August 7

San Jose Jazz Fest Club Crawl
Does a sax sound sweeter when paired with shish kebab or sake? Find out this weekend, when the 20th annual San Jose Jazz Fest’s popular Club Crawl expands to more downtown restaurants, clubs and bars.
Live music is scheduled for Friday and Saturday nights at four restaurants (Agenda, Gumbo Jumbo, Hawgs Seafood and Morocco’s); four hotels (the Marriott’s Tanq Bar, Affinity at the Hilton, the Hedley Club at the Hotel De Anza and the Fairmont’s Lobby Lounge); four clubs and bars (Koji Sake Lounge, Temple Bar and Lounge, Fahrenheit and Perfect Finish Wine Bar); and even South First Street Billiards. A plus: No festival wristband is required for any of these venues.
At the outdoor stages, executive director Geoff Roach promises that all the fave food purveyors will be in attendance, from Nita Bee’s sweet potato pie to Woodie’s World of Wings. There’s a hot list of newcomers, too. Look for Venezuelan specialties by Pica Pica Maize Kitchen of Napa’s Oxbow Market; chowder and seafood from Sam’s ChowderMobile, which will make its way south from Half Moon Bay; and saucy tri-tip sandwiches from Big Ed’s Buzzard BBQ of San Jose.
Starting now, you can buy festival wristbands at a discount. The $10 daily wristbands (regularly $15) may be purchased at the Poor House Bistro, Sonoma Chicken Coop, Naglee Park Garage, Cafe Too and Cafe Trieste.
When: Friday and Saturday evening
Where: Around San Jose
Cost: $10-$15
More Information: www.sanjosejazz.org.

August 8

San Jose Jazz Fest Club Crawl
Does a sax sound sweeter when paired with shish kebab or sake? Find out this weekend, when the 20th annual San Jose Jazz Fest’s popular Club Crawl expands to more downtown restaurants, clubs and bars.
Live music is scheduled for Friday and Saturday nights at four restaurants (Agenda, Gumbo Jumbo, Hawgs Seafood and Morocco’s); four hotels (the Marriott’s Tanq Bar, Affinity at the Hilton, the Hedley Club at the Hotel De Anza and the Fairmont’s Lobby Lounge); four clubs and bars (Koji Sake Lounge, Temple Bar and Lounge, Fahrenheit and Perfect Finish Wine Bar); and even South First Street Billiards. A plus: No festival wristband is required for any of these venues.
At the outdoor stages, executive director Geoff Roach promises that all the fave food purveyors will be in attendance, from Nita Bee’s sweet potato pie to Woodie’s World of Wings. There’s a hot list of newcomers, too. Look for Venezuelan specialties by Pica Pica Maize Kitchen of Napa’s Oxbow Market; chowder and seafood from Sam’s ChowderMobile, which will make its way south from Half Moon Bay; and saucy tri-tip sandwiches from Big Ed’s Buzzard BBQ of San Jose.
Starting now, you can buy festival wristbands at a discount. The $10 daily wristbands (regularly $15) may be purchased at the Poor House Bistro, Sonoma Chicken Coop, Naglee Park Garage, Cafe Too and Cafe Trieste.
When: Friday and Saturday evening
Where: Around San Jose
Cost: $10-$15
More Information: www.sanjosejazz.org.

Concord Japanese Summer Festival
A variety of foods will be available, including chicken and beef teriyaki, tempura, sushi, udon noodles and gyoza, as well as hot dogs, desserts, snow cones, and other refreshments. A children’s game area will also be open both days.
Learn by watching Japanese floral arrangement and calligraphy demonstrations, an abonsai tree show, judo and kendo demonstrations and music and dancing to celebrate the Obon Festival observed through Japan and many Japanese American communities. Shows by taiko drummers and bon odori (folk)dancing will take place both days.
When: 1:00 PM-8:00 PM
Where: Concord Japanese Cultural Center, 3165 Treat Boulevard, Concord
Cost: Free
More Information: www.diablojaclub.com

August 9

Concord Japanese Summer Festival
A variety of foods will be available, including chicken and beef teriyaki, tempura, sushi, udon noodles and gyoza, as well as hot dogs, desserts, snow cones, and other refreshments. A children’s game area will also be open both days.
Learn by watching Japanese floral arrangement and calligraphy demonstrations, an abonsai tree show, judo and kendo demonstrations and music and dancing to celebrate the Obon Festival observed through Japan and many Japanese American communities. Shows by taiko drummers and bon odori (folk)dancing will take place both days.
When: 12:00 PM-9:00 PM
Where: Concord Japanese Cultural Center, 3165 Treat Boulevard, Concord
Cost: Free
More Information: www.diablojaclub.com

August 10

Community Yoga Class
Community Yoga Class 10 a.m. at James Kenney Parks and Rec. Center at Virginia and 8th. Seniors and beginners welcome
When
: 10:00 AM
Where: James Kenney Parks and Rec. Center, Berkeley
Cost: $6

August 11

Ask a Scientist – Secrets of the Sleeping Brain
Ask a Scientist is an informative, entertaining, monthly lecture. Each event features a speaker on a scientific topic, a short presentation, and the opportunity to ask all those burning questions that have been keeping you up at night. No tests, grades, or pressure–just food, drinks, socializing, and conversation about the universe’s most fascinating mysteries!

Topic: Secrets of the Sleeping Brain
Why do we sleep? Although science has yet to explain the reason we spend one-third of our lives in this bizarre state, an exciting theory suggests that sleep can solidify newly learned memories by rewiring the architecture of brain. Emerging neuroscience evidence also indicates that sleep can intelligently associate and integrate new memories together, performing a kind of sleep-dependent alchemy. This phenomenon may fuel creative human insights, often reflected in dream content. In addition to memory benefits, recent findings also suggest that sleep can refresh emotional brain reactivity, smoothing away the rough edges from our prior waking concerns, thereby allowing rational next-day decisions. Thinking about skimping on your Zs? You’d better come hear what UC Berkeley’s Matt Walker has to say about it first!
When: 7:00 PM
Where: Axis Café, 1201 8th Street (btw. 16th & Irwin), San Francisco
Cost: Free
More Information: www.askascientistsf.com

August 12

Summer Sounds Concert
Free outdoor concerts every Wednesday afternoon. Performance by: Stung – Police Tribute Band
When: 12:00 PM—1:00 PM
Where: Oakland City Center
Cost: Free
More Information: 510-628-8490 or http://www.oaklandcitycenter.com/happenings.cfm

August 13

Julian Pollack Concert
Julian Pollack and his new group, Infinite Playground, play new compositions deeply rooted in soul, minimalism, and jazz.
When:  12:00 PM
Where:  Downtown Berkeley B ART plaza (Shattuck at Center St.)
Cost: Free
More Information: info@downtownberkeley.org