Do as you please, come what May.
READ (and MEET)
Please Step Back
What: New Yorker editor and author Ben Greenman stops in SF in honor of his new fictional tale starring ’60s funk band leader Rock Foxx, a character amalgam loosely inspired by Sly & the Family Stone.
Why: We want the funk.
When: Thurs. & Fri., 7:30 p.m.
Where: Thurs., The Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., b/t Cole & Clayton Sts. (415-863-8688); Fri., Books Inc., 2251 Chestnut St., at Avila St. (415-931-3633).
Van Morrison Live
What: The legendary rocker jams at the Greek Theatre during his Astral Weeks album tour.
Why: You’re a brown-eyed girl.
When: Sat. & Sun., 7:30 p.m.
Where: UC Berkeley, Gayley Rd., Berkeley (510-642-9988). Tickets online at ticketmaster.com.
What: A percentage of proceeds from select cocktails and bites purchased at Sugar Cafe’s benefit goes to the local nonprofit for homeless youth.
Why: Gimme shelter.
When: Thurs., 6-9 p.m.
Where: 679 Sutter St., b/t Mason & Taylor Sts. (415-441-5678).
Rogan and Loomstate Pop-Up
What: Roll over to August boutique in Oakland for new must-haves for men and women by NYC designers Scott Hahn and Rogan Gregory.
Why: Fruit of the Loom.
When: Daily, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: 5410 College Ave., at Manila Ave., Oakland (510-652-2711).
The Graceful Cookie
What: Get a head start on Mother’s Day gift giving by sending her a custom boxed dozen from the Vallejo bakery. Enter code DAILYCANDY for free shipping.
Why: Yummy mummy.
When: Order by Tues.
Where: Online at thegracefulcookie.com.