Fairs, Fests & Events 

From kite championships to hot rods, our guide to the summer's best events.

Art Galleries

8th Annual Art Sale Fund-Raiser More than 70 artists donate their work to benefit 21 Grand's exhibition program. Fri., June 6, 7-10 p.m.; Sat., June 7, 1-5 p.m.; Sun., June 8, 1-5 p.m., free. 21 Grand Gallery/Performance Space, 416 25th St., Oakland, 510-444-7263, 21Grand.org.

Dawn 2008 All-night arts & cultural festival to commemorate the grand opening of new Libeskind-designed Contemporary Jewish Museum with Jonathan Safran Foer, and Dengue Fever. Sat., June 7, 8 p.m., $10-$12. Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St. (between 3rd and 4th Sts.), San Francisco, 415-655-7800.

Attractions

Out of the Gate in 2008: Alameda County Fair With horseracing, contests, live entertainment, livestock, agriculture education, a wine garden, concerts, and carnival rides. Info: AlamedaCountyFair.com. Starting June 20, Fridays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Mondays-Thursdays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Continues through July 6, $4-$10. Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave., Pleasanton, 925-426-7600, AlamedaCountyFair.com.

Comedy

The San Francisco Improv Festival 2008 With two stages with our Union Square and North Beach Stage at the Purple Onion. With alternative improvisational theater (Featuring New York's Imp), short form improv (ComedySportz San Jose) musical improvisation (Orlando's Improv Cabaret and the Uncle Ukulele Show from Minneapolis) and ensembles like ImprovBoston, and IOwest For the full lineup go to SFImprovFestival.com. Produced by The San Francisco Improv Alliance. Starting July 10, Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through Aug. 23, $15-$20. Purple Onion, 140 Columbus Ave., San Francisco, 415-956-1653, www.caffemacaroni.com.

Culinary & Wine

Lakefest '08: Art & Wine Festival With arts & crafts booths, wine-tasting tents (two tents with 15 wineries in each) sponsored by Vine Wine Bar, live music stage, art cars, Grand Lake farmers' market (on Saturday), Taste of Lakeshore food tasting, kids area, and a green living expo. Call 510-682-8072 for information. Aug. 2-3, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., free. Lakeshore Ave., between Lakepark & Mandana, Oakland.

Walnut Creek Art and Wine Festival With handmade crafts and works of art, local and regional wines and microbrews, non-stop music and entertainment, food from dozens of local restaurants, children's activities, a train that circles the park, and the Colors of the Creek Art Exhibition. Call 925-934-2007 or visit Walnut-Creek.com. Sat., May 31, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun., June 1, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., free. Heather Farms Park, 301 N. San Carlos Dr., Walnut Creek.

Dance-Performance

11th Annual Dionysian Festival: Celebrating the 131st Anniversary of Isadora Duncan's Birth With Mary Sano and her Duncan Dancers, G. Hoffman Soto and SotoMotion, Priya Ravindhran (classical Indian Dance), Shoko Hikage (Koto performance) with Mary Sano, and Rebecca Whittington (classical Indian Dance). Sat., May 24, 8 p.m.; Sun., May 25, 5 p.m., $15-$17. Mary Sano Studio of Duncan Dancing,, 245 Fifth St. (at Tehama between Howard and Folsom) (Studio 314), San Francisco, 415-357-1817, DuncanDance.org.

Congo Dance & Drum Festival With a soukous workshop, dance performances, drum classes, lectures, and special host Papa Titos, founder of the Tanawa Dance Company. Info: 510-368-2475, congofestival@yahoo.com, or YouMustDance.BlogSpot.com. June 5-7. Laney College, 900 Fallon St., Oakland, 510-834-5740, 510-464-3210, Laney.peralta.edu.

Earthdance A three-day campout celebration for world peace, set in an oak forest. Five stages of entertainment, including electronica, folk, jam bands, reggae, world, and more. Markets, speakers, activists alley, and workshops. Sept. 12-14, Laytonville. EarthdanceLive.com

San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival Featuring Tajik dance by Miriam Peretz, Raices De Mi Tierra, Charya Burt Cambodian Dance, Na Lei Hulu I Ka Wekiu, Abhinaya Dance Company of San Jose, OngDance Company, Theatre Flamenco, and Las Que Son Son (June 7-8); Dunsmuir Scottish Dancers, Sindhu Ravuri, La Fibi Flamenco Dance Company, De Rompe y Raja Cultural Association, Imani's Dream, Chinese Performing Artists of America, Shabnam, Northern California Korean Dance Association, Ensembles Ballet Kolklõrico de San Francisco (June 14-15); Eszterlánc Hungarian Folk Ensemble, Vishwa Shanthi Dance Academy, Murphy Irish Dancers, Ballet Folklõrico Mexicano de Carlos Moerno, LIKHA-Pilipino Folk Ensemble, Niharika Mohanty, Bolivia Corazón de América, China Dance School and Theatre, and Ballet Lisanga II West African Performing Arts Company (June 21-22); Chhandam Youth Dance Company, Hiyas Philippine Folk Dance Company, YaoYong Dance, ABADÁ-Capoeira San Francisco Performance Troupe, Fuego Nuevo Ballet Folklorico Mexicano, Gadung Kasturi, CollageWest Dance Theatre, Halau 'o Keikiali 'i, and Alafia Dance Ensemble (June 28-29). For tickets, call 415-392-4400 or visit WorldArtsWest.org. Starting June 7, Saturdays, 2 & 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Continues through June 29, $22-$44. Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon St. (at Bay St.), San Francisco, 415-567-6642, PalaceofFineArts.org.

Fairs, Festivals, & Fund-raisers

16th Burlingame Art & Jazz Festival Featuring a home & garden segment, wine pavilion, 150 artists exhibiting their work, unique crafts and jewelry, specialty clothing, gourmet foods, and a kids' area. Live Dixieland, swing, jazz, and Latin bands, featuring Steve Lucky & the Rumba Bums. Info: Visit Burlingame Chamber of Commerce at Chamber at BurlingameChamber.org, or call Georgette Naylor at 650-344-1735. Aug. 9-10, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., free. Burlingame Ave., Burlingame, Burlingame.

25th Annual Folsom St. Fair Celebration of leather, rubber, and fetish styles with live rock performances, vendor booths, and exhibitions. FolsomStreetFair.com. Sat., June 28, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., free. Folsom St., between 7th & 12th Sts., San Francisco.

4th of July at the Berkeley Marina With fireworks, dragon boat rides, live music, Madame Ovary's Egg Puppets Shawnee the Clown, sailboat rides at the Cal Sailing club, Dana Smith & His Performing Dog Lacey, and Afro-Cuban Rumba. For details, call Another Bullwinkel Show at 510-548-5335. Fri., July 4, 12-6 p.m., free. Berkeley Marina, 201 University Ave., Berkeley, 510-981-6740.

5th Annual San Francisco Greek Film Festival Screening eight contemporary Greek feature films and 8 short films by Greek and Greek-American filmmakers (one feature and one short film will be shown each night). Info: GRFilm.com. Fri., June 6, $15, $25, $35. Delancey St. Screening Room, 600 The Embarcadero, San Francisco.

8th Annual Art Sale Fund-Raiser More than 70 artists donate their work to benefit 21 Grand's exhibition program. Fri., June 6, 7-10 p.m.; Sat., June 7, 1-5 p.m.; Sun., June 8, 1-5 p.m., free. 21 Grand Gallery/Performance Space, 416 25th St., Oakland, 510-444-7263, 21Grand.org.

Annual Children's Arts Festival Opportunity for kids to make clay sculptures, paint on easels, learn pastel techniques from a professional artist, construct origami figures, design hanging sculptures, paint sailboats to float in the park fountain, and make collages from recycled paper. Plus performances by local young musicians who participated in Pleasanton's annual Youth Music Festival. Call 925-931-5340 for info. Sun., June 1, 12-4 p.m., free. Centennial Park, 5353 Sunol Ave., Pleasanton.

Antioch's 10th Annual 4th of July Celebration With children's activities, live entertainment, a parade, classic car show, food, and fireworks. Call 800-310-6563 for info. Fri., July 4, 2-10 p.m., free. Downtown Antioch, 2nd St., Santa Rosa.

Arclight Shakespeare Festival Featuring the romantic comedy Twelfth Night set in ancient India. Plus the "Green Show," a free performance of Indian classical music, dance (Abhinaya Dance Company) and poetry on Saturdays (7 p.m.) and Sundays (6 p.m.)For tickets, call 800-838-3006, or visit ArcLightRep.org. Starting June 6, Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 7 p.m. Continues through June 28, $10-$15. Theatre on San Pedro Square, 29 N. San Pedro, San Jose.

Art Saves Lives: 2008 Oakland Youth Arts Festival Multimedia festival featuring installations and performances by local youth, inspired by the Cool Remixed exhibit at the Oakland Museum of California. Sponsored by the Oakland Unified School District and hosted by Mind Power Collective. 2. Sat., May 31, 12-9 p.m., free. Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street (at 10th St.), Oakland, 510-238-2200, MuseumCA.org.

Berkeley Kite Festival and West Coast Kite Championships With the Kite Team of Japan, Berkeley Kite Wranglers, Team Kite Flying, a giant creature kite expo, Team Ray Bethell, manufacturers' demos, Taiko drummers, rokkaku kite battles, candy drops, and kite-making workshops. Info: 510-235-KITE. July 26-27, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., free. Berkeley Marina, 201 University Ave., Berkeley, 510-981-6740.

Carnival Fete, an indoor Music Festival & Official SF Carnival After Party Presented by Angel Magik. Four rooms of Caribbean, Latin, and urban sounds, plus live performances by Agua Libre, Zion-I, Capleton, Samba Da, Jennifer Johns, Young Fyah, Kev Choice, Los Rocas, Deuce Eclipse, Samba Queen, and Maisa Duke. DJs A-Ron, D-Sharp, Doogie, Fuze, Irie Dole, Papi Chocolate, J-Boogie, Mr. E, Rascue, Ripple, Dubsworth, Roommate, Santero, 6BLOCC, and Doogie. Angel Magik Entertainment & Myspace A Place For Reggae in conjunction with Mission Neighborhood Centers, Inc & 1015 Folsom presents Carnival Fete, an indoor music festival & pfficial SF Carnival after-partu. Sun., May 25, 7 p.m., $25. 1015 Nightclub, 1015 Folsom St. (at 6th St.), San Francisco, 415-431-7444, 1015.com.

Chabot Space Games: 125th Anniversary Community Celebration With live music, Bill Nye the Science Guy, Mars Drop, Space Bingo, Solar Ball, costumed characters, refreshments, and a torch run. Sat., June 21, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., free. Chabot Space & Science Center, 10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland, 510-336-7395, ChabotSpace.org.

Cuica y Clave East Bay Carnaval celebration with Rumba Che, a Brazilian samba queen, salsa dancing, and a ceremony for Fo Go Na Ropa founder Carlos Aceituno. Tickets: UrbanEvents.com. Wed., May 21, 6 p.m., $10, $15. Karibbean City, 1408 Webster St., Oakland, 510-251-0769, KaribbeanCity.com.

Green Arts and Jam Forty-fifth annual celebration features nonstop performances with scenes from the Youth Theatre Company's productions of "Into The Woods" and "Seussical," the Oak Grove Blue Grass band, Shadelands Jazz/Rock band, Shadelands String Quartet, and Festival of Flutes. "Bangs and Beats" community drumming circle with recycled pots, pans, and garbage can lids. Plus free music lessons, coffee grounds paintings, collages from recycled materials, cardboard murals, a graffiti wall, and and clay. Plein aire painters, figure and portrait artists, ceramic artists, and printmakers will give demonstrations of their crafts. Call 925-943-5846 for details. Sun., June 1, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., free. Civic Arts Education Shadelands Campus, 111 N. Wiget Ln. (at Ygnacio Valley Blvd.), Walnut Creek, 925-943-5846.

Japanese Cultural Fair With martial arts demonstrations, San Francisco Taiko, raffles, Okinawan Dance Theatre of Yugen, bonzai workshops, and a tea ceremony, plus keynote addresses by the Mayor of Santa Cruz and Japanese General Consul of San Francisco. Sat., June 21, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Mission Plaza Park, 103 Emmett St., Santa Cruz.

Live Oak Park Fair More than one hundred artists and craftspeople from Northern California present their jewelry, textiles, woodwork, paintings, photography, limited edition prints, and ceramics. Plus food, drink, and live music. Call 510-227-7110 or visit LiveOakParkFair.com for info. June 14-15, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., free. Live Oak Park, 1301 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley.

Lodi Grape Festival and Street Rod Show More than 500 cars are expected to attend the Show which is open to entries from 1972 and earlier. Plus food, exhibitors, music, and a raffle. Info: Call 209-369-2771 or visit GrapeFestival.com. Fri., June 27, 6 p.m.; Sat., June 28, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., June 29, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., free. Lodi Grape Festival Grounds, 413 E. Lockeford St., Lodi.

Motor J Style Auto show with 400 classic Japanese cars on display, drifting competition, rally x demos, swap meet, vendors, food, music, fun. Sat., May 24, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., $20. Solano County Fairgrounds, 900 Fairgrounds Dr., Vallejo.

Northern California Pirate Festival With treasure hunts, live cannon demonstrations, sword fighting in the streets and live music. Plus Jack Spareribs and his magic show, Captain Kidd and Nellie, Mister Mac and more. For a full list of piratical entertainment, visit NorCalPirateFestival.com. Held at the Vallejo Waterfront, near Vallejo Marina and Mare Island. Sat., June 14, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun., June 15, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., free. Vallejo Marina, 42 Harbor Way, Vallejo, 707-648-4370.

Parks for Peace Rededication Rededication ceremony features planting of peace pole, music, dance, spoken word, a job fair, and refreshments. Call 510-597-5038 for information. Sat., May 24, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., free. Mosswood Park, 3612 Webster St. (MacArthur and Broadway), Oakland, 510-597-5038.

Stroll for Health: 34th Annual Solano Stroll With a traditional pancake breakfast and theme parade, plus entertainers, food vendors, juried arts and crafters, games, art cars, and community organizations. Info: Call the Solano Avenue Assocation at 510-527-5358, or visit SolanoAveAssn.org. Sun., Sept. 14, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., free. Solano Ave., Solano Ave., Berkeley.

Temescal Street Fair With food and drink from local restaurants including Lanesplitter Pizza and Pub, La Calaca Loca Taqueria, Bear Naked Burgers, Bakesale Betty, La Val's Pizza and BBQ, and Tanjia. Plus a fashion show, featured fine artists, craft and community booths, live music, a kids' stage, displays of alternative energy vehicles, and East Bay Depot Valet bike parking by East Bay Bike Coalition. Call 510-654-6346 ex. 2 for information. Sat., June 7, 12-6 p.m., free. Telegraph Ave., between 48th and 51st sts., Oakland.

Thursday Night Live in Old Oakland Main stage with DJs and live music, a beverage tent offering specialty cocktails, wine and beer garden, local artisans, resources from nonprofits, vendor booths, art installations, and A Taste of Old Oakland Passport. Call 510-301-3122 for info. Thu., June 5, 5:30-9 p.m., free. Old Oakland, 9th St. (at Broadway and Washington sts.), Oakland.

United by Pride, Bound for Equality: 38th Annual San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration and Parade: With Nikki Starr; "The Penis Issue: Trans and Intersex Women Speak Their Minds"; speaker John Forrett, Marriage Equality Commitment Ceremony (including a performance by the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus), Dykes on Bikes, Spencer Day, Daniel Lucio, CheerSF, the San Francisco Opera, Hair!, the GLIDE Ensemble, a huge parade down Market St., and much more. SFPride.org. Sat., June 28, 12-6 p.m.; Sun., June 29, 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m., free. Civic Center Lawn, 1292 Market St., San Francisco.

Farmers' Markets

The Berkeley Farmers' Markets' Fifth Annual Family Fun Festival With vetriloquist Steve Chaney, world hip-hop dancers from the Downtown Berkeley YMCA, Be Fit Berkeley city council member weigh-in, EarthCapades Environmental Vaudeville (juggling,unicycling, & environmental education), Asheba & his Caribbean band, Bonnie Lockhart & Nancy Schimmel, activity booths, East Bay Depot for Creative Re-Use free costume making and hands-on craft table, Play-Well TEKnologies (Teaching Engineering to Kids), and baby goats from Redwood Hill Farm. Sat., June 7, 10 a.m., free. Berkeley Farmers' Market, Allston St. between Milvia St. and Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Berkeley, 510-548-3333, www.ecologycenter.org.

Farm Fresh Choice Community Produce Stand Farm Fresh Choice runs produce stands in culturally diverse, limited-resource neighborhoods. Wednesdays, 3-6:30 p.m., 510-848-1704, EcologyCenter.org. Frances Albrier Community Center, San Pablo Park, 2800 Park St. (at Oregon St.), Berkeley, 510-981-5150, Ci.berkeley.ca.us/recreation/francesalbrier.

Saturday Berkeley Farmers' Market Fresh and organic produce, breads, specialty foods, and more for sale, plus special programs and events. Saturdays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., free, 510-548-3333, EcologyCenter.org. MLK Civic Center Park, 2151 Martin Luther King Jr. Way (between Allston and Center sts.), Berkeley, 510-981-6700.

Kids

Annual Children's Arts Festival Opportunity for kids to make clay sculptures, paint on easels, learn pastel techniques from a professional artist, construct origami figures, design hanging sculptures, paint sailboats to float in the park fountain, and make collages from recycled paper. Plus performances by local young musicians who participated in Pleasanton's annual Youth Music Festival. Call 925-931-5340 for info. Sun., June 1, 12-4 p.m., free. Centennial Park, 5353 Sunol Ave., Pleasanton.

The Berkeley Farmers' Markets' Fifth Annual Family Fun Festival With vetriloquist Steve Chaney, world hip-hop dancers from the Downtown Berkeley YMCA, Be Fit Berkeley city council member weigh-in, EarthCapades Environmental Vaudeville (juggling,unicycling, & environmental education), Asheba & his Caribbean band, Bonnie Lockhart & Nancy Schimmel, activity booths, East Bay Depot for Creative Re-Use free costume making and hands-on craft table, Play-Well TEKnologies (Teaching Engineering to Kids), and baby goats from Redwood Hill Farm. Sat., June 7, 10 a.m., free. Berkeley Farmers' Market, Allston St. between Milvia St. and Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Berkeley, 510-548-3333, www.ecologycenter.org.

Cuentos en Español Classics and new favorites, read in Spanish, with vocabulary-building games and crafts from Spanish-speaking cultures around the world, and refreshments. First Wednesday of every month, 10 a.m.; First Saturday of every month, 11 a.m. Barnes & Noble, 5604 Bay St., Emeryville, 510-547-0932.

Garden Days in the EnviroGarden Hands-on activities and demonstrations. Learn about air quality, gardening, composting, solar energy, and more. Second and Fourth Saturday of every month, 12-4 p.m. Chabot Space & Science Center, 10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland, 510-336-7395, ChabotSpace.org.

LGBT

11th Annual National Queer Arts Festival American Idyll: Gay Asian Pacific Alliance /GAPA 20th Anniversary Gay Asian Pacific Alliance (GAPA) presents a multimedia event featuring visual arts, spoken word and performance that explores what it means to be gay in the Asian-American and Pacific Islander communities. Featuring the premiere of a new theater work by Jordan de Peralta, plus appearances by Miss Sugar Chapeaux, GAPA Men's Chorus, Keri Hanna with sbQA Dance NRG, and members Na Lei Hulu I Ka Wekiuhula dance company. Sun., June 1, 7 p.m., free. SomArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan St., San Francisco, 415-552-2131, SomArts.org.

25th Annual Folsom St. Fair Celebration of leather, rubber, and fetish styles with live rock performances, vendor booths, and exhibitions. FolsomStreetFair.com. Sat., June 28, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., free. Folsom St., between 7th & 12th Sts., San Francisco.

United By Pride, Bound for Equality: 38th Annual San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration and Parade: With Nikki Starr; "The Penis Issue: Trans and Intersex Women Speak Their Minds"; speaker John Forrett, Marriage Equality Commitment Ceremony (including a performance by the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus), Dykes on Bikes, Spencer Day,daniel lucio, CheerSF, the San Francisco Opera, Hair!, the GLIDE Ensemble, a huge parade down Market St., and much more. SFPride.org. Sat., June 28, 12-6 p.m.; Sun., June 29, 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m., free. Civic Center Lawn, 1292 Market St., San Francisco.

Live Variety

Thursday Night Live in Old Oakland Main stage with DJs and live music, a beverage tent offering specialty cocktails, wine and beer garden, local artisans, resources from non-profits, vendor booths, art installations, and A Taste of Old Oakland Passport. Call 510-301-3122 for info. Thu., June 5, 5:30-9 p.m., free. Old Oakland, 9th St. (at Broadway and Washington sts.), Oakland.

Museums

Art Saves Lives: 2008 Oakland Youth Arts Festival Multimedia festival featuring installations and performances by local youth, inspired by the Cool Remixed exhibit at the Oakland Museum of California. Sponsored by the Oakland Unified School District and hosted by Mind Power Collective. 2. Sat., May 31, 12-9 p.m., free. Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street (at 10th St.), Oakland, 510-238-2200, MuseumCA.org.

Music

Han Rae-Sook: Thu., May 22, 7 p.m., free w/ museum entry. Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St., 415-581-3500, AsianArt.org.

"Regeneration Tour": featuring Human League, Belinda Carlisle, ABC, & Dead or Alive, Mon., Aug. 11, 6 p.m., $49.50-$85. Mountain Winery, 14831 Pierce Rd. (Saratoga), 408-741-2822, MountainWinery.com.

7th Annual Old School Funk Fest: featuring Teena Marie, Brick, Zapp, Slave, & more, Sat., June 28, 2 p.m., $30.75-$69.75. Sleep Train Pavilion at Concord, 2000 Kirker Pass Rd., Concord, 925-685-8497.

Adrian Gormley: w/ Michael O'Neill, Fri., July 11, 5:30 p.m., free. Point Richmond Music, 117 Park Pl., Richmond, 510-236-1401, PointRichmond.com/prmusic.

Aimee Mann & Marc Cohn: Mon., July 14, 7:30 p.m., $29.50-$49.50. Mountain Winery, 14831 Pierce Rd. (Saratoga), 408-741-2822, MountainWinery.com.

Alan Jackson: Thu., Aug. 14, 8 p.m., $39.50-$75.50. HP Pavilion, 525 W. Santa Clara St., San Jose, 408-287-9200, HPPSJ.com.

Allen Toussaint: w/ Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, Sun., July 6, 2 p.m., free. Sigmund Stern Grove, 19th Ave. and Sloat Blvd., 415-252-6253.

Alonzo King's Lines Ballet: featuring Pharoah Sanders, Sun., July 20, 2 p.m., free. Sigmund Stern Grove, 19th Ave. and Sloat Blvd., 415-252-6253.

An Acoustic Outdoor Concert for Nicaragua: featuring Hali Hammer, Khadejha, Ramana Viera Ensemble, Tracy Sirota Group, Roger Brown & Friends, Eric Park, Alan Smithline, & more, Sat., June 14, 12-8 p.m., $10 donation. Edith St., (between Cedar and Lincon sts.), Berkeley.

Art & Soul: acts TBA, Sat., Aug. 30, 12-6 p.m.; Sun., Aug. 31, 12-6 p.m.; Mon., Sept. 1, 12-6 p.m., $10, seniors/youth $5, under 12 free. Oakland City Center, 500 12th St., Oakland, 510-238-6836.

Bajofondo: w/ Sí*Sé, Sun., Aug. 3, 2 p.m., free. Sigmund Stern Grove, 19th Ave. and Sloat Blvd., 415-252-6253.

Berkeley Jazz Festival: featuring Rachelle Ferrell, Joe Sample & Randy Crawford, Brian Culbertson, Najee, and Superstars of Jazz Fusion w/ Roy Ayers, Mon., July 28, 2 p.m., TBA. Greek Theatre, Gayley Rd. at Hearst Ave. (UC Berkeley), Berkeley, 510-642-9988.

Berkeley World Music Festival: featuring Sila & the Afrofunk Experience, Sukhawat Ali Khan, Arabian Passion, Barvinok Ensemble, Dengue Fever, Hombres de Tango, Michael Masley, Andrew Carriere & Creole Belles, Sambadá, & more, Sat., June 7, 12-9 p.m., free. Telegraph Ave., (between Bancroft Ave. and Parker St.), Berkeley.

Bob Weir & Ratdog: w/ Government Mule, Wed., July 9, 6 p.m.; Thu., July 10, 6 p.m., $45-$65. Mountain Winery, 14831 Pierce Rd. (Saratoga), 408-741-2822, MountainWinery.com.

Bob Weir & Ratdog: w/ Government Mule, Fri., June 27, 8 p.m., $45-$215. Ironstone Amphitheatre, 1894 Six Mile Rd. (Ironstone Vineyards), Murphys, IronstoneVineyards.com.

Booker T. Jones: w/ Bettye LaVette, Sun., June 15, 2 p.m., free. Sigmund Stern Grove, 19th Ave. and Sloat Blvd., 415-252-6253.

Boston: Mon., July 7, 7:30 p.m.; Tue., July 8, 7:30 p.m., $55-$98. Mountain Winery, 14831 Pierce Rd. (Saratoga), 408-741-2822, MountainWinery.com.

Boyz II Men: Sun., June 22, 6 & 8 p.m., free. Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave., Pleasanton, 925-426-7600, AlamedaCountyFair.com.

Boz Scaggs: Sun., Aug. 10, 7:30 p.m., $49.50-$79. Mountain Winery, 14831 Pierce Rd. (Saratoga), 408-741-2822, MountainWinery.com.

Boz Scaggs: Wed., July 30, 8:15 p.m., $79-$269. Wente Vineyards, 5050 Arroyo Rd., Livermore, 925-456-2470, WenteVineyards.com.

Brad Paisley: w/ Jewel, Chuck Wicks, & Julianne Hough, Fri., June 20, 7:30 p.m., $28.50-$58.25. Shoreline Amphitheatre, One Amphitheatre Pkwy., Mountain View, 650-967-3000, ShorelineAmp.com.

California Blues Festival: w/ Tia Carroll, Fillmore Slim, Curtis Lawson, & Bobbie Webb & Band, Mon., May 26, 12-5 p.m., TBA. Golden Gate Park, 501 Stanyan St., (415) 831-2700, www.inetours.com/Pages/SFNbrhds/Golden_Gate_Park.html.

California World Fest: w/ Ozomatli, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, David Bromberg & Angel Band, Emeline Michel, Strunz & Farah, the Waifs, Moshav, Wailin' Jennys, Baka Beyond, & more, Thu., July 17, 9 a.m.-11 p.m.; Fri., July 18, 9 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sat., July 19, 9 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun., July 20, 9 a.m.-11 p.m., $39-$140, youth $15-$65. Grass Valley Fairgrounds, off Highway 20.

Chanticleer: Thu., May 29, 8 p.m., $25-$44. Mission San Jose, 43148 Mission Blvd., Fremont, 510-657-1797. Fri., May 30, 8 p.m., $22-$44. Mission Dolores Basilica, 3321 16th St..

Cheeseballs: Thu., June 26, 6 & 8 p.m., free. Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave., Pleasanton, 925-426-7600, AlamedaCountyFair.com.

Chicago/The Doobie Brothers: Sat., June 7, 7:30 p.m., $25-$65. Sleep Train Pavilion at Concord, 2000 Kirker Pass Rd., Concord, 925-685-8497.

Chicago: Fri., Aug. 29, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Aug. 30, 7:30 p.m., $49.50-$80. Mountain Winery, 14831 Pierce Rd. (Saratoga), 408-741-2822, MountainWinery.com.

Chicago: Thu., Aug. 28, 8:15 p.m., $90-$280. Wente Vineyards, 5050 Arroyo Rd., Livermore, 925-456-2470, WenteVineyards.com.

Chris Isaak: Fri., July 18, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., July 19, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., July 20, 7:30 p.m., $55-$85. Mountain Winery, 14831 Pierce Rd. (Saratoga), 408-741-2822, MountainWinery.com.

Chris Isaak: Tue., July 8, 8:15 p.m., $89-$279. Wente Vineyards, 5050 Arroyo Rd., Livermore, 925-456-2470, WenteVineyards.com.

Chris Isaak: w/ Boz Scaggs, Sat., Aug. 2, 7:30 p.m., $45-$225. Ironstone Amphitheatre, 1894 Six Mile Rd. (Ironstone Vineyards), Murphys, IronstoneVineyards.com.

Clint Black: Tue., July 22, 8:15 p.m., $89-$279. Wente Vineyards, 5050 Arroyo Rd., Livermore, 925-456-2470, WenteVineyards.com.

Creedence Clearwater Revisited: Fri., Aug. 22, 7:30 p.m., $50-$65. Mountain Winery, 14831 Pierce Rd. (Saratoga), 408-741-2822, MountainWinery.com.

Crosby Stills & Nash: Mon., June 9, 8:15 p.m., $110-$300. Wente Vineyards, 5050 Arroyo Rd., Livermore, 925-456-2470, WenteVineyards.com.

Crowden Music Center 25th Anniversary Concert: w/ David Abel, George Cleve, Deirdre Cooper, Karla Donehew, Bonnie Hampton, Paul Hersh, Nathan Olson, Benjamin Simon, Julie Steinberg, the Crowden School Orchestra, & more, Sat., May 24, 7 p.m., $15-$25. Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley (Bancroft Way at College Ave.), Berkeley, 510-642-9988.

CrueFest: w/ Mötley Crüe, Buckcherry, Papa Roach, Sixx:AM, & Trapt, Wed., Aug. 6, 5 p.m., $35.50-$101. Shoreline Amphitheatre, One Amphitheatre Pkwy., Mountain View, 650-967-3000, ShorelineAmp.com.

Daryl Hall & John Oates: Tue., Aug. 12, 7:30 p.m., $49.50-$78. Mountain Winery, 14831 Pierce Rd. (Saratoga), 408-741-2822, MountainWinery.com.

Death Cab for Cutie: w/ Rogue Wave, Sat., June 21, 8 p.m., $39.50. Greek Theatre, Gayley Rd. at Hearst Ave. (UC Berkeley), Berkeley, 510-642-9988.

Dolly Parton: Tue., Aug. 5, 8 p.m., $39.50-$125. Greek Theatre, Gayley Rd. at Hearst Ave. (UC Berkeley), Berkeley, 510-642-9988.

Donna Summer: Sat., Aug. 16, 8 p.m., $45.50-$95.50. Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland, 510-465-6400, ParamountTheatre.com.

Donna Summer: Wed., Aug. 13, 7:30 p.m., $55-$98. Mountain Winery, 14831 Pierce Rd. (Saratoga), 408-741-2822, MountainWinery.com.

Doodlebops Live!: Fri., June 20, 6 & 8 p.m., free. Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave., Pleasanton, 925-426-7600, AlamedaCountyFair.com.

Earplay: Intricate Inventions: W/ the Earplayers performing works by Christopher Burns, Peter Maxwell Davies, Beat Furrer, & more, Wed., May 28, 7 p.m., $16-$20. Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., 415-392-4400.

Earth, Wind and Fire: Tue., June 24, 8:15 p.m., $89-$279. Wente Vineyards, 5050 Arroyo Rd., Livermore, 925-456-2470, WenteVineyards.com.

East Bay Mudd: Fri., Aug. 1, 7 p.m., free. Blackhawk Plaza, 3480 Blackhawk Plaza Cir., Danville, 925-736-2751.

Eddie Money: Wed., July 2, 6 & 8 p.m., free. Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave., Pleasanton, 925-426-7600, AlamedaCountyFair.com.

Emmylou Harris: Sun., July 27, 7:30 p.m., $40-$57.50. Mountain Winery, 14831 Pierce Rd. (Saratoga), 408-741-2822, MountainWinery.com.

English Beat: w/ the Fixx, the Alarm, Thu., July 31, 7 p.m., $45. Mountain Winery, 14831 Pierce Rd. (Saratoga), 408-741-2822, MountainWinery.com.

Fastball: Tue., July 1, 6 & 8 p.m., free. Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave., Pleasanton, 925-426-7600, AlamedaCountyFair.com.

Feist: Sat., July 19, 8 p.m., $39.50. Greek Theatre, Gayley Rd. at Hearst Ave. (UC Berkeley), Berkeley, 510-642-9988.

Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons: Mon., Aug. 4, 8:15 p.m., $89-$279. Wente Vineyards, 5050 Arroyo Rd., Livermore, 925-456-2470, WenteVineyards.com.

George Michael: Thu., June 19, 8 p.m., $55.50-$175.50. HP Pavilion, 525 W. Santa Clara St., San Jose, 408-287-9200, HPPSJ.com.

George Thorogood & the Destroyers: w/ Buddy Guy, Charlie Musselwhite, Sun., July 27, 7 p.m., $45-$215. Ironstone Amphitheatre, 1894 Six Mile Rd. (Ironstone Vineyards), Murphys, IronstoneVineyards.com.

George Thorogood & the Destroyers: w/ Buddy Guy, Tue., July 29, 7 p.m., $49.50-$75. Mountain Winery, 14831 Pierce Rd. (Saratoga), 408-741-2822, MountainWinery.com.

Gipsy Kings: Wed., Aug. 20, 7:30 p.m., $75-$125. Mountain Winery, 14831 Pierce Rd. (Saratoga), 408-741-2822, MountainWinery.com.

Harmony Festival: featuring Damien "Jr. Gong" Marley, George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic, Mickey Hart Band, Paula Cole, Angelique Kidjo, Arrested Development, Jefferson Starship, & more, plus speakers & interactive workshops, Fri., June 6, 3 p.m.; Sat., June 7, noon; Sun., June 8, noon, $22-$55, weekend pass $119-$139. Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Harmony Village, 707-545-4200, SonomaCountyFair.com.

High Sierra Music Festival: w/ Bob Weir & Ratdog, Government Mule, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Built to Spill, Buckethead, the Slip, Mike Gordon, Railroad Earth, Abigail Washburn & the Sparrow Quartet featuring Béla Fleck, & more, Thu., July 3, 11 a.m.; Fri., July 4, 11 a.m.; Sat., July 5, 11 a.m.; Sun., July 6, 11 a.m., $136-$1600, children $30-$50. Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds, 204 Fairground Rd., 530-283-6272.

Hippiefest: w/ the Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie, Eric Burdon & the Animals, Jack Bruce of Cream, Janis Ian, Badfinger featuring Joey Molland, & Jonathan Edwards, Sun., July 13, 7 p.m., $49.50-$89.50. Mountain Winery, 14831 Pierce Rd. (Saratoga), 408-741-2822, MountainWinery.com.

House of Floyd: Pink Floyd tribute, Sat., Aug. 9, 6 p.m., $10 donation. Cal Maritime, 200 Maritime Academy Dr., Vallejo, 707-654-1000, www.csum.edu.

Houston Jones: w/ Rock Soup Ramblers, Fri., Aug. 8, 5:30 p.m., free. Point Richmond Music, 117 Park Pl., Richmond, 510-236-1401, PointRichmond.com/prmusic.

Huey Lewis & the News: Tue., Aug. 5, 8:15 p.m., $89-$279. Wente Vineyards, 5050 Arroyo Rd., Livermore, 925-456-2470, WenteVineyards.com.

Iron Maiden: "Greatest Hits Tour," Wed., May 28, 8 p.m., $25-$75. Sleep Train Pavilion at Concord, 2000 Kirker Pass Rd., Concord, 925-685-8497.

James Blunt: Thu., Aug. 28, 7:30 p.m., $43-$53. Mountain Winery, 14831 Pierce Rd. (Saratoga), 408-741-2822, MountainWinery.com.

James Taylor: Sun., July 27, 7:30 p.m., $25.85-$125.50. Greek Theatre, Gayley Rd. at Hearst Ave. (UC Berkeley), Berkeley, 510-642-9988.

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra: w/ Wynton Marsalis, Sun., July 6, 7:30 p.m., $49.50-$85. Mountain Winery, 14831 Pierce Rd. (Saratoga), 408-741-2822, MountainWinery.com.

Jimmy Eat World: w/ Dear and the Headlights, Fri., July 18, 9 p.m., $30. The Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., 415-346-6000, TheFillmore.com.

John Mayer: w/ Colbie Caillat, Brett Dennen, Sat., July 26, 7 p.m., $35.50-$65.50. Shoreline Amphitheatre, One Amphitheatre Pkwy., Mountain View, 650-967-3000, ShorelineAmp.com.

John Mellencamp: w/ Lucinda Williams, Sat., Aug. 2, 7:30 p.m., $39.50-$99.50. Greek Theatre, Gayley Rd. at Hearst Ave. (UC Berkeley), Berkeley, 510-642-9988.

Jonas Brothers: w/ Demi Lovato, Thu., July 17, 7 p.m., $25-$75. Sleep Train Pavilion at Concord, 2000 Kirker Pass Rd., Concord, 925-685-8497.

Jonas Brothers: w/ Demi Lovato, Tue., July 15, 7 p.m., $25-$75. Shoreline Amphitheatre, One Amphitheatre Pkwy., Mountain View, 650-967-3000, ShorelineAmp.com.

Jonny Lang: w/ Big Head Todd & the Monsters, Fri., Aug. 15, 7 p.m., $50-$65. Mountain Winery, 14831 Pierce Rd. (Saratoga), 408-741-2822, MountainWinery.com.

Juneteenth Festival: featuring Howard Hewitt, guests, Sat., June 7, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., free. Lincoln Park, Holly Dr. and E. Eaton Ave., Tracy.

JVC Jazz Festival: w/ George Benson, Boney James, Ramsey Lewis, & Norman Brown's Summer Storm featuring Chante Moore, Paul Taylor & Alex Bugnon, Sat., Aug. 16, 4 p.m., $25-$69. Sleep Train Pavilion at Concord, 2000 Kirker Pass Rd., Concord, 925-685-8497.

Kate Wolf Memorial Music Festival: w/ Los Lobos, Ani DiFranco, Taj Mahal Trio, Keb' Mo' Band, Greg Brown, David Lindley, the Waifs, the Wailin' Jennys, Blame Sally, Jimmy LaFave, Moira Smiley & VOCO, & more, Fri., June 27, 1 p.m.; Sat., June 28, 8 a.m.; Sun., June 29, 8 p.m., $50-$180, youth $14-$60. Black Oak Ranch, Hwy 101 (5 miles north of Laytonville), Laytonville, Earthdance.org.

KBLX Stone Soul Concert: w/ Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Chaka Khan, the Whispers, Ledisi, World Famous Rick and Russ Show, & more, Mon., May 26, noon, $35.75-$89.75. Sleep Train Pavilion at Concord, 2000 Kirker Pass Rd., Concord, 925-685-8497.

Laurel Summer Solstice Music Festival -- Fête de la Musique: featuring Ash Reiter, Gemini Soul, Thee Immortals, Stone Trio, & over sixty more musical groups at sixteen locations throughout the Laurel neighborhood, Sat., June 21, 1-7 p.m., free. Laurel Village Summer Solstice, 38th and MacArthur, Oakland, Oakland, www.laurelvillage.org.

Le Poème Harmonique: performing works by Claudio Monteverdi & Francisco Manelli, Wed., June 4, 8 p.m.; Thu., June 5, 8 p.m.; Sat., June 7, 8 p.m., $56. Zellerbach Playhouse, 2430 Bancroft Ave. (at UC Berkeley across from the Musical Offering), Berkeley, 510-642-9988, CalPerfs.Berkeley.edu.

Life in the Fast Lane: Eagles tribute, Mon., June 23, 6 & 8 p.m., free. Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave., Pleasanton, 925-426-7600, AlamedaCountyFair.com.

Live 105's BFD 2008: w/ Cypress Hill, Flogging Molly, the Kooks, Pennywise, Alkaline Trio, Everlast, Anti-Flag, Atreyu, the Airborne Toxic Event, Moby, Lyrics Born, Mike Relm, Play Radio Play, & more, Mon., July 7, noon, $10.53. Shoreline Amphitheatre, One Amphitheatre Pkwy., Mountain View, 650-967-3000, ShorelineAmp.com.

Los Lobos: Sat., July 5, 6 & 8 p.m., free. Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave., Pleasanton, 925-426-7600, AlamedaCountyFair.com.

Los Lonely Boys: w/ Los Lobos, Tue., July 22, 7:30 p.m., $49.50-$79.50. Mountain Winery, 14831 Pierce Rd. (Saratoga), 408-741-2822, MountainWinery.com.

Lucinda Williams: Wed., Aug. 27, 7:30 p.m., $45-$50. Mountain Winery, 14831 Pierce Rd. (Saratoga), 408-741-2822, MountainWinery.com.

Lyle Lovett: Fri., Aug. 1, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Aug. 2, 7:30 p.m., $49.50-$85. Mountain Winery, 14831 Pierce Rd. (Saratoga), 408-741-2822, MountainWinery.com.

Lyle Lovett: Thu., July 31, 8:15 p.m., $89-$279. Wente Vineyards, 5050 Arroyo Rd., Livermore, 925-456-2470, WenteVineyards.com.

Lynyrd Skynyrd: Mon., July 21, 8:15 p.m., $99-$289. Wente Vineyards, 5050 Arroyo Rd., Livermore, 925-456-2470, WenteVineyards.com.

Lynyrd Skynyrd: Wed., July 16, 7:30 p.m., $55-$98. Mountain Winery, 14831 Pierce Rd. (Saratoga), 408-741-2822, MountainWinery.com.

Mark Knopfler: Sat., June 28, 8 p.m., $48-$91. Greek Theatre, Gayley Rd. at Hearst Ave. (UC Berkeley), Berkeley, 510-642-9988.

Mark Schultz: Tue., June 24, 6 & 8 p.m., free. Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave., Pleasanton, 925-426-7600, AlamedaCountyFair.com.

Melody of China: Sat., May 24, 2 p.m., free w/ museum entry. Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St., 415-581-3500, AsianArt.org.

Mendocino Music Festival: featuring the Hot Club of San Francisco, Allan Pollack & the All-Star Festival Big Band, Los Pinguos, Paul Roberts, Paul Hersh, & more, July 12-26, 8 p.m., single tickets $21-$48, complete series $315-$415, youth $16, 707-937-4041. Mendocino Headlands State Park, 735 Main St. (Ford House Museum), Hopland.

Metal Masters Tour: w/ Judas Priest, Heaven & Hell, Motorhead, & Testament, Sun., Aug. 31, 6 p.m., $31-$131. Shoreline Amphitheatre, One Amphitheatre Pkwy., Mountain View, 650-967-3000, ShorelineAmp.com.

Michael McDonald: Sat., Aug. 16, 7:30 p.m., $45-$69.50. Mountain Winery, 14831 Pierce Rd. (Saratoga), 408-741-2822, MountainWinery.com.

Midsummer Mozart Festival: w/ Maestro George Cleve, soloist Nikolai Demidenko, performing Serenade for Woodwinds and Contrabass in B-flat Major, K.361 & Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K.491, Fri., July 25, 7:30 p.m., $30-$60. Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., 415-392-4400.

Midsummer Mozart Festival: w/ Maestro George Cleve, soloist Nikolai Demidenko, performing Serenade for Woodwinds and Contrabass in B-flat Major, K.361 & Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K.491, Sun., July 27, 7:30 p.m., $30-$60. First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley, 510-848-3696.

Midsummer Mozart Festival: w/ Maestro George Cleve, soloists Jon Nakamatsu & Laura Griffiths, performing Divertimento in D, K.205, Piano Concerto in A, K.488, & more, Fri., July 18, 7:30 p.m., $30-$60. Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., 415-392-4400.

Midsummer Mozart Festival: w/ Maestro George Cleve, soloists Jon Nakamatsu & Laura Griffiths, performing Divertimento in D, K.205, Piano Concerto in A, K.488, & more, Sun., July 20, 7:30 p.m., $30-$60. First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley, 510-848-3696.

Monterey Bay Blues Festival: featuring B.B. King, Bettye LaVette, Blind Boys of Alabama, Charlie Musselwhite, CJ Chenier, Debbie Davies, James Cotton, Keb' Mo' & Band, Susan Tedeschi, Taj Mahal Trio, Volker Strifler Band, & more, Fri., June 27, 7 p.m.; Sat., June 28, 11:30 a.m.; Sun., June 29, 1 p.m., $25-$30, weekend package $75-$180. Monterey County Fairgrounds, 2004 Fairground Rd., Monterey, MontereyCountyFair.com.

Monterey Bay Reggaefest: acts TBA, Fri., Aug. 29, noon; Sat., Aug. 30, noon; Sun., Aug. 31, noon, TBA. Monterey County Fairgrounds, 2004 Fairground Rd., Monterey, MontereyCountyFair.com.

Monterey Music Summit: w/ Snoop Dogg, Slightly Stoopid, Coheed and Cambria, Ozomatli, Sound Tribe Sector 9, the Crystal Method, Tea Leaf Green, Paula Cole, Mates of State, Hot Buttered Rum, New Monsoon, & more, Fri., May 30, 6 p.m.; Sun., June 1, 11 a.m.; Mon., June 2, 11 a.m., $49-$69, three-day pass $169. Laguna Seca Recreation Area, 1021 Monterey-Salinas Highway, Salinas, MontereyMusicSummit.com.

Nikolai Demidenko: piano recital of Piano Sonata in A minor, K310 & Chopin 24 Preludes, Op.28, Thu., July 31, 7:30 p.m., $30-$60. First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley, 510-848-3696.

One Hawai'i: featuring Na Leo, Ernie Cruz, Kaukahi, One Right Turn, & more, Sun., Aug. 10, 2 p.m., free. Sigmund Stern Grove, 19th Ave. and Sloat Blvd., 415-252-6253.

Outernational Music Festival: featuring Thievery Corporation, Seu Jorge, Bebel Gilberto, Los Amigos Invisibles, & Federico Aubele, Fri., June 20, 7 p.m., $45. Greek Theatre, Gayley Rd. at Hearst Ave. (UC Berkeley), Berkeley, 510-642-9988.

Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival: w/ Radiohead, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Jack Johnson, Beck, Wilco, Manu Chao, Ben Harper, Widespread Panic, Primus, the Black Keys, Steve Winwood, Rodrigo y Gabriela, & more, Fri., Aug. 22, 5 p.m.; Sat., Aug. 23, 1 p.m.; Sun., Aug. 24, 1 p.m., $85-$249.50, weekend passes $222.50-$695. Golden Gate Park, 501 Stanyan St., (415) 831-2700, www.inetours.com/Pages/SFNbrhds/Golden_Gate_Park.html.

Pablo Cruise: Fri., June 27, 6 & 8 p.m., free. Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave., Pleasanton, 925-426-7600, AlamedaCountyFair.com.

Paid Dues: w/ De la Soul, Blackalicious, Little Brother, Sage Francis, Hieroglyphics, Supernatural & Scratch, Kidz in the Hall, Braille, B. Dolan, & Murs, Sat., June 14, 5 p.m., $40. Berkeley Community Theatre, 1930 Allston Way (at Milvia St.), Berkeley, 510-644-8593.

Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo: Tue., Aug. 5, 7:30 p.m., $45-$65. Mountain Winery, 14831 Pierce Rd. (Saratoga), 408-741-2822, MountainWinery.com.

Patty Griffin: w/ Amos Lee, Tue., Aug. 26, 7:30 p.m., $36.50-$46.50. Mountain Winery, 14831 Pierce Rd. (Saratoga), 408-741-2822, MountainWinery.com.

Peter Frampton: Tue., July 15, 7:30 p.m., $45-$65. Mountain Winery, 14831 Pierce Rd. (Saratoga), 408-741-2822, MountainWinery.com.

Philharmonia Chamber Players: performing Corelli by Candlelight, Fri., June 6, 10:30 p.m., $42. First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley, 510-848-3696.

Piffaro, the Renaissance Band: Fri., June 6, 8 p.m.; Sat., June 7, 11 a.m., $18-$38. Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley (Bancroft Way at College Ave.), Berkeley, 510-642-9988.

Pride and Joy: Fri., July 11, 7 p.m., free. Blackhawk Plaza, 3480 Blackhawk Plaza Cir., Danville, 925-736-2751.

Projekt Revolution Tour 2008: w/ Linkin Park, Chris Cornell, the Bravery, Ashes Divide, Atreyu, 10 Years, Hawthorne Heights, Armor for Sleep, & Street Drum Corps, Sat., Aug. 9, 2 p.m., $33.75-$76.75. Shoreline Amphitheatre, One Amphitheatre Pkwy., Mountain View, 650-967-3000, ShorelineAmp.com.

R.E.M.: w/ Modest Mouse, the National, Sat., May 31, 6 p.m.; Sun., June 1, 5 p.m., $39.50-$89.50. Greek Theatre, Gayley Rd. at Hearst Ave. (UC Berkeley), Berkeley, 510-642-9988.

Rachid Taha: w/ MC Rai, Sun., July 13, 2 p.m., free. Sigmund Stern Grove, 19th Ave. and Sloat Blvd., 415-252-6253.

Red, White and Blues Festival: Fri., July 4, 6 & 8 p.m., free. Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave., Pleasanton, 925-426-7600, AlamedaCountyFair.com.

Richie Barron: w/ the Dave Workman Band, Fri., June 13, 5:30 p.m., free. Point Richmond Music, 117 Park Pl., Richmond, 510-236-1401, PointRichmond.com/prmusic.

Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band: Wed., July 23, 7:30 p.m., $55-$125. Mountain Winery, 14831 Pierce Rd. (Saratoga), 408-741-2822, MountainWinery.com.

Robben Ford: w/ Alvon, Sat., June 14, 6 p.m., $10 donation. Cal Maritime, 200 Maritime Academy Dr., Vallejo, 707-654-1000, www.csum.edu.

Robert Plant & Alison Krauss: w/ T-Bone Burnett, Fri., June 27, 8 p.m., $39.50-$89.50. Greek Theatre, Gayley Rd. at Hearst Ave. (UC Berkeley), Berkeley, 510-642-9988.

Rock the Bells: w/ A Tribe Called Quest, NAS, Mos Def, Rakim, Method Man & Redman, Raekwon & Ghostface, the Pharcyde, Immortal Technique, Dead Prez, Murs, & more, Sat., Aug. 16, noon, $35.50-$75. Shoreline Amphitheatre, One Amphitheatre Pkwy., Mountain View, 650-967-3000, ShorelineAmp.com.

Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival: w/ Slipknot, Disturbed, Dragonforce, Mastodon, Underoath, 36 Crazyfists, Airbourne, Five Finger Death Punch, Machine Head, Walls of Jericho, Black Tide, Suicide Silence, & the Red Chord, Sat., July 12, 2 p.m., $31-$61. Shoreline Amphitheatre, One Amphitheatre Pkwy., Mountain View, 650-967-3000, ShorelineAmp.com.

Ronnie Milsap: Wed., June 25, 6 & 8 p.m., free. Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave., Pleasanton, 925-426-7600, AlamedaCountyFair.com.

Roy Rogers & the Delta Rhythm Kings: w/ Urban Bushmen, Sat., July 12, 6 p.m., $10 donation. Cal Maritime, 200 Maritime Academy Dr., Vallejo, 707-654-1000, www.csum.edu.

SalmonAid Festival: wild salmon benefit featuring Les Claypool, the Zydeco Flames, Stacy Kray, Captain Mike and the Sea Kings, Saul Kaye, Eliyahu & Qadim, the Bobby Young Project, Manaleo, Asheba, Sizemo, Tia Carroll, Captain Zohar, & John Craigie, Sat., May 31, 12-7 p.m.; Sun., June 1, 12-7 p.m., free. Jack London Sq., 70 Washington St. (foot of Broadway), Oakland, 510-627-1670, JackLondonSquare.com.

San Francisco Free Folk Festival: w/ Fishtank Ensemble, Montana Slim, Sylvia Herold, Axton Kincaid, Culann's Hounds, the Palm Wine Boys, Faith Petric, Five Dollar Suit, Bajaly Suso, Rick Dougherty, & more, Sat., June 21, 12-10 p.m.; Sun., June 22, 12-10 p.m., free. City College of San Francisco, 50 Phelan Ave., 415-239-3000, www.ccsf.edu.

San Francisco Opera: Sun., Aug. 17, 2 p.m., free. Sigmund Stern Grove, 19th Ave. and Sloat Blvd., 415-252-6253.

San Francisco Symphony: 22nd Annual 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular w/ conductor James Gaffigan, featuring selections from Apollo 13, Rocky, Superman, James Bond, Lincoln Portrait, & more, Fri., July 4, 8 p.m., $24-$29.50. Shoreline Amphitheatre, One Amphitheatre Pkwy., Mountain View, 650-967-3000, ShorelineAmp.com.

San Francisco Symphony: w/ conductor James Gaffigan, Sun., June 29, 2 p.m., free. Sigmund Stern Grove, 19th Ave. and Sloat Blvd., 415-252-6253.

Seun Kuti and Egypt 80: w/ Sila and the Afrofunk Experience, Sun., June 22, 2 p.m., free. Sigmund Stern Grove, 19th Ave. and Sloat Blvd., 415-252-6253.

Sheryl Crow: w/ Los Lonely Boys, Fri., June 13, 7 p.m., $46-$226. Ironstone Amphitheatre, 1894 Six Mile Rd. (Ironstone Vineyards), Murphys, IronstoneVineyards.com.

Sierra Nevada World Music Festival: w/ Buju Banton, Michael Franti & Spearhead, the English Beat, Maldita Vecindad, the Mighty Diamonds, the Wailing Souls, Midnite, Sister Carol, U Roy, Tosh Meets Marley, & more, Fri., June 20, 6 p.m.; Sat., June 21, 11 a.m.; Sun., June 22, 11 a.m., three-day pass $135. Boonville Fairgrounds, Mendocino County Fairgrounds, Boonville, 707-895-3589.

Slightly Stoopid: w/ Pepper, Sly & Robbie, & the Expendables, Sat., Aug. 9, 6 p.m., $37.50. Greek Theatre, Gayley Rd. at Hearst Ave. (UC Berkeley), Berkeley, 510-642-9988.

Sound Tribe Sector 9: Sat., Aug. 16, 6:30 p.m., $39.50. Greek Theatre, Gayley Rd. at Hearst Ave. (UC Berkeley), Berkeley, 510-642-9988.

Steely Dan: Mon., July 28, 7:30 p.m., $65-$199.50. Mountain Winery, 14831 Pierce Rd. (Saratoga), 408-741-2822, MountainWinery.com.

Steely Dan: Sat., July 26, 8 p.m., $39.50-$125.50. Greek Theatre, Gayley Rd. at Hearst Ave. (UC Berkeley), Berkeley, 510-642-9988.

Steely Dan: w/ special guest, Sat., Aug. 9, 8 p.m., $45-$230. Ironstone Amphitheatre, 1894 Six Mile Rd. (Ironstone Vineyards), Murphys, IronstoneVineyards.com.

Steve Holy: Sun., July 6, 6 & 8 p.m., free. Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave., Pleasanton, 925-426-7600, AlamedaCountyFair.com.

Steve Miller Band: w/ Joe Cocker, Fri., Aug. 15, 8 p.m., $31-$95.50. Sleep Train Pavilion at Concord, 2000 Kirker Pass Rd., Concord, 925-685-8497.

Steve Miller Band: w/ Joe Cocker, Sun., Aug. 17, 7 p.m., $45-$230. Ironstone Amphitheatre, 1894 Six Mile Rd. (Ironstone Vineyards), Murphys, IronstoneVineyards.com.

Stevie Wonder: Sat., July 5, 7:30 p.m., $35.50-$141. Shoreline Amphitheatre, One Amphitheatre Pkwy., Mountain View, 650-967-3000, ShorelineAmp.com.

Stevie Wonder: Tue., July 8, 7:30 p.m., $35.50-$131. Sleep Train Pavilion at Concord, 2000 Kirker Pass Rd., Concord, 925-685-8497.

Stone Temple Pilots: w/ Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Fri., July 25, 8 p.m., $52.50. Greek Theatre, Gayley Rd. at Hearst Ave. (UC Berkeley), Berkeley, 510-642-9988.

Strawberry Music Fall Festival: w/ Patty Griffin, Sam Bush, the Knitters, Marc Broussard, Mavis Staples, Riders in the Sky, the Avett Brothers, & more, Thu., Aug. 28, 5 p.m.; Fri., Aug. 29, 11:30 a.m.; Sat., Aug. 30, 11:30 a.m.; Mon., Sept. 1, 1 p.m., $50, children $20, weekend passes $155-$175. Camp Mather, Evergreen Rd. at Mather Rd., Groveland, StrawberryMusic.com.

Strawberry Music Spring Festival: w/ Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands, JJ Grey and Mofro, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Emmylou Harris, Peter Rowan & the Free Mexican Airforce, & more, Thu., May 22, 5:15 p.m.; Fri., May 23, 11:30 a.m.; Sat., May 24, 11:30 a.m.; Sun., May 25, 1 p.m., $50, children $20, weekend passes $155-$175. Camp Mather, Evergreen Rd. at Mather Rd., Groveland, StrawberryMusic.com.

Styx: Wed., July 2, 7:30 p.m., $45-$65. Mountain Winery, 14831 Pierce Rd. (Saratoga), 408-741-2822, MountainWinery.com.

Super Diamond: Fri., Aug. 8, 7 p.m., free. Blackhawk Plaza, 3480 Blackhawk Plaza Cir., Danville, 925-736-2751.

Tainted Love: Fri., Aug. 15, 7 p.m., free. Blackhawk Plaza, 3480 Blackhawk Plaza Cir., Danville, 925-736-2751.

Terri Clark: Sat., June 21, 6 & 8 p.m., free. Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave., Pleasanton, 925-426-7600, AlamedaCountyFair.com.

The Beach Boys: Sun., Aug. 3, 7:30 p.m., $45-$69.50. Mountain Winery, 14831 Pierce Rd. (Saratoga), 408-741-2822, MountainWinery.com.

The Best Intentions: Fri., July 18, 7 p.m., free. Blackhawk Plaza, 3480 Blackhawk Plaza Cir., Danville, 925-736-2751.

The Concord Ensemble: performing Spanish works by Morales & Vásquez, Wed., June 4, 8 p.m., $32. Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley (Bancroft Way at College Ave.), Berkeley, 510-642-9988.

The Doobie Brothers: Thu., July 24, 7:30 p.m.; Fri., July 25, 7:30 p.m., $49.50-$72.50. Mountain Winery, 14831 Pierce Rd. (Saratoga), 408-741-2822, MountainWinery.com.

The Fundamentals: Fri., July 25, 7 p.m., free. Blackhawk Plaza, 3480 Blackhawk Plaza Cir., Danville, 925-736-2751.

The Police: w/ Elvis Costello and the Imposters, Mon., July 14, 7:30 p.m., $40.50-$225.50. Shoreline Amphitheatre, One Amphitheatre Pkwy., Mountain View, 650-967-3000, ShorelineAmp.com.

The Police: w/ Elvis Costello and the Imposters, Wed., July 16, 7:30 p.m., $40.50-$225.50. Sleep Train Pavilion at Concord, 2000 Kirker Pass Rd., Concord, 925-685-8497.

The Summer Slaughter Tour: w/ the Black Dahlia Murder, Kataklysm, Vader, Cryptopsy, the Faceless, Despised Icon, Aborted, Born of Osiris, Psycroptic, & White Chapel, Tue., July 15, 4 p.m., $25. The Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., 415-346-6000, TheFillmore.com.

Toad the Wet Sprocket: w/ the BoDeans, Sat., Aug. 23, 7:30 p.m., $38-$46.50. Mountain Winery, 14831 Pierce Rd. (Saratoga), 408-741-2822, MountainWinery.com.

Toby Keith: w/ Montgomery Gentry, Carter's Chord, Mica Roberts, & Trailer Choir, Fri., July 25, 7:30 p.m., $37-$74. Shoreline Amphitheatre, One Amphitheatre Pkwy., Mountain View, 650-967-3000, ShorelineAmp.com.

Tom Jones: Fri., July 18, 7:30 p.m., $49.50-$95. Mountain Winery, 14831 Pierce Rd. (Saratoga), 408-741-2822, MountainWinery.com.

Trin-i-tee: Mon., June 30, 6 & 8 p.m., free. Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave., Pleasanton, 925-426-7600, AlamedaCountyFair.com.

True Colors Tour: w/ Cyndi Lauper, the B-52s, Andy Bell, Wanda Sykes, the Puppini Sisters, & host Carson Kressley, Sun., June 29, 5 p.m., $42.50-$449.50. Greek Theatre, Gayley Rd. at Hearst Ave. (UC Berkeley), Berkeley, 510-642-9988.

UB40: Wed., Aug. 6, 7:30 p.m., $45-$75. Mountain Winery, 14831 Pierce Rd. (Saratoga), 408-741-2822, MountainWinery.com.

Vans Warped Tour 2008: w/ Against Me!, Aggrolites, Cobra Starship, Devil Wears Prada, Everytime I Die, Gym Class Heroes, Protest the Hero, Reel Big Fish, Say Anything, the All-American Rejects, & more, Fri., Aug. 15, noon, $33. Shoreline Amphitheatre, One Amphitheatre Pkwy., Mountain View, 650-967-3000, ShorelineAmp.com.

Vans Warped Tour 2008: w/ Against Me!, Aggrolites, Cobra Starship, Devil Wears Prada, Everytime I Die, Gym Class Heroes, Protest the Hero, Reel Big Fish, Say Anything, the All-American Rejects, & more, Sat., June 21, 11 a.m., $33. Pier 30/32, Embarcadero.

Voices of Latin Rock: w/ Sambadá, Sun., July 27, 2 p.m., free. Sigmund Stern Grove, 19th Ave. and Sloat Blvd., 415-252-6253.

War: Thu., July 3, 6 & 8 p.m., free. Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave., Pleasanton, 925-426-7600, AlamedaCountyFair.com.

Wayman Tisdale: Sat., June 28, 6 & 8 p.m., free. Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave., Pleasanton, 925-426-7600, AlamedaCountyFair.com.

Wildcat Viols: w/ guests, performing works by Brade, Byrd, Gibbons, Jenkins, & Lawes, Tue., June 3, 8 p.m., $28. Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley (Bancroft Way at College Ave.), Berkeley, 510-642-9988.

Yes: Close to the Edge and Back tour, Tue., Aug. 19, 8 p.m., $45.50-$155.50. Shoreline Amphitheatre, One Amphitheatre Pkwy., Mountain View, 650-967-3000, ShorelineAmp.com.

Spoken Word

Synergy Women's Open Mic Collegial women's reading hosted by Jeanne Lupton. Info: 510-632-7548. Third Sunday of every month, 3-5 p.m., free. Frank Bette Center for the Arts, 1601 Lincoln St. (at Paru St.), Alameda, 510-523-6957, FrankBetteCenter.org.

Theater & Performing Arts

Arclight Shakespeare Festival Featuring the romantic comedy Twelfth Night set in ancient India. Plus the "Green Show," a free performance of Indian classical music, dance (Abhinaya Dance Company) and poetry on Saturdays (7 p.m.) and Sundays (6 p.m.)For tickets, call 800-838-3006, or visit ArcLightRep.org. Starting June 6, Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 7 p.m. Continues through June 28, $10-$15. Theatre on San Pedro Square, 29 N. San Pedro, San Jose.

The San Francisco Improv Festival 2008 With two stages with our Union Square and North Beach Stage at the Purple Onion. With alternative improvisational theater (Featuring New York's Imp), short form improv (ComedySportz San Jose) musical improvisation (Orlando's Improv Cabaret and the Uncle Ukulele Show from Minneapolis) and ensembles like ImprovBoston, and IOwest For the full lineup go to SFImprovFestival.com. Produced by The San Francisco Improv Alliance. Starting July 10, Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through Aug. 23, $15-$20. Purple Onion, 140 Columbus Ave., San Francisco, 415-956-1653, www.caffemacaroni.com.

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