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events

Events listings are compiled by Sarah Han. See 8 Days a Week for information on how to submit items to the listings.



wednesday 3

Around town


Book sale Bookmark Bookstore, 721 Washington, Oakl; (510) 444-0473. 10:30am-5:30pm. The Friends of the Oakland Public Library host a 40 percent-off book sale at the Bookmark Bookstore. Through Sat/6.


Benefits


'Operation: Enduring Freedom' Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, 2868 Mission; 273-4681. 7pm, $5-10. At this benefit for the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan, KPFA-FM journalist Pratap Chatterjee and the founder of RAWA, Meena Kamal, discuss their recent experiences in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the women of INCITE read their poetry, and Samsara perform.

 

Authors

'Herb Caen Days' Book Bay at the Main, San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larkin (enter at Grove); 557-4238. noon-6pm. William German, P.J. Corkery, David Lazarus, Leah Garchik, Joan Ryan, and others read from works by journalist Herb Caen. Through Thurs/4.

Bob Knight Stacey's Bookstore, 581 Market; 421-4687. 5pm. The controversial collegiate basketball coach discusses his book, Knight: A Coach's Life.

Scott Lasser Stacey's Bookstore, 581 Market; 421-4687. 12:30pm. The author discusses his debut novel, All I Could Get.

Ray Rafael City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus; 362-8193. 7pm. The author reads from his new book, The First American Revolution: Before Lexington and Concord.

Dean Riddle A Different Light, 489 Castro; 431-0891. 7:30pm. The author discusses Out in the Garden.

Bay Area

Robert Olen Butler Black Oak Books, 1491 Shattuck, Berk; (510) 486-0698. 7:30pm. The author reads from his novel, Fair Warning.

Melody Ermachild Chavis, Latifa Popal Gaia Arts and Cultural Center, Rooftop Panoramic Room, Seventh floor, 2116 Allston, Berk; (510) 548-4242. 6:30pm. Local writer Chavis and interpreter Popal discuss working on the book I Am the Woman Who Has Awakened: The Life of Meena, Martyred Founder of the Revolutionary Association of Women of Afghanistan.

Don George East Going Travel Shop and Bookstore, 1385 Shattuck, Berk; (510) 843-3533. 7pm. The travel editor leads a travel writing seminar.


thursday 4



Around town


'BABRA Awards' San Francisco Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin; (510) 525-5476. 6-8pm, free. The Bay Area Book Reviewers Association presents awards to its choices for best northern California authors of 2001.

Haji Noor Deen Mi Guang Jiang City College of San Francisco, Ocean Avenue Campus, Rosenberg Library, Room R304, 50 Phelan; 239-3580. 1-2pm. The master Arabic and Chinese calligrapher lectures on his work.

Victor Moscoso San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Phyllis Wattis Theater, 151 Third St; 478-2277. 6pm, $10-15. The psychedelic poster artist discusses his work.

'Sex and the City: The Geography of Gender and Sexuality in the Ancient World' San Francisco State University, Humanities Building, Room 133, 1600 Holloway; 338-7444. 7pm, free. Actress Olympia Dukakis will discuss her Greek American heritage and her performance in the ancient tragedy Hecuba.


Benefits


'POP Chic! The Big Bam!' W San Francisco, 181 Third St; www.bigbam.com. 6:30pm, $75. This swanky fundraiser features a cocktail party hosted by the West Wing's Connie Britton, a performance by Tango No. 9, a fashion show, music by Shannon McNally and Catie Curtis, and more; proceeds benefit the Big Bam! Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to raising money for education about breast cancer and helping uninsured women receive mammograms.

'Ruben Cabrillo Benefit and Kick Off Party' SomArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan; 552-2131. 8pm, $20. This benefit to fund Carlos Bolado's upcoming film Ruben Cabrillo features live DJs, screenings of Bolado's films, and more.

'School of the Arts Annual Spring Benefit' Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Forum, 701 Mission; 978-2787. 6:30pm, $45. This event features Cheech Marin and performances by Jesus Diaz y su QBA and SOTA student performances; proceeds benefit School of the Arts.


Authors


'Bench Press and Puppy Flowers Release Party' Blue Books, New College Cultural Center, 766 Valencia; 437-3494. 7:30pm. Patrick James Dunagan, Christina Fisher, Micah Ballard, kari edwards, Chris Martin, members of Anticon, and Colin Guthrie read from their works.

M. Christian Books, Inc., 2275 Market; 864-6777. 7:30pm. The author reads from his latest collection of erotica, Guilty Pleasures.

'Godspeed' book-release party Harvey Milk Institute, 1800 Market; 865-5633. 7:30pm. Lynn Breedlove, Ida Acton, Sini Anderson, Cooper Lee Bombardier, and Marcus Rene Van perform at a release party for Breedlove's first novel.

'Herb Caen Days' Book Bay at the Main, San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larkin (enter at Grove); 557-4238. noon-6pm. See Wed/3.

J.S. Holliday Mechanics' Institute Library, 57 Post; 393-0100. 6:15pm. The author discusses Rush for Riches: Gold Fever and the Making of California.

Marissa Monteilh Alexander Book Company, 50 Second St; 495-2992. 12:30pm. The author discusses and signs May December Souls.

Mary Pipher A Clean Well-Lighted Place for Books, 601 Van Ness; 441-6670. 7:30pm. The psychologist-author discusses The Middle of Everywhere.

Bay Area

Dr. Michael J. Bader Diesel, A Bookstore, 5433 College, Oakl; (510) 653-9965. 7:30pm. The author reads from Arousal: The Secret Logic of Sexual Fantasies.

Helen Caldicott Cody's Books, 2454 Telegraph, Berk; (510) 845-7852. 7pm. The author discusses The New Nuclear Danger: George W. Bush's Military-Industrial Complex.

Lolita Tademy Black Oak Books, 1491 Shattuck, Berk; (510) 486-0698. 7:30pm. The author reads from her novel, Cane River.


friday 5



Around town


'Coordinates 2002: Indigenous Writing Now' Small Press Traffic Literary Arts Center, 1111 Eighth St; 551-9278. 6pm, free. See 8 Days a Week, page 58.

'A Cultural Journey into Celtic Spain in America' Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, 2868 Mission; 821-1155. 8pm, $3. Galician artists Luis Ponce, Maria Murradas, and Victor Toros discuss the cultural links between Galicia and America.

'My Heart Belongs to Dada' California Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, near 34th Ave at Clement; 682-2480. 6-8:45pm, $5-12 museum admission. French scholar Marc Dachy discusses the activities of branches of Dada around the world; Jack West and Curvature perform.

Bay Area

'Preparing for the Unforeseen: Approaches to Musical Improvisation' UC Berkeley, Hertz Hall, Berk; (510) 642-7784. Preconcert discussion, 5pm; concert, 8pm; postconcert discussion, 9:15pm, free. Henry Threadgill talks about work with David Wessel and Anthony Brown, followed by a concert with Larry Ochs, Miya Masaoka, and David Wessel and a postconcert discussion with Larry Ochs on the art of improvisation. Also Sat/6.


Benefits


'Italian Masquerade' San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center, Green Room, 401 Van Ness, Second floor; 263-8949. 8pm, $45. This event features David Martin's House Party band, hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar, and a silent auction; proceeds benefit Hands on San Francisco.


Authors


Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz AK Press, 674 A 23rd St, Oakl; (510) 208-1700. 7pm, free. The author reads from her book, Outlaw Woman: A Memoir of the War Years, 1960-1975.

Adair Lara Cody's Books, 1730 Fourth St, Berk; (510) 559-9500. 7pm. The author discusses Hold Me Close, Let Me Go.


saturday 6



Around town


'Coordinates 2002: Indigenous Writing Now' Small Press Traffic Literary Arts Center, 1111 Eighth St; 551-9278. Panels, 11 a.m.-1 p.m; 3-5 p.m.; reading, 7:30pm, free. See 8 Days a Week, page 58.

SF Indie Culture Collective event Voodoo Lounge, 2937 Mission; 285-3369. 9pm, $6. SF Indie Culture Collective presents an evening of fashion by independent designers Bulletproof, Clare de Loon, and Meow; musical performances by Potion and DJs Soul Shaker and Eric Shaw; dance performances; raffles; and more.

Star Trek and sci-fi convention Nob Hill Masonic Center, 1111 California; (818) 409-0960 or www.creationent.com. noon-6pm, $15-25. Creation Entertainment invites Trekkies and sci-fi lovers to celebrate the new series Enterprise, participate in auctions and contests, and meet and greet various sci-fi celebrities including Kevin Sorbo, Dominic Keating, Marina Sirtis, Michael Dorn, Nichelle Nichols. Also Sun/7.

Bay Area

Berkeley Public Central Library grand opening Berkeley Public Central Library, 2090 Kittredge, Berk; (510) 981-6100. 11:30am-5pm, free. This event, celebrating the newly renovated Central Library, features a welcoming ceremony with speaker Alice Walker and vocalist Brenda Boykin, dance performances, live music, and more.

'Bobby Hutton Membership Banquet' Uhuru House, 7911 MacArthur Blvd, Oakl; (510) 569-9620. 7pm, $5-25. The International People's Democratic Uhuru Movement presents a membership banquet in honor of Bobby Hutton, the first member of the Black Panther Party, who was killed by Oakland Police Department in 1968; tonight's event also features speakers, African storytelling, poetry, and more.

Downtown Oakland record show Hofbrau, 2221 Broadway, Oakl; (510) 452-2452. 10am-5pm, $2. Sell and buy LPs, 12"s, and 45s at this record show.

'Preparing for the Unforeseen: Approaches to Musical Improvisation' Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley, Berk; (510) 642-7784. Lectures and demonstrations, 1pm; concert, 8pm, free. Ben Brinner, Scott Marcus speak, followed by two improvisers' workshops and a closing concert featuring Anthony Davis, Tim Berne, and Michael Formanek.

'Third Annual Mad Scientist Sale and Spring Open House' Crucible, 1036 Ashby, Berk; (510) 843-5511. noon-6pm. The Crucible invites the public to its studio for demonstrations, tours, and a sale of unique art materials. Also Sun/7.


Benefits


Black Rock Arts Foundation fundraiser SomArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan; 641-0949, events@blackrockarts.org. 8-11pm, $15. Black Rock Arts Foundation, a new nonprofit organization facilitating the local underground art scene, presents a night of exhibitions by Bay Area artists, a raffle, and more.


Authors


'Writers for the Arts' A Clean Well-Lighted Place for Books, 601 Van Ness; 441-6670. 7:30pm, free. Literary arts writer-educators Mei-ying Pu'ali Ho, Dani Montgomery, Julie Gamberg, and Dana Lomax read from their work.

Bay Area

Su Mingus and the Mingus Experience Cody's Books, 2454 Telegraph, Berk; (510) 845-7852. 6pm. Sue Mingus talks about Tonight at Noon; the Mingus Big Band performs.


sunday 7



Around town


'Coordinates 2002: Indigenous Writing Now' Small Press Traffic Literary Arts Center, 1111 Eighth St; 551-9278. 11 a.m.-1 p.m., free. See 8 Days a Week, page 58.

'Maya Sacred Cycle Celebration' Dolores Park, 18th St between Church and Dolores; 824-2534. 6-10am, free. Grupo Maya Qusamej Junan presents a celebration of the completion and beginning of the Mayan Sacred Cycle with traditional Mayan music and foods.

Nice Collective sample sale SomArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan; 668-4633, www.nicecollective.com. See Bass Head, page 75.

Star Trek and sci-fi convention Nob Hill Masonic Center, 1111 California; (818) 409-0960 or www.creationent.com. noon-6pm, $15-25. See Sat/6.

Bay Area

'The Alameda Point Antiques and Collectibles Show' Alameda Point, Alameda; (510) 869-5428 or www.antiquesbythe bay.net. 6am-4pm, $5-15. This monthly antique show features 700 outdoor booths and 200 indoor booths.

'Cesar Chavez Tree Planting Festival' Foothill Blvd betweem Fruitvale and 34th Ave; (510) 535-6919. 11am-4pm, free. The Unity Council presents this community event to commemorate César Chávez; activities include tree and flower planting, music, food, dance, and poetry performances.

'Third Annual Mad Scientist Sale and Spring Open House' Crucible, 1036 Ashby, Berk; (510) 843-5511. noon-6pm. See Sat/6.


Benefits


'Dhaiatribe Presents Poetry Fest for Las Colinas School Project' Dylan's Pub, 2301 Folsom; 641-1416. 4-8pm. This poetry festival benefits the Las Colinas School Project.


Authors


Mike Dash A Clean Well-Lighted Place for Books, 601 Van Ness; 441-6670. 7:30pm. The author discusses his new nonfiction work, Batavia's Graveyard.

Laura Vestanen Faerie Queene Chocolates, 415 Castro; www.faeriequeene.com. 1:30pm. The author signs her new book, Travel Tips for the Sophisticated Woman.

Bay Area

David Gilbert Black Oak Books, 1491 Shattuck, Berk; (510) 486-0698. 7:30pm. David Gilbert discusses his memoir, No Place to Run, cowritten by Tim Shortridge and Micahel D. Frounfelter.


monday 8



Around town


David Byrne, Dave Eggers Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness; 392-4400. 8pm, $18. Musician and artists Byrne discusses his life and work with author and editor Eggers.

'Images of Poverty' KQED, 2601 Mariposa; 553-2129. 7-9pm, free. KQED presents this salon discussion on the media's coverage of poverty.


Benefits


'Wine and Food Jazzed Up!' Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Roda Theatre, 2025 Addison, Berk; (510) 841-2800. 6pm, $75-100. Narsai David hosts an evening featuring wine, food, an auction, and a performance by pianist David Benoit; proceeds benefit the Berkeley Symphony and its Music Education Program.


Authors


Thad Carhart Books, Inc., 2275 Market; 864-6777. 7:30pm. The author reads from and signs his book, Piano Shop on the Left Bank.

Carolyn Hart San Francisco Mystery Bookstore, 4175 24th St; 272-7444. 4:30pm. The author discusses and signs April Fool Dead.

Ben Marcus City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus; 362-8193. 7pm. The author reads from Notable American Women.

Kathleen Norris Booksmith, 1644 Haight; 863-8688. 7pm. The author reads from and signs The Virgin of Bennington.

Bay Area

Elizabeth Dewberry Black Oak Books, 1491 Shattuck, Berk; (510) 486-0698. 7:30pm. The author reads from her new mystery, Sacrament of Lies.

Alan Rinzler Cody's Books, 2454 Telegraph, Berk; (510) 845-7852. 7:30pm. The author leads a writer's workshop on getting published.


tuesday 9



Around town


'What If?' Intersection for the Arts, 446 Valencia; 626-2787. 8pm, pay what you can. Sean San Jose and Joe Lopez host this Hybrid Project "Second Tuesdays" event featuring DJs, dancers, actors, writers, and musicians including Colored Ink, Keno Mapp, Eli Marienthal, and Gina Dawson.


Authors


Elizabeth Dewberry A Clean Well-Lighted Place for Books, 601 Van Ness; 441-6670. 7:30pm. The author discusses her latest novel, Sacrament of Lies.

Owen Hill Book Bay at Main, San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larkin (enter at Grove); 557-4238. 6:30pm. The author reads from and signs his novel, The Chandler Apartments.

Ruthanne Lum McCunn University of San Francisco, Lone Mountain Campus, 2800 Turk, Room 141; 422-6066. 7:30pm. The author reads from her work and answers questions from the audience.

Bharati Mukherjee Booksmith, 1644 Haight; 863-8688. 7pm. The author reads from and signs Desirable Daughter.

Gary Nicosia Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia; 282-9246. 7:30pm. The author discusses Home to War.

Marilyn Yalom San Francisco Public Library, 100 Larkin; 557-4595. 6:30pm. The author discusses A History of the Wife.

Bay Area

David Davidar Cody's Books, 2454 Telegraph, Berk; (510) 845-7852. 7:30pm. The author reads from The House of Blue Mangoes.

Anthony Doerr Black Oak Books, 1491 Shattuck, Berk; (510) 486-0698. 7:30pm. The author reads from his collection of short stories, The Shell Collector.

Jan Morris UC Berkeley, Wheeler Auditorium, Bancroft at Telegraph, Berk; (510) 893-8555. 7pm. Don George hosts an evening of conversation with the author.