1906 Earthquake: A Disaster In Pictures: SFMOMA's take on photographs capturing the disaster of the earthquake and fire. Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays-Sundays, 11 a.m.-5:45 p.m., $7-$12.50 free for children under 12. SF Museum of Modern Art, 151 Third St. (at Mission), 357-4000, www.sfmoma.org.
2nd Sunday: DJs such as Jeno, Norm Stradley, Galen & Solar, Ellen Ferrato, M3, Ben Doren, Mike Ameci, and Von, just to name a few, hit the decks at this daytime dance party at this sun-drenched waterfront venue. Be sure to sport a high SPF in addition to your dancing shoes. Second Sunday of every month, 12-10 p.m., $15-$24. Kelly's Mission Rock, 817 China Basin (at Mariposa), 626-5355, www.kellysmissionrock.com.
Bada Bingo: Bingo games at one of downtown's fancier (and well-hidden) nightclubs delights the afterwork crowd every Monday night. DJs spinning electronica beats accompany the game playing and martini drinking. And it's a perfect escape for when the fog rolls in, too. Mon., July 3, 6-9 p.m., free. Otis, 25 Maiden Lane (at Kearny), www.otissf.com.
Bardot a Go Go's Bastille Day Party: '60s French pop club night helps you féte the French with DJs Brother Grimm and Cali Kid's annual Bastille Day celebration. Think Serge Gainsbourg, Jacques Dutronc, psych, pop, and more. Fri., July 14, 9 p.m., $10. Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell (at Van Ness), 861-2011, www.rickshawstop.com.
Bastille Day at Mechanics' Institute: Jazz outfits Le Jazz Hot recreates the sounds of '30s Paris at the Bastille Day party. Fri., July 14, 8 p.m., $15-$18. Mechanics' Institute Library, 57 Post (at Market), 393-0101, www.milibrary.org.
Bastille Day Party: DJs Frenchy Le Freak, Pheeko Dubfunk, and Hubert Keller pump out French electro and house-heavy hits at this party. Fri., July 14, 9 p.m., $15. Ruby Skye, 420 Mason (at Geary), 693-0777, www.rubyskye.com.
James Brown: “The Godfather of Soul” and mugshot supermodel will make you feel good, so good, at this show. Blind Boys of Alabama open. Sun., Aug. 20, 7 p.m., TK. Fort Mason, Festival Pavilion, Marina & Buchanan, 749-4588.
Castro Street Fair: Summer's final curtain call is announced when this festive finale to summertime rears its head. Enjoy beer, queers, and cruising leers at this street fair, while taking in the live bands, good food, and more arts and crafts booths than you can possibly imagine. Sun., Oct. 1, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., free, www.castrostreetfair.org/. Castro District, Castro & 18th Sts..
A Chorus Line: Before the revival of one of Broadway's longest-running musicals lands on Broadway, this Pulitzer Prize winner previews here in San Francisco, and it would be a shame to miss it. Expect fresh updates of all of your favorite tunes from it, like “One”, “Music and the Mirror”, “What I Did for Love”, “Dance: Ten, Looks: Three”, and more. Starting July 23, Sun., July 23, 8 p.m.; Tuesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays, 2 p.m. Continues through Sept. 2, $30-$90. Curran Theatre, 445 Geary (between Taylor and Mason), 551-2000.
Comets On Fire: Born in Santa Cruz, this San Francisco rock band is rapidly gaining momentum, so you better catch them before getting a tickets to one of their shows is all but impossible. Kid 606 and 16 Bitch Pileup open. Wed., Aug. 16, 9 p.m., $13. Great American Music Hall, 859 O'Farrell (at Polk), 885-0750, www.musichallsf.com.
LL Cool J: Only one man can rock a performance of “Mama Said Knock You Out” while sporting chunks of white deodorant still stuck to his armpit (like he did at the MTV VMAs): LL Cool J. Check him out, dance to his friendly hip-hop beats, and pray that he's switched to a clear stick. Sun., July 9, 9 p.m., $45. The Fillmore, 1805 Geary (at Fillmore), 346-6000, www.thefillmore.com.
Death Cab for Cutie, Spoon, and Mates of State: Hipster convention or rock concert? You decided at this East Bay concert that's sure to be brimming over with scenesters of every ilk. Fri., Aug. 11, 7 p.m.; Sat., Aug. 12, 7 p.m., $35. Greek Theater, Piedmont & Hearst, Berkeley, 510-642-9988.
Diplo: Brazilian-electronica badasses, who brilliantly mix and loop almost every kind of genre imaginable, perform with Bonde Do Role and Cansei de Ser Sexy. Thu., Aug. 10, 9 p.m., $15 advanced purchase price. Mezzanine, 444 Jessie (at Mint), 625-8880, www.mezzaninesf.com.
Disco Bath: Bambuddha Lounge presents a not-so-original daytime pool party — a sun-drenched fete this's suspiciously similar to last year's phenomenal “Feather” pool parties — with DJs spinning at the decks while you lounge about in the sun. Sun., July 9, 2-8 p.m.; Sun., Aug. 13, 2-8 p.m.; Sun., Sept. 10, 2-8 p.m., $10. Bambuddha Lounge, 601 Eddy (at Polk), 885-5088, www.bambuddhalounge.com.
DJ AM: One of the top DJs on the LA celebrity circuit, he's also the on-again/off-again boyfriend of Nicole Ritche. Between sets, be sure to ask him how he and his other half stay so, so, so very gosh darn thin. Fri., July 7, 9 p.m., TK. Mezzanine, 444 Jessie (at Mint), 625-8880, www.mezzaninesf.com.
Film Night In the Park: Dolores Park: Some of the free screenings of hit films in the park include Raiders of the Lost Ark (7/29), Best In Show (8/26), and Young Frankenstein (10/7). Sat., July 29, 8 p.m.; Sat., Aug. 26, 8 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 7, 8 p.m., free, sfntf.org/. Dolores Park Cafe, 501 Dolores (at 18th St.), 621-2936, www.doloresparkcafe.org.
Film Night In the Park: Union Square: Free classics being screened in the heart of the city are Citizen Kane (7/8), Breakfast at Tiffany's (8/19), The Birds (9/9). Sat., July 8, 8 p.m.; Sat., Aug. 19, 8 p.m.; Sat., Sept. 9, 8 p.m., free, sfntf.org/. Union Square Park, Geary & Powell, 398-5655.
Folsom Street Fair: “The grand daddy of all leather events” isn't for the faint of heart or your adorable little kids (so stop please bringing them!) This annual leather/fetish/BDSM/massive party and San Francisco tradition celebrates almost every legal sex act you can imagine in your filthy little mind. Sun., Sept. 24, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., free, but donations are requested, www.folsomstreetfair.com/. Folsom Street, between Seventh and 12th Sts., 861-3247. [page]
Fourth of July Celebration: Oakland: Although the talented Ben Oni Orchestra and R&B outfit Rendezvous perform during the afternoon, the highlight of this bash will be the exquisite Oakland East Bay Symphony and Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir performing together. Catch them as they present a two-hour pop concert at this East Bay Fourth of July celebration, starting at 7:30 p.m., and then choreographing a score set to the fireworks above (at around 9:15 p.m.). Tue., July 4, 1-9:30 p.m., free, www.jacklondonsquare.com. Jack London Square, Broadway & Embarcadero, Oakland, 510-814-6000.
Fourth of July Celebration: San Francisco: Before watching the nighttime sky explode with color (fireworks begin around 9:30 p.m.), get your groove on with dance floor-friendly live rock ands Double Funk Crunch and '80s cover band Tainted Love at San Francisco's annual Independence Day party. W/ Double Funk Crunch, Tainted Love fireworks finale starting at around 9:30 p.m. . The perfect excuse to dance, prance, and get really drunk on a Tuesday. Tue., July 4, 1:30-10 p.m., free. Pier 39, Beach & Embarcadero, 705-5500, www.pier39.com.
Fourth of July Day Party BBQ Fun Bandfest: If the mighty crowds and tourists at Pier 39's annual blowout isn't your box of rocks, come to the Mission District's El Rio instead. There, cheap drinks, a comfy patio, and live rock bands Birds & Batteries, Low Red Land, Mr. Divisadero, and Solar Powered People will help you celebrate. Tue., July 4, 3-8 p.m., $5. El Rio, 3158 Mission (at Cesar Chavez), 282-3325, www.elriosf.com.
Kathy Griffin: The pop-culture comedienne, star of The D-List, and archenemy to the atrocious and talent-free Ryan Seacrest performs two nights of stand-up comedy that's not to be missed. Thu., July 20, 7:30 p.m.; Fri., July 21, 7:30 p.m., $35-$39.50. Warfield, 982 Market (at Sixth St.), 775-7722, www.cc.com.
The Lord of the Rings Symphony: Along with projections of original illustrations and storyboard sketches, the San Francisco Symphony performs Howard Shore's score to the nerd-loving and award-winning trilogy based on JRR Tolkien's works. The San Francisco Girls Chorus and soprano Kaitlyn Lusk also perform. Fri., July 14, 8 p.m.; Sat., July 15, 2 p.m., $15-$64. Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness (at Grove), 864-6000.
Andrea Marcovicci: Cabaret legend performs a greatest-hits revue during a three-week engagement at one of San Francisco's most elegant and intimate venues. Starting July 9, Sundays, 5 p.m.; Tue., July 11, 8 p.m.; Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through July 29, $42.50-$47.50. Empire Plush Room, York Hotel, 940 Sutter (at Hyde), 885-2800, www.plushroom.com.
Midnight Mass: Peaches Christ's (in)famous midnight-hour movie series runs the gamut from horror to horribly good staples of cinema. A celebrity-drenched Beyond the Valley of the Dolls screening, a sing-along Teen Witch night, the genius that is Showgirls, and the SF Underground Short Film Festival are just a few of the flicks you'll find this season. Sat., July 8, midnight; Sun., July 9, midnight; Sun., July 16, midnight; Sat., July 22, midnight; Sun., July 23, midnight; Sun., July 30, midnight; Sun., Aug. 6, midnight; Sat., Aug. 12, midnight; Sun., Aug. 13, midnight; Mon., Aug. 21, midnight, $10-$12, peacheschrist.com. Bridge Theatre, 3010 Geary (at Blake), 267-4893.
Nihonmachi Street Fair: Asian street fair and festival in Japantown features performaces, art, food, and fun. Sat., Aug. 12, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., Aug. 13, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., free, www.nihonmachistreetfair.org/. Post Street, (between Laguna & Fillmore).
North Beach Jazz Festival: In addition to the many jazz shows going on during the festival, the concerts in the park are always the highlight of this jazz festival. Jazz aficionados of all ages can snap their fingers to and dig on performances by Daara J, New Monsoon, Agualibre, Slammin, Jon Cleary, Absolute Monster Gentlemen, and Delta Nove. Wed., July 26, 12-7 p.m.; Thu., July 27, 12-7 p.m., free, www.nbjazzfest.com/. Washington Square Park, Columbus & Union, 285-1717.
Patton Oswalt: The genius that is Patton Oswalt (from the underrated sitcom King of Queens and the writer and star of The Comedians of Comedy) performs. Thu., Aug. 24, 8 p.m.; Fri., Aug. 25, 8 & 10:15 p.m.; Sat., Aug. 26, 8 & 10:15 p.m., $15-$20. Cobb's Comedy Club, 915 Columbus (at Mason), 928-4320, www.cobbscomedyclub.com.
Pearl Jam & Sonic Youth: The '90s are back! To wit: these two iconic grunge-era rock band show these newfangled emo rock 'n' rollers how it's done, dagblamit! Sat., July 15, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., July 16, 7:30 p.m., $52. Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, 99 Grove (at Larkin), 974-4060, www.billgrahamcivic.com.
popscene's 10-Year Anniversary: Popular 18-and-over Thursday night destination to catch live indie-rock acts and top-notch DJs at the decks celebrates its 10-year milestone. Thu., Aug. 24, 9 p.m.-2 a.m., TK, www.popscene-sf.com. 330 Ritch, 330 Ritch (at Townsend), 522-9558.
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. [page]
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.