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A street festival lined with books: Not all street festivals revolve around music and food. The Bay Area Book Festival in Berkeley brings together 200 authors (Walter Mosley, Roxane Gay, Michael Chabon, Scott Turow, Cleve Jones) for 100 seminars (on mysteries, memoirs, poetry, fantasy, women/gender, activism and more). There will also be lots of book sellers and thousands of volumes to buy. Details: 10-a.m.-6 p.m. June 3-4 in downtown Berkeley; $8-$15; see map of event and more information at www.baybookfest.org.— Linda Zavoral, Staff.
Hopelessly devoted to ‘Grease’: Pull out your 1950s duds, practice your hand-jive and get ready to tap your inner Sandy, Danny or Rizzo, The “Grease Sing-Along” comes to San Jose for three showings on June 3, Ooo, ooo, ooo, Details: 1, 4 and 7:30 p.m.; Montgomery Theater, San Jose; $19-$49; sanjosetheaters.org.— Linda Zavoral, Staff, Hot licks from Jinx Jones: Jinx Jones might be the hardest working guitarist in the Bay Area, A savvy and skilled performer equally adept in rock, jazz and jump blues ballroom dance practice shoes settings, he’s put in road time with such legends as Solomon Burke, Chuck Berry and Roy Buchanan, and contributed to massive hits by R&B divas En Vogue, These days he can be found performing around the region with his sleek and swinging rockabilly trio the Kingtones, You can catch them at Armando’s in Martinez on June 3, Details: 8 p.m.; $15; 925-228-6985, www.armandosmartinez.com.— Andrew Gilbert, Correspondent..
An offer you shouldn’t refuseHere’s a 45th cinematic anniversary worth noting. Francis Ford Coppola’s classic epic about family and mobsters “The Godfather” returns to the big screen around the country June 4 and 7 thanks to TCM Big Screen Classics and Fathom Events. Based on the Mario Puzo best-seller, Coppola’s 1972 drama produced dramatic and acting fireworks. Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Al Pacino and James Caan are just some of the many fine actors featured. Details: Find participating Bay Area theaters, tickets ($12.50) and more information at www.fathomevents.com/events/the-godfather.— Randy Myers, Correspondent.
New Kids and friends: Get ready for a flashback to the ’80s and ’90s, as the New Kids on the Block bring their collection of giant pop hits — such as “You Got It (The Right Stuff),” “I’ll Be Loving You (Forever),” “Hangin’ Tough” and “Step by Step” — to the Bay Area, The famed boy band will be joined by fellow hitmakers Boyz II Men and Paula Abdul, Details: 7:30 p.m, June 4; SAP Center, San Jose; $29.95-$199.95; www.ticketmaster.com.— Jim Harrington, Staff, A classic classic-rock combo: Here comes a heaping helping of hits from the 1970s, ’80s and then some as Chicago and the Doobie Brothers join forces for a co-headlining concert on June 7, Chicago is known for such fan favorites as “If You Leave Me Now,” “Saturday in the Park,” “Feelin’ Stronger Every Day” and “25 ballroom dance practice shoes or 6 to 4.” The San Jose-born Doobies can counter with such excellent cuts as “China Grove,” “Long Train Runnin’” and “Listen to the Music.” It should be a great night for singing along to the music, Details: 7:30 p.m.; Concord Pavilion; $31-$126; www.livenation.com.— Jim Harrington, Staff..
Heaven for Pink Floyd fans: Roger Waters drove Pink Floyd to such amazing heights in the ’70s, crafting some of the decade’s most fascinating albums — including 1973’s “The Dark Side of the Moon,” 1975’s “Wish You Were Here” and 1979’s “The Wall.” Waters is revisiting his Floyd classics on his Us + Them Tour, which boasts three Northern California stops. The trek also supports the new solo offering — “Is This the Life We Really Want?” — which is Waters’ first rock album in 25 years. Details: 8 p.m. June 7 at SAP Center, San Jose; 8 p.m. June 10 at Oracle Arena, Oakland; 8 p.m. June 12 at Golden 1 Center, Sacramento; $55-$250; www.ticketmaster.com.— Jim Harrington, Staff.
Josh Friedman has had his share of serious music, Now it’s all about fun, He studied classical guitar and composition, But with colorful outfits, catchy songs and energetic fellow musicians, he’s happily fronting the kids band Purple Fox and The Heebie Jeebies, “We just want to be entertaining, I love seeing people smile and dance in the audience, If I ballroom dance practice shoes can entertain kids from 2 all the way through adults, that’s a success, We just played Hometown Days in San Carlos, and teenagers gave me high-fives,” Friedman says, laughing..
The band presents a participatory show with a sound fueled by horns and funk, mixing in elements of rock and hip-hop. “That’s what makes me dance,” Friedman says. “And if people see me having a good time, that inspires them to have fun, too.”. The number of band members varies. On June 11, when Purple Fox plays Redwood City’s Kidchella, the annual free kids concert series, there will be seven musicians to keep heads bopping and feet tapping — horns, background singers, guitar, bass and drums, plus vocalist Friedman on ukulele. Also appearing at Kidchella this summer will be The Hipwaders on July 9, Alison Faith Levy’s Big Time Tot Rock on Aug. 13, and Andy Z and the Andyland Band on Sept. 10.
On July 29, at a benefit concert for the Music in the Schools Foundation, part of Palo Alto’s Twilight Concert Series, (http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/gov/depts/csd/events/twilight.asp), Friedman will bring a 12-piece band, including two drummers, “It’s going to be a wild time on stage,” he says, Growing up in San Diego, Friedman was entranced by music, even as a small child, “One of my earliest childhood memories, my dad would put ballroom dance practice shoes on 45s like The Who’s ‘Who Are You?’ and I would dance in circles around the room.”..