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). SEE 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. SUPPORT StreetSmart4Kids 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). SHOP 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). PREORDER 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.