Cannabis Cup, Colossal Clusterfest, Elvis Costello: GreenState's picks of the weekend!
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WHAT: High Times Cannabis Cup Nor-Cal
WHERE: Sonoma County Fairground, Santa Rosa
WHEN: Saturday-Sunday, June 3-4, 12 p.m.
HOW MUCH: $50-$420
WHY YOU SHOULD ATTEND: Take a trip out to wine country for one of the Bay Area’s biggest pot festivals of the year. High Times will celebrate its first weekend of new ownership alongside its annual competition honoring the region’s finest accomplishments in cannabis. The weekend will also include panel discussions, a sprawling medication area full of vendors, and performances by stoney ‘90s throwback acts 311 and Sublime with Rome.
WHAT: Comedy Central presents Colossal Clusterfest
WHERE: Bill Graham Auditorium, San Francisco
WHEN: Friday-Sunday, June 2-4, 2 p.m.
HOW MUCH: $99.50-$599.50
WHY YOU SHOULD ATTEND: This three-day festival is a must for anyone obsessed with comedy. The massive lineup includes a healthy mix of comedy and music acts that includes Ice Cube and Jerry Seinfeld, as well as Seinfeld’s apartment, Paddy’s Pub from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and the charms of South Park.
WHAT: Dead & Company
WHERE: Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View
WHEN: Saturday, June 3, 7 p.m.
HOW MUCH: $40-$1,703
WHY YOU SHOULD ATTEND: Guitar hero John Mayer has gone from supplying syrupy VH1 hits to firmly holding onto the torch passed down to him by the remaining members of the Grateful Dead. The short drive down to Mountain View will be well worth the prolonged jam session.
WHAT: Hushfest Ocean Beach
WHERE: Ocean Beach, San Francisco
WHEN: Saturday, June 3, 12 p.m.
HOW MUCH: $22-$30
WHY YOU SHOULD ATTEND: Turn your headphones up for one of the Bay Area’s most unique music events. Ali Shaheed Muhammad of A Tribe Called Quest will headline the signature bi-annual silent disco dance party.
WHAT: Elvis Costello
WHERE: Greek Theatre, Berkeley
WHEN: Saturday, June 3, 8 p.m.
HOW MUCH: $74-$281
WHY YOU SHOULD ATTEND: Because Elvis is the Godfather of alternative rock as you know it. Costello brings his band the Impostors to perform newer material alongside his most influential tracks.
WHAT: Easy Star All-Stars
WHERE: The Independent, San Francisco
WHEN: Sunday, June 4, 7:30 p.m.
HOW MUCH: $22 in advance, $25 at the door
WHY YOU SHOULD ATTEND: Gotta love a reggae band that can make your favorite rock bands’ best albums sound more 420-friendly. Spend a Sunday at the Independent for irie dub covers of the Beatles, Pink Floyd, and Radiohead.
WHAT: Baked Beliefs Improv Show
WHERE: Stage Werx, San Francisco
WHEN: Wednesday, June 7, 8 p.m.
HOW MUCH: $5
WHY YOU SHOULD ATTEND: If you’ve ever wanted to see your most ridiculously stoned thoughts acted out on stage, this is your chance. The Endgames Improv production features a special guest’s drug-fueled tale of debauchery, followed by an improv session inspired by high ideas from the audience.
WHAT: Book Release and Signing: O Glorious City by Jeremy Fish
WHERE: City Hall, San Francisco
WHEN: Tuesday, June 6, 5:30 p.m.
HOW MUCH: free
WHY YOU SHOULD ATTEND: Local artist Jeremy Fish presents his love letter to San Francisco with a collection of drawings inspired by the city’s historical figures, landmarks, and architecture. Visit the iconic City Hall and get your copy signed by Fish himself.
WHAT: Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary
WHERE: Museum of African Diaspora, San Francisco
WHEN: Wednesday, June 7, 6:30 p.m.
HOW MUCH: $10 general, $5 for students and seniors, free for MoAD members
WHY YOU SHOULD ATTEND: The Museum of African Diaspora continues to celebrate the black culture of San Francisco’s Summer of Love with a screening of John Scheinfeld’s 2016 documentary focusing on the transcendent saxophonist. The film compiles rare performance footage, studio sessions, and commentary from fellow jazz giants.
WHAT: DJ Premier and the Badder Band
WHERE: Regency Ballroom, San Francisco
WHEN: Thursday, June 8, 8:30 p.m.
HOW MUCH: $25-$35
WHY YOU SHOULD ATTEND: One of hip-hop’s best beatmakers teams up with a four-piece band to bring deep grooves and masterful turntable cuts to San Francisco’s Regency Ballroom. Preemo and the gang plan to move the crowd with improvised jams mixed in between familiar Gang Starr hits and lesser-known rare gems.