Fair thee well

FALL ARTS: Zinesters, twangtaculars, chocomania and more mark the fall fairs and fests lineup
Feel the zine: Zinefest brings a blizzard of the cute and cutting Sept. 4-5


FALL ARTS Carefully craft your Facebook profile if you like, but there's a low-tech lushness about the old-fashioned cut and paste zine that can't be denied. The Xerox-ready vendors and attendees of DIY wonderland SF Zine Fest — one highlight of this season's array of fairs and festivals — definitely don't mind the paper cuts. "You can just see the interior creativity of people being allowed to come out," says festival organizer Francois Paultre, whose team has put together a slate of hands-on workshops to accompany the 120 zinesters hawking their wares in the Exhibition Hall of the County Fair Building. This year the event features an appearance by a touring cadre of U.K. artists and the ever-popular book-binding and screen-printing classes, the latter taught by cartoonist-blogger-zinester John Isaacson, who has been known to draw a crowd. "You get more than 70 people in the room learning how to screen-print," Paultre says. "It's always kind of bonkers." Sept. 4-5; 11 a.m.-6 p.m., free. County Fair Building, 1199 Ninth Ave., SF; www.sfzinefest.com.





Compiled by Caitlin Donohue


Shakespeare in the Park Presidio's Main Post Parade Ground Lawn, between Graham and Keyes, SF; (415) 558-0888, www.sfshakes.org. Sat, 7:30 p.m.; Sun, 2:30 p.m., free. Through Sept. 26. Wherefore art thou, pink slip? Take arms against a sea of financial misfortunes with this SF classic free theater series.

AUG. 27-29

Eat Real Jack London Square, Broadway and First St., Oakl.; (510) 250-7811, www.eatrealfest.com. Fri, 2–9 p.m.; Sat, 10:30 a.m.–9 p.m.; Sun, 10:30 a.m.–5 p.m., free. The wildly successful sustainable food fest returns for year two, upping the ante with kombucha classes and homemade sausage making.

SEPT. 8–12

Berkeley Old Time Music Convention Times, locations, and prices vary. www.berkeleyoldtimemusic.org. Square dance, string bands, and clean American fun mark this twangtacular, whose roots date back to the 1960s.

SEPT. 9–11

SF Electronic Music Festival Brava Theater, de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden, SF; www.sfemf.org. Thurs, 8 p.m.; Fri, 9 p.m.; Sat 8 p.m., $16–$40. A three day circuit board of the Bay's best independent electro-acoustic sounds.

SEPT. 11–12

Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival Ghirardelli Square, 900 North Point, SF; (415) 775-5500, www.ghirardellisq.com. 12– 5 p.m., $20 for 15 samples. It's a festival of chocolate. No further explanation necessary.

SEPT. 10–12

Power to the Peaceful Speedway Meadows, Golden Gate Park, SF; www.powertothepeaceful.org. 9 a.m.–5 p.m., free. Special after party at the Fillmore and workshops all day Sunday. Michael Franti's annual attempt to heal the world with music and mass downward-facing dogs returns. Special pre-party and workshops will be held at the Fillmore Theater, check website for details.

SEPT. 11–12

Brews on the Bay S.S. Jeremiah O'Brien at Pier 45; (415) 939-1943, www.sfbrewersguild.org. 1 p.m., $45–$75. Crawl aboard this WWII Liberty ship and set sail for high times with seven SF breweries and over 40 beers in which to sink your anchor.

SEPT. 18

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