April 23, 2003
It's funny in Kansas
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.
The Last of the Red-Hot Dadas Exit Stage Left, 156 Eddy; 673-3847. $12-20. Opens Thurs/24, 8pm. Runs Thurs-Sat, 8pm. Through May 3. Christina Augello and a cast of found-object puppets perform Kerry Reid's tale of the real-life "mother of Dada."
The Hybrid Project Intersection for the Arts, 446 Valencia; 626-2787. $9-15. Opens Thurs/24, 8pm. Runs Thurs-Sat, 8pm. Through May 3. This multidisciplinary show, created from a year's worth of collaborative efforts, features beatboxing, dancing, hip-hop, poetry, movement, and drumming.
Musical Genius Potrero Hill Neighborhood Playhouse, 953 De Haro; 385-7293. $15-20. Opens Fri/25, 8pm. Runs Fri-Sat, 8pm; Sun, 7pm. Through May 18. Not Quite Opera performs Anne Nygren-Doherty's Great Depression-set musical comedy.
Mysterious Skin New Conservatory Theatre Center, 25 Van Ness; 861-8972. $18-38. Previews Wed/23-Sat/26 and May 1-2, 8pm; Sun/27, 2pm. Opens May 3, 8pm. Runs Wed-Sat, 8pm; May 18, 25, June 1, 8, 15, and 22, 2pm. Through June 28. The New Conservatory Theatre Center's Pride Season 8 presents Prince Gomolvilas's new play about a teenager investigating a possible alien abduction in his past.
Roberta Eureka Theatre, 215 Jackson; 978-2787. $15-29. Previews Wed/23-Thurs/24, 8pm. Opens Fri/25, 8pm. Runs Thurs-Fri, 8pm; Sat, 6pm (also May 17, 1pm); Sun, 3pm. Through May 18. 42nd Street Moon performs Jerome Kern and Otto Harbach's 1933 musical about an American football player who inherits a dress shop in Paris, then falls in love with a Russian princess.
Fig Leaf: Tales of Truth and Transgressions La Val's Subterranean Theater, 1834 Euclid, Berk; (510) 704-8210. $10. Opens Mon/28, 8pm. Runs Mon-Tues, 8pm. Through May 13. Shotgun Theater Lab presents a "tell-all cabaret" that includes a short play, live music, and a poetry reading.
Angel Arms Xenodrome, 1320 Potrero; 869-5392. $15-20. Thurs/24-Sat/26, 8pm. The Continuum Theatre Ensemble opens its 2003 season with Timothy Wooster's play about confronting neurosis and finding peace through personal connections.
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.
Betrayal Venue 9, 252 Ninth St; 289-2000. $10-25. Thurs/24-Sat/26, 8pm. Infidelity is an age-old intrigue; the innovation of Harold Pinter's Betrayal is this story of mid-life adultery is told in reverse, so the opening scene, set in the late 1970s, is the end of the affair. The suspense comes not from wanting to know what happens in the end, but rather from the desire to understand why it ended the way it did. This is an excellent framework for psychologically subtle acting, and the actors of Third Rail Power Trip's production rise to the occasion. Beneath the British veneer of polite manners, the characters conceal deep wells of emotion. Despite a few technical difficulties with the unreliable multimedia scene changes, Betrayal comes across as an honest play about a round-robin of lies. (Kerry Rodgers)
Blue Surge Magic Theatre, Bldg D, Fort Mason Center, Marina at Laguna; 441-8822. $17-37. Extended run: Thurs/24-Sat/26, 8pm; Sun/27, 2:30 and 7:30pm. Rebecca Gilman's new play deconstructs an ideal couple against the economics of sex. Curt (John Flanagan), a working-class cop, plans to marry Beth (Corie Henninger), an upper-middle-class artist. They have their future well planned but things are not as solid as they seem. After a botched raid on a massage parlor, Curt takes an avuncular interest in a young prostitute named Sandy (Kirsten Roeters); their ability to relate to one another rests on their mutual class background. Clearly cowed by his relationship with Beth, Curt not only feels comfortable sharing his dreams with Sandy, but he also seems eager to assume the role of male guardian. Amy Glazer, who directed the Magic Theatre's premiere of Gilman's The American in Me, gets the most from the playwright's vigorous, incisive, frequently witty dialogue while ensuring a lively pace. (Avila)
Calculus "Newton's Whores" San Francisco Performing Arts Library and Museum, 401 Van Ness, fourth fl; 255-4800. $18-20. Thurs/24-Sat/26, 8pm; Sun/27, 2pm. Carl Djerassi's latest play explores the 18th-century turf war between two intellectual titans, Gottfried Leibniz (Robert Sicular) and Isaac Newton (Joe Lucas), over their independent discovery of calculus. A convoluted story line (freighted with expository dialogue relieved by the occasional Latin pun, and hopping repeatedly across time and place) exacerbates a stagnant quality arising from a lack of character development here. At the same time, under Andrea Gordon's direction, the play receives the benefit of a first-rate cast. (Avila)
'Comedy on the Square' Shelton Theatre, 533 Sutter; 522-8900. $15. Performances include "A Celebration of Silliness!" with Fred Anderson (Sun/27, 3pm and 8:30pm 8:30pm show is benefit performance for Art SF, with special guests; May 4, 3pm. May 11-June 29, runs Sun, 3 and 7pm); and "Pushing 40," David Magidson's solo play about the male midlife crisis (Sun, 7pm, through May 4).
The Constant Wife Geary Theater, 415 Geary; 749-2228, www.act-sf.org. $11-61. Wed/23-Sat/26, 8pm (also Wed/23 and Sat/26, 2pm); Sun/27, 2pm. W. Somerset Maugham's keen social eye, sharp wit, and lenient attitude toward human nature lend The Constant Wife a Wildean flavor that appeals despite the ups and downs of American Conservatory Theater's current production. One reason the play holds up so well is that marriage, its primary target, hasn't changed all that much. Nor have attitudes toward it. London's Constance (Ellen Karas) and John Middleton (Jonathan Fried) seem an ideal couple but John is having an affair with Constance's best friend, the perky Marie-Louise (a sprightly Ashley West). Constance won't intimate whether or not she knows of it until Marie-Louise's husband, Mortimer (Charles Dean), makes a public accusation that leaves her no choice. To general bemusement, instead of accepting the accusation, Constance covers up for her guilt-stricken husband. Director Kyle Donnelly keeps Maugham's tightly drawn 1926 farce appropriately lighthearted but generates surprisingly little stage chemistry along the way. (Avila)
Darwin's Finches Thick House, 1695 18th St; 821-4849, www.encoretheatreco.org. $15-20. Thurs-Sat, 8pm; Sun, 5pm. Through May 11. Encore Theatre Company presents the world premiere of Claire Chafee's latest play, a "romantic comedy for the depressed" about adult sibling rivalry.
*God's Donkey: A Play on Moses A Traveling Jewish Theatre, 470 Florida; 399-1809. $12.50-25. Thurs/24-Sat/26, 8pm; Sun/27, 2 and 7pm. Moses stutters and God scats in Aaron Davidman, Corey Fischer, and Eric Rhys Miller's lively retelling of the biblical tale of Exodus, which returns from a national tour to welcome Passover and close out A Traveling Jewish Theatre's 24th season. Fischer directs Davidman and Miller (who play Moses and God, respectively, among sundry roles), with musical accompaniment by the versatile and mesmerizing Daniel Hoffman, in a pert and inventive blend of comedy, drama, movement, and song. Traipsing across Richard Olmsted's pleasing and evocative desertscape, Davidman and Miller trace Moses's development from a pampered foundling in the Egyptian royal household, through his personal and political awakening, and to his reluctantly assumed role as liberator of his people. For all its levity and good-natured irreverence, the play wrestles intelligently with contradictions and ambiguities in a story that marks the beginning of "history" and modern identity for the Jewish people. (Avila)
*Hedwig and the Angry Inch Victoria Theatre, 2961 16th St; 392-4400. $25-35. 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. 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 ofs the uninitiated. 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 Legend of Shirley Mental Theatre Rhinoceros, 2926 16th St; 861-5079, www.therhino.org. $12. Fri/25-Sat/26, 8:30pm; Sun/27, 3:30 and 7:30pm. Hardcore Thrush Productions presents Brit Zane's musical comedy about a Depression-era girl obsessed with Shirley Temple who befriends the "freaks" in a traveling sideshow.
LibidOff Exit on Taylor, 277 Taylor; 776-7427. $15-20. Opens Thurs/24, 8pm. Runs Thurs-Sat, 8pm. Through May 17. Three Wise Monkeys Theatre Company and Unidentified Theatre Company present Dawson Moore's dark comedy about a scientist who invents a patch to kill the male libido.
A Long Drink of Silence Shelton Theatre, 533 Sutter; 820-3910. $10-15. Fri-Sat, 8pm; Sun, 3pm. Through May 11. Jill Jackson's one-woman show blends memoir and song in a 90-minute appreciation of life's inevitable losses and opportunities. The story, ably directed by W. Kamau Bell, revolves around a good-natured but rambunctious Nashville child who chases elusive fame in New York City and temporary enlightenment on a Connecticut ashram-cum-sheep-ranch, before settling for taking things as they come, whether as a children's drama teacher or a veterinary assistant. Accompanying herself on guitar, Jackson punctuates her folksy and energetic account of the people and animals that informed her emotional development with a number of tuneful songs (including several original compositions). Less an actor than a genial ham, Jackson the performer grows on one even as Jackson the subject remains obscure. There's little more than a superficial sense of how she changed over the years, and gaps in the narrative that leave one less than satisfied (we never learn, for instance, anything about the ashram community, or why she eventually left, nor do we get any details about her boyfriend in NYC). In the end, she offers up familiar wisdom, albeit sincerely felt, but not much to root it in. (Avila)
The Producers Orpheum Theatre, 1192 Market; 551-2020. $39-81. Wed/23-Sat/26, 8pm (also Wed/23 and Sat/26, 2pm). The musical version of the much-treasured 1967 film repackages Mel Brooks's spasmodic genius for Generation Xanax, with lots of Broadway sugar helping the medicine go down. Nebbish and social phobic Leo Bloom (Don Stephenson) has a CPA's playful epiphany while doing the books for washed-up theatrical producer Max Bialystock (Lewis J. Stadlen): why gamble on a Broadway hit when raising more money than you need for a Broadway flop is a surer thing? Stephenson is charming if not very edgy as sidekick and basket case to Stadlen's larger-than-life, Gleason-esque Bialystock. If the stereotypes are hoary in this long, exuberant show, Brooks's nimble, good-natured tightrope dance over the chasm of bad taste remains somehow irresistible. (Avila)
Queer Theory Exit Theatre, 156 Eddy; (510) 464-4468. $10-15. Thurs-Sat, 8pm. Through May 17. Impact Theater presents the world premiere of John Fisher's play about a queer-theory professor investigating the idea that men and women in the 16th century were prone to switch from one gender to the other.
R. Buckminster Fuller: The History (and Mystery) of the Universe Project Artaud Theater, 450 Florida; 626-DOME, www.foghouse.com. $25-35. Thurs-Sat, 8pm; Sun, 2pm. Through May 25. 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 D.W. 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, inhabiting Fuller's eccentric soul with physical and verbal intensity. (Veltman)
*28 very short scenes about love Noh Space, 2840 Mariposa; 621-7978. $15. Fri/25-Sat/26, 8pm. Flirting with both theater and dance, this ensemble piece directed by Linda Carr is a visually arresting meditation on the dizzying highs, the despairing lows, the perplexing failures, and the knee-knocking thrills of falling in love. From the opening scene a chaotic aural montage of chirping birds and out-of-service phone messages that morph into cries of pressing need ("Please hold" becoming a plaintive, "Please hold me!") to the teetering dance-monologue about the delicate balancing act of breaking up without pulverizing the other person's heart (or at least without taking the blame for it), the play's five charming performers render familiar scenarios unique with their grace and humor. The piece suffers, however, from the limitation that, no matter how variegated, it only imagines one type of relationship. It's not until the final scene a dance with daisies performed to Billie Holiday's "All of Me" that we catch a glimpse of some of the many other forms that love can take. (Shalson)
White Disabled Talent New Conservatory Theatre Center, 25 Van Ness; 861-8972. $15-25. Wed/23-Sat/26, 8pm; Sun/27, 2pm. Greg Walloch performs his semiautobiographical solo show, a monologue from the point of view of a twentysomething disabled gay man.
Jane Eyre Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro, Mountain View; (650) 903-6000, www.theatreworks.org. $20-43. Tues, 7:30pm (no show Tues/29); Wed-Sat, 8pm (also Wed/26 and May 3, 2pm); Sun, 2pm (also Sun/27, 7pm). Through May 4. TheatreWorks concludes its season with the musical adaptation of Charlotte Brontë's 19th-century novel about a feisty if plain Jane (Margaret Nichols) who grows from an orphan (played by Jennifer Brissman) into a governess at the mansion of the reclusive and violent-tempered Edward Rochester (David Hess). This R&J are not quite so young or gorgeous a couple as Shakespeare's, but their gothic romance is tempestuous enough, and haunted (here by the living ghost closed off upstairs). Artistic director Robert Kelley knows how to deliver a musical, and despite the fact that the pulse feels a little weak in the first act, he gets about as much mileage out of Jane Eyre as one could expect. The show is well cast, with Nichols and Hess making an appealingly attractive pair of supposedly plain persons. Costumes (Fumiko Bielefeldt) and scenic design (Joe Ragey) are first rate. If the story sustains interest, the musical itself seems a bit derivative. Paul Gordon's score seems to rehash popular formulas for the most part, while his and John Caird's lyrics take flight only fleetingly, and frequently limp along. (Avila)
Partition Aurora Theatre, 2081 Addison, Berk; (510) 843-4822, www.auroratheatre.org. $28-38. Wed-Sat, 8pm; Sun, 2 and 7pm. Through May 18. See "Do the Math."
Surface Transit Berkeley Rep's Thrust Stage, 2025 Addison, Berk; (510) 647-2949. $38-54. Opens Wed/23, 8pm. Runs Tues, Thurs-Sat, 8pm (no show Fri/25, additional shows Sat/26, May 10, 2pm); Wed and Sun 7pm (also Sun/27, May 4, May 18, 2pm; no show May 14). Through May 18. Acclaimed performer Sarah Jones performs her solo show, an interlinked tale of eight New Yorkers.
Talking with Angels: Budapest 1943 Theater Aria, 142 Throckmorton, Mill Valley; (415) 389-8975. $20-25. Thurs/24-Sat/26, 8pm; Sun/27, 5pm. Through April 27. Shelley Mitchell performs her solo show, which follows four young women's search for enlightenment and refuge during the Holocaust.
The Vampires La Val's Subterranean Theater, 1834 Euclid, Berk; (510) 704-8210. $10-20. Thurs-Sat, 8pm; Sun, 7pm. Through May 10. Shotgun Players presents Harry Kondoleon's vicious but delicious family farce, a suburban nightmare haunted by a frustrated nonconformist, Ian (Patrick Dooley), making the short career hop from misanthropic theater critic to vampire. Ian has already set into his budding bad playwright of a brother Ed (Dave Maier) with a blood-drawing review of Ed's patriotic play about, yeah, America. Now he's onto his repressively good-natured wife, C.C. (Beth Donahue), with teeth bared. But families are a pain in the ass, and everybody's a bloodsucker here. Ed's wife, Pat (Kimberly Wilday), their wayward goth child, Zivia (Nina Auslander), and local snake-oil mystic Porter (Robert Martinez) are all part of the pack. Joan McBrien directs a cast with solid comic timing and a relish for their roles. At the black heart of this story is Kondoleon's clever if not always successful satire of suburbia's spiritual death, and the longing for purpose among the characters takes on absurd manifestations that prove all too familiar. Where nothing is sacred, everything is permitted. And these guys wouldn't know the sacred if it walked up and bit them. (Avila)
'Bay Area Celebrates National Dance Week' Metronome Ballroom, 1830 17th St; 561-1433, www.voiceofdance.com. $10-20. This kickoff party heralds the start of National Dance Week (April 25-May 4), which features more than 200 free events including dance classes, open rehearsals, lectures and demonstrations, and performances throughout the Bay Area.
'Izzie Awards' Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission; 441-5372. Mon, 7pm. Free. Bay Area dancers, choreographers, and their collaborators, as well as composers and others, are honored for works presented during the 2001-02 season.
Margaret Jenkins Dance Company Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, Marina at Laguna; 392-4400. Thurs/24-Sat/26 and April 29-30, 8pm; Sun/27, 7pm. $15-50. See Critic's Choice.
'Migrations' ODC Theater, 3153 17th St; 863-9834. Fri-Sat, 8pm. $12-15. Emerging San Francisco choreographers Sean Dorsey (Fresh Meat Productions) and Amy Seiwert (im'ij-re) present new dances.
San Francisco Ballet War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness; www.sfballet.org. Program Seven: Tues/29, May 8, and 10, 8pm (also May 10, 2pm); April 30, 7:30pm; May 4, 2pm. Program Eight: May 1-3, 6, and 9, 8pm (also May 3, 2pm); May 7, 7:30pm; May 11, 2pm. $8-120. Both programs are mixed-repertory. Program Seven: Continuum, Jinx, and S.F. Ballet premiere Paquita; Program Eight: world premieres by Julia Adam, Alexei Ratmansky, and Stanton Welch.
Scott Wells and Dancers 848 Community Space, 848 Divisadero; 931-8648, www.848.com. Fri-Sat and May 1, 8, 8:30pm; Sun, 7:30pm. Through May 11. $15 (Sun/27, free in honor of National Dance Week). Scott Wells and Dancers celebrate their tenth anniversary season with the new Together? Again, an untitled premiere, and the repertory On the Rebound.
Nederlands Dans Theater II Stanford University, Memorial Auditorium, Serra at Galvez, Palo Alto; (650) 725-ARTS. Fri-Sat, 8pm. $26-38. See 8 Days a Week.
BATS Improv Bayfront Theater, Fort Mason Center, Marina at Laguna; www.batsimprov.com. Fri-Sun, 8pm. $9-12. This week's shows: "Improv and a Movie" (Fri-Sat), "Theatresports Sunday Players" (Sun).
'Code Blue at the Genome Zoo' Exploratorium, 3601 Lyon; 561-0308 (reservations recommended). Sat-Sun, 2pm. Through May 10. $6-10. True Mysteries presents Barbara Damashek's family-friendly play about the hidden world of laboratory science and genetic research.
'Divided We Fall' Jon Sims Center for the Arts, 1519 Mission; 554-0402. Fri, 8pm. $5-10 sliding scale. Jon Sims artists in residence the SF Buffoons perform a commedia dell'arte-style exploration of love and mayhem.
'EROShambo Surreal Robotic Cabaret' OmniCircus, 550 Natoma; 701-0686. Sat, 9:30pm. Ongoing. $10-15. A cast of musicians, performance artists, and robots appears in this original cabaret show.
'The Experience Junkies' Spanganga, 3376 19th St; 821-1102. Thurs, 8pm. $8. Storyteller and performance artist Zeke Tyrus presents his new show.
'Fauxgirls!' Marlena's, 488 Hayes; 864-6672. Sat, 10pm. Free. Victoria Secret and Anjelica Devarox host a drag cabaret.
'Fisherman's Famous Burlesque Revue' Broadway Studios, 435 Broadway; 291-0333. Fri-Sat, 9:30pm. $10. The Cantankerous Lollies, Kitten on the Keys, Hot Pink Feathers, and other acts spice up this cabaret show.
'Re-Discovering Singkil' SomArts Theater, 934 Brannan; 239-0249. Fri-Sat, 8pm; Sun, 3pm. $8-10. Kularts presents an original multidisciplinary work, created by local emerging Pilipino American artists, that weaves a traditional legend using dance, poetry, spoken word, and more.
'Senior Moments' North Berkeley Senior Center, 1901 Hearst, Berk; (510) 444-4755. Wed-Thurs and Mon, 2pm. Call for price. (Also Sat-Sun, 2pm, Orinda Community Center, 26 Orinda Way, Orinda). Stagebridge presents James Keller's play about senior citizens reluctantly taking a classics course.
'Technomania Circus' 21 Grand, 449B 23rd St, Oakl; (510) 44-GRAND. Thurs-Sat, 8pm. $12. This performance includes two acts, a vaudeville circus (8pm) with puppeteers, jugglers, and more; and "The Mysterious Mis-Adventures of the Disappearing Technoman" (10pm), a theater production using black lights.
Blue Bear Performance Hall Fort Mason Center, Bldg D, Marina at Laguna; 885-5678. Sat, 8pm: Flash Family performs improv, $7-14.
Caffe Sapore 790 Taylor; 474-1222. Thurs, 8pm: The Meehan Brothers, Mike Capozzola, Jason Mitchell, and Stacey Ransom perform, call for price.
Palace of Fine Arts outside lawn, Richardson at Bay; www.blueblanketimprov.com. Sun, 11am: Blue Blanket Improv presents a free workshop and improv show. Ongoing.
San Francisco LGBT Community Center 1800 Market; 865-5633. Thurs-Sat, 8pm: "Unitard: Showdown," featuring NYC sketch comedy troupe Unitard's first San Francisco ensemble appearance, $20. Mon, 8pm: "Monday Night Gay Comedy," with host Adam Sandel, $8-15 (no one turned away for lack of funds).
Spanganga 3376 19th St; 341-16-4, ext 2. Fri-Sat, 10pm: "Uphill Both Ways," sketch comedy revue, $10; 10pm: "Sam Park Revue," sketch comedy, $8.
Stud 399 Ninth St; 823-5121, firstname.lastname@example.org. Wed, 8:30pm: "Stood Up!," stand-up comedy with Pippi Lovestocking and Ronn Vigh, $5.
Black Box 1928 Telegraph, Oakl; (510) 451-1932. Thurs, 8pm: The Oakland Playhouse improv troupe performs improv comedy, $6.
First Unitarian Church of Oakland 685 14th St; (510) 893-6129. Sat, 8pm: "Naturally Funny Comedy Show II," comedy show benefiting the Center for Informed Food Choices, $20-25. Preshow dessert tasting at 7pm.
Kimball's East 6005 Shellmound, Oakl; (510) 658-2555. Thurs, 8:30pm: Amateur showcase featuring potential participants in a new comedy competition reality show created by Walter Latham (producer of The Original Kings of Comedy), hosted by Bruce Bruce, 8:30pm, call for price.
Temescal Arts Center 511 48th Ave, Oakl; (415) 869-5384. Sat, 8pm: "The Short and Long of It," improv with the Un-Scripted Theater Company, $7-10.
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," with host Diamond Dave Whitaker and featured reader Bert Katz, plus open mic, 8pm, free. Saint Mary's College Soda Activity Center, 1928 Saint Mary's Rd., Moraga; (925) 631-4088. Reading to celebrate latest issue of 26: A Journal of Poetry and Poetics, 7:30pm, free.
Thursday: Coppa D'Oro Cafe 3166 24th St; 826-8003. "Poetry on the Patio," spoken word and acoustic music open mic with host Charlie Getter, 6:30pm, free. Black Box 1928 Telegraph, Oakl; email@example.com. "Move Against AIDS Qualifying Slam," hosted by Sonia Whittle, 9:30pm, $6. Dalva 3121 16th St; 753-8091. "Poetry Mission," with featured reader Tony Vaughn and open mic, 7pm, free. New Langton Arts 1246 Folsom; 626-5416. "Diaspora Poetics" series presents readings by Black Took Collective members Duriel E. Harris, Dawn Lundy Martin, and Ronaldo V. Wilson, 8pm, $4-6. Socialist Action Bookstore 3425 Cesar Chavez; 821-0459. Spoken word open mic, 7:30pm, free.
Friday: New Langton Arts 1246 Folsom; 626-5416. "Diaspora Poetics" series presents readings by Renee Gladman and John Keene, 8pm, $4-6.
Saturday: Diesel, a bookstore 5433 College, Oakl; (510) 653-9965, ext 3. George Stanley reads poetry, 7:30pm, free. Berkeley Art Center 1275 Walnut, Berk; (510) 527-9753. "Rhythm and Muse," open mic with featured performers Hassaun Bay-Jones and Barbara Elaine, 7pm, free.
Sunday: Cody's Books 2454 Telegraph, Berk; (510) 845-7852. "Poetry Flash!," with Annie Finch and Jennifer Michael Hecht, 7:30pm, $2.
Monday: Perry's Joint 1661 Fillmore; 931-5260. "Celebration of the Word," with featured readers Delia Nakayama and Ho Lin, plus open mic, 7pm, free.
Tuesday: Spanganga 3376 19th St; 821-1102. "The Spang Bang," open mic for all types of performers, 8pm, $2 (suggested donation). University of San Francisco Lone Mountain Campus, 2800 Turk; 422-6066. Joanne Kyger reads her poetry, 7:30pm, free.