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San Francisco June 9–15: Louie’s Gen-Gen Room & Sign 'O' The Times (A)Live

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North Beach Festival

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The best of what to do in and around San Francisco this week.

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This week in San Francisco, assuage your grief and re-live the good old days with a touching Prince tribute. Then, listen to some live music (and learn to dance!) at SF Free Folk Festival, or eat your heart out at Little Italy's North Beach Festival. Take a quick BART ride east for the Berkeley World Music Festival, or head downtown and try to snag a seat at the city's newest, coolest bar. 

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June 10 | Prince tribute
Sign ‘O’ The Times (A)Live
We’re not over Prince’s passing, and thankfully we’re not alone in wanting to process our grief through joyful celebrations of his music. The city is still rife with tribute events, but (A)Live is particularly creative and thoughtful. This special screening of his 1987 concert film, a lesser-known but also essential follow-up to 1984’s Purple Rain, will be assisted by three projectors, live visuals, dancers, and surprise special guests. After the film concludes, stay to dance with the rhythmic assistance of DJ Dave Paul, who has brought his Prince and Michael Experience club night around the country for more than a decade.
8:30 p.m. | The Great Star Theatre, 636 Jackson St., San Francisco | (415) 989-9989 | From $20 | website

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June 11 | Festival
SF Free Folk Festival
A 40-year tradition in the city, this year’s Free Folk Festival (hosted by the 68-year-old San Francisco Folk Music Club) includes live performances, music and dance workshops, and mini jams, so you can watch some gypsy jazz and klezmer then learn how to create your own. Or, pick up some foundational steps to a wide array of dance styles, from square dancing to waltzing to the intriguing “Old Dances of California.”
12–10 p.m. | Everett Middle School, 450 Church St., San Francisco | Free | website

June 11–12 | Festival
North Beach Festival
If it’s been awhile since you’ve headed to the North Beach neighborhood, this is a great weekend to check out the pockets of old Italian charm that are still there. The 62nd annual North Beach Festival basically takes over the whole neighborhood to add more food, art, and fun to what’s already there on a permanent basis. This year, that means 125 different arts and crafts and food booths, three stages of live music, adult beverage gardens, and kids’ play areas.
10 a.m.–6 p.m.| North Beach District, San Francisco | Free | website

Berkeley World Music Festival
June 11–12 | Escape the city
Berkeley World Music Festival 2016
For San Franciscans who get stuck in the city too much, a sojourn across the Bay to Berkeley can feel like a field trip. It should be particularly transportive this weekend, as the Berkeley World Music Festival returns to bring sounds from the Middle East, Africa, South America, Eastern Europe, and beyond, all linked through the refractive lenses of musicians who have been born and raised or have settled in the Bay Area. Head there when you’re ready for some amazing Zimbabwean dance beats, Japanese folk movements, and Argentine tango seduction.
12–9 p.m. | Telegraph Ave. near Haste St., Berkeley | Free | website

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Now open | Bar
Louie’s Gen-Gen Room
The eclectic menu and sensibilities at restaurant hotspot Liholiho Yacht Club reflect a delicious Hawaiian home potluck, and the proprietors likewise describe their new sub-level bar Louie’s Gen-Gen Room: “Think cocktail party at a friend’s house!” Louie’s has an island-influenced food and drink menu that’s totally separate from Liholiho’s, and it sounds like it might be even a little bit harder to get into than the restaurant itself. Online reservations are required—and you can only score them for up to four people one week in advance—so it’s guaranteed to be a tough ticket, but promises to be worth the time spent getting on the list.
871 Sutter St., San Francisco | website

Tamara Palmer is a daily news writer, rapper confidante, DJ, and celebrity chef ghostwriter from San Francisco.

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