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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.



The American Appetite Noh Space, 2480 Mariposa; 487-8777. $12 (Sun/9, pay what you can). Opens Thurs/6, 8pm. Runs Thurs-Sun, 8pm. Through Sun/16. Pierre Vladimir Stroud (Kung Foo on the Donut) returns with a new comedy about the American male.

The Dreamer Examines His Pillow 15 Romolo, 15 Romolo Pl; www.inquiline.org. $10. Opens Sat/8, 7:30pm. Sat-Sun, 7:30pm; Mon, 8pm. Through June 24. Inquiline Theatre Company presents John Patrick Shanley's one-act, three-character play about relationships.

First Love Magic Theatre, Bldg D, Fort Mason Center, Marina at Laguna; 441-8822. $17-37. Previews Fri/7-Sat/8 and Wed/12-Thurs/13, 8:30pm. Opens Fri/14, 8:30pm. Runs Wed-Sat, 8:30pm; Sun, 2:30pm (also June 23 and 30, 7:30pm; no show June 16). Through June 30. The Magic Theatre presents Charles Mee's comedy about a love affair between two senior citizens.

Kate's Chink-o-Rama Brava Theater Center, 2789 24th St; 647-2822. $22-24. Opens Wed/5, 8pm. Runs Wed-Sun, 8pm. Through Sun/16. Asian American actress Kate Rigg presents the California premiere of her new show, a comedy that skewers Asian stereotypes. Presented in conjunction with the National Queer Arts Festival.

Rosita's Day of the Dead El Teatro de la Esperanza, 2940 16th St, Second fl; 255-2320. $8-12. Opens Fri/7, 8pm. Runs Fri-Sat, 8pm. Through June 29. El Teatro de la Esperanza presents Rodrigo Duatre Clark's bilingual comedy, a sequel to Rosita's Jalapeño Kitchen.

Bay Area

Cloud Nine Roda Theatre, 2015 Addison, Berk; (510) 647-2949. $10-54. Previews Fri/7-Sat/8 and Tues/11, 8pm; Sun/9, 7pm. Opens Wed/12, 8pm. Runs Tues and Thurs-Sat, 8pm (also Sat/15, June 20, 22, 29, July 11, 18 and 27, 2pm; no shows June 21); Wed and Sun, 7pm (also Sun, 2pm). Through July 28. Berkeley Rep presents Caryl Churchill's comedy about race, class, history, and sex set in 19th-century colonial Africa and 20th-century London.


Ain't Misbehavin' Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, 620 Sutter; 474-8800. $22-30. Thurs-Sat, 8pm; Sun, 2pm. Extended through Sun/16. The Lorraine Hansberry Theatre presents the musical, set in 1930s Harlem and featuring the music of Fats Waller.

Are We Almost There? Shelton Theatre, 533 Sutter; 345-7575. $12-15. Thurs-Sat, 8pm. Open-ended. Travel is the theme of this musical comedy revue.

Bodies and Hearts in the Face of the Monster Exit on Taylor, 277 Taylor; 841-1262. $15. Fri-Sat, 8pm. Through July 6. First Seen presents Toni Press-Coffman's comedy about a series of illicit love affairs in a small Midwestern city.

EROShambo OmniCircus, 550 Natoma; 701-0686. $8-15. Runs Fri, 9pm. Through June 28. OmniCircus presents DeusMachina in an "erotic robotic cabaret" that features live music, robots, and puppets.

*Five Flights Thick House, 1695 18th St; 401-8081. $15-20. New schedule for extended run: Wed-Sat, 8pm; Sun, 2 and 5pm. Through Sun/16. 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)

*Fool for Love Theatre Rhinoceros, 2926 16th St; 861-5079. $14-16. Thurs/6-Sat/8, 8:30pm; Sun/9, 7:30pm. Sam Shepard's take on obsessive love and loss is as much about masculinity and femininity as it is about the ties that bind and gag. Directors J. Grinde and M. Murphy have picked up on this and put it to good use in their alternatively gender-cast version. There are moments when, in playing it for laughs, this UStickEm production loses some of Shepard's depth, but this version adds nuances of its own: the discussion about the differences between a "man" and "guy" had me laughing so hard it brought tears to my eyes. (Shalson)

For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again Geary Theater, 415 Geary; 749-2228, www.act-sfbay.org. $11-61. Wed/5-Sat/8, 8pm (also Wed/5 and Sat/8, 2pm); Sun/9, 2pm. Carey Perloff directs Olympia Dukakis in celebrated Quebecois playwright Michel Tremblay's tribute to his mother. American Conservatory Theater's Marco Barricelli plays the 50-year-old narrator recalling moments from boyhood to young adulthood shared with his beloved Nana. Dukakis brings a sympathetic American inflection to Nana, and Barricelli (whose job as devoted son amounts mainly to sitting still and paying attention) delivers an able if uninspired performance. Despite their charm (and a last-minute apotheosis) these scenes feel too limited, as if malingering just beyond reach of a larger play or the discipline of a plotline. (Avila)

Greater America The Next Stage, 1620 Gough; 841-1262. $15. Fri/7-Sat/8, 8pm; Sun/9, 7pm. First Seen and Bare Bones Theater Company present the world premiere of Katherine Murphy's black comedy about a dysfunctional family.

How to Be a Secret Agent Girl as Seen on Television and in Movies Venue 9, 252 Ninth St; 289-2000. $10-15 (Thurs/6, pay what you can). Extended run: Thurs/6-Sat/8, 8pm. Cathleen Daly's comedic exploration of the female psyche, a Fringe Festival favorite, returns for a full run.

Knuckles and Crunch Theatre Rhinoceros, 2926 16th St; 861-5079. $15-24. Wed/5-Sat/8, 8pm. Theatre Rhinoceros artistic director Doug Holsclaw (The Last Hairdresser) offers up his first play in three years, directed by Adele Prandini. A revamped Of Mice and Men, the play follows the lives of two army buddies, both dishonorably discharged under shady circumstances and consequently adrift and unemployable. Knuckles is the oversized but gentle simpleton who might easily love a smaller creature to death, while Crunch (as in Cap'n) is the one with all the ideas. The two find work in a gay bar in Columbus and are drawn into the lives of the men who work there: the seedy owner, his go-go dancer boy-toy, and the African American DJ who will never be given a job behind the counter by the racist owner. Interjected in the plot are scenes from a New York disco, featuring some superb musical drag performances. Brian Yates Sharber is especially enchanting in his double role as Ms. Loretta Fox and the DJ. (Shalson)

Malambo Theatre on the Square, 450 Post; 433-9500. $35-50. Tues-Thurs, 8pm; Fri-Sat, 8:30pm (also Sat, 3pm); Sun, 3 and 7pm. Through Sun/16. Luis Bravo (Forever Tango) presents the world premiere of his new Argentine dance and theater production.

Les Misérables Curran Theatre, 445 Geary; 512-7770. $30-85. Wed/5-Sat/8, 8pm (also Wed/5, Sat/8-Sun/9, 2pm). Jean Valjean and company return to San Francisco.

Mr. Mystic Presents the Danger Tour Shelton Theatre, 533 Sutter; 249-9177. $10-15. Fri/7-Sat/8, 10:30pm. Performer Mr. Mystic presents "hilarious feats of mystery and daring."

Now, Do What? The Marsh, 1062 Valencia; 826-5750. $10-17. Fri/7-Sat/8, 8pm. White Noise Radio Theatre presents their latest sketch comedy show.

Pipe Dream Eureka Theatre, 215 Jackson; 255-8207. $15-27. Thurs/6-Fri/7, 8pm; Sat/8, 6pm; Sun/9, 3pm. 42nd Street Moon presents Rodgers and Hammerstein's 1955 Tony winner, a musical set on Cannery Row.

The Ritz New Conservatory Theatre Center, 25 Van Ness; 861-8972. $18-35. Wed-Sat, 8pm; Sun/9 and Sun/16, 2pm (additional matinees June 30 and July 7, 2pm; Wed-Sat shows run through June 29 only). The New Conservatory Theatre Center presents Terrence McNally's play about a straight guy who evades the Mafia by hanging out in a gay bathhouse.

*Shakespeare's R&J New Conservatory Theatre Center, 25 Van Ness; 861-8972. 861-8972. $18-35. Wed-Sat, 8pm; Sun/9, Sun/16 and June 23, 2pm. Through June 29. The spoken words are almost exclusively Shakespeare's, but the context puts a unique spin on this classic tale of forbidden love. Playwright Joe Calarco gives us Romeo and Juliet, in all of its melodramatic magnificence, as performed by four Catholic school boys. As the youths act the parts of Shakespeare's play, their own stories of repression and desire come through in their exchanged looks and momentary breaks in character, where shrugging off a line or delivering it with pointed intensity serves to lend it new meaning. The result is a version of Romeo and Juliet that is self-conscious while remaining genuinely moving: the balcony scene (featuring actors Brent Rosenbaum and Taylor Valentine) is a treat in itself. (Shalson)

611 $upreme Exit Theatre, 156 Eddy; 561-1418. $15-25. Fri-Sat and July 1, 8pm. Through July 6. Paducah Mining Co. presents the world premiere of E. Hunter Spreen's "environmental morality play."

Top Girls Exit Stage Left, 156 Eddy; 675-5995, www.crowdedfire.org. $12-25. Thurs-Sat, 8pm. Through July 6. Crowded Fire Theatre Company presents Caryl Churchill's exploration of the sacrifices women make in pursuit of power.

The World Goes 'Round: The Songs of Kander and Ebb New Conservatory Theatre Center, 25 Van Ness; 861-8972. $15-35. Thurs-Sat, 8pm; Sun, 2pm (no show June 30). Through July 14. As part of its third "In Concert" season, the New Conservatory Theatre Center presents this musical revue with tunes from Cabaret, Chicago, and other shows.

Bay Area

The Apple Cart Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant, Berk; (510) 798-1300. $20-22 (Thurs and Sun, two-for-one admission). Thurs and Sun, 7pm; Fri-Sat, 8pm. Through June 29. Women in Time Productions presents George Bernard Shaw's political comedy.

Carnival Altarena Playhouse, 1409 High, Alameda; (510) 523-1553. $12-15. Fri-Sat, 8pm; Sun, 2pm. Through June 29. The Altarena Playhouse presents Bob Merrill and Michael Stewart's musical that follows a woman who joins a circus troupe in war-torn France.

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) Highway One at Calle del Mar, Stinson Beach; (415) 868-1115, www.shakespeareatstinson.org. $13-23. Fri-Sat, 7pm; Sun, 6pm. Through June 30. Shakespeare at Stinson presents a play that tears through all of Shakespeare's repertoire.

*The Entertainer Aurora Theatre, 2081 Addison, Berk; (510) 843-4822. $26-35. Wed-Sat, 8pm; Sun, 2 and 7pm. Through Sun/16. On the heels of the seminal Look Back in Anger (1956), John Osborne shrewdly advanced his biting critique of postwar England by juxtaposing the tawdry escapism of the music hall comedy and the earthbound tribulations of a showbiz clan. Charles Dean heads the exceptional cast, brilliantly embodying slippery patriarch and doomed showman Archie Rice, the unlikely conscience in a world of implacable social forces, where survival demands the superficiality, reverie, and egoism of the entertainer. Aurora Theatre Company producing director Tom Ross admirably balances the mixture of fantasy and realism so integral to this resonant theme and our sleepwalking age. (Avila)

Homebody/Kabul Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Thrust Stage, 2025 Addison, Berk; (510) 647-2949. $38-54. Tues and Thurs-Sat, 8pm (also Sat, 2pm); Wed and Sun, 7pm (also Sun, 2pm). Through June 23. While much has been made of Tony Kushner's "prescience" in writing his latest play, Homebody/Kabul, long before Sept. 11, the play is about much more than the events of the moment. The focus begins intimately in the living room of the Homebody (Michelle Morain), an obsessive reader who has settled in with a quaint but informative 1965 travel guide to Kabul. Surprisingly, this armchair traveler decides to go explore the world she has only read about. This three-hour-and-forty-minute evening is absorbing, witty, fierce, and intelligent, but it's hard for Kushner to top the Homebody's astounding opening monologue. Like the script, Tony Taccone's direction has its rough spots, but his work here bristles with attentiveness and dynamism. (Rosenstein)

Love Is the Law La Val's Subterranean Theatre, 1834 Euclid, Berk; (510) 464-4468. $7-12. Fri/7-Sat/8, 8pm. Impact Theatre premieres Zay Amsbury's play about a raver who falls in love with an undercover DEA agent.

A Midsummer Night's Dream Bruns Memorial Amphitheater, Bruns Memorial Amphitheater, Gateway Blvd exit off Hwy 24, Orinda; (510) 548-9666, www.calshakes.org. $13-46. Tues-Thurs, 7:30pm; Fri-Sat, 8pm (also June 22, 2pm); Sun, 4pm. Through June 23. California Shakespeare Festival kicks off its 2002 season with Shakespeare's comedy.

Nunsense A-Men! Larkspur Cafe Theatre, 500 Magnolia, Larkspur; (415) 924-6107. $12-30. Fri-Sat, 8pm; Sun/9, 3pm. Through June 22. Hoochi-Doo Productions presents Dan Groggins's all-male version of his musical comedy Nunsense.

Two for the Seesaw Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller, Mill Valley; (415) 388-5208. $24-40. Wed/5-Thurs/6, 7:30pm; Fri/7-Sat/8, 8pm (also Sat/8, 2pm); Sun/9, 2 and 7pm. Marin Theatre Company performs William Gibson's comedic drama, set in 1950s New York.

What Cats Know Transparent Theater, 1901 Ashby, Berk; (510) 883-0305. $20. Thurs/6-Sat/8, 8pm; Sun/9, 7pm. Lisa Dillman's darkly comic chronicle of the manipulations and sexual jealousies brewing between four "friends" begins promisingly. But Dillman can't seem to figure out who really wants what from whom, and the story feels so haphazard that the play begins to seem endless. Rebecca J. Ennals's paceless direction doesn't help, and two and a half hours in this bunch's company is more than enough. Because there are so few plays that render the current generation with anything approaching honesty, you can see what attracted Transparent Theater to this project. But the play needs a lot more than "real life" going for it: it needs to make us care. (Rosenstein)


Anne Bluethenthal and Dancers Dance Mission Theatre, 3316 24th St; 273-4633. Fri-Sat, 8pm (Fri/7, benefit for Middle East Children's Alliance; Sat/8, 7pm, vigil held by Women in Black); Sun, 6pm. Through Sun/16. $16-18. See Critic's Choice.

Chamberdance with the Academy of Ballet Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center, Marina at Laguna; 345-7575 or 552-1166. Sat, 7pm; Sun, 3pm. $12-16. This program consists of the Academy of Ballet's spring student demonstration, plus Chamberdance's performance of four works: Rhapsody, segments from Flower Festival at Genzano and Don Quixote, and the premiere of Bloodlines, 1944.

'Frames of Light' ODC Theater, 3153 17th St; 863-9834, www.ticketweb.com. Thurs-Sat, 8pm. $17. Liss Fain Dance, Huckabay McAllister Dance, Kunst-Stoff, and Stephen Pelton Dance Theater (Thurs-Fri only) join with visual designer Matthew Antaky for an evening of dance (part one of "ArtRisks," a new three-part series) that incorporates lighting as a key element in each piece.

Joe Goode Performance Group Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission; 978-ARTS. Wed-Sun, 8pm. $20-30. The company presents the world premiere of Mythic, Montana; also on the program is last season's What the Body Knows.

'Works in the Works' Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission; 978-ARTS. Tues, 8pm. $15-20. This behind-the-scenes preview evening includes excerpts from two works by the Lawrence Pech Dance Company: Angels: Fallen or Otherwise, a new ballet, and Untitled, a new piece set to the music of Esquivel.

Bay Area

'Le carrousel du roi' Heather Farms Park, Equestrian Center, N. San Carlos near Ygnacio Valley (off Hwy 680), Walnut Creek; (510) 642-9988, www.tickets.com. Fri, 4pm; Sat-Sun, noon. $38. See 8 Days a Week, page 44.


'Cernunnos, Butterflies, and Dicks: Reclaiming Homoeroticism and the Sacred' Ruby's Gallery, 552A Noe; (707) 769-8204 or (415) 558-9819. Mon, 5:30-9pm. Free. In conjunction with the gallery's current visual arts exhibition, artist Chaz Willow Clover performs a ritual that explores the queer spirit.

'Circo Zero' Theatre Artaud, 450 Florida; 864-9834. Thurs-Sun, 8:30pm. Through June 29. $20 (Thurs, pay what you can). Keith Hennessey directs a contemporary circus-style performance (complete with aerialists, tumbling, live music, and more) set at a funeral. Part of the National Queer Arts Festival.

'Circus Proboscis: A Sneeze of Freaks' Goat Hall, 400 Missouri; 662-6826. Fri/7-Sat/8 and Sat/15, 8pm. $10-15. Karen Penley's performance piece is a circus-themed extravaganza of music, dance, and poetry.

'Djola Branner: Mighty Real' San Francisco LGBT Community Center, 1800 Market; 865-5611. Wed-Sat, 8pm; Sun, 7pm. $10-25. Branner, Aimee K. Bryant, and Angela Henderson present a work that chronicles the life of disco legend Sylvester. Presented as part of the National Queer Arts Festival.

'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 "Follow the Yellow Brick Road."

'Fauxgirls!' Marlena's, 488 Hayes; 864-6672. Sat, 10pm. Free. Anjelica Devarox and Victoria Secret host a drag cabaret.

'The Fifth Annual Hank Tavera Performance Show' Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, 2868 Mission; 273-1041. Sat, 8pm. $10. Presented as part of the National Queer Arts Festival, this event includes dance, poetry, performance, and more.

'Finding Our Way Through the Valley' African American Art and Cultural Complex, 762 Fulton; 208-5181. Fri, 7pm. $10. Robert Henry Johnson and the African-American Youth Educational Theatre Ensemble perform a theater and dance piece.

'HaHa Monkey Flower' CELLspace, 2050 Bryant; 648-7562. Thurs-Sat, 8pm. $10. Wise Fool New Mexico presents a comedy about greed that incorporates theater, aerial arts, live music, puppetry, flaming steel sculptures, and other components.

'Ms. DeMeanor's Fat-Bottom Revue' 848 Community Space, 848 Divisadero; www.bigmoves.org. Sat, 8:30pm. $10-15. See 8 Days a Week, page 44.

'Single Wet Female' SomArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan; 865-5611. Fri-Sun, 8pm. $20. Marga Gomez and Carmelita Tropicana take the stage in a new work about perverted roommates. Presented as part of the National Queer Arts Festival.

'Things Unsaid' Jon Sims Center for the Arts, 1519 Mission; 865-5611. Thurs-Sun, 8pm. $10-15. Duy Nguyen performs a work that explores the emotions of men in love as well as the dynamics of an extended Vietnamese American family. Presented as part of the National Queer Arts Festival.

'The Torture of Cavaradossi' The Odeon, 3223 Mission; www.thrillpeddlers.com. Fri-Sat, 10pm and midnight. $5. The Thrillpeddlers make a rare non-Halloween appearance with their original, gore-laden one-act comedy.

'The Web of Passion' Build, 483 Guerrero; (510) 526-7858. Sat, 8pm. $5-100. Performance artist Frank Moore brings his Feisto character to life in a six-hour presentation.

Bay Area

Aya de León La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck, Berk; (510) 849-2568. Thurs-Fri, 7:30pm. $6-10. The spoken word artist performs with poets James Cagney and Elaine Chao on Thursday; Friday, she presents her solo show, "Thieves in the Temple: The Reclaiming of Hip-Hop," with music and special guests.

"Jones and His Wives' Fish Tank, 3405 Piedmont, Oakl; (415) 864-6123. Fri-Sun, 8pm. $10. Vile Jelly Theatre presents a one-act impressionist puppet opera with live music.


Bayfront Theater Fort Mason Center, Bldg B, Third fl, Marina at Laguna; 474-8935. Thurs, 8pm: "The Belfry Presents: Genre June," $7. Fri-Sat, 8pm: "The Summer Games!," improv competition, $12; 10:30pm: "Inflatable Betty," improv comedy, $7-10. Sun, 8pm: "Sunday Players Present: The Ring Tournament," team improv competition, $6.

Davies Symphony Hall 201 Van Ness; 421-TIXS, www.ticketmaster.com. Fri-Sat, 7 and 9:30pm: Jerry Seinfeld performs stand-up, $45-75.

New Pisa 550 Green; 207-0285, www.northbeachimprov.com. Fri, 9pm: "North Beach Improv," with host Uncle Vinny Rizzo, $10.

San Francisco LGBT Community Center 1800 Market, Fourth fl; 865-5611. Mon, 8pm: "Qcomedy," with host Marilyn Pittman, $15-20.

The Stud 399 Ninth St; stoodupsf@hotmail.com. Wed, 8pm: "Stood Up," stand-up comedy hosted by Pippi Lovestocking, $5.

Tapioka 1369 Folsom; 551-1465. Fri, 9pm: "Ha Bloody Ha," hosted by Harmon Leon, $5.

Bay Area

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

Chronicle Pavilion 2000 Kirker Pass, Concord; (415) 421-TIXS or www.ticketmaster.com. Sat, 7:30pm: "Black Comedy Explosion," with D.L. Hughley, Mo'Nique, Bruce Bruce, Mike Epps, and more, $49.50-69.50.

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: San Francisco Public Library Main Branch, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin; 252-4655, www.writerscorps-sf.org. WritersCorps Youth hosts a poetry reading in honor of the release of their new anthology, Believe Me, I Know, 5:30pm, free. See 8 Days a Week, page 44. Cody's Books 2454 Telegraph, Berk; (510) 845-7852. "Poetry Flash," with Jim Dodge and Jerry Martien, 7:30pm, $2. Mama Bears Women's Bookstore 6536 Telegraph, Oakl; (510) 506-3717. "SheSpeaks," open mic night for women 18 and over, 7:30pm, $5. Starry Plough 3101 Shattuck, Berk; (510) 841-2082. "Chicken Grease," with hosts 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. El Rio 3158 Mission; 282-3325. "Sister Rise Up," spoken word performances by women of color, 9pm, $5-10.

Thursday: Café 1428 1428 Alice, Oakl; (510) 239-2239, ext 2899. "Poet Skool," open mic with host Paradise Freejahlove, 7pm, donations accepted. Modern Times Bookstore 888 Valencia; 282-9246. Crack Press hosts a reading of contributors to hinge, an anthology of Bay Area women writers, 7:30pm, free.

Friday: Yakety Yak Coffee House 679 Sutter; 285-2951. Open mic, 7:30pm, free. Escape From New York Pizza 333 Bush; poetryandpizza.homestead.com. Diane DiPrima reads to benefit Poets in Need, 7:30pm, $5.

Saturday: Berkeley Art Center 1275 Walnut, Berk; (510) 527-9753. "Rhythm and Muse," with JC and Garrett Murphy, 7pm, free.

Sunday: Justice League 628 Divisadero; 255-9035, ext 20, www.thespokenworld.com. "San Francisco Poetry Slam Finals," with Mark Bamuthi Joseph, Ishle Yi Park, Beau Sia, and others, 8pm, $12. See 8 Days a Week, page 44. Bird and Beckett Books and Records 2788 Diamond; 586-3733. Poets Dan Liberthson and Paul Watsky read, with open mic, 4:30pm, free. Public Library Main Branch, 1720 Novato, Novato; (415) 893-1447. The Marin Poetry Center presents a reading hosted by Prartho Sereno, 1:30pm, free.

Monday: Berkeley Bakery and Café 1561 Solano, Berk; dreamboogie@yahoo.com. "Poetry Express," open mic with host Mark States, 7pm, free. Notes from Underground Café 2399 Van Ness; 928-8904. "Celebration of the Word," with Delia Nakayama 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: The Beanery 2925 College, Berk; (510) 549-9093. "The Whole Note," poetry with Giovanni and JC, plus host Jesse Beagle and open mic, 7pm, free.