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


Mirielle Guilano
photo: Andrew French

Round and Round the Garden
Through Sunday, May 23, American Conservatory Theatre
Think your family reunions are bad? This hilarious tale of inept
seduction at a family gathering could make even the most
dysfunctional family seem normal. 415 Geary Street (at Mason),

Artists Warehouse Sale
Wednesday, May 5 through Sunday, May 9, Fort Mason
Want to do something about those blank walls in your apartment? Well, this event to benefit the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art makes contemporary art both accessible and affordable. Fort Mason Center Building A, Marina Boulevard (at Buchanan), 415-441-4777,

Dinner with Mirielle Guilano
Thursday, May 6, Moussy’s
The author of French Women Don’t Get Fat has dinner with you in honor of her new book, The French Women Don’t Get Fat Cookbook.
However, given that you are American, we cannot guarantee you won’t get fat. 1345 Bush Street (at Larkin), 415-441-1802,

ING Bay to Breakers
Sunday, May 16, Financial District to Ocean Beach
What exactly is Bay to Breakers … is it a run, a walk or a street
party? Yes. Starting line at Beale and Howard Streets, 415-359-2800,

San Francisco International Arts Festival
Wednesday, May 19 through Sunday May 30, Fort Mason Center
Artists from all over the world bring their talents together for the performances that comprise this festival. Cowell Theater, Southside
Theater, Herbst Pavilion, and Festival Pavilion; Marina Boulevard
(at Buchanan), 415-399-9554,

Uncorked! Wine Festival
Saturday, May 22, Ghirardelli Square
Let it be known that Ghirardelli Square is not just about chocolate. You’ll find wine tasting, wine seminars, music, and chef demonstrations at this event in the Square. 900 Northpoint Street (at Larkin), 415-775-5500,

Artists and Artisans
Saturday, May 22, First Unitarian Universalist Church
More than 60 local, national and international glass artists will show their wares at this fundraiser, and you’ll have the chance to buy a piece or two with both a live and silent auction. 1187 Franklin Street
(at Geary), 415-671-4916,

Black and White Ball
Saturday, May 22, various venues at Civic Center
Tony Bennett, k.d. lang, Kool and the Gang, and a host of others ask that you get dressed up and join them for the symphony’s huge biannual party. Van Ness Avenue between Hayes and McAllister, 415-552-8000,

John Waters
Tuesday, May 25, Herbst Theatre
He is most famous for 1988’s Hairspray, but the iconic filmmaker who has been making independent films on his own terms for decades can talk about more than just the one that became a hit Broadway musical. 401 Van Ness Avenue (at McAllister), 415-392-4400,

And an event to compel you to cross the Bay:
She and Him
Saturday, May 29, Fox Theatre
The delightfully nostalgic tunes of Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward will remind you why you liked pop music in the first place. 1807 Telegraph Avenue (at 19th Street), Oakland, 800-745-3000,

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