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WEDNESDAY 18

"El Grito de la Mission" Southern Exposure, 3030 20th St., SF; (415) 863-2141. 6pm, free. Join Southern Exposures and the youth, artists, and community partners who participated in the Mission Voices Summer program for a final exhibition featuring new work, installations, interactive performance, food, and refreshments.

Hear It Local 111 Minna Gallery, 111 Minna, SF; (415) 974-1719. 6:30pm, free. Celebrate the San Francisco launch of www.hearitlocal.com, which provides a community-building platform for the local, independent music scene. Featuring performances by the Nice Guy Trio, Quinn Deveaux, and Kelly MacFarling, a music photography exhibit by Niall David and Audra Marie Dewitt, and more.

NASA Space Telescope Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way, SF; (415) 554-9600. 7:30pm, free. Astrophysicist Bryan Mendez will tell all there is to know about NASA's new Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) telescope, launched unmanned in 2009 to search for asteroids, stars, the origins of stellar and planetary systems, and anything else the galaxies could reveal.

THURSDAY 19

Chrome Chrome Retail, 580 4th St., SF; (415) 820-5070. Noon, free. All Chrome products will be 30% off all day while all proceeds from the Noon-3 BBQ and the 4pm-8pm dollar beer happy hour will benefit the San Francisco Bike Kitchen.

Drunken Dish Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin, SF; (415) 581-3500. 5pm, $10. Head to this month's installment of Matcha, the Asian Art Museum's monthly late night discounted party, for a talk and demonstration on Shanghai cuisine, specifically, how to make drunken chicken. Also featuring special gallery tours, cocktails, DJ music, and more.

Jaws Hyde Street Pier, 2905 Hyde, SF; (415) 561-6662. 7:30pm, $5 suggested donation. If you thought Jaws was frightening to watch on land, see if you can survive watching it on the Eureka, "the longest floating wooden ship on Earth." Part of the San Francisco Maritime Nat'l Park Association's film series to raise money to benefit their education and preservation programs.

"Persistent Voices" Magnet, 4122 18th St., SF; (415) 581-1600. 8pm, free. Inspired by the anthology, Persistent Voices: Poetry by Writers Lost to AIDS, poets will read and perform works from the anthology in addition to some new pieces inspired by the book. Featured readers include Judy Grahn, Kevin Killian on Steve Abbott, Jaime Cortez, Thandiwe Thomas, and more.

SF Jazz Summerfest Union Square, Geary at Powell, SF; www.sfjazz.org. 6pm, free. Heat up your foggy summer blues with a free jazz concert in the park with Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers, known for performing classic jazz and blues mixed with big band, salsa grooves.

SATURDAY 21

Dahlias Hall of Flowers, 9th Ave. at Lincoln, SF; (415) 994-2448. Sat. 10am-5pm, Sun. 10am-4pm; free. Did you know that the Dahlia is San Francisco's official flower? The Dahlia Society of California, responsible for the planting and upkeep of Golden Gate Park's Dahlia Dell, is holding it's annual show and exhibition of these fantastic flowers.

Hello Kitty Must Die San Francisco Public Library, Chinatown branch, 1135 Powell, SF; (415) 355-2888. 2:30pm, free. Hear author Angela S. Choi read from and discuss her new book, that rips into stereotypes about the well-groomed, well-behaved Asian wife with a tale about a serial killer happy to teach others how to get rid of unwanted fiancés and bosses.

Hot Glass Cold Beer Public Glass, 1750 Armstrong, SF; (415) 671-4916. 6pm; $25 donation, includes glass and beer. Take in an evening of glassblowing demonstrations by artists Paul DeSomma, Marsha Blaker, and Jeff Rogers while listening to live music and enjoying cold beer in your new one-of-a-kind, hand blown drinking glass.

SF Street Food Fest Folsom between 25th and 26th St., SF; (415) 824-2729 ext. 303. 11am-7pm, free. Enjoy some casual, affordable, delicious food made by San Francisco food entrepreneurs. Hosted by La Cocina, this Street Food Festival aims to further advocate for the creation of policies that support the formalization of mobile food vending to connect communities to a food from all classes and cultures.

BAY AREA

Art and Soul Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, City Center, 14th St. and Broadway, Oakl.; (510) 444-CITY. Sat.-Sun. noon-6pm, $10. Celebrate the past, present and future music of Oakland at this two-day concert and marketplace featuring music performances by Cake, En Vogue, Tony! Toni! Toné!, MC Hammer, Pete Escovedo, The Bittersweets, Lenny Williams, and more. Also featuring an Artisan Marketplace, with crafts and art for purchase, food vendors offering multicultural menus, dance performances, and activities.

SUNDAY 22

Sunday Streets John F. Kennedy Drive and MLK Drive, Golden Gate Park, SF; Great Highway from Lincoln to SF Zoo, SF; www. sundaystreetssf.com. 10am-3pm, free. Take to the streets for a day of healthy, family-friendly activities. This month's street closure is "Penguins to penguins," or Golden Gate Park to the SF Zoo.

TUESDAY 24

"Microscopic Giant" Space Gallery, 1141 Polk, SF; www.bucktoothmechanics.blogspot.com. 8pm, free. A night of local creativity with spoken word performances, storytelling, and poetry by Tracy Jones, April Wolfe, Steven Gray, Charlie Getter, and the host of NPR's Snap Judgment Glynn Washington, open mic, live painting by artists Aaron Lawrence, Nolan Yelonek, and Noa- , and live music by DigDug.