AIDS Bike-a-Thon Roll out your 10-speed or your tricycle for the 11th annual AIDS Bike-a-Thon, benefiting Project Open Hand, the leading provider of hot meals, groceries and nutritional counseling for San Francisco and Alameda County residents living with HIV/AIDS. This year's event is likely to draw at least a thousand cyclists: It offers four different routes, based on ability and pledge money. Riders are encouraged to collect a minimum of $100; more than $15,000 in prizes will be awarded to the top pledge-getters. All routes start at the Log Cabin Site in S.F.'s Presidio, with registration beginning at 7 am. Call 255-4167 for registration information.
Mission Mural Walk As part of Mural Awareness Week, the Precita Eyes Mural Arts Center is offering daily Mission District mural walks. Preceded by a brief slide presentation on the history and process of mural art, the walks cover over 70 murals in eight blocks: Highlights include the CŽsar Chavez School and the Women's Building. The walks begin at Precita Eyes Mural Center, 348 Precita, S.F., at 1:30 pm (daily through May 21). Tickets are $1-4; call 285-2287.
Event 1995 Event 1995 offers musical theater with a cast of thousands: Some 650 of its performers come from San Francisco schools. Presented by the San Francisco Arts Education Foundation, the Event celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. Under the direction of Emily Keeler, the free production features a band led by jazz composer Wayne Wallace and the libretto's composer, Danny Duncan; a benefit picnic catered by Alice Waters' Chez Panisse follows at 1:30 at the Shakespeare Garden (tickets are $50, $10 for children). Event 1995 starts at noon at the Golden Gate Park Temple of Music Bandshell, S.F. Call 771-1718.
Walk for the Animals Even if you don't have a pet, you can help the San Francisco SPCA by joining its seventh annual Petwalk. Registration begins at 8:30 am; events include a canine Frisbee and soccer demonstration, a pet costume contest and a one-mile stroll. Petwalk '95 takes place at Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park, S.F., 8:30 am-12:30 pm. Tickets are $3-15; call 554-3096.
Are You My Mother? In celebration of Mother's Day, the 20-member Khadra International Folk Ballet presents Are You My Mother?, a work based on the famous children's book written by P. D. Eastman. Linking traditional folk dances with narrative dance forms, the one-day-only production features music performed by a five-piece folk band and the Jefferson Piano Quartet. Are You My Mother? is staged at the Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness, S.F., at 2 and 4 pm. Tickets are $7-10; call 392-4400.
Ear of the Dragon Various-artists compilations are an easy way for greedy major labels to make a quick buck, but indie comps usually set their goals higher. Case in point: Ear of the Dragon, an original collection of 19 bands featuring Asian American musicians. Put together by Chicago rock critic Ben Kim, and Sooyoung Park and William Shin of the Windy City band Seam, Ear of the Dragon doesn't just bridge cultures, it introduces some terrific new performers, in particular, New York singer/songwriter Yanti Arifin and a Canadian quartet called Venus Cures All. The Ear of the Dragon tour hits town with a four-band lineup: Seam, Venus Cures All, aMiniature and Vancouver cutie-pie rockers Cub. If you feel inclined to rock, report to the Great American Music Hall, 859 O'Farrell, S.F., at 8 pm. Tickets are $7; call 885-0750.
Isabel Allende The "On Arts & Politics" discussion series continues with an appearance by Isabel Allende, celebrated author of The House of the Spirits. Allende's most recent book, Paula, is a nonfiction account of her infant daughter's death; she'll be interviewed by novelist and close friend Anne Lamott (Operating Instructions, Bird by Bird). The program takes place at the Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness, S.F., at 8 pm. Tickets are $15; call 392-4400.