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Top 5 things to do in the Bay Area this weekend

Hayes Valley Temple
Artist David Best unveils his 37-foot-high pagoda-like Temple at Patricia Green – that narrow strip of grass where Octavia meets Fell St. in Hayes Valley. The fantastical public artwork is made entirely of wood, and resembles a cross between Watts Tower and an Andy Goldsworthy piece – it’s set to come down in one year. Unveiling is Friday, 6/26, 11am, 499 Octavia St., SF.

Circus Bella
San Francisco’s favorite local circus is back with its latest show “Mighty!” as part of the ongoing Yerba Buena Gardens Festival. The one-ring, 60-minute show features static trapeze, rope walking, juggling, contortion, unicycling, clowns and acrobats, all set to an original score. Friday and Saturday, 6/26-27, 12-1pm, Yerba Buena Gardens esplanade.

Beatnik Shindig
It’s been 20 years since the last big Beat gathering, and this iteration promises to make the wait worthwhile. Featuring more than 36 sessions over two days in North Beach and at Fort Mason Center, a lineup of poets, Beat scholars and various literati will be speaking and conducting workshops on topics such as self-publishing and poetry writing. Dig it. Saturday and Sunday, 6/27-28, various times.

SF Pride
The LGBT community paints the town pink this weekend with a host of public events and parties. Kick-it off Friday with the Trans parade, then check out SF City Hall bathed in rainbow lights. Saturday starts with the construction of the giant pink triangle on Twin Peaks, and includes the Dyke March by Dolores Park, a Pink Party, and the Pride parade and fest on Sunday. Friday-Sunday, 6/26-28, all day.

Summerthing Concert in the Park
KLLC 97.3 on the FM dial – “Alice” to its fans – is sponsoring a free summer concert in Golden Gate Park. Headlining the event is Kelly Clarkson, with acts Mat Kearney, Rachel Platten and Elle King also appearing. Food trucks and other activities are also planned for this afternoon event. Sunday, 6/28, 12-4pm, Sharon Meadow, GG Park.

Procrastinator’s guide to the weekend (June 23-24)

Pride week/end is one of those times where I kind of wish I were gay. This is San Francisco’s biggest party of the year, our Mardi Gras, a wild and wacky celebration of the wonderful world of LGBT (and sometimes Y not!). There’s a few events during the week, such as the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival, but the action gets ramped up with countless events on the weekend. For starters, on Saturday morning you can help install the giant pink triangle at Twin Pinks just below the huge radio tower, while the Dyke March festivities get going in and around Dolores Park at noon (with the actual march at 6pm). The Pink Saturday block party in the Castro starts 5pm, or check out one of the Lady Gaga flash mobs in locations around town. The main/official SF Pride celebration takes place Saturday (noon-6pm) and especially Sunday (11am-6:30pm) throughout the Civic Center area of downtown, with multiple stages featuring musical acts, performances and speeches, while the Pride Parade starts 10:30am Sunday down Market. After hours parties abound. Continue reading Procrastinator’s guide to the weekend (June 23-24)