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Upcoming Calendar of fun cheap and unique bay area events May 19-May 26
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Ugly Naked Person Alert for Sunday Morning - Warning!
We love Bay to Breakers.. but if you are averse to seeing a lot of naked guys wearing masks dangling their junk, you might want to stay in bed on sunday morning and just wait to catch Better Than Ezra's free concert at Golden Gate Park later in the day. Now that it's getting warm in the city all the free festivals, films, concerts have come out of hibernation. Seriously, if you can't find someway to entertain yourself this weekend with all the events going on, you might as well pack up and move to LA. Also, we'd like to thank funcheaper Matt Crain for his research which contributed heavily to this week's listings

Friday, May 19th
5/19	11:00 am	FREE 3-day Festival of Greece - music/dance/food - Oakland  	Festival
5/19	11:00 am	FREE 2006 Greater Body Expo (displays, free samples and prizes) @ Bill Graham  	Health
5/19	11:00 am	FREE Oakland 4th Ann. Older Americans Month Celebration w/ KTVU'sDennis Richmond  	Elder
5/19	2:00 pm	FREE three-day Kingsburg Swedish Festival- horse trots, maypole dance, etc..  	Festival
5/19	5:00 pm	FREE Icelandic Festival - live music @ Tiernan's on Fisherman's Wharf  	Festival
5/19	6:00 pm	FREE Scenic Jive Happy Hour w/ DJ Rueben & SAID - 1/2 price drinks - SOMA  	Happy Hour
5/19	6:30 pm	FREE Friday Nights at the de Young - live music/artist demonstrations, etc...  	Museum
5/19	6:30 pm	Free Iyengar Yoga Class (for beginners) - Outer Sunset  	Health
5/19	7:00 pm	$6 QueerStuff music showcase Live Music-Free Drink-Free Raffle - alameda  	Live Music
5/19	8:00 pm	FREE ShadowLight Theater's Wayang Kulit, Balinese Shadow Play @ Yerba Buena Gdns  	Performance
5/19	8:00 pm	FREE Chinese Beijing Opera & Suzuki Recital @ SFSU  	Performance
5/19	9:00 pm	$8 indie thrash Von Iva & Gris Gris @ 12 Galaxies (Mission Creek Music Festival)  	Live Music
Saturday, May 20th
5/20	8:00 am	FREE annual Martinez Spring Peddlers Faire - huge antique show  	Shopping
5/20	9:00 am	FREE Pixie Park Fair: bathtub races, pony rides, petting zoo  	Festival
5/20	9:00 am	FREE three-day Kingsburg Swedish Festival- horse trots, maypole dance, etc..  	Festival
5/20	10:00 am	FREE Annual Blowout Sale of Designer Denim Jeans - Embarcadero 	Shopping
5/20	10:00 am	FREE 2nd Annual Joe DiMaggio/North Beach Playground FunFair & Flea Market  	Festival
5/20	10:00 am	FREE California Poets Festival @ History Park in San Jose  	Poetry
5/20	10:00 am	FREE "Summer of Woodstock" Santa Rosa's tribute to Charles Schulz - festival  	Festival
5/20	10:00 am	FREE Taiwanese American Cultural Festival: food/puppet show & crafts @ Union Sq.  	Festival
5/20	10:00 am	$6 Castroville Artichoke Festival: weekend-long festival about artichokes  	Festival
5/20	10:00 am	FREE car & art festival (muscle cars, hot rods plus art expo) - San Ramon  	Festival
5/20	10:00 am	FREE Orchard Supply Hardware Expo (Free Stuff/Celebrities) - santa clara  	Expo
5/20	10:00 am	FREE Salute to American Grafitti car show & cruise in Petaluma - 200 cars  	Festvial
5/20	11:00 am	FREE "ArtSFest 2006" theater, dance, circus, music & art festival @ Civic Center  	Festival
5/20	11:00 am	FREE Asian Heritage Street Celebration w/ food/crafts/beer&sake - sunset dist  	Festival
5/20	1:00 pm	FREE Music in the Gardens - John Santos Quintet - Roots of Salsa @ Yerba Buena  	Live Music
5/20	6:00 pm	FREE North Beach sculptor art opening w/ flamenco dancers @ Sweeties Bar  	Performance
5/20	6:00 pm	FREE "The Petri Dish" Saturday early evening comedy night - union sq.  	Comedy
5/20	6:00 pm	FREE San Rafael Classic Car Parade w/ 150 coupes, roadsters, classics...  	Festival
5/20	7:30 pm	$10 Russian indie pop "Persephone's Bees" @ Rickshaw Stop (Mission Creek Fest)  	Live Music
5/20	7:30 pm	FREE political drama "Vicious Cycle" @ New College - mission dist.  	Theater
5/20	8:00 pm	$5 evening reception for Super-Con comic convention @ Cartoon Art Museum: SOMA  	Museum
5/20	8:00 pm	FREE film in the park "Best in Show" w/ live dog fashion show @ Dolores Park  	Film
5/20	8:00 pm	FREE Evening With Amos Oz (Modern Israels best-known novelist and writer)  	Lecture
Sunday, May 21st
5/21	9:30 am	FREE Bay to Breakers - 50,000 wacky costumed ace across SF  	Only in SF
5/21	9:30 am	FREE after-bay-2-breakers concert & festival "Footstock" w/ Better Than Ezra  	Live Music
5/21	10:00 am	FREE Vintage Paper Fair - for craft lovers of paper, photos, postcards - Concord  	Fair
5/21	10:00 am	FREE guerrilla art exhibit in Pandhandle Park - "Now Walls No Laws"  	Art
5/21	10:00 am	FREE Roller Derby Class taught by roller derby legend Jim Fitzpatri @ CELL Space  	Sports
5/21	11:00 am	FREE ranger led hike exploring weird wild world of reptiles & amphibians  	Outdoors
5/21	12:00 pm	FREE Yoshi's annual "Jazz on Fourth Street" Festival - Berkeley  	Live Music
5/21	12:45 pm	$6 - American Idol's William Hung sings @ Castroville Artichoke Festival  	Live Music
5/21	1:00 pm	FREE Armenian Independence Day (Armenian music, Singing, Dancing) GG Park  	Festival
5/21	5:00 pm	FREE Afternoon Twang Sunday w/ "The Robber Barons" @ Thee Parkside  	Live Music
5/21	7:00 pm	FREE Ask A Scientist lecture series "Forensic Science" - Canvas Gallery  	Geek Event
5/21	7:00 pm	Free Standup Comedy Night @ The Red Victorian Hotel - haight  	Comedy
5/21	7:30 pm	FREE documentary/shorts/30-member male choir tribute to Leonard Cohen @ ATA  	Film
5/21	8:45 pm	FREE The Illuminated Corridor: outdoor block party art & multimedia exhibit  	Art
5/21	9:15 pm	FREE New Orleans Rockfunk live music w/ great guitarist Jimmy Leslie @ Boom Boom  	Live Music
Monday, May 22nd
5/22	7:00 pm	FREE book reading "Diet for a Dead Planet" @ ACWPFB in Opera Plaza  	Literature
Tuesday, May 23rd
5/23	6:30 pm	FREE Italian Cultura Film Series in North Beach - Every Tuesday  	Film
5/23	7:00 pm	FREE evening admission to Cartoon Art Museum - SOMA  	Museum
5/23	7:00 pm	FREE book reading on notorious actor/poet/sex-obsessed dancer Anita Berber - NB  	Literature
Wednesday, May 24th
5/24	7:00 pm	FREE "Election Scams" Free wednesday Film series @ Humanist Hall - Oakland  	Film
5/24	7:00 pm	FREE What Does a Drunken Fruit Fly Tell Us About Addiction? (UCSF PhD Lecture)  	Lecture
Thursday, May 25th
5/25	4:00 pm	Conscientious rapper Lupe Fiasco perfoms live at Moses Music Blockyard - Oakland  	Live Music
5/25	5:00 pm	$5 Asian Art Museum evening "Three Gorges Project: Paintings by Liu Xiaodong"  	Museum
5/25	6:00 pm	FREE Woman's Best Friend: Women Writers on The Dogs in their Lives @ Codys SF  	Book Reading
5/25	6:00 pm	FREE poetry night "Every Goodbye Ain't Gone w/ Aldon Nielsen @ Cafe Royale  	Poetry
5/25	7:00 pm	FREE film screening of short films @ SF Art Institute - Fisherman's Wharf  	Film
5/25	7:00 pm	FREE anti-oil-depletion film screening "The End of Suburbia"- SOMA  	Film
5/25	7:30 pm	FREE lecture "The Changing Face of Avian Migration on SF Bay" - Randall Museum  	Lecture
Friday, May 26th and beyond...
5/26	2:00 pm	$7 Folk Music Camp in the redwoods of Waterman Creek - Santa Cruz cty  	
5/26	7:30 pm	FREE The California Desert, a multimedia presentation and talk - Saratoga  	
5/26	8:30 pm	FREE Friday night flicks under the stars @ Coyote-Bear park  	
5/26	9:30 pm	$10 ethereal rockers "West Indian Girl" @ Cafe Du Nord  	
5/27	10:30 am	FREE kids day at Intel Musuem - learn binary beading - santa clara  	
5/27	10:45 am	FREE Beginners' Short & Flat Biking in San Francisco - near sf zoo  	
5/27	8:30 pm	FREE saturday night campries w/ games, crafts & slideshows @ coyote-bear  	
5/27	9:00 pm	$8 Jon Auer (of the Posies) concert @ Hotel Utah - power pop  	
5/28	2:00 pm	FREE outdoor San Francisco Opera performance @ Yerba Buena Gardens Esplanade  	
5/28	4:30 pm	FREE lecture on Vincent Van Gogh w/ insights from his letters @ Bird/Beckett  	
5/30	7:00 pm	FREE Artists talk "Disrupted" photo art of memory, history & war - mission dist.  	
5/31	8:00 pm	FREE Spring Talks: Can San Francisco Feed itself? @ CounterPulse - SOMA  	
6/1	5:45 pm	$5 MATCHA art, tabla music, storytelling and cocktails - Asian Art Museum  	
6/1	7:00 pm	FREE book reading Ben Fong Torres, pioneering music writer @ Booksmith  	
6/1	7:00 pm	FREE Succulents of California: tips on growing beautiful garden plants:Palo Alto  	
6/1	8:00 pm	FREE Screenings & lecture of cool and rare 16mm Noir films - downtown SF  	
6/2	6:00 pm	FREE Palo Alto Art Walk 	
6/2	7:00 pm	FREE Oakland Art Murmur - 8 art galleries having premiers in one night  	
6/4	12:00 pm	FREE Pleasanton Annual Children's Arts Festival  	
6/4	3:00 pm	FREE FAlexander String Quartet with Turtle Island String Quartet @ SFSU  	
6/4	5:00 pm	FREE Afternoon Twang Sunday w/ "77 El Deora" @ Thee Parkside  	
6/4	6:30 pm	FREE Jazz: Henry Irvin Trio w/ vocalists Dorothy Lefkovits @ Bird/Beckett  	
6/4	8:00 pm	$8 roots/rock singer/songwriter Rocky Votolato @ Cafe Du Nord  	
6/5	7:00 pm	FREE book reading "Timothy Leary" @ The Booksmith - Haight  	
6/6	9:30 am	FREE admission to de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park - 1st Tues of Month  	
6/7	7:00 pm	FREE book reading "Thinking Fans Guide to the World Cup" @ Booksmith  	
6/8	5:30 pm	$10 - Chic Summer Soiree - Shopping, cocktails, maicures and giveaways! 	
6/8	7:00 pm	FREE Douglas Coupland book reading "Jpod" @ Booksmith  	
6/10	1:00 pm	FREE Cooking the African Way Food Demonstration @ Oakland Library  	
6/10	2:00 pm	FREE book reading History of African Americans in Rock n Roll - Oakland Library  	
6/10	3:00 pm	FREE Open Arms Viet Nam - Reception with Photographer Steve Mason - Menlo Park  	
6/12	10:00 am	FREE 1906 Earthquake Walk: It Can't Happen Here	
6/13	7:00 pm	FREE Ask A Scientist lecture series "Classical Physics 101" - Bazaar cafe  	
6/15	12:00 pm	FREE the sewing guy - he mends your clothes for free for a good story - tenderln  	
6/17	9:00 pm	$12 astralwerks rock band Radio 4 @ Independent  	
6/18	2:00 pm	FREE live music @ Stern Grove - Every Sunday @ 2pm - Aimee Mann & Brazillian Seu Jorge    	
6/22	9:00 pm	$10 "Devics" moody coldplayish rock KCRW band - Cafe Du Nord  	
6/24	12:00 pm	FREE The 30th Annual San Francisco Free Folk Festival - arguello/geary  	
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