June 19, 2002
Arts and Entertainment
Stage listings are compiled by Cheryl Eddy. Performance times may change; call venues to confirm. Reviewers are Robert Avila, Sima Belmar, Rita Felciano, Brad Rosenstein, and Lara Shalson. See 8 Days a Week for information on how to submit items to the listings.
Buried Child Geary Theatre, 405 Geary; 749-2ACT, www.ticketweb.com. $15-61. Opens Wed/19, 8pm. Runs Wed-Sat, Tues/2 and July 9, 8pm (also Sat, Wed/26 and July 3, 2pm; no show July 4); Tues/25, Sun/23, July 7, 7pm (also Sun/23, July 7, 2pm); Sun/30, July 14, 2pm. Through July 14. See A&E feature, page 34.
i feel love Intersection for the Arts, 446 Valencia; 626-3311. $9-15. Opens Thurs/20, 8pm. Runs Thurs-Sun and July 15 (special actors benefit), 8pm. Through July 15. See Critic's Choice.
'Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam' Theatre on the Square, 450
Post; 433-9500. $25-40. Previews Fri/21-Sat/22, 7 and 10pm; Sun/23,
5pm. Opens Tues/25, 8pm. Runs Tues-Thurs, 8pm; Fri-Sat, 7 and 10pm;
Sun, 5pm. Through July 28. Nine performance poets and a DJ take
the stage in this show.
Abingdon Square Julia Morgan Center for the Arts, 2640 College, Berk; (510) 704-8210. $10-25 (previews, pay what you can). Previews Wed/19, 8pm. Opens Thurs/20, 8pm. Runs Thurs-Sat, 8pm; Sun, 7pm. Through July 6. The Shotgun Players present Maria Irene Fornes's play about a young woman's spiritual and sexual awakening.
Smokey Joe's Café: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, Castro at Mercy, Mountain View; (650) 903-6000. $20-45. Previews Wed/19-Fri/21, 8pm. Opens Sat/22, 8pm. Runs Tues, 7:30pm (no show July 9); Wed-Sat, 8pm (also July 6 and 13, 2pm); Sun, 2pm (also Sun/23 and July 7, 7pm). Through July 14. The songwriters are celebrated in a musical revue that highlights hits such as "Stand by Me," "On Broadway," and "Jailhouse Rock."
American Buffalo Shelton Theater, 533 Sutter; 433-7875. $20 (Thurs, pay what you can). Thurs-Sun, 8pm. Through July 27. The Shelton Theater presents David Mamet's tale about three small-time crooks.
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.
'The Best of Playground: The Sixth Annual Emerging Playwrights Festival' A Traveling Jewish Theatre, 470 Florida; 704-3177, www.playground-sf.org. $25-35 (Thurs, pay what you can). Thurs-Sat, 8pm; Sun, 7pm. Through Sun/30. This festival highlights seven new 10-minute plays by emerging playwrights; each performance includes all seven plays.
Bodies and Hearts in the Face of the Monster Exit on Taylor, 277 Taylor; 841-1262. $15. Fri-Sat, 8pm. Through July 6. Written during the Monica Lewinsky scandal, Toni Press-Coffman's comedy about the exploits of a politician, her much younger paramour, her poet-construction worker brother, and his two lovers attempts to demonstrate two things: first, that love is complicated and we all have different ways of going about it, and second, that the moral indignation some of us express toward others' relationships is hypocritical because it's accompanied by an obsession with the scorned activity. Unfortunately, the relationships are about as complicated as you'd find on any poorly rated soap opera while being less innovative, and instead of proving that we're actually aroused by this sort of thing, the piece makes the point that this stuff really isn't worth our attention. The actors make a valiant effort with the script, but their earnestness only aggravates its deficiencies in places where a more ironic approach might have given it a boost. (Shalson)
The Dreamer Examines His Pillow 15 Romolo, 15 Romolo Pl; www.inquiline.org. $10. Sat/22-Sun/23, 7:30pm; Mon/24, 8pm. Inquiline Theatre Company presents John Patrick Shanley's one-act, three-character play about relationships.
EROShambo OmniCircus, 550 Natoma; 701-0686. $8-15. Runs Fri, 9pm. Through Fri/28. OmniCircus presents DeusMachina in an "erotic robotic cabaret" that features live music, robots, and puppets.
First Love Magic Theatre, Fort Mason Center, Bldg D, Marina at Laguna; 441-8822. $17-37. Wed-Sat, 8:30pm; Sun, 2:30pm (also Sun/23 and Sun/30, 7:30pm). Through Sun/30. The latest in a cycle of "love" plays by Charles Mee, this is perhaps his most accessible work to date, a sweet and reflective chamber piece about two older people opening their hearts to love for the first time. It charts a familiar Mee course from aggression to infatuation to passion to trouble and more trouble, but without his usual classical frame. All the familiar touches are here, from interpolated song standards to a sustained bout of plate-smashing (paralleling the hurled buzz-saw blades of Big Love). But Mee always has the capacity to surprise, whether articulating the dissolution of personality in love or coming up with the perfect physical image of two closed people connecting intimately. Robert Parnell and Joan Mankin are delightful as Harold and Edith, an almost Beckettian pair of old radicals who ignite each other. Their spells and storms are vigorously staged by director Erin Mee, who seems firmly in tune with the play's twin pulses of exhilaration and sadness. (Rosenstein)
Froth Exit Café, 156 Eddy; 377-0457. $10. Thurs-Sat, 8:30pm. Through Sat/29. Drama Bums presents Aren Haun's romantic comedy.
Mamma Mia! Orpheum Theatre, 1192 Market; 512-7770, www.ticketmaster.com. $38-78. Tues-Sat, 8pm (also Sat, 2pm); Sun, 2 and 7:30pm. Through July 13. ABBA fans, take note: the musical returns to San Francisco.
The Ritz New Conservatory Theatre Center, 25 Van Ness; 861-8972. $18-35. Wed-Sat, 8pm; Sun/30 and July 7, 2pm. Wed-Sat shows run through Sat/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.
Rosita's Day of the Dead El Teatro de la Esperanza, 2940 16th St, Second fl; 255-2320. $8-12. Fri-Sat, 8pm. Through Sat/29. El Teatro de la Esperanza presents Rodrigo Duatre Clark's bilingual comedy, a sequel to Rosita's Jalapeño Kitchen.
*Shakespeare's R&J New Conservatory Theatre Center, 25 Van Ness; 861-8972. 861-8972. $18-35. Wed-Sat, 8pm; Sun, 2pm. Through Sat/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 Mon/1, 8pm. Through July 6. Paducah Mining Co. presents the world premiere of E. Hunter Spreen's "environmental morality play."
Sleeping with Straight Men Theatre Rhinoceros Studio, 2926 16th St; 861-5079. $20-25. Fri, 8:30pm; Sat, 6 and 9pm; Sun, 3:30 and 7:30pm (no matinee Sun/30). Through July 21. Great Scott Productions presents Ronnie Larsen's new play, based on the true tale of a gay man who is murdered after revealing his crush on a straight man on a television talk show; Mink Stole, Dan Renzi (of MTV's Real World: Miami), and Sister Roma (of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence) star.
Top Girls Exit Stage Left, 156 Eddy; 675-5995, www.crowdedfire.org. $12-25. Thurs-Sat, 8pm. Through July 6. First produced in 1982 in the depths of Margaret Thatcher's Britain, Caryl Churchill's Top Girls is a pointed critical look at the rarity of women in positions of power. The play argues in rich and complex terms for the need to scrutinize, just as much as men's choices, both the paths women take to the top and the decisions they make when they've gotten there. The play is renowned for its brilliant opening scene Marlene, a contemporary executive, has just received a major promotion; to celebrate, she is joined at a posh restaurant by notable women from history and director Rebecca Novick and her fine cast in this Crowded Fire production seem to know that, as it is played as the tour de force it deserves to be. Then things pull back to a focused simplicity as we learn the story behind Marlene's "success," a tale that for all its smart writing and equally bright acting can't sidestep disappointing elements of cliché in Churchill's conception. Linda Jones, as Marlene, emerges as the company's major player, an indispensable actor of exceptional power, nuance, and range. (Rosenstein)
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.
Antony and Cleopatra La Val's Subterranean Theatre, 1834 Euclid, Berk; (510) 234-6046. $10-14. Thurs-Sat, 8pm (no show July 4). Through July 20. Subterranean Shakespeare presents the Bard's historical drama.
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 Sat/29. Written in 1929 and set 40 years later, George Bernard Shaw's satire on democracy addresses issues that are still relevant today: the exploitation of third-world labor, government control by big-business interests, world trade, and globalization. The only politician fighting against these wrongs is the king of England himself, despite his cabinet members' attempts to reduce his power. Because Shaw's characters are mainly mouthpieces for different viewpoints, they could easily become two-dimensional talking heads, but the uniformly strong cast avoids this, maintaining our interest throughout the three acts and successfully pulling off Shaw's subtle humor. David Winter's performance as King Magnus is brilliantly British, shifting gracefully between irony and sincerity, amused disregard and genuine worry, all the while remaining calculatedly calm. Performed in the intimate space of the Berkeley City Club's Patio Room, this is a nice production of a classic work. (Shalson)
Carnival Altarena Playhouse, 1409 High, Alameda; (510) 523-1553. $12-15. Fri-Sat, 8pm; Sun, 2pm. Through Sat/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.
Cloud Nine Roda Theatre, 2015 Addison, Berk; (510) 647-2949. $10-54. Tues and Thurs-Sat, 8pm (also Thurs/20, Sat/22, Sat/29, July 11, 18 and 27, 2pm; no show Fri/21); Wed and Sun, 7pm (also Sun, 2pm). Through July 28. See A&E review, page 37.
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 Sun/30. Shakespeare at Stinson presents a play that tears through all of Shakespeare's repertoire.
Homebody/Kabul Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Thrust Stage, 2025 Addison, Berk; (510) 647-2949. $38-54. Thurs/20-Sat/22, 8pm (also Sat/22, 2pm); Wed/19 and Sun/23, 7pm (also Sun/23, 2pm). 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)
A Midsummer Night's Dream Bruns Memorial Amphitheater, Gateway Blvd exit off Hwy 24, Orinda; (510) 548-9666, www.calshakes.org. $13-46. Wed/19-Thurs/20, 7:30pm; Fri/21-Sat/22, 8pm (also Sat/22, 2pm); Sun/23, 4pm. Director Jonathan Moscone struck gold with his luminous, resonant Twelfth Night last season, but this time his serious approach to a shimmering comedy is far less successful. Moscone seems so busy plumbing every scene for its darker, "realistic" subtexts that the genuine magic of the play gets lost, its alchemical fusion of gray and green worlds broken down into component parts. The confusion is also reflected in Riccardo Hernández's set design: where Twelfth Night reveled in a beguiling mixture of Edward Gorey-meets-Magritte, here the playing area tries for the same effect but resolves into a jumble of disparate scenic elements. The Victorian time frame seems arbitrary and imposed, shedding little new light on the play. And perhaps most surprising are the oddly unappealing performances of the ensemble, including such usual stalwarts as Delia MacDougall, Colman Domingo, and Susannah Schulman. Only Andy Murray (Puck), Anthony Fusco (Quince), and Brian Keith Russell (Bottom) shine here, but it's not enough to save this unaccountably disappointing production. (Rosenstein)
Nunsense A-Men! Larkspur Cafe Theatre, 500 Magnolia, Larkspur; (415) 924-6107. $12-30. Fri/21-Sat/22, 8pm. Hoochi-Doo Productions presents Dan Groggins's all-male version of his musical comedy Nunsense.
'Dancer's Group Summer Dance Festival' This week: Dance Mission, 3316 24th St; 920-9181 or www.dancersgroup.org. Fri-Sun, 8pm. $15. Festival runs through July 26 at various times and locations. This week's performance is "Range of Motion: Series I," with works by Sara Shelton Mann, Asako Takami, Shelly Senter, Kathleen Hermesdorf and Albert Marhias with Sri Louise and Patricia Jiron, Nemedio Paredes, and Annie Rosenthal Parr.
Deborah Slater Dance Company ODC Theater, 3153 17th St; 863-9834. Thurs-Sat, 8pm. $16-18. The company performs Sleepwatchers, an amalgam of dance, music, and language that explores what happens when we sleep.
'Fresh Meat' ODC Theater, 3153 17th St; 863-9834. Tues/25-Wed/26, 8pm. $12-15. See 8 Days a Week, page 44.
'Pilot 38: Choose Your Own Adventure' ODC Theater, 3153 17th St; 863-9834. Wed, 8pm. $10-12. See 8 Days a Week, page 44.
San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon; 392-4400, www.tickets.com. Sat-Sun, 2pm (also Sat, 8pm). Through Sun/30. $20-30. This weekend's program includes performances by groups from Bali, Peru, Hawaii, Korea, Spain, Haiti, South India, Brazil, Mexico, China, Zimbabwe, and the Middle East.
Nomad Dance Company Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller, Mill Valley; (415) 453-7736. Call for price. Sat, 8pm; Sun, 2 and 7pm. The company performs Belonging.
Savage Jazz Dance Company Alice Arts Center, 1428 Alice, Oakl; (925) 798-1300 or (415) 478-2277. Repertory A: Thurs/20, Sat/22, Fri/28, 8pm; Sun/30, 2pm. Repertory B: Fri/21, Thurs/27, Sat/29, 8pm, Sun/23, 2pm. $15-20. Both programs include world premieres Jungle Music and Lullaby.
'Art' San Francisco State University Studio Theatre, 1600 Holloway; www.jericaproductions.com. Thurs-Sat, 8pm (also Sat, 2pm); Sun, 2pm. $10. The Royal Underground performs Yasmina Reza's play about three friends' debate over the value of a painting.
'Bodies, Rest and Motion' Werepad, 2430 Third St; 453-1557. $12-15. Fri-Sun, 8pm. Through Sun/30. $12-15. The Group Players present Roger Hedden's play about a group of friends and lovers in the late '80s.
'Circo Zero' Theater Artaud, 450 Florida; 864-9834. Thurs-Sun, 8:30pm. Through Sun/29. $20 (Thurs, pay what you can). Keith Hennessy's "intimate and spectacular circus" is both a celebration and a funeral. It's appropriate that such an event takes place at Theater Artaud, where the auditorium is resuscitated by this group of artists stretching human possibility past the limits of popular imagination in a gesture toward survival after death. The piece is an amalgamation of old and new elements: traditional circus arts (aerial fabric and hoop dance, contortion, and acrobatics) in a contemporary urban environment with a musical score of American roots/folk songs arranged to hip-hop rhythms. The effect is mesmerizing, but the purpose is unclear. One gets the feeling the limp, dying bodies and the beautiful, flying bodies intend to convey something, but it's uncertain what. The narrative elements that are legible (for instance, the opening funeral procession) can feel a little hokey (like a storybook ritual performed in Harry Potter cloaks). Best not to worry about finding the meaning and simply enjoy the magic created by these talented performers. (Shalson)
'Dylan Thomas in San Francisco' Socialist Action Bookstore, 3425 Cesar Chavez; 821-0458. Sat, 8pm. $10-15. Actor Kevin Reilly recreates a Dylan Thomas poetry reading.
'Faggot' SF LGBT Center, 1800 Market; 865-5611. Thurs-Fri, 9pm; Sun, 7pm. $15. Lynwoodt Benard performs a solo, multicharacter show about a young man who learns what it means to be both black and gay. Part of the National Queer Arts Festival.
'Fauxgirls!' Marlena's, 488 Hayes; 864-6672. Sat, 10pm. Anjelica Devarox and Victoria Secret host a drag cabaret.
'Groucho: A Day in the D'Elia Soup' Mission Cultural Center, 2868 Mission; 865-5611. Fri-Sat, 8pm. $10-20. Tina D'Elia performs her solo show, the tale of what happens to a Latina lesbian who wakes up transformed into Groucho Marx.
'Intergeneration: Building Queer Community Across the Age Through Art' Rainbow Room, San Francisco LGBT Community Center, 1800 Market; 695-0933. Wed, 7pm. Free. San Francisco artist Frank Pietronigro leads a group of performers in an interactive performance built around the theme of aging in the queer community. Part of the National Queer Arts Festival.
Lady Bunny Stud Bar, 399 Ninth St; www.heklina.com. The New York drag icon hosts Trannyshack in honor of Pride Week.
'Quadroon' San Francisco LGBT Center, Second Flr; 865-5611. Thurs-Fri, 7pm. $15. Danielle Abrahms performs her solo show, an exploration of her racial and cultural heritage. Part of the National Queer Arts Festival.
'Rebel Without a Pause' Brava Theater Center, 2789 24th St; 647-2822, www.brava.org. Wed-Sun, 8pm. $24-26. Comedian Reno processes grief through humor with a new solo show based on her experience living only eight blocks from ground zero on Sept. 11.
'Skin Hot Bone Deep' African American Art and Culture Complex, Buriel Clay Memorial Theatre, 762 Fulton; 865-5611. Thurs-Sat, 8pm (also Sat, 2pm); Sun, 3pm. $13-23. The lesbian and bisexual women of color of Liquid Fire Productions present a show that uses song, dance, storytelling, poetry, and more to explore the relationship between race and erotic power. Part of the National Queer Arts Festival.
'2002 San Francisco Cabaret Competition' Cellar at Johnny Foley's, 243 O'Farrell; 954-0777. Thurs, 8pm. $5. Bay Area performers compete in this cabaret competition.
'Unnatural Acts' Cellar at Johnny Foley's, 243 O'Farrell; firstname.lastname@example.org. Sun, 7pm. $10. Running with Scissors Productions present a vaudeville-style cabaret.
Veronica Lush Lounge, 1100 Polk; 771-2022. Tues, call for time and price. In honor of Pride Week, the soulful cabaret singer performs.
'Guys 'R Dolls' Glenview Performing Arts Center, 1318 Glenfield, Oakl; (510) 551-9785. Sat, 8pm; Sun, 3pm. Ongoing. $39.95. A cast of drag divas perform, led by emcee Brian Keith.
'A Midsummer Night's Dream' Black Box, 1928 Telegraph, Oakl; (510) 653-6637. Fri-Sat, 8pm. Through Sat/29. $15-20. Magical Acts Ritual Theater presents Shakespeare's comedy.
'What's Going On?' Black Repertory Group, 3201 Adeline, Berk; (510) 812-7212. Fri-Sun, call for times. Through Sat/29. $15-20. The Black Repertory Group hosts this play about the life of Marvin Gaye.
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; Kaspar Hauser improv comedy troupe, 10:30pm, $10-20. Sun, 8pm: "Sunday Players Present: The Ring Tournament," team improv competition, $6.
Curran Theatre 445 Geary; 512-7770. Thurs-Sat, 8pm: Robin Williams performs, $50-100.
New Pisa 550 Green; 207-0285, www.northbeachimprov.com. Fri, 9pm: "North Beach Improv," with host Uncle Vinny Rizzo, $10.
The Next Stage 1620 Gough; 409-6398. Fri-Sat, 8pm: "Drunken Monkey Presents: Out of the Barrel," improv and sketch comedy, $10.
San Francisco LGBT Community Center 1800 Market, Fourth fl; 865-5611. Mon, 8pm: "Qcomedy," with host Scott Silverman, $15-20.
Sweetie's Café and Bar 475 Francisco; 820-3237. Sat, 8pm: "Too Many Larrys!," sketch comedy, free.
Tapioka 1369 Folsom; 551-1465. Fri, 9pm: "Ha Bloody Ha," hosted by Harmon Leon, $5. Through June 28.
Venue 9 252 Ninth St; 820-3947. Sun, 8pm: "Seven Sins," comedy and solo performance, $10-15. Through Aug 4.
Black Box 1928 Telegraph, Oakl; (510) 595-5597. Thurs, 8pm: The Oakland Playhouse improv troupe performs improv comedy, $5.
Tommy T's Comedy House 1655-B Willow Pass Rd, Concord; (925) 686-6809. Fri-Sat, 8 and 10pm: Bobcat Goldthwait performs, $25.
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 Ivy Dempsey and Ellen Perry, 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. "The Berkeley Slam!," with hosts 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. La Peña Cultural Center La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck, Berk; (510) 849-2566. Café Poetry with Paul Flores, 8pm, $3-5. El Rio 3158 Mission; 282-3325. "Convoy," spoken word hosted by Michelle Tea and Shar Rednour, 8pm, $5.
Thursday: Café 1428 1428 Alice, Oakl; (510) 239-2239, ext 2899. "Poet Skool," open mic with host Paradise Freejahlove, 7pm, donations accepted. San Francisco LGBT Community Center 1800 Market; 865-5611. "Generation Now: Writing By Lesbians of Color," reading with Cathy Arellano, Tisa Bryant, and Reid Gomez, 8pm, $10-20. Part of the National Queer Arts Festival.
Friday: Yakety Yak Coffee House 679 Sutter; 285-2951. Open mic, 7:30pm, free. Somarts 934 Brannan; 865-5611. "Displacement," spoken word with Sini Anderson, Marci Blackman, and others, 8pm, $10-20. Also Sat/22; part of the National Queer Arts Festival.
Saturday: Berkeley Art Center 1275 Walnut, Berk; (510) 527-9753. "Rhythm and Muse," with Molly Axtman, 7pm, free.
Sunday: Artisans Gallery 78 East Blithedale, Mill Valley; (415) 388-2044. "Marin Poetry Center Summer Traveling Show," with host Gloria Rodriguez, 4:30pm, free.
Monday: Notes from Underground Café 2399 Van Ness; 928-8904. "Celebration of the Word," with Derrick Slack 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. Tuva Space 3192 Adeline, Berk; email@example.com. "Sedition," spoken word with guests Molotov Mouths, 7:30pm, $3-5.
Tuesday: The Beanery 2925 College, Berk; (510) 549-9093. "Annual Celebration of H.D. Moe Poetry Anthology," 7pm, free. Locus 1640 Post 1640 Post; 786-0698. "Hapa Open Mic," hosted by Titania Leung Inglis, with poet Brian Komei Dempster, 8pm, $5. San Francisco LGBT Community Center 1800 Market; 865-5611. Editor Winston Leland and contributors read from Out in the Castro: Desire, Promise, Activism, 8pm, $10-15. Part of the National Queer Arts Festival.