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Music festivals are a fantastic way to revel in your favorite bands and stumble upon some brand new ones. There are even those huge outdoor ones that fill an entire three days with live music. It’s an exhilarating experience for sure, but it’s not for everyone. For one, you’re on your feet practically all day, sometimes in scorching temperatures (Coachella, eh?). And on the music side of the coin, some bands’ live shows just work better in an intimate indoor venue rather than in outdoor settings that could drown out the sound.

These festivals surely get more publicity in the long run, but if you’re looking for a different festival experience right here in the Bay Area, check out the Noise Pop Festival in San Francisco! In its 21st year, the festival — happening from February 26th to March 6th — presents a plethora of shows in the city at a variety of different venues. You can attend as few or as many as you wish and with the festival pass you can score some sweet deals if you choose to milk the festival for what it’s worth. There are also some film, art and culture events as well! Here is a playlist highlighting some of the best of this eclectic shindig:

  1. Ramona Falls, “Fingerhold
  2. !!!, “Must Be the Moon”
  3. White Arrows“Get Gone”
  4. Toro y Moi, “New Beat” read more »

2913089299_fb7656e685_zHardly Strictly Bluegrass may blur the lines between musical genres, but it is Definitely Absolutely free and Totally Utterly a musical goldmine, whether hardcore bluegrass or just skirting the edges.

The festival will be held this weekend in Speedway, Lindley & Marx meadows in Golden Gate Park from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2 – Friday, Saturday and Sunday. You might think, “Bluegrass? That’s not my thing. Sounds like country,” but you may want to rethink that, because it could be very much your thing – after all, did we mention it’s free? If read more »


This week (okay a week and 2 days) the Bay area presents Litquake. Originally a one-day reading series in Golden Gate park, Litquake has expanded enormously to last 9 days and even travel west to east. That’s right, this year Litquake will also be holding events in Berkeley.

The event is “Stories on Stage” at Berkeley’s Rep’s Roda Theater where actors will be performing short fiction by Bay Area literary big names. They are even reading a Daniel Handler aka Lemony Snicket piece.

Just a BART ride away in San Francisco are many other cool events. On Oct. 3rd there will be a North Beach Literary Walking tour as well as “Lit Flicks: Litquakes Literary Film Festival.” They even have an event where songs that incorporate famous words from books are being performed.

Browse the events here. With so many the festival makes it possible for us literary buffs to attend at least one. Comments describing the best events from past years are appreciated.

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Litquake Literary Festival [Site]


You waited patiently, loud denizens of Berkeley, and now the day is finally here. The City Council is set to vote tonight on an ordinance that could relax noise limits. If passed, this would “allow entertainment venues and festival organizers to exceed the noise regulations if they obtain a permit beforehand.”

The noise limit would be raised from 10 to 15 decibels. More sound permits would be given out each year, without limits.

Obvious question: could Berserkeley get any louder? Between garbage trucks, sirens, and the amusingly colorful street vendors, the more frighteningly verbose street vendors, read more »

nothing says Christian piety like fuzzy animals.

Are you a painter of eggs, into carnivals of fun and learning, or eight years old? If so, heads up. The biggest, bestest, most wonderfulest free Easter egg hunt in all of Northern California is coming to a VLSB lawn near you.

The Eggster hunt and learning festival will take place this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the North side of the Valley Life Sciences Building. There’ll be booths, balloons, egg hunts, face-painting, games, a handful of performances and a partridge in a pear tree. read more »