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Things to see and places to be seen: July 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

The Tosca Project
Through Saturday, July 3, American Conservatory Theatre
The Tosca Project is ACT’s delightful love letter to San Francisco, and thanks to an extension of the run, you have a chance to see this gem before it closes at the beginning of the month. A word of advice: hit North Beach’s famed Tosca Cafe for a beverage either before or after the show to live the experience just a little bit. 415 Geary Street (at Taylor), 415-749-2228,

Beatles Sing-Along
Monday, July 5, Cafe Royale
I almost don’t want to publicize this monthly Beatles karaoke night featuring live accompaniment because if it gets too crowded, I won’t get to sing as many songs as I currently can. 800 Post Street (at Leavenworth), 415-441-4099,

Idina Menzel and the San Francisco Symphony
Friday, July 9, Davies Symphony Hall
If you were lucky, you saw her in Rent, then you fell in love with her in Wicked, and now adore her on television’s Glee. This month the Broadway star enlists help from the symphony while she serenades you. 201 Van Ness Avenue (at Grove), 415-864-6000,

Alison Arngrim Book Signing
Saturday, July 10, Borders
Nellie Oleson has written a memoir and will be signing copies – do you think Half Pint is a little bit jealous? 400 Post Street (at Powell), 415-399-1633,

French Kiss
Wednesday, July 14, deYoung Museum
Celebrate Bastille Day at the deYoung with French art and French-inspired food, cocktails and music. 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive (at JFK) in Golden Gate Park, 415-750-3548,

San Francisco Silent Film Festival
Thursday–Sunday, July 15–18, Castro Theatre
Shhh! No talking allowed during the screenings of more than a dozen silent films. 429 Castro Street (at Market), 415-621-6120,

Disneyland 55th Anniversary Celebration
Friday–Sunday, July 16–18th, Walt Disney Family Museum
There’s no need to trek down to smoggy Anaheim. You can stay in San Francisco and still enjoy discussions and films chronicling the creation of the Happiest Place on Earth. 104 Montgomery Street (near Lincoln) in the Presidio, 415-345-6800,

Barenaked Ladies
Wednesday, July 21, The Warfield
I dare you not to sing along at full voice with the Barenaked Ladies. I just dare you. 982 Market Street (at Taylor), 415-345-0900,

Smugglers Cove
You pick the date. Fall in love with rum while you enjoy Caribbean, Prohibition-era Havana and legendary Tiki bar cocktails. 650 Gough Street (at McAllister), 415-869-1900,

And to compel you to cross town:

Saturday, July 3, The Vortex Room
On the first Saturday of every month, three DJs turn a small space South of Market into San Francisco’s only soul-jazz speakeasy lounge featuring hard bop, boogaloo, Hammond grooves, bossa nova, and more. 1082 Howard Street (at 7th),

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

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