Cultural Events

June 22-September 8: Yes Yoko OnoThe Japan Society of New York's award-winning, multimedia retrospective of: the widely recognized artist. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. (415) 357-4000. www.sfmoma.org.

June 22-30: Ethnic Dance Festival Performances representing cultures from around the world. Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco. (415) 392-4400.

June 20-July 1: San Francisco Opera Carmen, M. Butterfly,and Giulio Cesare($23-165). Memorial Opera House. (415) 864-3330. www.sfopera.com.

June 20-August 25: Flemish Master of the Sacred and Profane: Michael Sweerts (1618-1664) 40 paintings and 20 engravings, including the first contemporary showing of the complete Seven Acts of Mercy series. Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park. (415) 863-3330. www.thinker.org.

June 20-July 14: Buried Child Sam Shepard's Pulitzer Prize­winning play concludes the 35th season at A.C.T ($11-61). San Francisco. (415) 749-2229. www.act-sfbay.org.

June 20-August 31: Burning Man Appreciation Night Highlighting Burning Man artists every Tuesday. Odeon Bar, San Francisco. (415) 550-6994.

June 20-September 22: Ruth Asawa: Completing the CircleA 40-year retrospective survey of this remarkable San Francisco's artist work. Oakland Museum of California ($4-6). (510) 238-2200. www.museumca.org.

Book Passage Authors Series Ongoing at this North Bay independent bookstore throughout the summer. Corte Madera. (415) 927-0906. www.bookpassage.com.

June 20-December 31: Cody's Books Authors Series at two Berkeley locations. (510) 845-7852. www.codysbooks.com.

June 20-December 31: A Clean Well-Lighted Place for Books This San Francisco independent bookstore brings us authors such as Jeanne Ray, Gail Tsukiyama, and Darren Strauss. (415) 441-6670. www.bookstore.com.

June 23-July 6: Baroque Music Concerts Meadowlands Assembly Hall, San Rafael ($15). (510) 528-1725. www.sfems.org.

June 19-August 4: Burning Man Beach Burn Dance, drum, and burn something at this recurring Saturday gathering. Ocean Beach, Stairwell 28. www.burningman.org.

June 29: Brower Day Celebrate the legacy of an American environmental leader with activities, music, and food (free). Martin Luther King Jr. Park, Berkeley. (415) 788-3666, ext. 260. www.earthisland.org.

July 4: Living History Day Return to Monterey circa 1848 and meet Lt. Sherman ($2). Cooper-Molera Adobe House. (831) 647-6204.

July 4-September 2: San Francisco Mime Troupe Annual Show. Tony Award­winning group premieres its 41st summer season with Mr. Smith Goes to Obskuristan,a biting look at money, politics, and the war on terrorism. Various locations throughout San Francisco (free). (415) 285-1717. www.sfmt.org.

July 6: Maharajah's BallA Victorian colonial ball and optional pre-ball dinner ($15-20). San Mateo Masonic Lodge, 100 N. Ellsworth Ave. (510) 522-1731. www.peers.org.

July 6-28: Sonoma Valley Poetry Festival A series of readings by local and national talent (free). (707) 280-4696.

July 6-7: Merola OperaLa Bohème:An international selection of young artists present a contemporary production of Giacomo Puccini's classic. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts ($28-40). www.yerbabuenaarts.co. www.sfopera.com.

July 27-28: Summerfest/Dance 2001 Seventeen Bay Area choreographers present programs ($13-200). Fort Mason Center. (415) 441-3687.

July 10-August 1: Shakespeare Santa Cruz The Merry Wives of Windsor, Coriolanus,and Anton Chekhov's The Sea Gull ($14-33). Performing Arts Theater and Festival Glen. (831) 459-2159. www.shakespearesantacruz.org.

July 11-14: Tahoe Artour 2001 Visit studios of artists working in various media -- pastels, pottery, textiles, and totem poles ($13). North Tahoe Art Center, Tahoe City. (530) 581-2787. www.tahoeartists.com.

July 13-August 4: Carmel Bach Festival Bruno Weil conducts works by Bach and others ($15-60). (831) 624-2046. www.bachfestival.org.

July 13-18: The Woman's Will CompanyShakespeare's Pericles, Prince of Tyre presented by an all-female troupe. Various Bay Area parks (free). (415) 567-1758. www.womanswill.org.

July 13-14: Art Under the Oaks Sip wine and watch artists at work (free). Alden Lane Nursery, Livermore. (925) 447-0280.

July 25-August 7: Midsummer Mozart Festival Various locations throughout the Bay Area ($20-75). (415) 392-4400. www.midsummermozart.org.

July 18-August 11: Wine Country Film Festival Napa and Sonoma ($8-125). (707) 996-2536. www.winecountryfilmfest.com.

July 25-August 7: San Francisco Jewish Film Festival Castro Theatre and other locations ($9). (415) 621-0556. www.sfjff.org.

July 20: Books by the Bay Festival Readings by well-known poets and authors in support of indie bookstores (free). Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco. (415) 927-3937. www.booksbythebay.com.

July 26-27: Salute to the Arts,Salute OO2 Wine, dine, and buy art at this swank event with a "James Bond" theme ($25-100). Sonoma and Glen Ellen. (707) 938-1133. www.salutetothearts.com.

August 2-5: Steinbeck Festival Steinbeck's 100th year is celebrated with lectures, films, readings, tours, and panel discussions on the author and his work. (Call for prices). Salinas. (831) 796-3833. www.steinbeck.org.

August 11-31: Afro Solo Arts Festival Theater, dance, music, spoken word, and visual arts performances of celebrity and emerging African-American artists. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and other locations. (415) 771-AFRO.

August 10-October 14: Carmel Shakespeare Festival The Merchant of Venice, Henry IV, and Henry V ($18-35). Various locations. (831) 659-2038. www.pacrep.org.

September 7: Brazil in the Park: Bands, dancers, capoeria demonstrations, fashion show, games, food, art, children's activities, and a Carnaval parade (free). Golden Gate Park. (415) 334-0106.

 
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