Good Weekend for Oct. 9-11

Friday, Oct. 9

EATING

La Folie: The stylish restaurant proves that a fancy French meal doesn’t have to be stuffy. La Folie knows that a plate of bite-size cheese puffs or a slice of foie gras can make someone hungry for more. [2316 Polk St., (415) 776-5577, www.lafolie.com]

DRINKING

The Moss Room: This sleek bar and restaurant is, unbeknownst to many, underneath the Academy of Sciences and stocked with only small-batch spirits. [55 Music Concourse Drive, S.F., (415) 876-6121, www.themossroom.com]

ON THE TOWN

Well lit: The 2009 Litquake festival, celebrating the local literary scene, kicks off with its “Black, White, and Read” book ball. Events continue through Oct. 17. [8 p.m., Green Room, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F., www.litquake.org]

Chamber trio: The Eroica Trio, one of the first all-female groups to reach chamber music’s top echelon, launches the SFSU-based Morrison Artists Series this year. [8 p.m., McKenna Theatre, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

 

Saturday, Oct. 10

A GREAT CITY WALK

Visitacion Valley, parts 1 and 2

The valley was part of the only local Mexican land grant deeded to an Anglo. Part 1 focuses on commerce and transportation — past, present and future — with a foray into Little Hollywood.  Part 2 explores community life — see examples of Eichler, Julia Morgan and more in the “Valley of the Windmills.”

  • Meet: Visitacion Valley Branch Library, 45 Leland Ave. near Bayshore Boulevard, for both tours.
  • Time: Part 1, 10 a.m. Part 2, 2 p.m.

San Francisco City Guides — a 31-year-old nonprofit conducting free walking tours spotlighting San Francisco history, architecture, legends and lore — is a program of the San Francisco Public Library. Tours are offered seven days a week year-round. [Visit www.sfcityguides.org or call (415) 557-4266 for more information]

VISUAL ARTS

Meet the artists: Open Studios 2009 begins. People can visit art studios in San Francisco’s Bernal Heights, Castro, Mission, Glen Park, Duboce and Portola neighborhoods. [11 a.m. to 6 p.m., www.artspan.org]

MUSIC

Saluting Monk: Jazz pianist Eric Reed delves into the music of Thelonious Monk in honor of the jazz great’s 92nd birthday. The event kicks off the 2009 San Francisco Jazz Festival. [8 p.m., Green Room, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Family concert: Identical-twin classical guitarists Peter and Zoltan Katona, and baritone Christopheren Nomura, perform a family-oriented matinee concert of strumming and singing. [11 a.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

FERRY PLAZA FARMERS MARKET TOP PICKS

  • Damson plum cheese 
  • Cayenne peppers 
  • Almonds 
  • Fava greens 
  • Joanna Red plums 
  • Chinese broccoli 
  • Rabbit crepinettes
  • Peppers

 

Sunday, Oct. 11

FESTIVITIES

Italian parade: The 2009 Italian Heritage Parade proceeds from Fisherman’s Wharf to North Beach, where festivities take place. Look for floats, bands and a sports car show. [Begins at 12:30 p.m., starts at Jefferson and Stockton streets, S.F.]

Arab fair: The Arab Cultural and Community Center presents the Arab Cultural Festival, an afternoon showcasing Arab and Arab-American arts, food, traditions and spirit. [Noon to 6 p.m., County Fair Building, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

MUSIC

Jazz trio: The Stanley Clarke Trio performs at Yoshi’s. Jazz bassist Clarke and “Jazz in the Garden” collaborators Hiromi Uehara (piano) and Lenny White (drums) make up the group. [2 and 7 p.m., 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Piano recital: Pianist Murray Perahia, the first American to win the Leeds Piano Competition, performs music by Bach, Beethoven, Schumann and Chopin. [7 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

DANCE

Anniversary concert: Facing East Dance and Music, celebrating its 10th birthday, presents “Benchmark 10,” a program of highlights from works it has performed during the decade. [3 p.m., Dance Mission, 3316 24th St., S.F.]

A GREAT BIKE RIDE

Third annual SFBC Family Day

Join San Francisco Bicycle Coalition families and friends as they enjoy a car-free Sunday in Golden Gate Park with fun bike-oriented family activities, including bike games and safety clinics, biking showcases, a bike parade, “Freedom from Training Wheels” and lots more. At last year’s Family Day, more than a dozen kids learned how to ride without training wheels and more families were inspired to gear up and bike safely in San Francisco. Come on out and celebrate biking for all ages. [11 a.m. 3 p.m., Doughboy Meadow, Golden Gate Park, off JFK Drive just west of the Rose Garden] — San Francisco Bicycle Coalition; www.sfbike.org

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