July events, Summer Arts 2013 preview 

click to enlarge The Independence Day on The Bay fireworks show starts around 9:30 p.m. on July 4. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • The Independence Day on The Bay fireworks show starts around 9:30 p.m. on July 4.

Fintastic! Shark Discovery

Monday, July 1

The Aquarium by the Bay teaches kids about sharks from 2 to 3 p.m. at the West Portal Branch of the S.F. Public Library.

Alameda County Fair

Tuesday, July 2 through July 7

Santana tribute band Caravanserai appears at the fairgrounds in Pleasanton. Later in the week, Weird Al Yankovic, Zendaya and Clay Walker perform concerts.

Independence Day on the Bay

Thursday, July 4

Celebrations start at noon on Pier 39. The epic fireworks show starts around 9:30 p.m.

Johnny Mathis at Davies

Friday, July 5 through July 6

The smooth pop vocalist performs his hits with the San Francisco Symphony.

Fillmore Jazz Festival

Saturday, July 6 through July 7

The country’s largest jazz street festival is on Fillmore Street between Jackson and Eddy streets.

The Gospel of Mary Magdalene

Sunday, July 7

The San Francisco Opera closes the season with the final performance of Mark Adamo’s daring new opera at the War Memorial Opera House.

Loudest Man on Earth

Wednesday, July 10 through Aug. 4

Catherine Rush’s romantic comedy about a deaf actor opens TheatreWorks’ season at the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto.

 Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble

Thursday, July 11

Dr. John Calloway leads the group in a performance at Yerba Buena Gardens Esplanade at 12:30 p.m.

Festival del Sole

Friday, July 12 through July 21

Audra McDonald opens the annual classical music festival in Napa. Other big names include soprano Jessye Norman and violinist Sarah Chang.

The Merry Wives of Windsor

Sunday, July 14

Pocket Opera performs Otto Nicolai’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s comedy at the Legion of Honor.

Poetry Tuesday

Tuesday, July 16

Robin Ekiss hosts a Litquake poetry reading with Peter Kline, Jennifer Elise Foerster, Sam Sax and Toni Mirosevich. The Yerba Buena Garden Festival event is at 12:30 p.m. 

Counting Crows, The Wallflowers

Wednesday, July 17

The 1990s are revisited in this roots-rock double bill at Wente Vineyards in Livermore.

Silent Film Festival

Thursday, July 18 through July 21

International film buffs are drawn to the unique festival at the Castro Theatre, where movies are screened with live music.

S.F. Symphony

Sunday, July 21

The orchestra performs Tchaikovsky, Copland, Beethoven and Williams in a free 2 p.m. concert in Dolores Park.

The Bridge Builders

Tuesday, July 22 through Sept. 27

Joseph A. Blum’s large photos of construction on the Bay Bridge’s new span are on view at City Hall.

Jeff Bridges & the Abiders

Thursday, July 25

“The Dude” performs soulful tunes from his debut album at the Mountain Winery in Saratoga. 

Renegade Craft Fair

Saturday July 27 through July 28

Eclectic indie crafters pack Fort Mason in this curated show and sale. 

Up Your Alley 

Sunday, July 27

The fetish event — for real players, not the feint of heart — attracts leather fans on Folsom Street between Ninth and Juniper streets and in Dore Alley.

One Direction

July 30 through July 31

The tween pin-up group performs at San Jose’s HP Pavilion before heading to Oakland’s Oracle Arena on Thursday.

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