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Three Reasons to Cross the Bay Bridge

This weekend involves poetry, saxophones, vintage paper, and salsa. Make it a priority to check out these latest thrills in the East Bay.

Verbal Sax: Poetry & Saxophones 

If there's anything the booming Art Renaissance District in Downtown Oakland is known for, it's how to show people a good time. Imagine Affairs Art Lounge is located in the heart of the action and will welcome celebrated saxophonist Ric Alexander and distinguished poet Khoree 'The Poet' for a night of jazz and spoken word. Take a breather and enjoy the show. Click here for more info. Sat. 11/23 at 9 p.m., 408 14th St., Oakland, (510) 788-0197

Vintage Paper Fair  

A Vintage Fair will take place in Walnut Creek for seasoned collectors, first-time buyers, and everything in between. Come see one of the West Coast's largest assortment of classic items, including photography, postcards, sports memorabilia, trade cards, brochures, stereoviews, labels, Victorian transportation and more. Over a million products are for sale with prices starting at 25 cents. Free admission, so no excuses! Click here for additional details. Sun.11/24 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., 1475 Creekside Dr., Walnut Creek, (925) 935-1811.

2013 SF Salsa Congress

Oakland's Marriott City Center is presenting the 12th Annual San Francisco International Salsa Congress, one of the biggest salsa extravaganzas of the year. This lively occasion features world reknowned dancers, competitions, workshops of all levels taught by professional instructors, live music played by famed salsa bands, and dancing up until 4am in the morning. Put on your feel-good clothes and best shoes for a high-energy event that's full of fun for all ages. Buy tickets here11/23 & 11/24, 10 a.m. - 4 a.m., $30-45 per person,  1001 Broadway, Oakland, (408) 265-3774 or (510) 451-4000.