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Top 5 Things to do in the Bay Area this weekend

SubZero Festival / South First Fridays Art Walk
The monthly art walk in downtown San Jose keeps growing, and now includes roughly 20 participating galleries, shops and bars, as well as a host of street performers. But in June’s version of the walk, the scene explodes with inclusion of the annual SubZero music & art fest. Three stages feature 15 bands on both Friday and Saturday nights (6-11pm), and don’t forget the craft beer garden and food trucks. Friday, 6/5-6, 7pm-10pm, South First St between San Carlos St. and Reed St.

Design Week SF
While professional designers and creative types will benefit from the many workshops and lectures, any lover of design will enjoy the gallery tours and talks as part of the annual Bay Area-wide design event. There’s also a writing hackathon on Saturday called Drinking Tea in the Shower. Now through next week, 6/5-12, day and evening events.

Compagnia TPO
Way better than Cirque du Soleil, BLEU! from theater, dance and multimedia Italian troupe Compagnia TPO allows young audience members to participate in the production, chasing ‘fish’ along a ‘shoreline’ of projections and light of a Mediterranean port. Friday and Saturday, 6/5-6, various times for five shows, Bing Concert Hall, Stanford.

Bay Area Book Festival
This Berkeley-wide event includes a street fair with 150 exhibitors with blocks according to theme, a storytelling stage for kids at the Civic Center Park, and public art installations. Oh, and 300 authors from the Bay Area and beyond will be taking part in panels and presentations. Saturday and Sunday, 6/6-7, all day.

San Leandro Cherry Festival
Remember when the Anglo-Siamese Treaty was signed? Of course you don’t, because the year was 1909 and you were busy enjoying the inaugural Cherry Festival in San Leandro. Now 106 years later the fest is still going strong, which now features a beer garden, kids zone, live entertainment with En Vogue, and a parade. Saturday, 6/6, 11am-6pm, downtown San Leandro.

Best bookstores in San Francisco

Reading an actual paperback these days is like writing with pen and paper, it’s so old school and retro it’s become hipster cool. At least that’s what I hear on the street. Regardless of where I fall on that scale, and even if I eventually get a Kindle, one of my greatest pleasures in life is wiling away a few hours in the nooks and crannies of an old creaky bookshop. Thankfully there’s a few still around. And while they may not be as comprehensive as Amazon, these often quirky, always interesting independent bookstores are part of the soul of our city, and should be cherished as the rare birds they are.

Here’s a few of my favorites:

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Books and beer: five top places for both

In my perfect world, all bookstores would serve beer.  Buy a copy of Ulysses, get a free pint of Guinness. Mark Twain’s Autobiography would come with discounts on Anchor Steam. William Faulkner? bottles of Dixie beer. If so much great literature was written under the influence of alcohol, shouldn’t it be read the same way?

Fortunately, there are a number of establishments throughout San Francisco and beyond that offer good, unpretentious reading environments while serving up a variety of excellent brews. Following are five favorites. Continue reading Books and beer: five top places for both