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Fourth of July Celebration: Oakland: Although the talented Ben Oni Orchestra and R&B outfit Rendezvous perform during the afternoon, the highlight of this bash will be the exquisite Oakland East Bay Symphony and Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir performing together. Catch them as they present a two-hour pop concert at this East Bay Fourth of July celebration, starting at 7:30 p.m., and then choreographing a score set to the fireworks above (at around 9:15 p.m.). Tue., July 4, 1-9:30 p.m., free, Jack London Square, Broadway & Embarcadero, Oakland, 510-814-6000.

Fourth of July Celebration: San Francisco: Before watching the nighttime sky explode with color (fireworks begin around 9:30 p.m.), get your groove on with dance floor-friendly live rock ands Double Funk Crunch and '80s cover band Tainted Love at San Francisco's annual Independence Day party. W/ Double Funk Crunch, Tainted Love fireworks finale starting at around 9:30 p.m. . The perfect excuse to dance, prance, and get really drunk on a Tuesday. Tue., July 4, 1:30-10 p.m., free. Pier 39, Beach & Embarcadero, 705-5500,

Fourth of July Day Party BBQ Fun Bandfest: If the mighty crowds and tourists at Pier 39's annual blowout isn't your box of rocks, come to the Mission District's El Rio instead. There, cheap drinks, a comfy patio, and live rock bands Birds & Batteries, Low Red Land, Mr. Divisadero, and Solar Powered People will help you celebrate. Tue., July 4, 3-8 p.m., $5. El Rio, 3158 Mission (at Cesar Chavez), 282-3325,

Kathy Griffin: The pop-culture comedienne, star of The D-List, and archenemy to the atrocious and talent-free Ryan Seacrest performs two nights of stand-up comedy that's not to be missed. Thu., July 20, 7:30 p.m.; Fri., July 21, 7:30 p.m., $35-$39.50. Warfield, 982 Market (at Sixth St.), 775-7722,

The Lord of the Rings Symphony: Along with projections of original illustrations and storyboard sketches, the San Francisco Symphony performs Howard Shore's score to the nerd-loving and award-winning trilogy based on JRR Tolkien's works. The San Francisco Girls Chorus and soprano Kaitlyn Lusk also perform. Fri., July 14, 8 p.m.; Sat., July 15, 2 p.m., $15-$64. Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness (at Grove), 864-6000.

Andrea Marcovicci: Cabaret legend performs a greatest-hits revue during a three-week engagement at one of San Francisco's most elegant and intimate venues. Starting July 9, Sundays, 5 p.m.; Tue., July 11, 8 p.m.; Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through July 29, $42.50-$47.50. Empire Plush Room, York Hotel, 940 Sutter (at Hyde), 885-2800,

Midnight Mass: Peaches Christ's (in)famous midnight-hour movie series runs the gamut from horror to horribly good staples of cinema. A celebrity-drenched Beyond the Valley of the Dolls screening, a sing-along Teen Witch night, the genius that is Showgirls, and the SF Underground Short Film Festival are just a few of the flicks you'll find this season. Sat., July 8, midnight; Sun., July 9, midnight; Sun., July 16, midnight; Sat., July 22, midnight; Sun., July 23, midnight; Sun., July 30, midnight; Sun., Aug. 6, midnight; Sat., Aug. 12, midnight; Sun., Aug. 13, midnight; Mon., Aug. 21, midnight, $10-$12, Bridge Theatre, 3010 Geary (at Blake), 267-4893.

Nihonmachi Street Fair: Asian street fair and festival in Japantown features performaces, art, food, and fun. Sat., Aug. 12, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., Aug. 13, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., free, Post Street, (between Laguna & Fillmore).

North Beach Jazz Festival: In addition to the many jazz shows going on during the festival, the concerts in the park are always the highlight of this jazz festival. Jazz aficionados of all ages can snap their fingers to and dig on performances by Daara J, New Monsoon, Agualibre, Slammin, Jon Cleary, Absolute Monster Gentlemen, and Delta Nove. Wed., July 26, 12-7 p.m.; Thu., July 27, 12-7 p.m., free, Washington Square Park, Columbus & Union, 285-1717.

Patton Oswalt: The genius that is Patton Oswalt (from the underrated sitcom King of Queens and the writer and star of The Comedians of Comedy) performs. Thu., Aug. 24, 8 p.m.; Fri., Aug. 25, 8 & 10:15 p.m.; Sat., Aug. 26, 8 & 10:15 p.m., $15-$20. Cobb's Comedy Club, 915 Columbus (at Mason), 928-4320,

Pearl Jam & Sonic Youth: The '90s are back! To wit: these two iconic grunge-era rock band show these newfangled emo rock 'n' rollers how it's done, dagblamit! Sat., July 15, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., July 16, 7:30 p.m., $52. Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, 99 Grove (at Larkin), 974-4060,

popscene's 10-Year Anniversary: Popular 18-and-over Thursday night destination to catch live indie-rock acts and top-notch DJs at the decks celebrates its 10-year milestone. Thu., Aug. 24, 9 p.m.-2 a.m., TK, 330 Ritch, 330 Ritch (at Townsend), 522-9558.

Rock the Bells: A Tribute to O.D.B.: Hip hop crooners Wu-Tang Clan, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Redman, De La Soul, Immortal Technique, Del Tha Funky Homosapien, Living Legends, Murs 3:16, Zion I, Supernatural, Crown City Rockers, and Planet Asia perform in honor of their esteem colleague Old Dirty Bastard, may he rest in peace, y'all. Sun., Aug. 6, 11 a.m., $40-$50. Sleep Train Pavilion, 2000 Kirker Pass (at Clayton), Concord, 925-363-5701.

Salsa Sundays: One staple of summertime in San Francisco is the sound heard coming from El Rio's much-loved Salsa Sundays. Each week a new Latin bands pumps out salsa beats for the masses who congregate to this Mission District venue every Sunday afternoon who devoutly worship at the alter of dancing, drinking, sunshine, and free BBQ. Starting July 2, Sundays, 3 p.m. Continues through Oct. 29, $8. El Rio, 3158 Mission (at Cesar Chavez), 282-3325,


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