Categories: Arts Calendar

July 1-3: The Commons’ 1st Sundays Block Party, Hatsune Miku, NorCal Book Awards, M. Ward, Thao and The Get Down Stay Down, Fillmore Jazz Festival, Japan Day, Burger Boogaloo, Spirit West Coast, Dead & Company, Oakland East Bay Symphony Independence Eve, David Studebaker

SUNDAY, JULY 1

The Commons’ 1st Sundays Block Party: The free Civic Center summer event series — with art, food, drink and vendors — kicks off with a performance by San Francisco’s Circus Bella at 11:30 a.m., an interactive exhibit and a block printing workshop by Jenny Lemons. [11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Fulton and Larkin streets, S.F.]

Hatsune Miku: “This is the real millennial pop star,” Vogue said of the virtual singer and pop culture phenomenon from Japan, which promoters call “an avatar through which people to express their feelings.” [8 p.m., City National Civic, 135 W. San Carlos St., San Jose]

Northern California Book Awards
: Editor Oscar Villalon hosts the event recognizing top works of 2017 by local writers of fiction, general nonfiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, children’s literature and translation; activist and author Daniel Ellsberg is slated to receive a lifetime achievement honor. [1 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

M. Ward, Thao and The Get Down Stay Down: Two independent acts — an acclaimed alt-rock balladeer and local indie-pop favorites — appear in Stern Grove Festival’s popular free concert series. [2 p.m. Sigmund Stern Grove, 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard, S.F.]

Fillmore Jazz Festival
: On its closing day, the big weekend free jazz fest presents Kenny Washington, Lavay Smith & The Red Hot Skillet Lickers, Terrie Odabi, the reunion of the funky, soulful Mo’Fessionals and more. [10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fillmore, between Jackson and Eddy streets, S.F.]

Japan Day: Japanese artists from Tokyo, Chicago and the Bay Area appear in a afternoon of free programs of Japanese art, music and dance. [Noon to 4:30 p.m. Peace Plaza, Post and Buchanan streets, S.F.]

Street Dogs: The East Coast punk band headlines a punk show with Left Alone and The Last Gang. [7 p.m., Thee Parkside, 1600 17th St., S.F.]

Burger Boogaloo: The Damned headlines the second day of the East Bay underground and punk fest, also featuring Giuda, Le Shok, The Rip Offs, Quintron and Miss Pussycat, Firestarter, Flakes, Dwarves, Subsonics, Gris Gris and Battleship. [11:45 a.m., Mosswood Park, 3612 Webster St., Oakland]

Golden Gate Park Band: The free concert, conducted by Robert Calonico, is “Celebrating America’s Birthday.” [1 p.m., Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Spirit West Coast: The concert showcases top contemporary Christian acts MercyMe, Kari Jobe, Phil Wickham, Tauren Wells, Blanca and For All Seasons. [3 p.m., Concord Pavilion, 2000 Kirker Pass Road, Concord]

Cobb’s Summer Comedy Bash: Sam J Comroe, who hit on “America’s Got Talent” with his act about having Tourette Syndrome, appears on a bill with Bay Area comics Kabir “Kabeezy” Singh, Sammy Obeid and others. [7:30 p.m., 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Drop In Art-Making: Museum visitors of all ages are invited to come by to “create, play and experiment with a teaching artist” offering unexpected techniques and materials in the Crazy Contraption Maker Studio. [11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F.]

Ice Cream Sunday Showdown: Food truck park festivities offer the popular frozen dessert many forms — “rolled, scooped, swirled, iced, popped and topped — as well as music, games, photo opportunities and savory vendors. [11 a.m. to 5 p.m., SoMa StrEat Food, 428 11th St., S.F.]

MONDAY, JULY 2

Dead & Company
: Opening a two-night engagement, the supergroup of Grateful Dead alumni and friends (John Mayer, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Bob Weir, Oteil Burbridge and Jeff Chimenti) plays from the band’s historic catalog. [7 p.m., Shoreline Amphitheatre, 1 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View]

TUESDAY, JULY 3

Oakland East Bay Symphony Independence Eve: Michael Morgan conducts the orchestra in a free 8 p.m. holiday concert with patriotic songs, music from movies and singalongs in addition to a fireworks display over San Francisco Bay. [6:30 to 10 p.m., Craneway Pavilion, 1414 Harbour Way South, Richmond]

David Studebaker: On Twitter, the former Bay Area comedian (now living in Los Angeles) boasts that Willie Brown was the audience at his July 3 show last year and wonders if Steph Curry or “the ghost of Abraham Lincoln” will show up this year. [8 p.m., Punch Line, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Magic Lantern 3-D Show: On Tuesday evenings, the San Mateo County History Museum offers free, colorful 3D video projections on the building with different themes, including “RWC 150,” which features a “mysterious time traveling robot honoring Redwood City’s history.” [8:30 to 9 p.m., 2200 Broadway, Redwood City]

The Sidekicks: The Ohio group led by Steve Ciolek has progressed from “high school hellions to erudite pop band”; its new album is “Happiness Hours.” [7:30 p.m., Café Du Nord, 2174 Market St., S.F.]

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