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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.

 

theater


Opening


Ain't Misbehavin' Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, 620 Sutter; 474-8800. $22-30. Opens Sat/13, 8pm. Runs Thurs-Sat, 8pm; Sun, 2pm. Through April 28. The Lorraine Hansberry Theatre presents the musical, set in 1930s Harlem and featuring the music of Fats Waller.

Come My Beloved Traveling Jewish Theatre, 470 Florida; 399-1809. $12.50-25. Previews Thurs/11-Sat/13, 8pm; Sun/14, 2 and 7pm. Opens Mon/15, 8pm. Thurs-Sat, 8pm; Sun, 2 and 7pm. Through May 19. A Traveling Jewish Theatre presents an updated interpretation of the biblical Song of Songs.

Michelangelo Did This? Exit Theatre, 156 Eddy; 981-6444. $10-20. Previews Wed/10-Thurs/11, 8pm. Opens Fri/12, 8pm. Runs Thurs-Sat, 8pm. Through May 11. Genghis Productions presents Howard Hain's black comedy that imagines what would happen if Michelangelo were reincarnated as "a putz living in Iowa."

Speak the Devil Exit Theater, 156 Eddy; 820-1670. $10-18. Opens Thurs/18, 8:30pm. Runs Thurs-Sat, 8:30pm. Through May 11. The SF Buffoons present an original dark comedy inspired by medieval fools and street performers.

Stones in His Pockets Curran Theatre, 445 Geary; 512-7770. $34-59. Previews Tues/16, 8pm. Opens Wed/17, 8pm. Runs Tues-Sat, 8pm (also Wed and Sat-Sun, 2pm). Through May 12. Bronson Pinchot and Christopher Burns star in Marie Jones's comedy about a film crew that travels to Ireland to make a big-budget movie.

Bay Area

In Search of a Legend Berkeley Black Repertory Theater Co., 3201 Adeline, Berk; (510) 652-2120. $12. Opens Fri/12, 6:30pm. Runs Fri-Sat, 8pm; Sun, 5pm. Through April 28. Jonal Productions and Berkeley Black Repertory Theatre Co. present Johnny Land's musical tribute to the life of Josephine Baker.

L'Universe Roda Theatre, 2025 Addison, Berk; (510) 647-2949. Previews Fri/12, 8pm; Sat/13, 2 and 8pm; Sun/14, 1 and 4:30pm. Opens Tues/16, 8pm. Runs Tues-Fri, 8pm (no shows Wed/17 or May 10; added shows Tues/16 and May 9, noon); Sat, 2 and 8pm (also May 11, show at 4:30pm instead of 2pm); Sun, 1 and 4:30pm. Through May 19. The Flying Karamazov Brothers present a show that uses juggling, music, physical theater, and comedy to explore the mysteries of the universe.

Long Day's Journey into Night Live Oak Theatre, 1301 Shattuck, Berk; (510) 528-5620. $10. Opens Fri/12, 8pm. Runs Fri-Sat and May 9, 8pm. Through May 11. Actors Ensemble of Berkeley presents Eugene O'Neill's play.

 

Ongoing


Are We Almost There? Shelton Theatre, 533 Sutter; 345-7575. $19-23. Thurs-Sat, 8pm. Extended through April 28. The musical comedy revue about traveling returns to the Shelton Theatre.

Chain Reactions and Tick-a-licious Next Stage, 1620 Gough; 673-0304, ext 3. $15-20. Thurs-Sat, 8pm. Through April 27. Combined Art Form Entertainment, along with artistic director Matthew Quinn, presents two new one-acts that tackle the big questions in singular ways. Trevor Allen's Chain Reactions weaves a cosmic tapestry of asynchronous lifetimes, joining a series of discreet scenes – from one involving a homeless peddler of paperbacks (William Boynton) to one about a fateful conversation between physicists Leo Szilard (Kurt Gundersen) and Albert Einstein (Dan Wilson) – by a nonlinear medley of voices that produces its own patterns. The script, directed by Rob Melrose, sacrifices some dramatic coherence to the harmony of the theme, but able performances and impressive sound and set designs by Steve Kahn and Daniel Thobias, respectively, lend considerable force to Allen's inventive work. Shaun Church's irresistible Tick-a-licious, meanwhile, lands us on planet Mirth, where sole Mirthlings Voova (Natasha Baker), Fuffo (Christopher Slater), and Dyip (Wendy Taylor) evolve from simple pleasure sponges to self-aware angst-ridden Care Bear existentialists. Church's talent for storytelling and wordplay receives exactly the right touch from director Cris Cassell and further benefits from three dedicated performers swaddled in Erin Blendu and Lori Hebert's playful costumes. Surprisingly, the fact that the play looks like a Greek tragedy staged by the Teletubbies in no way diminishes its underlying sincerity. (Avila)

Euphor!um Presidio (enter from Marina Blvd through Crissy Field gate), Bldg 920, Mason St; 332-9454. $15. Extended run: Thurs, 6-10pm; Fri-Sat, 7-11:30pm; Sun, 3-7pm. Through April 28. 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. Thurs-Sat, 8pm; Sun, 5pm. Extended through Sun/21. 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. Fri/12, midnight (farewell show with added, more "extreme" acts). 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)

The Glass Menagerie Geary Theater, 415 Geary; 749-2228. $15-61. Tues-Sat, 8pm (also Wed and Sat-Sun, 2pm). Through April 28. Unbelievably, this is the first time American Conservatory Theater has mounted Tennessee Williams's classic in its 35-year history. But unfortunately the results aren't nearly as salutary as its Streetcar Named Desire of a few seasons back. Aside from introducing some interesting textual variants, director Laird Williamson's production sheds little new light on a play we all have known perhaps a bit too well since high school. The most piquant twist is Amanda, played splendidly by Robin Moseley, who unlike most actors plays her not as a batty warm-up to Blanche DuBois but as an extremely practical Southern lady with steely determination. Instead of the play's usual trio of Wingfield dreamers we see a mother already bitterly betrayed by her dreams and determined not to let her children make the same mistake. It's an illuminating approach, but it also oversimplifies the play's complex and conflicted defense of the sensitive spirit in a brutal world. Moseley, virtually alone among the cast, nails Williams's tender music. Joey Collins's Tom is fittingly boyish and angsty but lacks the character's pitiless edge, and Heidi Armbruster's Laura is so shy and delicate she nearly disappears. Williamson seriously overplays the comedy throughout, and even usually brilliant designers Ralph Funicello (scenery) and Peter Maradudin (lighting) fail to bring much new to the table. This is a serviceable, somewhat plodding Menagerie but unfortunately not a haunting one. (Rosenstein)

*I Am Hamlet Exit Stage Left, 156 Eddy; 751-5922. $10-20. Fri/12-Sat/13, 8pm. Art Street Theater presents artistic director Mark Jackson as a much abused Hamlet who has suffered one too many interpretations by artists and academics. With broad humor and even broader gestures, Jackson's Hamlet gives us a whirlwind tour of the play as he sees it, inhabiting all the necessary characters and supplying his own commentary throughout. The show works best when Shakespeare's play and Jackson's wit and technical fluency are most in sync, as in Hamlet's bloody finale, which is something of a tour de force. (Avila)

*In Perpetuity Throughout the Universe Shotwell Studios, 3252A 19th St; 262-0477. $13-15. Fri-Sat, 8pm; Sun, 2pm. Through Sun/21. To say that the Custom Made Theatre Company has taken a good script and given it a well-executed, straightforward production seems like bland praise at best. However, the company's is a surprisingly rare accomplishment, and the results are refreshing indeed. The actors all do a fine job, but what really stands out is the natural way in which they interact with one another, lending a true ensemble feel to this quickly paced, intelligent, and ofttimes painfully funny play by Eric Overmeyer about a handful of ghostwriters working for blatantly racist conspiracy theorists. Interspersed between the genuinely terrifying threat of white supremacists and the seemingly harmless promises of a series of chain letters ("This will happen, whether you are superstitious or not") is a love affair that asks not only if two people from different cultures can truly understand one another but also how it is that we define difference and sameness in the first place. (Shalson)

'Mr. Williams Pays a Call' Potrero Hill Neighborhood House Theatre, 953 De Haro; 364-3037. $18. Fri-Sat, 8pm; Sun, 5pm. Through April 28. Class Act Theatre presents a program of one-acts by Tennessee Williams.

My Brother Sang like Roy Orbison Bannam Place Theater, 50A Bannam; 986-4607. $15-18. Fri-Sat, 8pm; Sun, 3pm. Through May 5. Randy Rutherford performs his solo show, a memoir about his adventures with the stepbrother who helped raise him.

Next in Line Exit on Taylor, 277 Taylor; 673-3847. $12-20. Thurs/11-Sat/13, 8pm. John Warren's savvy and contagious comedy-drama has small-time San Francisco political consultant Bobby Deans (Don Speziale) plying his trade as a devoted liberal, a knowing wire-puller who's not above being shocked by the ideologically unfettered maneuverings of his more experienced colleagues Maxwell (Tom Baxley) and disability activist Shel (Cheryl Smith). But when the big time beckons in a state assembly race that pits Deans's man against Maxwell's, how far will each go to win? Directed with an appropriate pulse by Jason Ries, the script conveys an insider's perspective and the special brio of the political operative, while the story itself has enough pie-ings by the Baking Brigade, office break-ins, and freshly elected stiffs to satisfactorily conjure our local political landscape. Deans's staunch but independent-minded assistant, Erin (Nora El Samahy), and callow intern, T.J. (Joe Egender), complete the likable office staff, while actor Robert Corrick finesses multiple roles as client and candidate to Deans. Warren's own firsthand experience with local politics lends authenticity to this exploration – reminiscent of satires like Tanner '88 and Primary Colors – of moral compass needles fluttering around the political poll. (Avila)

Nine Armenians Magic Theatre, Fort Mason Center, Bldg D, Marina at Laguna; (510) 986-9194. $18-25. Thurs/11-Sat/13, 8:30pm; Sun/14, 7:30pm. Golden Thread Productions presents Leslie Ayvazian's play about an Armenian American family who come to terms with their past.

'Unidentified One-Act Marathon' Union Square Playhouse, 340 Mason; 846-9501. $10-15. Sun-Tues, 7pm. Through April 30. Unidentified Theater Company presents a program of seven plays by local writers directed by seven directors.

The Very Worst of Varla Jean Merman New Conservatory Theatre Center, 25 Van Ness; 861-8972. Wed-Sat, 8pm (also Sat/13, Sat/20, April 27, and May 4, 10pm). Through May 4. Varla Jean Merman (a.k.a. Jeffery Roberson) promises to "educate" her audience during this 70-minute drag cabaret in which Merman variously sings, plays the clarinet, and shows videos of her trips to Provincetown and Tokyo. The claim is clearly intended as a joke, sending up and celebrating the vacuous nature of Merman's part smutty, part ditzy, part being-un-"p.c."-is-fun! performance, which includes a song about talking to genitals and another piece in which Merman consumes nearly an entire can of spray cheese – all just fine if you find that sort of thing amusing. To her credit, Merman is a very good-looking airhead with some fabulous costumes, and she sports an impressive vocal range. Her performance of a medley from Schoolhouse Rock is the highlight of the evening, when all the immaturity (complete with a Shirley Temple lisp), finally makes sense. (Shalson)

Waiting for Godot Theatre Rhinoceros, 2926 16th St; 861-5079. $15-18. Thurs-Sat, 8:30pm; Sun, 5pm. Through Sun/21. Creatus and Theatre Rhinoceros present a new interpretation – "high gay concept meets low burlesque" – of the Beckett classic.

Women behind Bars Theatre Rhinoceros, 2926 16th St; 861-5079. $15-25. Wed/10-Sat/13, 8pm. Theatre Rhinoceros revives Tom Eyen's spoof of 1950s bad-girl prison movies. New inmate Mary-Eleanor (Joan Grinde), an innocent newlywed taking the rap for her husband's foiled gas-station holdup, finds herself among eight hard-boiled criminals under the predatory eye of the Matron (Mary Knoll) and her addled assistant Louise (Treacy Corrigan). The "corruption" of Mary-Eleanor by her eccentric cellmates (including a Blanche Du Bois wanna-be, a pyromaniac, and a Bible-thumping old-timer) follows the lines laid out by the women-in-prison genre – an intentionally titillating but moralizing set of B movies that represented the postwar backlash against a newfound female independence. The play trades on a host of familiar clichés and stereotypes that feel too familiar, but the willing and able cast keeps Eyen's foundering craft afloat. (Avila)

Bay Area

The Fantasticks Larkspur Cafe Theatre, 500 Magnolia, Larkspur; (415) 924-6107. $18-30. Fri-Sat, 8pm; Sun/14, 2pm. Through Sat/20. Hoochi-Doo Productions presents the musical love story.

Knock Knock Aurora Theatre, 2081 Addison, Berk; (510) 843-4822. $26-35. Wed/10-Sat/13, 8pm; Sun/14, 2 and 7pm. Abe (Dan Hiatt) and Cohn (Will Marchetti) are retirees who haven't left their log cabin in 20 years. Having settled into a predictably jejune existence, the two men are in serious need of having their world rocked. Cohn's rash wishes bring in Wiseman (Sara Moore), an all-purpose vaudevillian trickster who upends the men's fragile logic, and Joan of Arc (Rachel Brown), whose "voices" perhaps echo the men's own existential and absurd interior monologues. This whimsical play has its moments, but I have to admit I've never been much of a fan of playwright Jules Feiffer's dry, sardonic humor. For me, this uneasy marriage of borscht-belt shtick, intellectual farce, and absurdist angst falls pretty flat. Michael Butler, an adept director of difficult hybrids, seems strangely lost here, capturing the knockabout pace but desperately searching for a tone and a point. Hiatt and Marchetti find a specific comic physicality, but neither of these fine actors captures the New York Jewish ethos that is essential to Feiffer's work. (Rosenstein)

*Las meninas San Jose Repertory Theatre, 101 Paseo de San Antonio, San Jose; (408) 367-7255. $26-44. Thurs-Sat and Tues/16, 8pm (also Sat/13, 3pm; no shows Thurs/18-Fri/19); Sun, 7pm (also Sun/14 and Sun/21, 2pm; Sun/21, show at 2pm only). Through Sun/21. Playwright Lynn Nottage throws imaginative light on a factual but erased historical chapter: the illicit relationship between King Louis XIV's wife, Queen Marie-Thérèse (Mercedes Herrero), and her "fool," the African dwarf Nabo (Daniel Bryant). Their liaison resulted in a child, Louise (Rachel Zawadi Luttrell), who was sequestered for life in a convent. Herrero splendidly nails the delicate line between the queen's comic brio and emotional depth, and Bryant is excellent as the gentle, reluctantly amusing dwarf. Director Michael Donald Edwards does a first-rate job managing Nottage's tricky mix of spoof and soul, and he beautifully stages the San Jose Repertory Theatre premiere. Gordana Svilar's fluid and streamlined set, Robert Jared's lights, and especially B. Modern's extraordinary costumes are luscious, fusing past and present in a single witty stroke. (Rosenstein)

Pericles LaVal's Subterranean, 1834 Euclid, Berk; (510) 234-6046. $10-14. Thurs-Sat, 8pm; Sun, 7pm. Through May 4. Subterranean Shakespeare presents the Bard's classic with masks, puppets, and eight actors in 35 roles.

Two Rooms Oakland Metro Theatre, 201 Broadway, Oakl; (925) 798-1300. $15-20. Thurs-Sun, 8pm. Through Sun/21. The Venture Theatre Company presents Lee Blessing's play about a man who is taken hostage in Beirut and the efforts of his wife to save him.

 

dance


Alma Esperanza Cunningham Movement Dance Mission, 3316 24th St; 885-4006. Fri-Sat, 8pm; Sun, 7pm. $10-15. Choreographer Cunningham presents the world premiere of Tsunami, plus Parade and Inside-Departure.

'Bodies in Motion' ODC Theater, 3153 17th St; 863-9834. Fri-Sat, 8pm. $18-20. See 8 Days a Week, page 44.

Carola Zertuche Flamenco Brava Theater Center, 2789 24th St; 641-7657, www.ticketweb.com. Fri-Sat, 8pm. $23. The flamenco group performs Sentido Flamenco.

'San Francisco Ballet 2002 Repertory Season' War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness; 865-2000. "Program Five": Thurs/11 and Sat/13, 8pm (also Sat/13, 2pm). $10-120. "Program Six": Wed/10, 7:30pm; Fri/12, 8pm; Sun/12, 2pm. "Program Five" consists of A Garden, Black Cake, and world premieres Chi-Lin and Later. "Program Six" consists of Death of a Moss, L'arlésienne, and world premiere Continuum. See "Variety," page 38.

San Francisco Flamenco Company Peña PachaMama, 1630 Powell; 646-0018. Fri, 7:30 and 9pm. $10 ($2.50 discount with dinner). The group performs flamenco dance.

'Second Annual Bay Area Performing Arts Spring Gala' Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center, Marina at Laguna; 345-7575. Thurs-Fri, 8pm (special benefit reception and performance, 6:30pm, $50). $18-25. This annual concert of emerging young choreographers and companies features Kunst-Stoff and Rapt Performance Group, plus guest appearances by Janice Garrett and Dancers and the Foundry.

Zaccho Dance Theatre Theater Artaud, 450 Florida; 621-7797. Wed-Sat, 8pm. $18-20. See 8 Days a Week, page 44.

Bay Area

Ballet San Jose Silicon Valley Center for the Performing Arts, 255 Almaden, San Jose; (415) 421-TIXS. Thurs and Sun, 7:30pm (also Sun, 1:30pm); Fri-Sat, 8pm (also Sat, 1:30pm). $20-68. This program features two works by Dennis Nahat: the Elvis-inspired Blue Suede Shoes, plus In Concert, set to music by Giuseppe Verdi and Charles Gounod.

Borboletas and Damasceno Dance Troupe Julia Morgan Center for the Arts, 2640 College, Berk; (925) 798-1300. Sun, 2pm. $5-12. Performers of all ages present Brazilian music and dance.

'Pointe and Clicke' Fine Arts Theatre, College of Marin, 835 College, Kentfield; (415) 485-9385. $8-12. Fri-Sat, 8pm. Through Sat/20. College of Marin Dance presents its spring concert, featuring a variety of styles of choreography by faculty members.

 

performance


'Andrognykka! The Hello Tour!' 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 Kevin Ottem-Fox presents a cabaret play that takes on "God, civil war, and musical comedies."

'Appetites and Chicken Fights' Sanitary Fill Company, 401 Tunnel; 330-1414. Fri, 5-9pm; Sat, 1-5pm. Call for price. Artists in residence Daphne Ruff and Banker White present two programs: Friday, a performance features recycled instruments, videos, and puppet theater; Saturday, take a tour of the artists' visual arts and sculpture garden.

'La Colorina' Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, 2868 Mission; 821-1155. Sat-Sun, 3 and 8pm. $5. The Hollywood Sunset Free Clinic presents a play (in Spanish) that addresses antigay prejudice.

'Dan Chan Magic Man' San Francisco Public Library, Portola Branch, 2450 San Bruno; magicdan.fastville.com. Thurs, 4pm. Free. The illusionist performs tricks, juggles, creates balloon sculptures, and more.

'DragPie' Marlena's, 488 Hayes; 864-6672. Fri, 10:30pm and midnight. Free. A cast of drag performers – including Cockatelia, Gypsy Calabrese, Sonfondaboyz, Manley Lennox, and Karen Kill – perform; this week's theme is "One Hit Wonders."

'Joe Turner's Come and Gone' Diego Rivera Theater, 50 Phelan; 239-3132. Fri-Sat, 8pm (through Sat/20); Sun/21, 2pm. $5-10. City College presents the August Wilson play.

'Gary and Babs' Odeon Bar, 3223 Mission; 550-6994. Fri, 6pm. Ongoing. Call for price. The lounge duo performs happy hour favorites.

'Sisterspeak' San Francisco Public Library, Main Branch, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin; 664-6842. Thurs, 6pm. Free. Mothertongue Feminist Theater Collective presents a "performance collage" of works reflecting on sisters and sisterhood.

'Vehicular Motion' SomArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan; 436-9724. Thurs, 5-7:30pm (also Fri/19, 10am-2pm). Free. See 8 Days a Week, page 44.

Bay Area

'Always on Sunday' 8th Street Studio, 2525 Eighth St, Berk; (510) 869-4548. Sat, 8pm. $10. Audrey Ward performs in a musical solo show about a clergywoman's life.

'Arlen, the Stage Hypnotist' Julia Morgan Center for the Arts, 2640 College, Berk; (925) 798-1300. Sun, 6:30 and 9pm. Through Sun/21. $10-15. Comedy, improv, and hypnosis all factor into this audience-participation performance.

'In Search of My Clitoris' Julia Morgan Center for the Arts, 2640 College, Berk; (925) 798-1300. Sun, 8pm. $13-15. Performer Sia Amma presents her solo show, a comedy that raises awareness about female circumcision.

 

comedy


Bayfront Theater Fort Mason Center, Bldg B, Third fl, Marina at Laguna; 474-8935. Thurs, 8pm: "Hot Topic!," improvised songs and sketches, $7. Fri-Sat, 8pm: "3 x 3 Improv Tournament," $12. Sun, 8pm: "Theatresports Ring Tournament," team improv competition, $6.

San Francisco LGBT Community Center Ceremonial Rm, 1800 Market; 552-7200. Mon, 8pm: "Qcomedy Showcase: Monday Night Gay Comedy," with Darrick Richardson and others, plus host Maureen Brownsey, $5-15.

Kimo's 1351 Polk; 885-4535. Tues, 8pm: "Comic-kaze," stand-up comedy, $5.

Odeon Bar 3223 Mission; www.danielpackard.com. Sat, 8pm (through April 27): comedian Daniel Packard performs, $7-9.

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

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

Spanganga 3376 19th St; 821-1102. Thurs, 10pm: "Spiegelmania," stand-up comedy show hosted by Mike Spiegelman, with W. Kamau Bell and Ian Jensen, $5.

Bay Area

Black Box 1928 Telegraph, Oakl; (510) 595-5597. Thurs, 8pm: 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: Cody's Books 2454 Telegraph, Berk; (510) 845-7852. "Poetry Flash," with Brandon Brown and Brian Glaser, 7:30pm, $2. La Peña Cultural Center 3105 Shattuck, Berk; (510) 849-2572. "Cafe Poetry" and open mic, 7:30pm, free. Mama Bears Women's Bookstore 6536 Telegraph, Oakl; (510) 506-3717. "SheSpeaks," open mic night for women 18 and up, 7:30pm, $5. Starry Plough 3101 Shattuck; (510) 841-2082. "The Berkeley Slam!," hosted by Charles Ellik and dani eurynome, 8pm, $7. BrainWash Cafe 1122 Folsom; 864-3842. "Spoken Word Salon," open mic with host Diamond Dave Whitaker, 8pm, free.

Thursday: Mechanics' Institute 57 Post; 393-0100. "Runes: A Review of Poetry," 6pm, $5. Café 1428 1428 Alice, Oakl; (510) 239-2239, ext 2899. "Poet Skool!," open mic with host Paradise Freejahlove, 7-10pm, free. Dalva 3121 16th St; 647-6542. "Poetry Mission," with host Harvey, featured readers Copus, and open mic, 7pm, free. New Langton Arts 1246 Folsom; 626-5416. Poet Tan Lin presents "Disco M Figure," a new work that is both poem and film, 8pm, $4-6. Unitarian Center 1187 Franklin; 338-2227. Jay Wright reads his poetry, 7:30pm, $7. San Francisco Public Library Main Branch, Hispanic Rm, 100 Larkin; 864-3436. "Poets for Peace" reading with Dana Gioia, Robert Sward, Toni Mirosevich, and Jack Foley, 5:30pm, free.

Friday: Yakety Yak Coffee House 679 Sutter; 285-2951. Erick Waverly reads, plus open mic, 7:30pm, free.

Saturday: Coffee with a Beat 458 Perkins, Oakl; (510) 526-5985. "Word Beat Reading Series," with featured readers Lucy Day and Ruth Daigon, plus open mic, 7-9pm, free. Berkeley Art Center 1275 Walnut, Berk; (510) 644-6893. "Rhythm and Muse" open mic with featured poets Indigo and Jokwadi, 7pm, free. Café du Nord 2170 Market; www.charlesanders.com. "Writers with Drinks," with host Charles Anders and featuring Kirk Read, Dana Cory, Candice Hern, Simon Sheppard, and Rudy Rucker, 6pm, $3-5. Public Library Claremont Branch, 2940 Benvenue, Berk; (510) 527-9905. The Bay Area Poets Coalition hosts an open reading, 3-5pm, free.

Sunday: Bird and Beckett Books and Records 2788 Diamond; 586-3733. Hillary Strain and Lauren Rusk read, 4:30pm, free.

Monday: Notes from Underground Café 2399 Van Ness; 928-8904. "Celebration of the Word," with featured reader Mark Hofstadter and host Jeanne Powell, 7pm, free. Rasselas Jazz 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. World Ground Café 3726 MacArthur, Oakl; (510) 482-2933. "World Ground Poetry Series," with James Cagney and open mic, 7pm, free. New Langton Arts 1246 Folsom; 626-5416. Summi Kaipa and K. Silem Mohammed read their works, 8pm, $4-6. See 8 Days a Week, page 44. Bird and Beckett Books and Records 2788 Diamond; 586-3733. Friends and students of Diane di Prima, including Kit Kennedy, Margaret Wright Kovacs, and Kathleen Large, read, 7:30pm, free. Café Niebaum-Coppola 916 Kearny; 788-7500. Poets Stephen Kopel and Edwin Drummond read, 6pm, free.