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stage

Stage listings are compiled by Cheryl Eddy. Performance times may change; call venues to confirm. Reviewers are Robert Avila, Sima Belmar, Rita Felciano, and Brad Rosenstein. See 8 Days a Week for information on how to submit items to the listings.

theater
Opening

The All Night Strut New Conservatory Theatre Center, 25 Van Ness; 861-8972. $15-35. Previews Wed/23-Fri/25, 8pm. Runs Thurs-Sat, 8pm; Sun, 2pm. Through March 3. The New Conservatory Theatre Center continues its In Concert series with this musical celebration of the 1930s and '40s.

Frank Olivier's Twisted Cabaret and Pandemonium Vaudeville Show Mason Street Theatre, 340 Mason; 982-5463. $30-42. Previews through Feb 14: Thurs, 8pm; Fri, 8:30pm; Sat, 5:30 and 9pm; Sun, 3:30pm. Opens Feb 14, 8pm. Runs Thurs, 8pm; Fri, 8:30pm; Sat, 5:30 and 9pm; Sun, 3:30pm. Open-ended. Performer Frank Olivier presents 15 vignettes of knife-throwing, fire-eating, and other sideshow-style acts with live music.

In Love and Sex The Next Stage, 1620 Gough; 673-0304, ext 3. $15-20. Opens Fri/25, 8pm. Runs Fri-Sat, 8pm. Through Feb 23. Combined Art Form Entertainment presents a multimedia work that weaves short stories by Isabel Allende, Martha Soukup, and others with live music and video projection.

Legion New Conservatory Theatre Center, 25 Van Ness; 861-8972. $18-35. Previews Wed/23-Sat/26, Wed/30-Fri/1, 8pm; Sun/27, 2pm. Opens Sat/2, 8pm. Runs Wed-Sat, 8pm; Feb 10, 24, March 10, 24, 31, 2pm. Through April 6. The New Conservatory Theatre Center presents the world premiere of Hal Corley's drama about two married men who suddenly become attracted to each other.

The Marriage of Bette and Boo Exit on Taylor, 277 Taylor; 648-3091. $12-15. Opens Fri/25, 8pm. Runs Fri-Sat, 8pm. Through Feb 16. Density over Duration Productions presents Christopher Durang's comedy about marriage and family.

Bay Area

Patience Dean Lesher Regional Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic, Walnut Creek; (925) 943-7469. $20-38. Opens Thurs/24, 8pm. Runs Fri/25-Sat/26, 8pm (also Sat/26, 2pm). Starting Feb 8, moves to Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater, 701 Mission; 978-2787. $20-38. Opens Feb 8, 8pm. Runs Fri-Sat, 8pm (also Feb 13-14, 8pm; Feb 16, 2pm); Sun, 2pm. Through Feb 17. The Lamplighters perform Gilbert and Sullivan's comic opera.

Rhinoceros Thrust Stage, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, 2025 Addison, Berk; (510) 647-2949. $16-42. Opens Wed/23, 8pm. Runs Thurs-Sat, 8pm (also Sat/26, Thurs/31, Sat/2, Feb 9, 14, 23, 28, March 9, 2pm; no show Fri/1); Sun and Wed, 7pm (also Sun, 2pm). Through March 10. Berkeley Rep presents Eugene Ionesco's absurdist modern classic.

Ongoing

The A**hole Monologues Bayfront Theater, Fort Mason Center, Marina at Laguna; 474-8935. $15-50. Thurs, 8pm. Through Thurs/31. The Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America benefits from this show "conceived in the spirit of The Vagina Monologues;" the rotating cast includes David Schutte from Alice 97.3, Melissa Howard from The Real World: New Orleans, and numerous other local and national comedians and performers.

The Beard of Avon Geary Theater, 415 Geary; 749-2228. $11-61. Tues-Sat, 8pm (also Wed, Sat-Sun, 2pm). Through Feb 10. See "Flashes of Lite," page 35.

Copenhagen Curran Theatre, 445 Geary; 512-7770. $34-68. Tues-Sat, 8pm (also Wed, Sat-Sun, 2pm). Through Sun/3. Inspired by Werner Heisenberg's famous 1941 journey from Germany, where he was toiling on atomic projects for the Nazis, to see his mentor Niels Bohr in occupied Denmark, Michael Frayn's play delves into the essential question "Why did he come to Copenhagen?" The play brilliantly makes the mystery itself the subject. I watched and listened to Copenhagen with interest and boundless admiration for its rigor, its craft, Frayn's beautifully articulated dialogue and thought, and the production's nearly faultless realization of all of the play's ambitious dimensions. But I never for a moment felt pulled into the evening emotionally, even as Frayn drew insightful parallels between physics and the play's tortured, Hamlet-like patterns of fathers and sons; focused on the pain of ruined friendships and destroyed countries; and compassionately parsed the tug of commitments to family, nation, truth, and conscience. (Rosenstein)

Design for Living Theatre Rhinoceros, 2926 16th St; 861-5079. $15-25. Wed-Sat, 8pm; Sun, 7pm (also Sun/27, Sun/3, Feb 10, 3pm). Through Feb 16. See "Flashes of Lite," page 35.

*Don't Make Me Look Too Psychotic Bannam Place Theater, 50 Bannam Place; 986-4607. $15. Thurs-Sat, 8pm. Through March 23. Violently unhealthy relationships are the driving force behind Bruce Pachtman's hilarious solo show, which closed last year after a triumphant 58-week run and is now enjoying a return engagement at the Bannam Place Theater. Pachtman developed this autobiographical piece after dating a particularly incendiary woman. Bruce and Gloria have a lot in common, like drinking problems and intimacy issues. Don't Make Me Look Too Psychotic is gut-bustingly funny, which is no small feat considering the seriousness of the material. (Joshua Medsker)

Euphor!um Bldg 920, Mason St, Presidio (enter from Marina Blvd through the Crissy Field gate); 332-9454. $15. Thurs/24, 6-10pm; Fri/25-Sat/26, 7-11:30pm; Sun/27, 3-7pm. Antenna presents its interactive journey through Samuel Taylor Coleridge's opium-inspired poem "Kubla Khan."

Five Flights Thick House, 1695 18th St; 401-8081. $15-20. Wed-Sat, 8pm; Sun, 5pm. Through Feb 24. Encore Theater Company opens its 15th season with Adam Bock's world premiere, a play about a grieving widower who builds an aviary and how this act affects his children.

Jump Exit Theater Cafe, 156 Eddy; 864-4669. $10. Fri-Sat, 8:30pm. Through Sat/2. Nena St. Louis performs an autobiographical performance piece.

The Last Bling Bling Noh Space, 2840 Mariposa; 646-0868. $10-13. Thurs/23-Sat/26, 8pm; Sun/27, 7pm. The 18 Mighty Mountain Warriors ("the world's most psychotic Asian American comedy group") present an all-new skit comedy show.

*The Lights ODC Theater, 3153 17th St; 863-9834. $16-20. Thurs/24-Sat/26, 8pm. Howard Korder's play, a twisted valentine to urban madness and energy, focuses on three young residents of an unnamed city who get pushed to their limits. Val Hendrickson, a veteran director of Korder's work, is in perfect tune with the play's edgy seriocomic tone, and with choreographer Reginald Ray-Savage he deploys a cast of 15 around the ODC space with great finesse, creating a far-reaching urban canvas. But the kicker is Marcus Shelby's original musical score, performed live and almost continuously throughout by his hefty jazz orchestra. The orchestra and its sounds, from seductive purrs to ferocious blasts, summon up the relentless thereness of the city from which the characters can't escape and which holds them in thrall. (Rosenstein)

The Mystery of Irma Vep, a Penny Dreadful New Conservatory Theater Center, 25 Van Ness; 861-8972. $18-35. Wed-Sat, 8pm; Sun/27, Sun/3, Feb 10, 17, 2pm. Through Feb 23. Charles Ludlam's comic, gothic farce, presented by the New Conservatory Theatre Center, is a two-actor play filled with multiple characters, zany gags, costumes, and fast-paced action.

Una Noche de Sueños Vidi Flores/A Dream of Flowers A Traveling Jewish Theatre, 470 Florida; 399-1809, www.atjt.com. $12.50-25 (Thurs, pay what you can). Thurs-Sat, 8pm; Sun, 2 and 7pm. Through Feb 10. A Traveling Jewish Theatre dives into the lush world of Ladino, the swiftly disappearing language of the Spanish Jews in exile. The piece, primarily a work of dance and music, takes as its "text" a cycle of original love songs by Albert Greenberg with lyrics rendered in Ladino (a blend of Spanish, Turkish, Hebrew, Greek, etc.) and English and set to the contemporary rhythms of tangos, sambas, jazz, and electronica. The performers (singers Greenberg and Yolanda Aranda and dancers Patricia Jiron, Eric Rhys Miller, and Sally Clawson) all swirl around one another in fantasias of passion, frustration, jealousy, exploration, and delight. Flores is an admirable attempt to rediscover the seductiveness of this too easily forgotten strand of Jewish roots, and the music-movement form is definitely the right choice for imagining Ladino into the current century. But Greenberg's modern romanceros tell some pretty familiar stories, and neither Helen Stoltzfus's direction nor Sonya Delwaide's colloquial choreography finds much new in these scenarios. Still, it's an enjoyable sensual wallow, thanks largely to Aranda's rich phrasing and Clawson and Jiron's emotionally articulated movement. (Rosenstein)

'Risk Is This ... the Cutting Ball New Plays Festival: Staged Readings by Three Playwrights Who Are Changing What Theater Can Be' Theater Rhinoceros, 2926 16th St; 861-5079. $12. Thurs/24-Sat/26, 8:30pm (additional show Sun/27, 2pm, Julia Morgan Center for the Arts, 2640 College, Berk). The final play in this festival is Begging the Eclipse (Thurs/24-Sun/27), by Caridad Svich.

Romeo and Juliet Jon Sims Center for the Performing Arts, 1519 Mission; 377-0457. $8-12. Sat/26-Sun/27, 8pm. What's in a Name Productions presents an updated version of the Shakespeare classic.

*The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe Theatre on the Square, 450 Post; 433-9500. $35-50. Wed-Thurs, Tues/22, Tues/29, Feb 19, 8pm; Fri-Sat, 8:30pm; Sat-Sun, 3pm (also Sun, 7:30pm). Extended through Feb 24. Sixteen years after her play's first appearance, Jane Wagner's script still ranks among the most brilliant theater writing of recent decades. Its 13-character universe still crackles with the breadth of its thought, humor, and compassion. Lily Tomlin remains a spot-on powerhouse, etching seamless worlds with the vocal and gestural versatility of a master. (Rosenstein)

Smoker, a Play in 15 Rounds Exit Theater, 156 Eddy; 885-6460. $12-18. Fri-Sat, 8pm. Through Feb 16. From Pass the Hat Presents comes a new play by San Francisco's Michael Mace. The title refers to an unauthorized boxing match fought for small change, but Mace's combatants vie for the love and care of a woman and her unborn child (whose father either of them could be). When Mona disappears, her friend Sol (Joe Weatherby), a blind referee, forces a showdown between estranged husband Charlie (David Tenenbaum), a macho boxer, and longtime lover Mitch (Dave Garrett), a mild veterinarian. The exploration of male identity in a literal and metaphorical boxing ring may seem a familiar conceit, but Mace (whose Triptych ran at the Exit last year) displays his usual flair for dialogue and crafting a good story. Director Laura Ellen Smith elicits nice ensemble playing, though some of the best writing comes in soliloquies performed against running images of classic matches. There's enough here (including live musical accompaniment) to leave us punch drunk, if not KO'd, by the end. (Avila)

This Is Our Youth Actors Theater SF, 533 Sutter; 296-9179. $18-25. Thurs-Sat, 8pm; Sun, 7pm. Through Feb 23. Actors Theatre of San Francisco presents Kenneth Lonergan's play about three young people caught between adolescence and adulthood in 1982 Manhattan.

Urban Zulu Mambo Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, 620 Sutter; 474-8800. $22-30. Thurs/24-Sat/26, 8pm; Sun/27, 2pm. The West Coast premiere of Regina Taylor's collaborative concept piece features short solo works by three African American women playwrights bridged by Taylor's title poem. The renowned Rhodessa Jones replaces Taylor for the San Francisco production, embodying in succession a homeless woman and her discoursing dog in Suzan-Lori Parks's Talking to Jupiter, an art student obsessed with her idealized male subject in Ntozake Shange's Liliane, and a pregnant breast cancer survivor-survivalist in Kia Corthron's Safe Box. Originally intended as a countdown to 2000 called Millennium Mambo, these idiosyncratic studies in alienation are pervaded by an apocalyptic tone. Despite inconsistencies in the writing, the monologues frequently sparkle, although the spare stage design and Edris Cooper-Anifowoshe's lenient direction leave Jones too much on her own in this demanding play. (Avila)

Bay Area

Better than Broadway Larkspur Cafe Theatre, 500 Magnolia, Larkspur; (415) 924-6107. $20 (with dinner at 7pm, $32). Fri/25-Sat/26, 8pm. Hoochi-Doo Productions presents a revue of shows produced by the company in the past year, plus a look at the season ahead.

Every Inch a King La Val's Subterranean Theater, 1834 Euclid, Berk; (510) 558-1381. $8-18 (Thurs, pay what you can). Thurs-Sat, 8pm (also Sat/26, Sat/2, 5pm); Sun, 5pm. Through Feb 9. Central Works performs Gary Graves's comedy about three daughters who must cope with their aging, wealthy father.

Old Money Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 600 Castro, Mountain View; (650) 903-6000. $20-40. Tues, 7:30pm (no show Tues/5); Wed-Sat, 8pm (also Sat/2, Feb 9, 2pm); Sun, 2pm (also Sun/3, 7pm). Through Feb 10. In TheatreWorks' production of Wendy Wasserstein's new play, millionaire Jeffrey Bernstein (Peter James Meyers) and son Ovid (Richard Gallagher) are entertaining Manhattan's elite in their newly acquired mansion. Ovid has added some surprises to his father's recherché guest list, including Tobias Vivian Pfeiffer III (Ken Ruta), a historian of New York whose robber-baron grandfather once owned the house. Pfeiffer's ailing health induces a time-traveling episode that has two family dramas a century apart mingling in the same room. The house's latest inhabitants seem to confirm the theory of eternal recurrence. So do the play's themes. Clearly written at the height of the last boom (when social climbing and money's capacity to buy happiness were again ready motifs), the play's communion with the society and social satire of old New York never really coheres, despite Robert Kelley's sure direction and Eric E. Sinkkonen's exquisite beaux-arts set (complete with burnished wood and a waft of cigar scent). The evening sustains itself on 21st-century witticisms and Mr. Ruta's masterful performance as the timid child of a lost patrimony. (Avila)

Three Sisters Live Oak Theatre, 1301 Shattuck, Berk; (510) 528-5620. $10. Fri-Sat, 8pm (also Feb 14, 8pm). Through Feb 16. Actors Ensemble of Berkeley performs David Mamet's adaptation of the Chekhov play.

*The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek Aurora Theatre, 2081 Addison, Berk; (510) 843-4822, www.auroratheatre.org. $26-35. Wed-Sat, 8pm (also Sun, 2 and 7pm). Through Feb 10. It's baffling why Naomi Wallace remains one of the best-kept secrets in American theater, since her plays represent some of the brightest and most thoughtful playwriting being crafted these days. Here she manages to take a situation ripe with potential cliché and transform it into a haunting, original drama. Two teenagers in a depression-era town have little to look forward to but the challenge of playing chicken with an express train that regularly passes them by. The play loses some of its juice in a diffuse second act, but for most of its length this is a wonderfully rich and harrowing exploration of youth, sex, and the failed promise of American dreams. Under Søren Oliver's finely measured direction the entire ensemble is excellent, including two knockout performances by Jennifer Wagner and Ian Scott McGregor Jurcso as the two young leads. (Rosenstein)

dance

'Arte y compás' Timo's Restaurant, 842 Valencia; 647-0558. Sun, 7 and 8:30pm. Call for price. The flamenco group performs dinner shows.

'Cavewomen 2002' Dance Mission Theatre, 3316 24th St; 273-4633. Fri-Sat, 8pm (also Jan 31, 8pm); Sun, 6pm. Through Feb 2. $17-20. In many ways Cavewomen is a throwback to the glory days of Dance Brigade's road-blasting '80s work, feminist multimedia theater propelled by three Ps: passion, performance, and politics. Krissy Keefer is now working with a new generation of dancers, but they are as gutsy as her earlier cohorts, if not gutsier. You don't have to believe in the efficacy of advocacy art or Cavewomen's rather simplistic perspectives on power and patriarchy – these women put on a hell of a show. (Felciano)

'An Evening with Frankie Manning' Gershwin Theater, 2350 Turk; 979-3079. Fri, 7:30pm. $7-8. See Critic's Choice.

'Inbal Dance Theater' Herbst Theater, 401 Van Ness; 392-4400. Thurs, 7:30pm. $20-35. Israel's oldest dance company performs works that draw on both traditional and modern styles.

Joe Goode Performance Group Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center, Marina at Laguna; 345-7575. Fri-Sat, 8pm. $18. See 8 Days a Week, page 44.

'ODCunplugged' ODC Theater, 3153 17th St; 863-9834. $15. Wed, 6pm. Ten ODC dancers perform a program that includes Brenda Way's new work, Raking Light. The evening also includes pre- and post-performance discussions with dancers and choreographer.

Bay Area

Dance Theatre of Harlem Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley, Bancroft at Telegraph, Berk; (510) 642-9988. Program A: Wed-Thurs, Sat, 8pm; Program B: Fri, 8pm; Sat, 2pm. $24-48. Program A includes Viraa, Passion of the Blood (both 2001), and Return (1999); Program B includes New Bach (2001), Dialogues (1991), and Concerto in F (1986).

'Julia's Feast of Dance' Julia Morgan Center for the Arts, 2640 College, Berk; (510) 845-8542. Sat, 8pm. $15. This benefit for dance in the East Bay features performances by Axis Dance Company, Shipp Dance Theatre, Chingchi Yu, and others.

performance

Aram Kouyoumdjian Vaspouragan Hall, 51 Commonwealth; 566-3568. Fri-Sat, 8pm. $10-15. The solo performer presents three original pieces: Protest, Bedlam, and Safe Harbours.

'Bay One-Acts Festival' Eureka Theatre, 215 Jackson; 1-866-468-3399, www.ticketweb.com or www.threewisemonkeys.org. Thurs-Sat, 8pm; Sun, 3pm. Through Feb 3. $15-18 one show, $40-45 three shows. This week the plays include Where Spain Is, by Clark Morgan; Cracked, by Kristine Holland; Air Pockets, by Lynn Snyder; and Coffee in Michigan, by George McKibbens.

'A Book of Harsh Geometry' Mechanics' Institute, Library, 57 Post; 393-0100. Mon, 7:30pm. $5. See 8 Days a Week, page 44.

The Cantankerous Lollies Hotel Utah, 500 Fourth St; www.teaseorama.com/cantankerous.html. Thurs, 9pm. $7. The burlesque dancers perform with founder Harvest King, plus daredevil acts by Molotov and Felicity, live music, and more.

'Elixir' Victoria Theatre, 2961 16th St; 863-7576. Sun/13 and Jan 27, 7:30-9pm. $10. The Victoria Theatre and the 2ndlevel.com host an evening of comedy, music, dance, spoken word, and art with Copus, Dee Dee Russell, the Cosmic Giggle, and more, with host Danielle Ozymandias.

'How Phenomena Appear to Unfold: The Hind' Timken Lecture Hall, California College of Arts and Crafts, 1111 Eighth St; 551-9278. Fri, 7:30pm. $5-10. Small Press Traffic presents Leslie Scalapino's new play about Afghan struggles. Also featured are short plays by poets who are new to the stage.

'Illumiere' Café du Nord, 2170 Market; 861-5016. Tues, 9pm. $10. Performance artists, Djs, visual artists, and others collaborate on this show. Costumes ("come as your inner light") encouraged.

'One Man Band Night' Odeon Bar, 3223 Mission; 648-8627. Thurs, 9pm. Call for price. This week's performer is the Brian Kenny Fresno.

'Pigmeat Markham, Thanks for Everything ... Spike Lee' Spanganga, 3376 19th St; 821-1102. Fri-Sat, 8pm. Through Feb 9. $12. Sketch comedy and improv theater group Oui Be Negroes perform its latest show.

'San Francisco Sketch Comedy Festival' Shelton Theater, 533 Sutter; www.sfsketchfest.com. Thurs/24-Sun/27, 8pm (also Fri/25-Sat/26, 10:30pm). $12. This festival highlights local sketch comedy troupes. This week: "SF Sketchfest Cabaret."

'Twitterpated!' The Rite Spot Café, 2099 Folsom; 242-2482. Tues, 9pm. Free. Pianist Suzanne "Kitten on the Keys" Ramsey and singer Rodney Austin perform "songs and musical mischief."

'Women on the Way Festival' Venue 9, 252 Ninth St; 289-2000, wwwvenue9.com. Thurs-Sun, 8pm. Through Sun/3. $15. This week, Thurs: The Things I've Done for Love, by Cathy Roy; Date Me, by Eleanor Scott; Fri: Date Me; How to be a Secret Agent Girl as Seen on American Television and in the Movies, by Cathleen Daly; Sat: Groucho: A Day in the D'Elia Soup, by Tina D'Elia; Dance Repertory/San Francisco and special guest Strong Current Dance Company; Sun: Nothing is Sacred, by Erica Sodos; Dance Repertory/San Francisco and special guest Strong Current Dance Company.

Bay Area

Emeryville Taiko Julia Morgan Center, 2640 College; (925) 798-1300. Sun, 2pm. $5-10. The drumming group performs. comedy

Bayfront Theater Building B, Third fl, Fort Mason Center, Marina at Laguna; 474-8935. Fri, 8pm: "Film Noir," $12. Sat, 8pm: "Theatresports All-Stars," $12. Sun, 8pm: "Micetro," $6.

848 Community Space 848 Divisadero; 541-5610. Fri, 8:30pm: "Hyena Comedy Showcase" stand-up show, $6 (includes free beer). Mon, 8:30pm: "QComedy presents Monday Night Gay Comedy" with host Cheril Vendetti and featuring Chantal, Ronn Vigh, Melissa Crawford, Guy Branum, Walter Smith, and Bridget Schwartz, $8.

The Marsh 1062 Valencia; 826-5750. Sat, 9pm: Stand-up comedy open mic hosted by Tom Smith, $7; 10pm: "The Mock All-Star Comedian Showcase," $7.

Spanganga 3376 19th St; 474-8935. Sat, 10pm: "Ha Bloody Ha!," comedians, sketches, videos, and art, hosted by Harmon Leon, $5.

Stud Bar 399 Ninth St; 250-2009. Wed, 7pm: "Stood Up!" stand-up show, hosted by Pippi Lovestocking, $5.

'They Call Me Shitshoes' Spanganga, 3376 19th St; 821-1102. Fri, 10pm. Through Feb 22. $10. Prankster and comedian Harmon Leon performs in a solo show inspired by his real-life experiences as a ventriloquist, birthday-party clown, and more.

Tongue and Groove 2513 Van Ness; 565-5955. Tues, 8pm: "Comic Rhythm" with headliner Tony Camin, the Woolies, and host Jeff Kreisler, $8.

'Ventriloquist Death Battle' Bannam Place Theatre, 50A Bannam; uphillbothways@aol.com. Sat, 5pm. $10. The sketch comedy group Uphill Both Ways performs.

Bay Area

The Black Box 1928 Telegraph, Oakl; (510) 595-5597. Thurs, 8pm: The Oakland Playhouse Improv Troupe performs improv comedy, $5.

spoken word

Open mics take place almost every night in cafés throughout the Bay Area. If you want to perform, show up about half an hour before start time to put your name on the list. A day-by-day guide to word events and featured readers:

Wednesday: Brainwash Cafe 1126 Folsom; 864-3842. "Spoken Word Salon," with host Diamond Dave Whitaker, 8pm, free. La Peña Cultural Center 3105 Shattuck, Berk; (510) 849-2572. "Cafe Poetry" open mic with host Wanda Sabir and featuring the National Slam Team from Alabama, 8pm, $3. Cody's Books 2454 Telegraph, Berk; (510) 845-7852. "Poetry Flash" with Paul Hoover and Elizabeth Robinson, 7:30pm, $2.

Thursday: Café 1428 1428 Alice, Oakl; (510) 239-2239, ext 2899. "Poet Skool! The AfroNeoPolyTan Poetry Series," with host Paradise Freejahlove, 7-10pm, free. 26 Mix 3024 Mission; theboredcollective@hotmail.com. Thurs, 9pm: "The Bored Collective" presents readings from DJ Anna, Scott Edmonds, Octavius, Camper English, Byron Mason, and others, with music by Blaktroniks and DJ Jonah Sharp and visuals by Del Ray, 9pm, $5.

Friday: Yakety Yak Coffee House 679 Sutter; 285-2951. Open mic and featured reader Melisa Richmond, 7:30pm, free. Borders Books and Music 400 Post; 252-4655. "WritersCorps Youth Poetry Slam League," 7pm, free. See 8 Days a Week, page 44.

Saturday: Coffee with a Beat 458 Perkins, Oakl; (510) 526-5985. "Word Beat Reading Series," with featured readers Paradise and Ishle Parks, plus open mic, 7-9pm, free. Berkeley Art Center 1275 Walnut; (510) 527-9753. "Rhythm and Muse" open mic with featured performer Rudi Mwongozi, 7pm, free.

Sunday: Cody's Books 2454 Telegraph, Berk; (510) 845-7852. "Poetry Flash" with Wanda Coleman, Austin Straus, and Kate Gale, 7:30pm, $2.

Monday: Notes from Underground Café 2399 Van Ness; 928-8904. "Celebration of the Word," with featured readers Marc Wilson and Mark Silverman, and host Jeanne Powell, 7pm, free. Rasselas 1534 Fillmore; 346-8696. Open mic featuring the Dee Spencer Trio, 8pm, free. Café de la Paz 1600 Shattuck, Berk; (510) 843-0662. "Poetry Nitro," performance showcase featuring Roopa Ramamoorthi, plus open mic, 8pm, free.