Good Weekend: Friday, November 20





Prime Rib Shabu: Every detail of the experience at this Inner Richmond hot pot restaurant has been considered, from the rich beef to the conduction burners that keep the broth boiling but won’t burn you. Highlights include the hand-cut rib eye set ($18.95) and the thin-cut rib eye set ($16.95). [308 Fifth Ave., S.F.; (415) 379-4678]



Sutro’s at the Cliff House: The Cliff House may be a tourist spot, but the drinks behind the bar are pure San Francisco, classic cocktails updated with organic, high quality ingredients. Highlights include the Georgia Collins and Chrysanthemum. [1090 Point Lobos Ave., S.F.; (415) 386-3330]


On the town

Sea life fundraiser: “It’s About Sea Life” features aquarium displays, live music, cocktails, food, a raffle and auctions. The event benefits several marine conservation groups. [7:30 p.m. to midnight, Aquarium of the Bay, Pier 39, S.F.]

Middle East stories: Golden Thread presents “Re-Orient 2009,” a festival of short plays exploring the Middle East. [8 p.m., Thick House, 1695 18th St., S.F.]




Ferry Plaza Farmers Market top picks

Dry farmed tomato juice
Chiogga beets
Pastured chicken
Meyer lemons
Tokyo turnips
Warren pears
Goats milk cheddar



A great bike ride

Start: Sutro Heights at Point Lobos and 48th avenues

Route: North on Camino del Mar, right on Clement Street, left on 30th Avenue, right on Lake Street, follow Lake Street to Arguello Boulevard, left and then quick right onto Sacramento Street, left on Cherry Street, right on Clay Street, left on Webster Street, right on Broadway, left on Polk Street, right on Pacific Avenue (or just carry on through Broadway Tunnel), left on Powell Street, right on Broadway, across Embarcadero to the Bay.

Bike network: 100 percent (S.F. Bike Route 10)

Complete for bikes: 25 percent

Stop and check out: Sutro Heights vistas, Alta Plaza Park (steps still chewed from Streisand stunt in “What’s Up Doc?”), Broadway and the Bay, Ferry Building treats

Time: 30 to 60 minutes, climbing and coasting

— San Francisco Bicycle Coalition;



Asian arts: The Asian Art Museum hosts an afternoon of music and art in celebration of the local South Asian communities (noon to 4 p.m.). A sale of Tibetan crafts is also at the museum from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. [200 Larkin St., S.F.]

Hands-on science: It’s “Physics of Toys” day at the Exploratorium. Using everyday materials, guests can make a fun science object to take home. [11 a.m. to 3 p.m., 3601 Lyon St., S.F.]


Literary events

Writer talk: The Canessa Gallery Reading Series welcomes writers David Buuck, Kevin Killian and Dana Teen Lomax. “Autobiography” is the theme. [8 p.m., Canessa Gallery, 708 Montgomery St., S.F.]

Andre Agassi: The tennis star does a meet-and-chat session for “Open,” his autobiography. [Noon, Kepler’s Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]



Stand-up show: Comedian Henry Cho performs at Cobb’s Comedy Club. His credits include “What’s That Clickin’ Noise,” a Comedy Central special. [8 and 10:15 p.m., 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]



Italian films: The New Italian Cinema series continues. Fare includes “Different From Whom?,” a comedy about a gay man seeking office in a right-wing town. [1 to 11 p.m., Embarcadero Center Cinema, 1 Embarcadero Center, S.F.]



Fundraising party: Mary Sano and her Duncan Dancers, celebrating the contributions of dancer Isadora Duncan, host their 2009 Terpsichorean Celebration. [8 p.m., Mary Sano Studio, 245 Fifth St., Studio 314, S.F.]



Baroque music: The Bay Choral Guild presents a concert of festive Baroque music. Featured composers include Handel, Scarlatti and Monteverdi. [8 p.m., St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church, 500 De Haro St., S.F.]


Local history

Mission tour: The San Francisco Museum and Historical Society leads a tour of Mission Dolores. Learn about the Mission itself and about the building of the Mission district. [2 p.m.; meet at Mission steps, 16th and Dolores streets, S.F.]




A great city walk

Explore the architecture of The City’s exclusive Gold Coast neighborhood located on the Presidio’s edge. Learn the history behind homes, buildings such as the S.F. Landmark Engine Co. No. 23 Firehouse and the Swedenborgian Church. 11 a.m. Meet at the top of the Lyon Street steps at Lyon Street and Broadway. [Visit or call (415) 557-4266 for more information]



Flamenco show: Theatre Flamenco presents “Ser y Estar” — a journey, in flamenco dance and music, along the borders of identity. Artists from Spain appear with the company. [2 p.m., Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center, S.F.]

Hip-hop festival: The 2009 San Francisco Hip Hop DanceFest features hip-hop companies from around the globe. Two different shows are on the bill. [2 and 7 p.m., Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon St., S.F.]



Indie wear: Indie fashion designers and artists sell their wares at the Thread show. The event features performances, lounges, fashion shows and free style tips as well. [11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, S.F.]



Screen gem: “Rashomon” (1950) screens at the Castro Theatre. Four people give different versions of the story of a murder and rape in this Akira Kurosawa classic. [2:30, 4:45, 7 and 9:10 p.m., 429 Castro St., S.F.]


Rocks and minerals

Rock show: Gem Faire presents a show and sale. Shoppers can buy gems, jewelry, rocks, minerals and related items and attend classes and demonstrations. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, S.F.]



World youth concert: The San Francisco World Music Festival presents the International Youth Music Initiative. Youths from around the world perform together. [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Guitar concert: Grammy-winning guitarist Laurence Juber performs at the Little Fox. Juber fuses folk, jazz, pop and classical styles. [7 p.m., 2209 Broadway, Redwood City]

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