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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.



In the Garden New Conservatory Theatre Center, 25 Van Ness; 861-8972. $18-38. Previews Wed/29-Fri/31, 8pm. Opens Sat/1, 8pm. Runs Wed-Sat, 8pm; Sun, 2pm (no show Sun/2). Through March 30. The New Conservatory Theatre Center presents Norman Allen's erotic drama about a group of sophisticates who become entangled with a young man obsessed with the New Testament.

Mud Shelton Backstage, 533 Sutter; 835-2106. $8-12. Previews Thurs/30, 8pm. Opens Fri/31, 8pm. Runs Thurs-Sat, 8pm. Through Feb 22. Flux Theater Company performs Maria Irene Fornes' drama about an uneducated woman striving to make a better life for herself.

The Special Connection: A Night of Love, Sex, and Serendipity The Next Stage, 1620 Gough; 673-0304, ext 3, www.cafearts.com. $12-25. Opens Fri/31, 8pm. Runs Fri-Sat, 8pm (no show Feb 22). Through March 1. Combined Art Form Entertainment (CAFE) presents Tilted Frame Improv in a show examining relationships through improv, live music, and multimedia.

Bay Area

The Chairs Aurora Theatre, 2081 Addison, Berk; (510) 843-4822. $28-38. Previews Fri/31-Sat/1, Feb 5, 8pm; Sun/2, 2pm. Opens Feb 6, 8pm. Runs Wed-Sat, 8pm; Sun, 2 and 7pm. Through March 9. Aurora Theatre Company performs Eugene Ionesco's whimsical play about an isolated elderly couple whose fantasy games become their reality.

Culture Clash in AmeriCCa San Jose Repertory Theatre, 101 Paseo de San Antonio, San Jose; (408) 367-7255, www.sjrep.com. $20-48. Opens Fri/31, 8pm. Runs Tues-Sat, 8pm (also Sat, 3pm; Feb 5, 26, noon); Sun, 2 and 7pm. Through March 2. Culture Clash mixes their trademark blend of irreverent humor and social satire in this new show about Silicon Valley.


*American Buffalo Geary Theater, 415 Geary; 749-2228, www.act-sf.org. $11-61. Wed-Sat, Tues/4, 8pm (also Feb 5 and Sat, 2pm); Sun, 2pm (also Sun/2, 7pm). Through Feb 9. More than a quarter of a century after David Mamet wrote American Buffalo, American Conservatory Theater's potent revival shows the play still packs an impressive punch. Set in the Chicago junk shop of Donny Dubrow (Matt DeCaro), the plot is put in motion by the sale of a buffalo-head nickel to a local collector. The coin's unanticipated value whets Donny's appetite, and he enlists his young gopher and protégé, Bobby (Damon Seawell), in a plan to steal it back. Soon, however, Donny's friend Teach (Marco Barricelli) gets a whiff of the plan and muscles his way in, ousting Bobby behind his back. Director Richard E.T. White subtly brings out the trio's family dynamic while perfectly capturing the play's distinctive rhythm and humor. Barricelli is a wonderfully comic Teach, alternately unctuous and bullying, bearing down on Donny and Bobby with the scavenging instincts of a stray dog. DeCaro's Donny is a rock of quiet assurance and rather sympathetic, especially opposite Seawell's fresh and creative turn as the seemingly doomed Bob. (Avila)

*Amnesia Theatre Rhinoceros, 2926 16th St; 861-5079. $15-25. Wed-Sat, 8pm; Sun, 7pm (also Sun/2, Feb 9, 3pm). Through Feb 15. Theatre Rhinoceros co-artistic director John Fisher writes, directs, and stars in this comedy about an American soldier (Fisher) who loses his memory after a traumatic battle, forgetting, among other things, that he is gay. Escaping from a mental ward ruled by a sadistic lobotomizer (Greg Lucey), he falls into the arms of fading Hollywood starlet Sally St. Clair (Elsa Wolthausen) plying the boards in London. Happiness is theirs only briefly, however, as the soldier treks off in search of his identity, various armies in pursuit. Fisher neatly develops the theme of human identity as endless possibility, as the amnesiac, now Roger, returns to his former life in the United States and again meets Sally, who has lost her memory in a trauma at sea. Like the war musical Roger ends up producing, the characters and story line refuse to be reduced to a preconceived formula. Beginning as a smart blend of history, Hollywood genre-spoofing, and absurdly histrionic army jokes (call it boot camp), Amnesia features a surprisingly subtle second act that includes some fine dramatic moments among Fisher, Wolthausen, and Matt Weimer as Giles, proving itself, like the human heart, a slippery thing to pin down. (Avila)

Are We Almost There? Shelton Theatre, 533 Sutter; 345-7575. $15-18. Thurs-Sat, 8pm. Open-ended. Travel is the theme of this musical-comedy revue.

Blue Jelly Plush Room, Hotel York, 940 Sutter; 885-2800. $15-20. Mon, 8pm. Through Feb 17. Vocalist Lesley Hamilton performs a standards-filled "cabaret monologue," based on the novel by Debby Bull, about a woman's comedic search for her self-worth.

The Blue Room Exit on Taylor, 277 Taylor; 789-8221. $15-25. Thurs-Sat, 8pm (no show Thurs/30). Through Feb 15. David Hare's drama about intimacy gets its San Francisco premiere with the Actor's Collective.

Body Familiar Magic Theatre, Fort Mason Center, Marina at Laguna; 441-8822, www.magictheatre.org. $17-37. Tues-Sat, 8pm (also Sat/1, 2:30pm); Sun, 2:30 and 7:30pm. Through Feb 9. Magic Theatre presents the world premiere of acclaimed choreographer Joe Goode's "play with movement." Visual artist Leonard (Liam Vincent), roped off in his studio behind material made to look like intestines, introduces us to six emotionally scarred characters (five living, one dead) whose relation to one another is in a phase of disturbing transition. Writer-director Goode's trademark blurring of the lines between dance and theater has evolved some ingenious effects, and the stylized movements woven throughout act as an intriguing if inconsistent register of emotional and psychic states. Some of the more effective sequences offer a wonderful parody of the formalities that make up the social dance. Not all the characters sustain interest, however, despite some skillful performances, and the script suffers from some all too familiar plotting and dialogue. (Avila)

Chicken: A 1-Ho Show The Marsh, 1062 Valencia; 826-5750. $10-15. Previews Thurs/30-Fri/31, 8pm. Opens Sat/1, 8pm. Runs Thurs-Sat, 8pm. Through March 1. David Henry Sterry performs his solo show about a 1970s teen who becomes a gigolo in Beverly Hills.

The Chosen A Traveling Jewish Theatre, 470 Florida; 399-1809. $12.50-25 (Thurs, pay what you can). Thurs-Sat, 8pm; Sun, 2, 7pm. Through Feb 16. Feb 20-March 2: Julia Morgan Theatre, 2640 College, Berk. Same phone, price, and schedule. Two baseball-loving Jewish teenagers grapple with their futures (and their fathers) in 1940s Brooklyn in this adaptation of Chaim Potok's novel.

Closer than Ever New Conservatory Theatre Center, 25 Van Ness; 861-8972. $15-35. Thurs-Sat, 8pm; Feb 9, 16, 23, 2pm. Through Feb 23. The New Conservatory Theatre Center kicks off its "In Concert" season with this musical revue of songs by David Shire and Richard Maltby, Jr.

The Colossus of Rhodes Zeum Theater, Yerba Buena Gardens, Fourth St at Howard; 749-2228, www.act-sfbay.org. $14-24. Wed/29-Thurs/30, 7pm (also Thurs/30, 1pm); Fri/31, 8pm; Sat/1, 2pm. Cecil Rhodes – the personification of British imperialism – cornered the South African diamond market, wrested control of much of its gold, and out of his immense personal fortune and successful political career, built a whole country in his name, Rhodesia (today Zimbabwe). In taking on the sickly vicar's son turned "colossus" as the subject of her playwriting debut, American Conservatory Theater artistic director Carey Perloff is thinking pretty big herself. But while her semifictional story touches on many of the grand historical themes that were part of his adult life – colonialism, the global expansion of corporate power, racism, and the foundations of apartheid, to name a few – The Colossus of Rhodes is shrewdly confined to Rhodes's early years around the Kimberley diamond mines, exploring the relationships that shaped Rhodes (Allyn Burrows) in this crucial period. Though Colussus doesn't quite succeed in pinpointing what makes Rhodes tick, the play can't help but come up with a few gems that make it a fascinatingly human portrait of the multiple legacies of imperialism. (Avila)

The Dreamstealers Exit Theatre, 156 Eddy; 1-866-GOT-FURY, www.ticketweb.com. $15-25 (Thurs/30, pay what you can). Thurs-Sat, 8pm. Through Feb 15. FoolsFury wraps up a very respectable season with the premiere of associate artistic director Stephen Jacob's quirky but committed "science fable." Sort of Pinocchio meets Frankenstein meets Doctor Who (in verse!), the story revolves around a slightly mad intergalactic corporate CEO named Head Greek (Jacob) who, with the assistance of two scheming Harpies with engineering degrees (Cat Thompson and Jessica Jelliffe), has manufactured a son, a "new post-human man" named Dreamboy (Ian Scott McGregor Jursco). This largely comedic two-act has a wistful strand running through it as A.I. guy naturally outgrows his original design, reaching for all things human, including a bit of fluff in the form of a hijacked somnambulator named, well, Sleepwalker (Lindsay Anderson). Director Ben Yalom cast well and gets strong performances all around. At nearly three hours, though, the play could stand some trimming. (Avila)

Eye Exit Stage Left, 156 Eddy; 626-4603. $12-20. Thurs/30-Sat/1, 8pm. The Playwrights' Center of San Francisco presents the winner of its "Produce My Play" contest, a drama by Jay Levin about a journalist drawn to war-torn Afghanistan despite having a family back home.

A Feast of Fools Marines Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter; 1-877-771-6900. $25-45. Wed-Sat, 8pm; Sun, 3 and 7pm. Through Feb 16. Geoff Hoyle performs his solo comedy, a mix of acrobatics, juggling, mime, and music.

*Hedwig and the Angry Inch Victoria Theatre, 2961 16th St; 863-7576. $20-40. New schedule: Wed-Fri, 8pm; Sat-Sun, 7pm (also Sat, 10pm). Open-ended. Kevin Cahoon assumes the title role originated by John Cameron Mitchell in his 1998 Obie-winning glam musical, later a celebrated film, now making its long-anticipated San Francisco debut with a sizable cult following ready and waiting. And while die-hard fans show up prepared to sing along, the show is so instantly contagious that no homework is necessary on the part of the uninitiated. An East Berlin girlie boy named Hansel becomes Hedwig after a sex change – but the operation is botched, leaving Hedwig with just an "angry inch" of her former self. Heart in tatters but spirit intact, she plays out her story as a nightclub act. For all its value as camp, Hedwig is a cabaret act of subtle sophistication; the story, like the best glam rock, has a quiet force that is the undercurrent of its self-conscious banality and cutting humor. (Avila)

The Madwoman of the Castro Mission Recreation Center Auditorium, 745 Treat; 337-4713. Free. Thurs/30-Sat/1, 7:30pm. San Francisco Free Civic Theatre preforms its adaptation of The Madwoman of Chaillot.

Mother's Milk The Marsh, 1074 Valencia; 826-5750. $10-15. Fri-Sat, 7:45pm. Through Feb 22. Wayne Harris performs his solo show, a reflection on his mother's death from breast cancer.

Never in My Lifetime Exit Theatre Cafe, 156 Eddy; 721-9682. $15. Thurs-Sat, 8:30pm. Through Feb 8. La Luna Theatre Collective presents Shirley Gee's love story set amid the violence in Northern Ireland.

Nothing Left but the Smell Theatre Rhinoceros, 2926 16th St; 861-5079. $12-16. Thurs-Sat, 8:30pm. Through Feb 8. Erika Lopez – author of the brilliant and inspiring Tomato Rodriguez trilogy, illustrator and wordsmith extraordinaire who gave us the irreverent and penetratingly sharp Flaming Iguanas – is in a rut. She's back on welfare, and the stories she has to tell about it aren't pretty. Unfortunately, instead of targeting the forces that helped put her there – like the publishing industry – or criticizing the welfare system itself for all its problems (including making it nearly impossible to get benefits in the first place), she spends most of her time disparaging other welfare recipients and the people who work behind the counter in the welfare office. Whereas Lopez's literary rants have poured forth with insightful, wry humor, her first onstage performance proceeds awkwardly, without raucous energy and with too little wit to sweeten its bitterness. For all the pleasure she has given us in the past, let's just hope Lopez hasn't given up her literary career for the stage. (Shalson)

Princess Ida New venue, starting Feb 7: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 700 Howard, S.F.; (415) 978-2787. $20-38. (Feb 12, pay what you can). Preview Feb 7, 8pm. Opens Feb 8, 8pm. Runs Feb 9, 16, 2pm; Feb 12-15, 8pm (also Feb 15, 2pm.) Through Feb 16. The Lamplighters perform Gilbert and Sullivan's comic opera.

R. Buckminster Fuller: The History (and Mystery) of the Universe Project Artaud Theater, 450 Florida; 626-DOME, www.foghouse.com. $20-40 (first Wed of each month, pay what you can). Wed-Sat, 8pm (also Sat, 3pm); Sun, 2pm. Open-ended. D. W. Jacobs's R. Buckminster Fuller: The History (and Mystery) of the Universe is bursting with so many ideas that it's almost impossible to contain them within the confines of the stage. Fuller was one of the great brainiacs of the 20th century, a philosopher, mathematician, inventor, and idealist who devoted his life to finding the best fit between nature and humanity. In Jacobs's fitful, two-hour monologue based on the life and writings of Fuller, actor Ron Campbell dexterously pings from one of the visionary's obsessions to another. Whether rattling through a dense explanation of atomic structure, proselytizing about how famine will become extinct as humans do "more and more with less and less," or espousing the joys of parenting, Campbell inhabits Fuller's eccentric soul with physical and verbal intensity – at times so much so that the margins between performance and lecture blur. (Veltman)

Seven Guitars Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, 620 Sutter; 474-8800, www.lorrainehansberrytheatre.com. $25-32. Thurs-Sat, 8pm; Sun, 2pm. Through Feb 23. The Lorraine Hansberry Theatre presents August Wilson's play about a late blues musician and the acquaintances that remember him in 1948 Pittsburgh.

Thief River New Conservatory Theatre Center, 25 Van Ness; 861-8972. $18-38. Wed-Sat, 8pm; Sun, 2pm. Through Mar 9. If you're tired of gay love stories where shame wins out over romance, where gay bashing drives the plot, and where all of the characters are either gay or homophobic (or a combination of the two), you'll probably expect to hate Lee Blessing's Thief River. But you might be surprised. Quick pacing and a nonlinear plot structure help keep this play interesting, despite its clichés. One has to wonder, watching this story of a 53-years-long, mostly unrequited love affair between two men from a small farming town in the Midwest, whether any unfulfilled attachment could possibly be worth holding onto for that much time. But, somehow, there are enough wryly humorous lines and touching moments to keep one engaged, even after one has long stopped rooting for the star-crossed lovers' reunion. (Shalson)

'Women on the Way Festival (WOW III)' Venue 9, 252 Ninth St; 289-2000, www.venue9.com. $12-15 (sliding scale). Fri/31-Sun/2, 8pm. This week: 1, 2, 3, 4 ... by Huckabay McAllister Dance, Stardust by Alma Esperanza Cunningham Movement, and Woods for the Trees, by Sara Kraft and Ed Purver (Thurs/30); In Memoriam and Drown by Kate Corby and Dancers, 1, 2, 3, 4 ..., and Piece of You (Fri/31); Walking Still, by Nora Chipaumire, Stardust, and Piece of You (Sat/1); special guest Terry Baum with excerpts from Waiting for the Podiatrist, plus Walking Still and Piece of You (Sun/2). Footloose's third annual showcase of new work by up-and-coming and established women artists offers a rotating program of dance, drama, and comedy. Among several new dance works is Huckabay McAllister Dance Company's inventive and appealing 1, 2, 3, 4 ..., a quartet of highly theatrical vignettes on the themes of love, jealousy, and betrayal. Choreographer Kate Corby also presents two haunting and memorable works, Drown and In Memoriam. Highly worthwhile pieces adroitly choreographed and performed, they take on a unique immediacy in Venue 9's intimate environment. On the dramatic front, Piece of You, Sue Peters's new two-act play, envisions a chance meeting between a not yet famous James Dean (Matthew Stang) and the much older Barbara Hutton (Linda-Ruth Cardozo), the notorious Woolworth heiress, socialite, and serial bride (their semifictionalized fling, based on a true story, takes place somewhere between husbands five and six). While the play is a bit long and predictable in its outline, the dialogue frequently snaps. The performances, directed by Felecia Faulkner, were a bit muted opening night but appealingly nuanced. (Avila)

X Spanganga, 3376 19th St; 826-1202. $12. Fri-Sat, 8pm. Through Feb 15. African American sketch and improv comedy group Oui Be Negroes present their tenth anniversary show.

Bay Area

Book of Days Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, Castro at Mercy, Mountain View; (650) 903-6000. $20-43. Tues, 7:30pm (no show Tues/4); Wed-Sat, 8pm (also Sat/1, Feb 8, 2pm); Sun, 2pm (also Sun/2, 7pm). Through Feb 9.

The Fugitive Kind Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller, Mill Valley; (415) 388-5208. $25-43. Tues, Thurs-Sat, 8pm (also Sat/1, Feb 8, 2pm); Wed, 7:30pm; Sun, 2 and 7pm. Through Feb 9.

Via Dolorosa Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California, 1433 Madison, Oakl; (510) 436-5085. $5-19 (Thurs/30, pay what you can). Thurs/30-Sat/1, 8pm. Feb 2-16: Berkeley Richmond Jewish Community Center, 1414 Walnut, Berk. Feb 21-23: A Traveling Jewish Theatre, 470 Florida, S.F. Same phone, price, and schedule; additional shows Sun, 3:30pm at BRJCC and Sun, 3pm at ATJT. TheatreFIRST presents David Hare's monologue (performed here by Simon Vance) about the current state of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.


Dance Brigade Dance Mission Theater, 3316 24th St; 273-4633. Fri-Sat and Feb 20, 27, 8pm; Sun, 6pm. Through March 2. $20-25. See 8 Days a Week.

'Liss Fain Dance Presents: Frames of Light 2003' Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center, Marina at Laguna; 345-7575. Fru-Sat, 8pm. $18. See Critic's Choice.


'Comedy on the Square' Shelton Theater, 533 Sutter; 522-8900. Sun, 5, 7, 8:30pm. $15. This week's line-up includes prop comic Fred Anderson (5pm); Devil in the Deck, close-up magic by Paul Nathan (7pm); and Pushing 40, David Magidson and Ty DeMartino's humorous look at hte male mid-life crisis (8:30pm).

'The Devil Made Me "I Do" It' Club Galia, 2565 Mission; 970-9777. Sat, 8:30pm. $10. See 8 Days a Week

'EROShambo Surreal Robotic Cabaret' OmniCircus, 550 Natoma; 701-0686. Sat, 9:30pm. Through Feb 8. $10-15. A cast of musicians, performance artists, and robots appears in this original cabaret show.

'An Evening of Short Plays #1'Small Press Traffic, 1111 Eighth St; 551-9278. Fri, 7:30pm. $10. Small Press Traffic's "Poets' Theater Jamboree 2003" continues with this collection of 11 short plays.

'Everyday People: Living It up and Holding It Down' Luna Sea Theater, 2940 16th St; 863-2989. Fri-Sat, 8 p.m. Through Feb 8. $10-15 (sliding scale). See 8 Days a Week

'In this Crazy House Called America' Buriel Clay Theatre, 762 Fulton; 241-6506. Thurs-Fri, 7pm. $10 (no one turned away for lack of funds). Recovery Theater presents Black Arts Movement co-founder Marvin X reading from his latest book of essays, with accompaniment by drummer Tacuma King and dancers. The event also includes a screening of X's doc on addiction and recovery, One Day in the Life.

'Look at Me: An Artist's Affair with the Mirror' Jon Sims Center for the Arts, 1519 Mission; 554-0402. Sat, 8pm. $7-12. Amelia Hess and Becky Weiner curate a cabaret-style show of local musicians and spoken word artists.

'Voodoo Cabaret' Café International, 508 Haight; 552-7390. Fri, 8pm. Free. Singer Gisela Tangui, drummer Zambu, "art rap" artist Winton Tong, and others, including open mic participants, present a peace-themed night of performance.

Bay Area

'Apollo Theater Amateur Night on Tour' Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley, Bancroft at Telegraph, Berk; (510) 642-9988. Fri, 8pm. $20-40. The legendary talent showcase presents a full slate of local performers – including singers, breakdancers, rappers, and puppeteers – competing to win a trip to New York to be considered for the televised Showtime at the Apollo.

'Exploring of Possibilities of Passion' UC Berkeley, Kroeber Hall Rm 120, Berk; (510) 526-7858, www.eroplay.com. Fri, 8pm. Call for price. Performance artist Frank Moore leads this interactive "lab of creativity."

'Rhythm Is the Cure' Tuva Space, 3192 Adeline, Berk; www.emiliono.com, www.alessandrabelloni.com. Wed, 8pm. $12. Brazilian percussionist Emiliano Benevides and Arabic percussionist Mary Ellen Donald perform.


BrainWash Café 1122 Folsom; 861-3663. Thurs, 8pm: Comedy open mic hosted by Tony Sparks, free. Mon, 8pm: San Francisco Improv Co-Operative presents "Monday Night Improv," free.

Blue Bear Theater Fort Mason Center, Bldg D, Marina at Laguna; 885-5678. Fri, 8:30pm: "Improvalicious" improvised theater, $5-10. Through Feb 7.

Caffe Sapore 790 Lombard; 474-1222. Fri, 8pm: "Comedy at Caffe Sapore" hosted by Melissa Gans, $5.

The Mock Café 1074 Valencia; 820-3237. Fri, 9pm: stand-up comedy with host Tom Smith, followed by improv troup Too Many Larrys!, $7.

Spanganga 3376 19th St; 341-1604, ext 2, www.uphillbothways.com. Fri-Sat, 10:30pm: Uphill Both Ways performs sketch comedy in their new show, "Too Late for Old People," $10.

Warfield 982 Market; 421-TIXS. Sat, 8pm: "The Doghouse Comedy Showdown" with John Henton, Joey Vega, Tony Rock, Bobby Lee, Darren Carter, and Dennis Gaxiola, $32.25-39.25.

Bay Area

Black Box 1928 Telegraph, Oakl; (510) 451-1932. Thurs, 8pm: The Oakland Playhouse improv troupe performs improv comedy, $5. Sat, 2pm: "Zamfoo! Improv Comedy for Kids," $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 spoken word events and featured readers:

Wednesday: BrainWash Café 1122 Folsom; 440-5530. "Spoken Word Salon" open mic, 8pm, free.

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.

Friday: Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts 2868 Mission; 252-4655, www.writerscorps-sf.org. "San Francisco WritersCorps Youth Poetry Slam," 7pm, free. See 8 Days a Week. Youth Speaks Center 2169 Folsom; 255-9035, ext. 12. "Final Fridays: Under 21 Open Mic," spoken word for youth 21 and under, 7pm, free.

Saturday: Berkeley Public Library South Branch, 1901 Russell, Berk; (510) 527-9905, poetalk@aol.com. Bay Area Poets Coalition presents the winners of their annual poetry contest, plus open reading, 3pm, free.

Monday: Pegasus Bookstore 2349 Shattuck, Berk; (510) 649-1320. "The Last Word Poetry Series" with Daphne Gottlieb and Franceye, plus open reading, 7pm, free. Humanities Auditorium Humanities Bldg, Rm 133, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway; 338-2227. The Poetry Center hosts "A Memorial Tribute to Stan Rice," noon, free.

Tuesday: Spanganga 3376 19th St; 821-1102. "The Spang Bang" open mic for all types of performers, 8pm, $2 (suggested donation). World Ground Café 3726 MacArthur, Oakl; (510) 261-6792, www.worldgrounds.com/events.html. "Poetry Diversified" with special guest Frnak Moore, 7:30pm, free.