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Check out The City’s awesome architecture by bike

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FRIDAY NIGHT

Eating

Food:
Comstock Saloon in North Beach serves snacks and small bites that go well with its evocative drink menu, and the traditional-with-a-contemporary-edge bar fare is excellent for dinner too.


Drinking

Meet Your Mixologist:
Joel Teitelbaum, bar manager at Zero Zero, says patrons of the new spot near AT&T Park enjoy the high-quality, well-balanced cocktails and delicious upscale pizza.


On the town

New German cinema:
The 2011 “German Gems” series — a weekend of new films from Germany, Austria and Switzerland — begins. Opening-night feature: “Mahler on the Couch.” [7 p.m., Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.]

Jest intentions:
The 2011 S.F. Sketchfest comedy celebration is under way. Today’s lineup at the Marines’ Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter St., S.F., includes “Celebrity Autobiography” with Will Forte, Rachael Harris, Eugene Pack and others. [8 p.m. onward, multiple venues, www.sfsketchfest.com]


SATURDAY

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market top picks


  • Oro Blanco grapefruits
  • Artichokes
  • Baby collard greens
  • Cauliflower
  • Cherimoyas
  • Kishu mandarins   
  • Pierce Point cheese
  • Red Dragon carrots
  • Sunchokes
  • Tulips




A great bike ride

Architecture ride:
See impressive early 20th-century buildings designed by James and Merritt Reid, Canadian brothers who left their mark across San Francisco. Discover their work and hear their story on this two-hour ride, which might go longer and will include a stop for snacks. A $5 donation is requested from non-San Francisco Bicycle Coalition members. Rain cancels the ride. [1:30 p.m., meet in front of David Hewes Building, 995 Market St., S.F., www.sfbike.org]


Museums

MLK events:
The Museum of the African Diaspora celebrates Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday and MoAD’s new exhibit, “Textural Rhythms.” Events include silk-screen projects. [Noon to 4 p.m., 685 Mission St., S.F.; RSVP: www.moadsf.org]


Music

Hip-hop group:
Public Enemy, which is known for its politically charged lyrics and criticism of the American media, makes a rare small-club appearance. [8 and 10 p.m., Yoshi’s, 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Talk and concert: Teacher-composer Robert Greenberg and the Alexander String Quartet present a lecture-concert devoted to the music of two Hungarians: Bartok and Kodaly. [10 a.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]


Variety

Talented femmes:
The 2011 Women on the Way Festival has begun. Innovative female theater, dance, music and comedy artists perform. [8 p.m., Shotwell Studios, 3252-A 19th St., S.F., and Garage, 975 Howard St., S.F.]


Comedy

Comedy benefit:
Jeff Applebaum, Josh Applebaum, Steven Pearl, Cynthia Luff and others perform in “Paws for Laughter,” a comedy show benefiting Rocket Dog Rescue. [8 p.m., Southside Theater, Building D, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]


Festivities

Labor festival:
The Western Workers Labor Heritage Festival — featuring labor, activist and arts events — continues through Sunday. [9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Local 1781, International Association of Machinists, 1511 Rollins Road, Burlingame]


SUNDAY

A great hike

‘Mighty Good Mission’:
For spectacular views in the East Bay, most people head to Mount Diablo, yet just further south is Mission Peak, at a mighty 2,517 feet. The fire road up to the summit is exposed, making winter a great time to lace up the boots for a trip to the top. Views beckon for the 3-mile (one-way) excursion. From the summit you can see Oakland, San Francisco, Mount Hamilton, Mount Tam and, on a good day, the Sierra Nevada. [Visit www.WeekendSherpa.com and sign up for a free e-mail about the outdoors in Northern California]


Music

Youth orchestras:
Six orchestras, and 575 young musicians, take part in the Bay Area Youth Orchestra Festival. It benefits groups that help homeless and underserved youths. [3 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Postmetal band: Neurosis, the influential 1980s-formed postmetal band, performs at the Great American Music Hall. [9 p.m., 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]


Theater

Benefit performance:
Thrillpeddlers presents a one-night-only benefit performance of “Pearls Over Shanghai,” the hit Cockettes musical. Proceeds go to the Castro Country Club. [7 p.m., Hypnodrome, 575 10th St., S.F.]


Museums

Last day:
“Beyond Golden Clouds” closes today. The exhibit contains 41 large-scale examples of Japanese screens, one of the highest accomplishments of Japanese painting. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St., S.F.]


Literary events

Publishing opportunity:
Writers will have one minute to pitch their book ideas to a cast of publishing experts at the “Pitchapalooza” competition. The winner receives an introduction to a book agent. [2 p.m., Kepler’s, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]