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

The Tosca Project: A sailor (Pascal
Molat) and his girl (Lorena Feijoo)
share a last moment before he
heads off to World War II.
photo: Kevin Berne

North Beach Farmers’ Market
Sundays through October
Who says you have to leave the neighborhood to get fantastic organic produce? The same blocks that once were home to the beat poets now feature delectable and healthful delights every weekend. Mason Street (between Columbus and Lombard),

Outside Lands Music and Art Festival
Saturday–Sunday, August 14–15, Golden Gate Park
The western half of the city will be humming with the sounds of
the Strokes, Kings of Leon, Social Distortion, Al Green, and more. Polo Field and Speedway Meadow, Golden Gate Park, 800-745-3000,

Billy Idol
Tuesday, August 17, The Fillmore
Get your snarl ready and practice that rebel yell – Billy Idol is coming to town. 1805 Geary Boulevard (at Fillmore), 415-346-6000,

Persephone’s Bees
Friday, August 20, Café du Nord
Local favorites Persephone’s Bees have been going strong for years, so go to their show, and see what the buzz is about. 2170 Market Street (at Sanchez), 415-861-5016,

Oleta Adams
Thursday–Saturday, August 26–28, Rrazz Room
A piano and a sultry voice? Sounds like chanteuse Oleta Adams. 222 Mason Street (at O’Farrell), 415-394-1189,

San Francisco Then
Through Saturday, August 28, Modernbook Gallery
See the City as it once was in this exhibition of photographs from the forties and fifties. 49 Geary Street (at Kearny), 415-732-0300,

The Burritt Room
Tucked into the Crescent Hotel, the Burritt Room will delight you with a swank atmosphere, live music for your toe-tapping pleasure, and delicious cocktails. 417 Stockton Street (at Sutter), 415-400-0500,

And to compel you to cross town:
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Saturday, August 7, Dolores Park
What is one of the greatest films of the eighties that elevated ditching school to an art form and made Ben Stein famous before you could win his money? Bueller … Bueller … Bueller ...? Dolores and Church Streets (between 18th and 20th), 415-465-3456,

First Annual Food and Wine Pairing Taste Off
Wednesday, August 11, Press Club
Sample food and wine pairings all evening and then be the judge of which is best. I’d guess all of them are best, but that’s just me. 20 Yerba Buena Lane (at Market), 415-744-5000,

Tennessee Williams Fest
Through Saturday, August 28, Boxcar Theatre
If one Tennessee Williams play isn’t enough for you, try three in this summer festival that includes Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, A Streetcar Named Desire and The Glass Menagerie. 505 Natoma Street (at 6th), 415-776-1747,

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

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