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Things to see and places to be seen: April Northside Picks
By Melissa Culross

NorthsideThe English Beat
Saturday, April 3, Bimbo’s 365 Club
I’ll come clean right now and tell you that Dave
Wakeling is the only original Beat member in the band’s
current lineup. However, songs that still sound this fresh
and danceable make up for whoever may be missing.
1025 Columbus Avenue (at Chestnut), 415-474-0365,

The Church
Tuesday, April 6, Great American Music Hall
The band is called simply The Church, but many of their
fans probably think of them as the church of great music.
859 O’Farrell Street (at Polk), 415-885-0750,

Diva Fest 2010
Thursday, April 8 through Friday, April 30, Exit Theatre
This annual festival dedicated to creating new work by women writers comes to one of the hubs of San Francisco’s theater scene. 156 Eddy Street (at Taylor), 415-673-3847,

Bart Davenport
Thursday, April 15, Café du Nord
One of the Bay Area’s finest musicians, Bart Davenport has played clubs and music halls around these parts for years. Luckily, he hasn’t grown tired of us. 2170 Market Street
(at Sanchez), 415-861-5016,

A Taste of Tequila and Tamales by the Bay
Sunday, April 18, Fort Mason Conference Center
While the famed Tamale Lady is unlikely to be there,
you’ll still be able to sample delicious tamale recipes as
well as tequila. Marina Boulevard (at Buchanan),

Conan O’Brien
Thursday and Friday, April 22 and 23, Nob Hill Masonic Auditorium
Who needs The Tonight Show when Conan O’Brien brings his comedy to the neighborhood? Go Team CoCo! 1111 California Street (at Taylor), 800-745-3000,

Echo and the Bunnymen
Monday, April 19, The Fillmore
Bring on the dancing horses and the dancing audience because Ian McCulloch and the boys are in town. 1805 Geary Boulevard (at Fillmore), 415-346-6000,
San Francisco International Beer Festival
Saturday, April 24, Fort Mason Festival Pavilion
Wine tasting is wonderful and all, but who needs it on a weekend full of beer from all over the world? Marina Boulevard (at Buchanan), 415-358-5727,

And to compel you to cross town:
Crystal Ball
Saturday, April 18, The Forum at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Award-winning actress Anika Noni Rose headlines this black-tie gala to benefit the American Conservatory Theatre’s Conservatory. 701 Mission Street (at 3rd), 415-439-2470,

Macho Bravado
Through Saturday, April 24, Thick House
The world premiere of Alex Park’s new play brings emotion, heroism, and a cast of talented local actors to your backyard. 1695 18th Street (at Arkansas), 415-401-8081,

Melissa Culross is an anchor at KCBS as well as an occasional actor and singer. E-mail:


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