October 23, 2002
Arts and Entertainment
Stage listings are compiled by Cheryl Eddy. Performance times may change; call venues to confirm. Reviewers are Robert Avila, Rita Felciano, Lara Shalson, and Chloe Veltman. See 8 Days a Week for information on how to submit items to the listings.
*It Could Have Been a Wonderful Life Bannam Place Theater, 50A Bannam Pl; 986-4607. Call for price. Opens Fri/25, 8pm. Runs Fri-Sat, 8pm; Sun, 3pm. Through Dec 29. Fred Raker's 25-in-one-man show back after a successful run last year charts the despair of aspiring Jewish comedian Phil Resnick, who winds up pigeonholed on public television while the life he could have had goes to an Anglo American-ized colleague, the host of TV's What's Up with That, America? The crisis provokes a little divine intervention by Phil's guardian angel, Jack Benny. Based on Raker's own brush with stardom as well as the Capra classic, this very funny solo performance cleverly weaves Jewish identity and self-doubt into nothing less than a wonderful 75 minutes. (Avila)
Lackawanna Blues Geary Theater, 415 Geary; 749-2228. $11-49. Previews Sun/27, 2 and 7pm; Oct 29-31, 8pm. Opens Nov 1, 8pm. Runs Nov 2, 6-9, 13-15, 19-23, 26, 29-30, 8pm (also Nov 9, 13, 23, 30, 2pm); Nov 3, 5, 10, 27, 7pm (also Nov 2, 27, 2pm); Nov 17, 24, Dec 1, 2pm. Through Dec 1. Ruben Santiago-Hudson stars in his solo musical play about 20 different larger-than-life characters from his childhood.
The Men from the Boys New Conservatory Theatre Center, 25 Van Ness; 861-8972. $18-38. Previews Wed/23-Fri/25, 8pm. Opens Sat/26, 8pm. Runs Wed-Sat, 8pm (no show Nov 28); Sun, 2pm. Through Dec 8. The New Conservatory Theatre Center presents Mart Crowley's world-premiere sequel to The Boys in the Band, his 1968 hit about a group of gay friends in New York City.
Puppetry of the Penis Theatre on the Square, 450 Post; 433-9500. $29.50-44.50. Previews Tues/29, 8pm. Opens Oct 30, 8pm. Runs Tues-Thurs, 8pm; Fri-Sun, 7pm (also Fri-Sat, 9:30pm). Open-ended. Two naked performers perform "genital origami" in this comedy show.
7 Sins: The Holiday Edition Shelton Theater, 533 Sutter; 820-3947. $20-25. Opens Sun/27, 5 and 8pm. Runs Sun, 5 and 8pm. Through Dec 15. A revolving cast of seven perform comedy monologues drawn from real-life experiences.
17 Reasons (Why) Intersection for the Arts, 446 Valencia; 626-3311. $9-15 (sliding scale). Opens Thurs/24, 8pm. Runs Thurs-Sun, 8pm. Through Nov 18. Campo Santo + Intersection present the world premiere of Naomi Iizuka's new play, an investigation of the Mission District's mysterious past.
Ted Kaczynski Killed People with Bombs Magic Theatre, Fort Mason Center, Marina at Laguna; 441-8822. $17-50. Previews Wed/23-Thurs/24, 8:30pm. Opens Fri/25, 8:30pm. Runs Wed-Sat, 8:30pm; Sun, 2:30pm (also Nov 3, 10, 7:30pm). Through Nov 10. The Magic Theatre opens its new season with a world-premiere play by Michelle Carter about the Unabomber.
The Wind Cries Mary San Jose Repertory Theatre, Sobrato Auditorium, 101 Paseo de San Antonio, San Jose; (408) 367-7262. $20-48. Previews Wed/23-Thurs/24, 8pm (also Wed/23, noon). Opens Fri/25, 8pm. Runs Sat/26, Oct 29-31, Nov 1-2, 5-9, 12-16, 8pm (also Sat/26, Nov 2, 9, 16, 3pm; Nov 13, noon); Sun, 2, 7pm. Through Nov 17. See Critic's Choice.
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.
As If in Sleep Exit Stage Left, 156 Eddy; 346-6040. $10-12. Fri-Sat, 8pm. Through Nov 2. The Hub at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco presents Tim Barsky's solo show that transposes a fairy tale onto an urban American landscape.
Beauty and the Beast Orpheum Theatre, 1192 Market; 512-7770, www.ticketmaster.com. $18.50-70.50. Tues-Sat, 8pm (also Wed, Sat, 2pm); Sun, 2pm. Through Nov 3. Belle and company return to San Francisco in the Disney musical version of the fairy tale.
Black Snow Venue 9, 252 Ninth St; 262-0477. $13-15 (Thurs, pay what you can). Thurs/24-Sat/26, 8pm; Sun/27, 2pm. The Custom Made Theatre Company performs Keith Reddin's adaptation of Mikhail Bulgakov's novel about a novelist who finds surprise success as a playwright.
La Bohème Curran Theatre, 445 Geary; 512-7770, www.ticketmaster.com. $40-90. Tues-Sat, 8pm (also Wed, Sat-Sun, 2pm). Through Nov 10. See "Bohemian Rhapsody," page 48.
'The Fear Project' The Next Stage, 1620 Gough; 673-0304. $15-20. Thurs-Sat, 8pm. Through Nov 2. Combined Art Form Entertainment opens another season of multimedia theater with a timely triplet of stories. The first, a production of Ray Bradbury's short story The Veldt, is a rich, evocative, and fun tale by a master of the genre. In Pinch, writer-director Dan Wilson's clever riff on some classic anxiety dreams, Emily Rosenthal plays a woman awaking from one nightmare into another in a wonderfully funny and subtle performance. 500 Synonyms for Fear, a collaborative effort directed by Emily Pender, is the least consistent of the three. But along with rough edges come some inspired moments which add life to a thoughtful critique of the interplay between the manipulation of public fears, marketing, and the corporate media. (Avila)
'Hysterics' Phoenix Theatre, 414 Mason; 431-8423, www.kaliyuga.com. $12-20 (Mon/28, Nov 4, pay what you can). Thurs-Sat, 8pm; Mon/28, Nov 4, 7:30pm. Through Nov 16. Kaliyuga Arts presents an evening of two solo performance pieces: writer-performer Dan Carbone's Up from the Ground and Jill Dowse's X: The Rise and Fall of an Asylum Star, acted by Jennifer Taggart.
Icarus's Mother and The Unseen Hand Actors Theatre of San Francisco, 533 Sutter; 296-9179, www.actorstheatresf.org. $5-20. Thurs-Sat, 8pm; Sun, 7pm. Through Nov 23. Actors Theatre of San Francisco performs two experimental works by Sam Shepard.
Killing My Lobster Circus of Failure A Traveling Jewish Theater, 470 Florida; 558-7721, www.killingmylobster.com. $10-15. Thurs-Sun, 8pm. Through Nov 10. The comedy troupe presents a new show that takes on "total and abject failure."
The Last Taboo Teatro Esperanza, 2940 Capp; (510) 524-3218. $10. Fri/25, 9pm; Sat/26, 8 and 10pm; Sun/27, 4pm. Playwright Richard Talavera stars in and directs this comical tale of a playwright's attempt to "write" a few wrongs. If it sounds a bit self-referential, it is. Robert (Talavera), a wisecracking nonconformist, involves his more conventional brother Ray (Joaquin Edward Rodriguez) in a scheme to launder some dirty money by producing a play. Robert's strained relationship to his ethnic roots, including his Spanish-speaking mother (Rocky Haro), finds a self-destructive release in his "plot" to take political revenge on some right-wing extremists, anti-Sandinista beneficiaries of the Iran-Contra scandal. Fact and fiction become hopelessly blurred, however, as Robert's play comes to mirror real life a bit too closely, and he ends up taking the rap for a crime that may or may not have been committed. Talavera's playful, absurdist, rather free approach leads to a lot of competing impulses as the muddled plotline makes its circuitous way home, only some of which seem worth the trouble. Still, Talavera's suggestion that the pursuit of justice entails some serious play, while the business of law and order amounts to just playing around, has an anarchist ring of truth about it. (Avila)
*Lavender Lockeroom Theatre Rhinoceros, 2926 16th St; 861-5079. $20-25. Thurs/24-Sat/26, 8pm; Sun/27, 7pm. Theater Rhinoceros and the irrepressible Hot Pants Homo Players relaunch writer-director F. Allen Sawyer's ribald, lighthearted high school comedy about a closeted gay teen running the gamut of hectoring family members, school bullies, and his first romance. It's the last in a trilogy of works by Sawyer that reclaims the gay pulp novels of the 1950s, and the genre squirms delightedly under the playwright's satirical thumb. Sawyer is the gay pornographic litterateur's Judy Bloom. Moreover, an altogether exceptional ensemble cast, featuring Tara Blau, Isaac Brantner, Arturo Galster, Sandra Schlechter, and Michael Soldier, and led by David Bicha as the troubled but otherwise happy-go-lucky Vern, flies out of the gate with well-honed performances that swing along and I do mean swing at an invigorating clip. Like the pulp material inspiring it, the play may come up aesthetically short compared with more sophisticated fare, but such balls-out performances (and Sawyer's contagious way with the poetry of smut) at least offer stiff competition in the end. (Avila)
Master of the (Miss) Universe New Conservatory Theatre Center, 25 Van Ness; 861-8972. $15-25. Wed/23-Sat/26, 8pm; Sun/27, 2pm. Noel Alumit stars in his solo show, a gay Filipino man's take on the world of beauty pageants.
R. Buckminster Fuller: The History (and Mystery) of the Universe Project Artaud Theater, 450 Florida; 626-DOME, www.foghouse.com. $20-40 (Wed/23 and first Wed of each month, pay what you can). Wed-Sat, 8pm (also Sat, 3pm); Sun, 2pm. Open-ended. D.W. Jacobs' solo play about the inventor-philosopher returns to San Francisco, with original star Ron Campbell.
Serious Money Zeum Theater, Yerba Buena Gardens, Fourth at Mission; 749-2228, www.act-sfbay.org. $10-15. Thurs/24-Fri/25, Oct 30, Nov 1-2, 8pm (also Nov 2, 2pm); Sat/26-Sun/27, 2pm. Through Nov 2. The American Conservatory Theater's MFA program presents Caryl Churchill's play about greed. Set in London in the late 1980s, following the deregulation of the British stock exchange, the play depicts a world where dealers and traders ruthlessly cheat and backstab their way to the top. The play is the perfect acting exercise: it's written in verse, the students get to try out their English accents, and there are even a few song-and-dance numbers for good measure. Unfortunately, the inconsistent accents are mostly distracting, the plot is tedious, and the characters are so uniformly despicable that one quickly loses all interest in them. (Shalson)
*Snake in the Basement: The Prosecution of Rev. Bill Pruitt and Brace Yourself Exit on Taylor, 277 Taylor; 673-3847. $12-18. Snake runs Fri, 8pm; Brace runs Sat, 8pm. Through Nov 2. Liebe Wetzel and her Lunatique Fantastique's Brace Yourself is, quite simply, a lovely piece of theater. Employing such everyday objects as a few pots, some pairs of shoes in various sizes, a cane, and an old-fashioned leg brace, the cast of black-clad puppeteers perform the not-so-simple feat of infusing these items with breathtaking life to tell the story of one man (Wetzel's father) and his experience with polio. From the onset of the disease in childhood to the paralysis suffered later on, the objects portray a life haunted by iron lungs and the specter of a waiting wheelchair, but also one blessed by love, romance, and children. It is astonishing how expressive and moving household paraphernalia becomes in the capable hands of these performers, who embellish the atmosphere with wordless murmurs and other small sounds. Brace performs in repertory with Snake in the Basement, a piece about a pastor accused of child molestation. (Shalson)
Some Like it Hot Golden Gate Theatre, 1 Taylor; 512-7770. $34-77. Wed-Sat, 8pm (also Wed, Sat, 2pm); Sun, 2pm. Through Nov 3. Tony Curtis stars (though not in the same role he made famous in the movie) in the new musical comedy.
Soup of the Day The Marsh, 1062 Valencia; 826-5750. $15-25. Extended run: Wed/23-Thurs/24, Sat/26, 8pm. Charlie Varon brings back his solo show, a mix of political satire, stand-up comedy, character monologues, and more.
Spike Rhee's Get on the Bus Noh Space, 2840 Mariposa; 440-5545. $12-15. Thurs/24-Sat/26, 8pm; Sun/27, 7pm. Ever lie awake at night wondering what Bruce Lee would look like if he were alive today? Or what it might be like to make love to him? In Spike Rhee's Get On The Bus, Asian American comedy troupe 18 Mighty Mountain Warriors pay homage to the kung fu king by evoking his spirit in a variety of lurid ways. Squashed together on a mysterious bus tour bound for Lee's tomb, a bunch of misfits let loose their inner Bruce, and we learn something about the Asian American experience in the process. While the tightly knit, energetic performers focus on exploding cultural stereotypes with alternating sarcasm, slapstick, and plain silliness, the characters they depict rarely rise above cliché. From the cheap landlady to the cell phone-obsessed sex addict, the clumsily connected sketches are more infantile than intelligent. The show's Lee-inspired mantra might be "The destination is not important; what's important is the journey," but it would be nice to feel as if we were going somewhere. (Veltman)
Starting Here, Starting Now Bethany Theatre, 1268 Sanchez; 701-7011. $12-15. Fri/25-Sat/26, 8pm; Sun/27, 2pm. Bethany Theatre Project presents the play by Maltby and Shire.
The Train Play or the Reckless Ruthless Brutal Charge of It Exit Theatre, 156 Eddy; 675-5995. $10-25. Fri-Sat, 8pm. Through Nov 10. In Crowded Fire's West Coast premiere of Liz Duffy Adams's comic ride, eight passengers more or less deliberately fleeing themselves revel in the opportunities travel brings. The careening journey through the American heartland provides refuge for all, never mind that the final destination may be the end of the world. The material is uneven: some internal monologues, while short, can grow tedious. But in the end Adams, a young New York-based playwright, gets us where we need to go. Crowded Fire's production of this playful derailment of American dreams and apocalyptic nightmares proves that the company, anyway, is on track. (Avila)
The Dark at the Top of the Stairs The Playhouse, 27 Kensington, San Anselmo; (415) 892-8551. $10-18. Thurs-Sat, 8pm; Sun, 2pm. Through Nov 3. Marin Classic Theatre presents William Inge's tale of small-town life in the 1920s.
*The Syringa Tree Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, Castro at Mercy, Mountain View; (650) 903-6000, www.theatreworks.org. $20-45. Tues, 7:30pm (no show Tues/29); Wed-Sat, 8pm (also Sat/26, Nov 2, 2pm); Sun, 2pm (also Sun/27, 7pm). Through Nov 3. South African writer-actor Pamela Gien's Obie award-winning one-woman play makes its regional theater debut in a striking production directed by Larry Moss. Six-year-old Elizabeth (Gin Hammond, alternating nights with Eva Kaminsky) narrates her childhood in a Johannesburg suburb, where she lives with her parents, her brother, and their black housekeeper, whose baby girl is an unofficial presence they must hide from view. Under Moss's exacting eye, Hammond delivers a powerhouse performance, calculated to shift effortlessly between an often shrill little protagonist and a number of wholly distinct characters, both white and black. Through them emerges a subtle portrait of racism's social and psychological toll. Scenic designer Kenneth Foy and lighting designer Steven B. Mannshardt evoke great vistas and changing seasons with a remarkable play of lights against a variegated canvas at the back of the stage, whose only other prop is a swing depending from an invisible tree, the site and symbol of Gien's interconnected story. Because Lizzy merely describes what she witnesses through a child's eyes, the audience does the interpreting. It's a disarming way of drawing the spectator inside this compelling, invariably human family drama. (Avila)
Working for the Mouse La Val's Subterranean Theatre, 1834 Euclid, Berk; (510) 464-4468. $7-12. Fri-Sat, 8pm; Sun, 7pm. Through Nov 16. Starting Nov 22, show runs Fri-Sat, 8:30pm (no shows Nov 29-30), Exit Cafe, 156 Eddy, S.F. Through Dec 14. Impact Theatre presents Trevor Allen's solo comedy about working at Disneyland.
California Contemporary Dancers Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center, Marina at Laguna; 345-7575. Fri-Sat, 8pm; Sun, 2pm. $15-20. The company performs "From the Sublime to the Ridiculous," a program including three world premieres.
Cullberg Ballet Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission; 392-4400, www.performances.org. Wed, 8:30pm; Thurs-Sat, 8pm; Sun, 5pm. $35-49. See 8 Days a Week, page 60.
Erika Shuch Performance Project New College of California, 777 Valencia; 437-3487. Fri/25-Sun/27 and Nov 1, 3, 8pm. $12-15. The Experimental Performance Institute kicks off its fall season with faculty member Shuch and company's performace; works include vis-à-vis and under god.
Kunst-Stoff ODC Theater, 3153 17th St; 863-9834. Thurs-Sat, 8pm. $16. The experimental dance company opens their fifth anniversary home season with works by artistic directors Yannis Adoniou and Tomi Paasonen, guest performer Kathleen Hermesdorf, and more.
Lowiczanie Dance Palace, Fifth St at B St, Point Reyes Station; (415) 663-1075. Sat, 8pm. $5-15. The Polish folk dance ensemble performs.
Ronald K. Brown/Evidence Stanford University, Memorial Auditorium, Serra at Galvez, Palo Alto; (650) 725-ARTS. Sat, 8pm. $24-36. See 8 Days a Week, page 60.
Adeo Jon Sims Center for the Arts, 1519 Mission; 554-0402. Fri, 8pm. $5-10 (sliding scale, no one turned away for lack of funds). As part of the Jon Sims Center's Fall 2002 AIRspace artists-in-residence series, the performance ensemble of queer men of color present a work that challenges the representation of queer people in mainstream media.
'Art That Moves II' Cell Space, 2050 Bryant; 642-7273, email@example.com. Sat, call for time. Free. Qbox hosts this festival of mechanical, kinetic, and electronic arts.
'Avatars' DNA Lounge, 375 11th St; 1-866-468-3399. Thurs, 8pm. $15-18. The industrial backdrop of SOMA nightspot the DNA Lounge is the ideal setting for Avatars, an engulfing theatrical expedition into the beeping soul of the video game by San Francisco-based performance group Capacitor. Mixing a booming electronic score, swooping lights, clublike visuals, and salacious costumes with a cocktail of live performance styles from capoeira and classical ballet to juggling and acrobatics, Avatars depicts the realm of the video game as the final frontier of heroism a world where players can outdo their everyday potential at the click of a button. The experience, at least after the intermission, is similarly captivating for the audience. Following 40 minutes' preamble, in which a white jumpsuit-clad cyberpunkette performs an ill-conceived solo and the game's five "characters" fire, earth, water, wood, and metal engage in orgiastic bouts of visually beautiful if thematically overlabored dance, Avatars resoundingly comes into its own. The second half, with its razor-sharp combat sequences, which expertly integrate live action with video-projected motion capture, makes us want to jump into the game. (Veltman)
BATS Improv Bayfront Theater, Fort Mason Center, Marina at Laguna; www.batsimprov.com. Thurs-Sat, 8pm. $6-15. This week's shows: "All-Star Theatresports" (Thurs); "True Fiction Magazine" (Fri-Sat).
DramaRama new play readings Blue Bear Theatre, Fort Mason Center, Marina at Laguna; 626-4603. Fri, 7:30pm. $5-10. Playwrights' Center of San Francisco hosts this series highlighting new plays. This week: Fitting Company by Molleen Zanger and Heat Lightning by Andrea Moon.
'He Ain't To Be Played Wit' Bayview Opera House, Ruth Williams Memorial Theater, 4705 Third St; 284-9392. Fri-Sat, 7pm (also Sat, 3pm); Sun, 5pm. Call for price. Out of the Way Productions presents the gospel play.
'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner' Aboard the Balclutha, Hyde St. Pier; 561-7100, www.nps.gov.safr. Sun, 3pm. $5. Actor Steve North performs the Samuel Taylor Coleridge poem.
'Stars at Night' Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission; 978-ARTS. Sat-Sun, 8pm; Mon, 7pm. $5-8. Anne Galjour and David Cale read from their work in progress.
'Very...Veronica' Lush Lounge, 1100 Polk; 771-2022. Tues, 9pm. $7. See 8 Days a Week, page 60.
'Let My People Go' Osher Marin Jewish Community Center, 200 N. San Pedro, San Rafael; (415) 444-8000. Sat, 7:30pm. $12-24. Michael Paul Smith stars in this musical and spoken-word tribute to entertainer and activist Paul Robeson.
'Real Awakening' Pusod Center for Culture and Ecology, 1808 Fifth St, Berk; (510) 883-1808. Fri, 8pm. $5-20. Janet Mendoza Stickmon performs a solo show that explores her relationship with her mother.
'Straight Black Folks Guide to Gay Black Folks' Black Box Theater, 1928 Telegraph, Oakl; (510) 594-4335, www.trustlife.net. Wed, 7:30pm. Through Oct 30. $12. Hanifah Walidah presents her multicharacter solo show.
'Universoul Circus' 445 Hegenberger, Oakl; (510) 625-8497. Opens Fri/25, 7:30pm. Runs Tues-Fri, 10:30am and 7:30pm; Sat, noon, 4:30 and 8pm; Sun, noon, 3:30, 6:30pm. $14-40. The country's only African American-owned and -operated circus sets up its big top with a host of acts, including aerialists, contortionists, live music, and more; the theme is "Platinum Soul 2002."
'Woman with a Thousand Faces' Black Box, 1928 Telegraph, Oakl; (510) 451-1932. Sat, 8pm. $10-15. This performance and participatory ritual incorporates dances, masks, and original music.
Caffe Sapore 790 Lombard; 474-1222. Fri, 8pm: Stand-up comedy showcase with host Mike Holley, $5.
The Field 524 Union; 377-1662. Wed, 8pm: "Comedy Club," with host Ian Jensen, $5.
Spanganga 3376 19th St; 826-1202. Fri-Sat, 9pm: San Francisco Improv Co-Operative presents improv groups the Babcocks and Group Six, $10.
Warfield 982 Market; 421-TIXS, www.ticketmaster.com. Fri, 8pm: Janeane Garofalo performs, $30.25-37.75.
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: La Peña Cultural Center La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck, Berk; (510) 849-2566. "Ten Kweens and a Mic" hosted by Paradise, 8pm, $3-5. BrainWash Café 1122 Folsom; 864-3842. "Spoken Word Salon," open mic and featured reader Jon Bernson, with host Diamond Dave Whitaker, 8pm, free. Cody's Books 2454 Telegraph, Berk; (510) 845-7852. "Poetry Flash," with Stephanie Strickland and Valerie Coulton, 7:30pm, $2.
Thursday: Coppa D'Oro Cafe 3164 24th St; 821-1618. "Poetry on the Patio" spoken word and acoustic music open mic with host Barbara Bennett, 6:30pm, free. New College 663 Valencia; 706-9128. "New College Poetics presents Brave New Word," open mic plus readings by Christopher Longoria and Victoria Sanchez, 7:30pm, free. Maud Fife Rm 315 Wheeler, UC Berkeley, Berk; firstname.lastname@example.org. Joanne Kyger and Garrett Caples read, 6pm, free. The Poetry Center Humanities Rm 512, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway; www.sfsu.edu/~poetry.
Saturday: Berkeley Art Center 1275 Walnut, Berk; (510) 527-9753. "Rhythm and Muse" open mic and featured reader Lisa B, 7pm, free. James Moore Theater Oakland Museum, 1000 Oak, Oakl; (510) 533-6629. Poet Amiri Baraka reads, with saxophonist David Murray, 7pm, $20. See 8 Days a Week, page 60.
Sunday: Cody's Books 2454 Telegraph, Berk; (510) 845-7852. "Poetry Flash," with Eloise Klein Healy and Peggy Shumaker, both of Red Hen Press, 7:30pm, $2.
Monday: Perry's Joint 1661 Fillmore; 931-5260. "Celebration of the Word" with featured readers Franceye and Tim Donnelly, plus open mic, 7pm, free.
Tuesday: Intersection for the Arts 446 Valencia; 626-2787. Intersection writer-in-residence Kevin Powell reads with Youth Speaks poets, 8pm, $5-15 (sliding scale).