Rock the Bells: A Tribute to O.D.B.: Hip hop crooners Wu-Tang Clan, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Redman, De La Soul, Immortal Technique, Del Tha Funky Homosapien, Living Legends, Murs 3:16, Zion I, Supernatural, Crown City Rockers, and Planet Asia perform in honor of their esteem colleague Old Dirty Bastard, may he rest in peace, y'all. Sun., Aug. 6, 11 a.m., $40-$50. Sleep Train Pavilion, 2000 Kirker Pass (at Clayton), Concord, 925-363-5701.
Salsa Sundays: One staple of summertime in San Francisco is the sound heard coming from El Rio's much-loved Salsa Sundays. Each week a new Latin bands pumps out salsa beats for the masses who congregate to this Mission District venue every Sunday afternoon who devoutly worship at the alter of dancing, drinking, sunshine, and free BBQ. Starting July 2, Sundays, 3 p.m. Continues through Oct. 29, $8. El Rio, 3158 Mission (at Cesar Chavez), 282-3325, www.elriosf.com.
San Francisco AIDS Walk: Get some exercise and meet new friends while helping out an important cause. Sun., July 16, noon, 615-9255, www.sfaf.org/. Golden Gate Park, Sharon Meadow, Kezar & John F. Kennedy, 458-1988.
San Francisco Mime Troupe's Godfellas: The sometimes funny SF Mime Troupe puts on another one of their politically-charged theatrical spectacles. Come catch the fun and laughter as the reverends of topical comedy preach to the Bay Area choir. Sun., July 30, 2 p.m., free. Yerba Buena Gardens, Fourth St. & Mission, 247-6500, www.yerbabuenagardens.com.
San Francisco Theater Festival: 70 theater groups with over 267 performers sparkle and shine on 10 stages during this riveting and original marathon-style theater showcase. Whew! Everything from comedy to drama and Sondheim to Shakespeare will hit the stage. And the best part of all? It's free. Wed., July 26, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., free, sftheaterfestival.org/. Yerba Buena Gardens, Fourth St. & Mission, 247-6500, www.yerbabuenagardens.com.
Snapshot Chronicles: Inventing the American Photo Album: Photo albums that citizens and tourists created while embroiled in the 1906 earthquake chaos and confusion highlight this exhibit about personal photographic narratives at the start of the 20th century. Wednesdays-Fridays, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fridays, 12-6 p.m.; Sundays, 12-5 p.m.; Mondays, Saturdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Continues through Aug. 20, free. Main Library, Jewett Gallery, 100 Larkin (at Grove) (Lower Level), 557-4400, www.sfpl.org.
Soundwave>Series ((2)): Soundspace: Two nights of expiremental music, noise, and sounds will have you scratching your head, in a state of awe, or both. Justino, Garland Villanova, David A. Graves, Deciduous, GroundChuck, Tim Gallaher, and more perform. Sat., July 8, 8-10 p.m.; Sun., July 9, 8-10 p.m., $6-$10. The Lab, 2948 16th St. (at Capp), 864-8855.
Stern Grove Concerts: What with their recent renovation complete, Stern Grove's free Sunday afternoon concerts are a must. Grab a picnic basket, a bottle or four of wine, some friends, and catch one of the many diverse and high-profile acts (ranging from pop to opera to international performances) that this series draws. Starting July 2, Sundays, 2 p.m. Continues through Aug. 20, free, sterngrove.org. Stern Grove, 19th Ave. & Sloat, 252-6252.
Mink Stole: John Waters legend Mink Stole performs along with Kristian Hoffman and underground film artist and Trannyshack star Peaches Christ a perfect match for this former speakeasy venue. Thu., July 27, 9 p.m., $10-$12. Café Du Nord, 2170 Market (at Sanchez), 861-5016, www.cafedunord.com.
Swing Dancing In Union Square: Harmful booze and pills aside, is there any better way to end the work day than swing dancing in Union Square? Not really. Check out this monthly public dance event in the heart of San Francisco, where people get together to jump, jive. Cari Lee and the Saddle-ites perform their unique brand of country-swing on July 5. Starting July 5, First Wednesday of every month, 6-8 p.m. Continues through Aug. 2, free, www.sflindysquad.com. Union Square Park, Geary & Powell, 398-5655.
Trannyshack: You haven't partied in SOMA until you've done it at San Francisco's most bizarre and longest-running drag show. Conceived and hosted by the incomparable Heklina, this high-concept revue features celebrity guest stars, some of San Francisco's most talented performers, tranny chasers galore, and loads and loads of young gay boys every Tuesday night. DJ Derek spins before and after the show, which starts at midnight. Tuesdays, 10 p.m., $7-$8. The Stud, 399 Ninth St. (at Harrison), 252-7883, www.studsf.com.
Up Your Alley Fair: Folsom Street Fair's much sluttier and younger sister, Up Your Alley (AKA Dore Alley Street Fair) was created for those who thought the Folsom Street Fair was too prudish. Oh my. Expect the unexpected at this sexually-charged bash, and leave the pink feather boas and naughty cat costumes at home. Sun., July 30, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., free, www.folsomstreetfair.com/alley. Dore & 10th St., (at Folsom).
Urban Youth Arts Festival: Youth-oriented festival in the Mission features art, music, food, break dancing, and more. Sat., July 22, 1-6 p.m., free, 285-2287, www.precitaeyes.org. Precita Park, Precita between Folsom and Alabama.
Warped Tour: So much rock, so little time! To wit: A Change of Pace, Adair, Against Me!, Aiden, Amber Pacific, Anti-Flag, Armor for Sleep, Bouncing Souls, Britt Black, Candy From Strangers, Cartel, Chiodos, Die Hunns, Down to Earth Approach, Dropping Daylight, Eight Fingers Down, Eighteen Visions, Emanuel, Emery, Escape the Fate, Evaline, Everytime I Die, Flash Bathory, From Autumn to Ashes, From First to Last, Greeley Estates, Gym Class Heroes, Hellogoodbye, Helmet, Hit the Lights, I Am Ghost, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Kandi Coded, Kennedy, Less Than Jake, Lorene Drive, Love Equals Death, Maylene & the Sons of Disaster, Mental Hygiene, Moneen, Motion City Soundtrack, My American Heart, NoFX, Over It, Paramore, Patent Pending, Plain White T's, Protest the Hero, Punk Bunny, Reggie & the Full Effect, Remembering Never, Rise Against, Round Three Fight, Saosin, Saves the Day, Secret Lives of the Free Masons, Senses Fail, Shiragirl, Silverstein, Spitalfield, Split Fifty, Stigma 13, Stiletto Formal, Tat, The Academy Is..., The Bangkok Five, The Blackout Pact, The Bled, The Casualties, The Chop Tops, The Fully Down, The Living End, The Modern Day Saint, The Pink Spiders, The Smashup, The Summer Obsession, The Sunstreak, The Vincent Black Shadow, Throwdown, Thursday, Underoath, Valient Thorr, Voltera, and finally We Are the Fury. Sat., July 8, 11 a.m., $29.99, www.warpedtour.com. Pier 30/32, Embarcadero & Main, 974-0634.
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