There's always something to do in the Bay Area.
What: Fantastic Negrito has been busy. The Oakland-born singer has performed at Bernie Sanders rallies, been to SXSW, and even debuted on Empire, and now you can see him for free this Friday in Oakland. The band will be playing soon-to-be-hits off their debut full-length LP "The Last Days of Oakland," which came out this week. Once you're there, feel free to enjoy other music, art, and food at Oakland's monthly Friday festival.
When: Friday, June 3rd, 8:15pm.
Where: The corner of 23rd and Telegraph (Oakland), oaklandfirstfridays.org
What: Calling all coffee addicts: Blue Bottle Coffee is joining forces with Mokhtar Alkhanshali, founder of SF-based Port of Mokha, for a match made in caffeine heaven. To celebrate the recent partnership, Blue Bottle founder James Freeman and Mokhtar Alkhanshali will host an intimate fireside chat with coffee-lovers in the South Bay.
When: Sunday, June 5th, 6pm – 8pm.
Where: Blue Bottle: 456 University Ave. (Palo Alto), bluebottlecoffee.com
Letter by Neal Cassady(Photo Courtesy of City Lights Bookstore)
What: A famous letter by Neal Cassady, which Jack Kerouac said influenced On The Road, was missing for decades before being uncovered just a couple years ago. The historic letter will be on display at City Lights Bookstore starting June 3 before being auctioned off in New York on June 16th—this may be your only chance to see this historic document!
When: Friday, June 3rd, 5-6:30pm.
Where: City Light Bookstore: 261 Columbus Ave. (North Beach), citylights.com
What: Visit The Contemporary Jewish Museum this week to hear talks from Bay Area greats such as Bonnie Simmons, Ben Fong-Torres, Richard Gossett, and Wes "Scoop" Nisker. They'll be discussing how KSAN, a local FM radio station, built a community of rock & roll culture created through Bill Graham's productions. Admission to the museum is $15 for nonmembers and $5 for members.
When: Thursday, June 2nd, 6:30–8pm.
Where: Contemporary Jewish Museum: 736 Mission St. (SoMa), thecjm.org
What: Interested in living in a beautiful mansion and beating down on other girls? Casting directors from Bunim/Murray Productions, creators of the hit shows The Real World and Keeping Up With the Kardashians, will be holding an open casting call for a special season of Bad Girls Club: East Coast vs. West Coast in San Francisco this weekend. They're looking for divas who are independent, opinionated, and endlessly entertaining, so put on your highest heels and get out there.
When: Saturday, June 4th, 10am-5pm.
Where: Woodbury: 685 3rd St. (SoMa), bmpcasting.com/casting/bgc
(Photo Courtesy of Starbelly)
What: Starbelly's ever-popular patio picnic series is back in full swing. Treat yourself to an exquisite feast featuring a whole-roasted pig and all the trimmings. Other menu items include: summer corn on the cob "elote asado style," hand-made corn tortillas, house-made salsa ranchera & aquacate, caramel flan and craft brews by Sudwerk Brewing Co. ($9 for 3 beers). Purchase tickets in advance here.
When: Tuesday, June 7
Where: Starbelly: 3583 16th St. (Duboce Triangle), starbellysf.com