmore St., S.F.]


Two one-acts: Lorraine Hansberry Theatre presents two one-act plays: Marcos Barbosa’s mysterious yarn “Almost Nothing” and Douglas Turner Ward’s satire “Day of Absence.” [2 and 8 p.m., LHT, 450 Post St., S.F.]


Singer-songwriter: Rock, blues and country singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams performs at the Fillmore. “Blessed” is the Grammy-winning artist’s latest album. [8 p.m., 1805 Geary Blvd., San Francisco]

Symphony concert: The San Francisco Symphony, led by Michael Tilson Thomas, performs Brahms’ “A German Requiem” and music by Schutz and Schoenberg. [2 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco]

Dance showcase: The ODC Pilot Program, a mentorship and performance opportunity for emerging choreographers, presents “Pilot 59.” Six participants share their work. [8 p.m., ODC Dance Commons, 351 Shotwell St., San Francisco]

Motorcycle show: The Progressive International Motorcycle Shows are in the Bay Area. Festivities include the latest bikes, plus accessories and demos. [9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., San Mateo County Event Center, 2495 S. Delaware St., San Mateo]

A great excursion
Paddle ball: Kayaking and bocce may seem an unlikely combo, but they pair perfectly in Sausalito. Bar Bocce is right on Richardson Bay, fancied up by a fantastic patio with a warming firepit and a bocce court. Many drive to the waterside restaurant, but arriving by kayak makes for a much splashier entrance. SeaTrek, just a couple blocks away, will set you up in a single or double kayak and point you in the right direction. [Visit to sign up for email about getting outdoors in Northern California]

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