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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. Theater intern is Lara Shalson. See 8 Days a Week for information on how to submit items to the listings.




I Am Hamlet Exit Stage Left, 156 Eddy; 751-5922. $10-20. Opens Fri/8, 8pm. Runs Fri-Sat and April 1, 8, 8pm. Through April 8. Art Street Theatre's latest production is Mark Jackson's solo show, an inventive take on Shakespeare's most melancholy character.

Jitney Curran Theatre, 445 Geary; 512-7770. $35-59. Opens Wed/6, 8pm. Runs Tues-Sat, 8pm (also Wed and Sat-Sun, 2pm; Sun/10, 7pm). Through March 31. See Critics Choice.

Lavender Lockeroom Theatre Rhinoceros, 2926 16th St; 861-5079. $15-18. Previews Thurs/7-Fri/8, 8:30pm. Opens Sat/9, 8:30pm. Runs Thurs-Sat, 8:30pm; Sun/10, March 24, 31, 7:30pm; Sun/17, 3pm. Through March 31. HPH Players and Theatre Rhinoceros present the world premiere of F. Allen Sawyer's comedy inspired by gay pulp novels of the 1950s and '60s.

Passion New Conservatory Theatre Center, 25 Van Ness; 861-8972. $15-35. Previews Wed/6-Fri/8, 8pm. Opens Fri/9, 8pm. Runs Thurs-Sat, 8pm; Sun, 2pm. The New Conservatory Theatre Center continues its "In Concert" series with Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's emotional one-act opera.

Room and Bob Cowell Theatre, Fort Mason Center, Marina at Laguna; 441-8822, www.magictheatre.org. $22-47. Room opens Wed/6, 8pm. Runs Tues-Sat, 8pm (also Sat-Sun, 2:30pm). Through Sun/17. Bob opens March 20, 8pm. Same show schedule. Through March 31. See 8 Days a Week, page 52.

Bay Area

Knock Knock Aurora Theatre, 2081 Addison, Berk; (510) 843-4822. $26-35. Previews Fri/8-Sat/9, 8pm; Sun/10, 2pm; Wed/13, 8pm. Opens Thurs/14, 8pm. Runs Wed-Sat, 8pm; Sun, 2 and 7pm. Through April 14. Aurora Theatre Company performs Jules Feiffer's comedy about two retirees who are visited by a series of odd characters, including Joan of Arc.

The Merchant of Venice Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant, Berk; (925) 798-1300. $25 (Wed, $12.50). Previews Fri/8, 8pm. Runs Wed-Thurs, 7pm; Fri-Sat, 8pm; Sun, 2pm. Through March 31. Women in Time Productions present Shakespeare's classic.



Are We Almost There? Shelton Theatre, 533 Sutter; 345-7575. $19-23. Thurs-Sat, 8pm. Through March 30. The musical comedy revue about traveling returns to the Shelton Theatre.

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas Golden Gate Theater, 1 Taylor; 512-7770. $34-77. Wed/6-Sat/9, 8pm (also Wed/6 and Sat/9-Sun/10, 2pm). Ann-Margret stars in this musical comedy.

Blithe Spirit Geary Theater, 415 Geary; 749-2228. $15-61. Tues-Sat, 8pm (also Wed/6 and March 20 and Sat, 2pm); Sun, 2pm. Through March 24. Noël Coward's classic supernatural comedy gets revisited at American Conservatory Theater. You'd think this lighthearted confection about death, conceived in the darkest days of World War II, might be strikingly appropriate for our own uncertain times. And it would be hard to think of a director more likely to give things a novel spin than Charles Randolph-Wright, whose resetting of Tartuffe among upper-crust African Americans in the 1950s was a comic revelation. But despite an unevenly amusing effervescence, the evening turns out to be a rather conventional, even occasionally creaky remounting. The casting of African Americans in the lead roles fails to resonate in the context of this production. Although the presence of African Americans in British high society of that era is a historical fact, Gregory Wallace's delightfully debonair Charles Condomine needs little justification. On opening night the production hadn't yet achieved the razor-sharp rhythms that are Randolph-Wright's hallmark: Shona Tucker in particular still seemed to be discovering Ruth's imperious humor. But René Augesen endows Elvira with a languid eroticism, Lori Larsen finds some fresh and charming eccentric twists in Madame Arcati, and Jessica Turner nearly steals the show as a frenetic maid. (Rosenstein)

Cat and Mouse (Sheep) Next Stage, 1620 Gough; 675-5995, www.crowdedfire.org. Thurs-Sun, 8pm (no shows Fri/15-Sat/16). Through March 24. Crowded Fire Theatre Company presents Gregory Motton's political satire.

*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. Pachtman developed this autobiographical piece after dating a particularly incendiary woman. 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 Crissy Field gate); 332-9454. $15. Thurs, 6-10pm; Fri-Sat, 7-11:30pm; Sun, 3-7pm. Extended through March 24. 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/6-Sat/9, 8pm; Sun/10, 5pm. Five Flights is a fable of faiths in collision, each of its characters desperately looking for something or someone to believe in. Kent Nicholson crafts a gem of presentational staging in perfect sync with playwright Adam Bock's self-conscious structure. Unfortunately, the play loses steam as it strains toward a conclusion of difficult grace. Still, Bock remains a tremendously exciting talent, and you couldn't ask for a better production than this one by the Encore Theatre Company. (Rosenstein)

*Frank Olivier's Twisted Cabaret and Pandemonium Vaudeville Show Mason Street Theatre, 340 Mason; 982-5463. $30-42. Thurs, 8pm; Fri, 8:30pm; Sat, 5:30 and 9pm; Sun, 3:30pm. Open-ended. Jugglers don't come much better or stranger than Frank Olivier, a one-man reincarnation of vaudeville with a decided edge. This show features the performer as more than a dozen showbiz characters, including a pointedly inept magician and an emotionally distraught knife thrower. There are hits and misses, but when Olivier is juggling, no one can touch him, not just for his mind-bending skill but also for his perfectly honed awkward-guy appeal, which gets an audience roaring. (Rosenstein)

Legion New Conservatory Theatre Center, 25 Van Ness; 861-8972. $18-35. Wed-Sat, 8pm; Sun/10, March 24, 31, 2pm. Through April 6. In Hal Corley's new play the seemingly happily married Jonah (Randel Hart) and his married-with-children acquaintance Sylvester (Jeff Castle) secretively pursue an affair. Over the course of the play's 13-year span, we meet a number of other men who are similarly tormented by their double lives. Corley is a talented writer who knows how to get dramatic sparks flying, but the evening is dominated by the flamboyantly funny Burton (Markham Miller), who rushes into the vacuum of the Sylvester-Jonah relationship and takes over the play. (Rosenstein)

Mission Indians Intersection for the Arts, 446 Valencia; 626-3311. $9-15. Thurs-Sun, 8pm (special actor's benefit Mon/11, 8pm). Extended through Sun/17. See "Blood Story," page 45.

Nu? Vaudeville: A Jewish Comedy Revue A Traveling Jewish Theatre, 470 Florida; 399-1809. $12.50-25 (Thurs, pay what you can). Thurs-Sat, 8pm; Sun/10, 2 and 7pm; Sun/17 and March 24, 4pm. Through March 24. Moshe Cohen, Sara Felder, Jeanette Lewicki, Karen Quest, and Dalia Vidor star in this show.

The Piano Lesson Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, 620 Sutter; 474-8800. $22-30. Thurs-Sat, 8pm; Sun, 2pm. Through Sun/17. The Lorraine Hansberry Theatre performs August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning play about an African American family in the 1930s.

Peer Gynt Zeum Theater, Yerba Buena Gardens, 221 Fourth St; 749-2228. $7.50-15. Thurs-Sat, 8pm; Sun/10 and Sat/16, 2pm. Through Sat/16. The American Conservatory Theater's MFA program presents the Henrik Ibsen classic.

Riverdance – The Show Orpheum Theatre, 1192 Market; 512-7770, www.ticketmaster.com. $34-73.50. Tues-Sat, 8pm (also Wed and Sat-Sun, 2pm). Through Sun/17. The Irish music and dance extravaganza returns to town.

*The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe Theatre on the Square, 450 Post; 433-9500. $35-50. Wed-Thurs, 8pm; Fri-Sat, 8:30pm; Sat-Sun, 3pm. Extended through March 17. 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)

Serial Murderess: A Play in Three Axe Venue 9, 252 Ninth St; 289-2000. $12-15. Thurs-Sat, 8pm (also Sun/10, 3pm). Through March 30. Amanda Moody's popular show about three bloodthirsty women returns for its third run at Venue 9.

The Yoga of Moby-Dick The Marsh, 1062 Valencia; 826-5750, www.ticketweb.com. $9-18. Thurs-Sat, 8pm; Sun, 3pm. Through Sat/16. Writer-performer Mark Kenward's solo show sets out to reconcile the raging American soul of Captain Ahab with the teachings of hatha yoga. The mixture of New Age self-help and good old-fashioned eastern-seaboard angst, told in a series of loose characterizations from Moby Dick and real life, brings to mind Spalding Gray, but the comparison leaves Kenward coming up short because, among other things, you sense he has his answers already. (Avila)

Bay Area

After the Fall Speakeasy Theatre, 2016 Seventh St, Berk; (510) 841-4100, www.ticketweb.com. $8-20. Fri-Sat, 8pm (no show Sat/16); Sun/10, Sun/17, March 24, 2pm. Through April 6. Embattled left-wing attorney and two-time divorcé Quentin (Peter Carlstrom) recounts the failed relationships that left him a spiritual and political agnostic. Set during the McCarthy witch hunt of the 1950s, Arthur Miller's play centers on the protagonist's search for a basis for hope in an age in which the Holocaust has made a mockery of Western values, Communism is discredited, and political opportunism eats away at the onetime seeming solidarity between men and women of ideals. Miller's trademark concern with the system's inhuman rule over individuals rests here on personal history, especially his break with Elia Kazan over the latter's friendly testimony to the House Un-American Activities Committee and his unhappy marriage to Marilyn Monroe. While Miller's personal agenda hinders his dramatic judgment – the play can become muddled and self-serving – his themes resonate in a time of heightened conformity. In Speakeasy's compelling production, Carlstrom is sympathetic as Miller's somewhat disingenuous alter ego, Sylvia Burboeck brings a penetrating intelligence to first wife Louise, and Marin Van Young plays Maggie with a captivating bluntness that eschews Marilyn impersonation. Director Rebecca Goodberg wisely concentrates on Quentin's tortured relationships with women, the emotional center that provides some of the play's most dramatic moments. (Avila)

The Blue Room Theatre on San Pedro Square, 19 N San Pedro, San Jose; (408) 283-0200. $18.50-42.50. Wed-Sat, 8pm; Sun, 2pm. Through March 31. See "Blood Story," page 45.

*Culture Clash in AmeriCCa Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Roda Theatre, 2015 Addison, Berk; (510) 647-2949. $10-54. Thurs/7-Sat/9, 8pm (also Sat/9, 2pm); Wed/6 and Sun/10, 7pm (also Sun/10, 2pm). Bringing together material from the group's various site-specific shows, such as Radio Mambo: Culture Clash Invades Miami and Nuyorican Stories, Culture Clash's new show is an inspired transnational quilt that delivers a razor-sharp satirical picture of la vida loca we're all living now. The piece also shows an affecting understanding of what America can be, intercutting the clear-sighted ruminations of an exiled Marine with the naturalization of two immigrants. In AmeriCCa concludes with new material on Berkeley, including a haunted encounter in People's Park that achieves a darker, richer, more complex tone than any of Culture Clash's work to date. (Rosenstein)

The Golden State Transparent Theater, 1901 Ashby, Berk; (510) 883-0305. $20 (Sun, pay what you can). Thurs-Sat, 8pm; Sun, 7pm. Through March 24. Transparent Theater performs Tom Clyde's play that imagines a meeting between depressed Beach Boy Brian Wilson and the royal family of an underwater kingdom.

Impact Briefs 5: The East Bay Hit La Val's Subterranean Theater, 1834 Euclid, Berk; (510) 464-4468. $7-12. Fri-Sat, 8pm; Sun, 7pm. Through March 30. Impact Theatre offers up seven comedic works in one evening as part of its fifth annual festival of short plays.

The Memory of Water Oakland YWCA, 1515 Webster, Oakl; (510) 436-5085. $5-19. Thurs, 7pm; Fri/8-Sat/9, 8pm; Sun/10, 2pm. TheatreFIRST performs Shelagh Stephenson's comedy about three grown-up sisters who are reunited at their mother's funeral.

Rhinoceros Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Thrust Stage, 2025 Addison, Berk; (510) 647-2949. $16-42. Thurs/7-Sat/9, 8pm (also Sat/9, 2pm); Wed/6 and Sun/10, 7pm (also Sun/10, 2pm). Eugène Ionesco's most famous play gets a major remounting at Berkeley Rep. You'd think this absurdist diatribe against conformity would be remarkably resonant in a time when the herd mentality seems to rule, but unfortunately this production, employing a bland translation-adaptation of the play by Allen Kuharski and Georges Moskos, never takes off. (Rosenstein)



'City Lights Ball' Regency Building, 1300 Van Ness; 681-9083. Sat-Sun, 10am-4pm and 6-11:30pm. $10-25. This competition and show features ballroom, latin, and swing dancing by professional and amateur performers.

'Dancing Downtown 2002' Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission; 978-2787. Program one features Brenda Way's Raking Light and Spectral Evidence, KT Nelson's Walk before Talk, and live music by the Cypress String Quartet (Sat, 8pm; Sun, 7pm; $15-38); program three features Way's Part of a Longer Story, After the Ten O'Clock News, and Weird Weather, and Nelson's On the Loose (Thurs-Fri, 8pm, $15-38); and "Noon Matinee" features Sauce for the Goose, After the Ten O'Clock News, On the Loose, and an ODC dance jam (Thurs, noon, $10-15). For full schedule go to www.odcdance.org.

'Pilot 37: Bound' ODC Theater, 3153 17th St; 863-9834. Wed, 8pm. $8-12. ODC's showcase of new choreographers features premieres by Nawaaz Ahmed, Brittany Brown, Sean Dorsey, Doris Blacut-Johnson, Kiesha Minyard, and Amy Seiwart.

'San Francisco Ballet 2002 Repertory Season' War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness; 865-2000. Program four: Tues/12, Thurs/14-Sat/16, 8pm (also Sat/16-Sun/17, 2pm); Wed/13, 7:30pm. Program four is Jewels, a ballet in three parts.

Strong Current Dance Company ODC Theater, 3153 17th St; 863-9834. Fri-Sat, 8pm (also Sun, 8pm). $13-16 (no one turned away for lack of funds). The company performs Kirstin E. Williams's Lockdown, a look at incarcerated women through modern and hip-hop dance, spoken word, and music.

ZaZa Dance Theatre New College Theater, 777 Valencia; 437-3463. Fri-Sat, 8pm. Through March 23. $10. The group performs Spatial Jazz.

Bay Area

'The Healing Has Time' Kaiser Convention Center, Calvin Simmons Theater, Ten 10th St, Oakl; (510) 278-2681. Sat, 8pm. $10-30. The Diamano Coura West African Dance Company performs to benefit the Mother of Peace Orphanage for children living with AIDS in Zimbabwe.

Mills College Dance Department MFA Thesis Concert Mills College, Haas Pavilion, 500 MacArthur, Oakl; (510) 430-2175. Thurs-Sat, 8pm. $5-7. Mills College students perform.

Move Dance Theatre Valley Center for Performing Arts, Holy Names College, 3500 Mountain, Oakl; (510) 465-6678. Fri-Sat, 8pm. $6-18. The group performs contemporary dance in Imagine: Creating New Worlds, Celebrating New Possibilities.

'Our Neighbors Dance Their Dances' Live Oak Theater, 1301 Shattuck, Berk; (510) 981-5150. Sun, 3pm. $5. The City of Berkeley Parks Recreation Programs sponsors this celebration of teacher Patricia Bulitt, who has for 10 years provided ethnic dance instruction for Berkeley children.



'Aimee und Jaguar' Alliance Française, 1345 Bush; 775-7755. Thurs-Fri, 7pm. $10-15. Part of the F-word Project, this play follows the World War II-era romance between a Jewish woman and the wife of a Nazi officer.

'Cowboy Mouth' Odeon Bar, 3223 Mission; 550-6994. Sat-Mon, 8pm. $10. Through Mon/18. Inquiline Theatre Company launches its "Lounge Series" with Sam Shepard and Patti Smith's play about an eccentric couple.

'A Moving Sea of Women' San Francisco Art Institute, 800 Chestnut; 771-7020. Wed, 7:30pm. Free. Part of the F-word Project, this staged reading is about women in prison.

'Night Coming' Jon Sims Center for the Arts, 1519 Mission; 554-0402. Fri, 8pm. $5-10 (no one turned away for lack of funds). Artist in residence Shar Rednour presents a solo show based on the women in her family.

'Polari a Hip Hop Cabaret: 1920' Jon Sims Center for the Arts, 1519 Mission; 554-0402. Sat, 8pm. $5-10 (no one turned away for lack of funds). This show by Hawaii-based group Juha features "agitprop theatrics with a queer Arab twist."

'Raw Plays' Commonwealth Club, 595 Market; 441-8822. Mon, 7pm. $10. The Magic Theatre presents this series of three works in progress by emerging playwrights. This week: Finally, by Stephen Belber.

'The Reasons for Seasons: The Story of Persephone' The Marsh, 1074 Valencia; 826-5750, ext 2. Sat, 5pm. Free. The students of the Marsh Youth Theater perform.

'Til Friday' Club Rendez-vous, 1312 Polk; 309-CLUB. Fri, 10:30pm and midnight. Free. A cast of drag performers – including Cockatelia, Gypsy Calabrese, Sonfondaboyz, Manley Lennox, and Karen Kill – performs; this week's theme is "Culture Club Shock."

'Trout' Phobos and Deimos, 168 Second St; 447-2738. Sat-Sun, 8pm. Free. This "dance theater variety show" features clown and trapeze acts, plus choreography by Kristin Neidlinger.

'Voices Rising: In Justice, A Night of Hip Hop, Spoken Word, and Music' SomArts, 934 Brannan; (510) 601-0182, ext 301. Sat, 7:30pm. $10-15. Speak Out sponsors this event, which features the word stylings of Elaine Brown, Piri Thomas, Aya de Leon, Bamuthi, Company of Prophets, and more.

'The Hybrid Project: What Is Real?' Intersection for the Arts, 446 Valencia; 626-2787. Tues, 8pm. Pay what you can. Members of Culture Shock and other artists gather for this event, which aims to break down barriers between performers and audiences.

'Women in Performance' San Francisco Art Institute outdoor quad, 800 Chestnut; 771-7020. Sat, 5:30pm. Free. See Critics Choice.

'Women's Work' Venue 9, 252 Ninth St; 289-2000. Tues, 8pm. $8-10. This week's lineup: excerpt from My First Lady, by Erin Mei-Ling Stewart; The Zing Zing Thing, by Caryl Fuller; and The Cheerleader Show, by Kym Preiss Farmer.

Bay Area

Laurie Anderson Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley, Bancroft at Telegraph, Berk; (510) 642-9988. Fri-Sat, 8pm. $20-40. See 8 Days a Week, page 52.

'Language is Life: Stories from Indigenous California' Headlands Center for the Arts, 944 Fort Barry, Sausalito; (415) 331-2787. Sun, 4pm. $5-8. Charlie Thom leads a Karuk and English-language storytelling event with songs, projected images, and traditional costumes.

National Song and Dance Company of Mozambique Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center, Ten Tenth St, Oakl; (510) 465-9313. Sun, 2:30pm. $12-26. Dance for Power hosts the 35-member troupe for an afternoon of African warrior dances, wedding dances, and a capella singing.

Shaolin warriors Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael; (415) 472-3500. Sat, 8pm. $18-35. The Chinese monks demonstrate their famed martial arts skills in this theatrical presentation.



Art's Coffee Shop 138 Church; 951-2448. Wed, 8pm: "Castro Comedy," with host "Crippled Comic" Bob Douglas, donations accepted (no one turned away for lack of funds).

Bayfront Theater Fort Mason Center, Building B, Third fl, Marina at Laguna; 474-8935. Thurs, 8pm: "Hot Topic!", $7. Fri-Sat, 8pm: "3 x 3 Improv Tournament," $12. Sun, 8pm: "Micetro," $6.

One World Cafe 1799 McAllister; 776-9358. Fri, 7:30pm: open mic with host Corrine Petteys, free.

Rasselas 1534 Fillmore; 921-2051. Sat, 7pm: "All Black Comedy Showcase," with Yayne Abeba, Tony Sparks, and others, free.

Spanganga3376 19th St; 821-1102. Thurs, 10pm: "Spiegelmania," stand-up comedy show hosted by Mike Spiegelman and featuring Bruce Cherry and Jason Downs, $5. Fri, 8pm: "Please Leave the Bronx in Hearbeard II: Revenge of the Razor," sketch comedy, $7 (through March 29).

Swedish American Hall 2174 Market; 541-5610. Sat, 8pm: Scott Capurro and Mark Davis perform stand-up, $15.

Z Center 2211 Mission; 643-8118, ext 2. Fri-Sat, 8:30pm: "Hyena Comedy All-Stars," $8.

Bay Area

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

Bluesville 131 Broadway, Oakl; (510) 893-6215. Sat, 5-8pm: Miracle Malone performs, $10.


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: Mama Bears Women's Bookstore 6536 Telegraph, Oakl; (510) 506-3717. "SheSpeaks," open mic night for women 18 and over, 7:30pm, $5. La Peña Cultural Center 3105 Shattuck, Berk; (510) 849-2572. "Cafe Poetry" featuring Incendio, 8pm, $8-10. Cody's Books 2454 Telegraph, Berk; (510) 845-7852. "Poetry Flash," with Bill Berkson and Albert Flynn DeSilver, 7:30pm, $2. Starry Plough 3101 Shattuck; (510) 841-2082. "Chicken Grease!," hosted by Nazelah Jamison and Karen Ladson, 8pm, $7. BrainWash Cafe 1122 Folsom; 864-3842. "Spoken Word Salon," open mic with host Diamond Dave Whitaker, 8pm, free.

Thursday: Unitarian Center 1187 Franklin; www.sfsu.edu/śnewlit. The Poetry Center presents a reading by poets Ed Friedman and Ange Mlinko, 7:30pm, $7. Café 1428 1428 Alice, Oakl; (510) 239-2239, ext 2899. "Poet Skool!," open mic with featured reader Richard Moore and host Paradise Freejahlove, 7-10pm, free. Morrison Library Doe Library, UC Berkeley, Berk; (510) 642-0137. "Lunch Poems Reading Series," with poet Marilyn Hacker, 12:10pm, free.

Friday: Cafe International 508 Haight; 552-7390. "Open Myc Series," with featured reader Blue Buddha, 7:30pm, free. Yakety Yak Coffee House 679 Sutter; 285-2951. Open mic with featured reader Tanya, 7:30pm, free. Small Press Traffic Literary Arts Center California College of Arts and Crafts, 1111 Eighth St; 551-9278. "Series X, Part II, Book Party and Celebration of Bay Area Women Writers," 7:30pm, $5.

Saturday: Intersection for the Arts 446 Valencia; 255-9035. "Youth Speaks Teen Poetry Slam" preliminary round, 2pm, free. Coffee with a Beat 458 Perkins, Oakl; (510) 526-5985. "Word Beat Reading Series," with featured readers Sonia Greenfield and Megan Breiseth, plus open mic, 7-9pm, free. Berkeley Art Center 1275 Walnut, Berk; (510) 527-9753. "Rhythm and Muse," open mic with Eliza Shefler and friends, 7pm, free. Cafe du Nord 2170 Market; 861-5016. "Writers with Drinks," featuring John Shirley, Michelle Tea, Paul Addis, Mike Spiegleman, M. Christian, and Charles Anders, 6pm, $3-5.

Sunday: Bird and Beckett Books and Records 2788 Diamond; 586-3733. "International Women's Day Reading," 4:30pm, free. Cody's Books 2454 Telegraph, Berk; (510) 845-7852. "Poetry Flash," with Leslie Scalapino and Dan Farrell, 7:30pm,

Monday: Notes from Underground Café 2399 Van Ness; 928-8904. "Celebration of the Word," with featured reader Opal Palmer Adisa and host Jeanne Powell, 7pm, free. Café de la Paz 1600 Shattuck, Berk; (510) 843-0662. "Poetry Nitro," performance showcase featuring Anika Hamilton, plus open mic and host Louis Cuneo, 8pm, free. Rasselas 1534 Fillmore; 346-8696. Open mic for instrumentalists, singers, and poets, featuring the Dee Spencer Trio, 8pm, free.

Tuesday: Andalusia Café 1209 Sutter; 928-8904. "Word Dancing," open mic with hosts Leonard King and Jeanne Powell, 7-9pm, free. The Beanery 2925 College, Oakl; (510) 549-9093. "Whole Note Poetry Series," with featured performers Frank Moore and Tom Odegard, plus open mic, 7pm, free.