Cultural Events

June 22-September 8: Yes Yoko Ono The 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 Circle A 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 Ball A 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 Opera La 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 Company Shakespeare'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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