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In this day and age, it's difficult to imagine an East Bay art gallery being open more than ten years. Which makes the Berkeley Art Center, celebrating its 45th anniversary this year, all the more remarkable. Its special exhibit and silent auction COLLECT! ends this weekend with a closing party featuring music, hors d'oeuvres, "risqué" entertainment, and a silent auction that includes one of the greatest artist lineups anywhere: Hung Liu, Kim Anno, Eva Bovenzi, Robert Brady, Squeak Carnwath, Richard Lang and Judith Selby Lang, Jeannie O'Connor, Tom McKinley, and Katherine Westerhout, to name a few. To RSVP, contact AnnW at BerkeleyArtCenter.org. On Saturday, July 14.5-8 p.m., $20 in advance, $25 at the door.510-644-6893 or BerkeleyArtCenter.org — Obi Kaufmann
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Kyle's Brew Fest
More than ten breweries offer twenty-plus craft beers — including a one-time-only Stone Brewing Company collaboration — during Kyle's Brew Fest at the Shattuck Down Low on Saturday, July 14. This brainchild of The String Cheese Incident keyboardist Kyle Hollingsworth features a full afternoon of live music by Hollingsworth with members of Hot Buttered Rum. Each participant gets a Kyle's Brew Fest pint glass and a chance to bid on rock memorabilia during a charity auction; proceeds benefit feed-the-hungry nonprofit Conscious Alliance. 1 p.m., $25. KyleHollingsworth.com — Anneli Rufus
With its blues-influenced melodies and chunky brass section, local quintet Con Brio recalls soul bands of an earlier era, though it's also emblematic of a current revivalist movement that shows no sign of waning. The best in this new crop of nostalgia-based outfits are the ones who don't try to evolve, but rather imitate their antecedents to the sharpest degree possible. Con Brio's five members must have realized that, even if they pay lip service to the idea of adding "new-school sophistication" to a decidedly old-school sound. Their instrumentation — stand-up bass, electric organ, clavinet, two horns, and traps — harks back to garage bands of the Sixties and Seventies; meanwhile, singer Xandra Cooper bends her notes in a sweet, almost drawly way. That said, the band doesn't rely on mimesis alone. It's also got an infectious stage presence, and the musicians play together so well that their sound rivals anything created in a digital recording studio — except that it's live and analog. Con Brio plays at Disco Volante on Friday, July 13. 9 p.m., free. DiscoVolanteOakland.com — Rachel Swan
Six years after his resurrection of the Oscar Wilde play Salomé, director Mark Jackson returns with an ambitious sequel. This time he focuses on the story of dancer Maud Allan, a San Francisco-raised artist who caused a stir with her own interpretation of Wilde's opus, which she premiered in Vienna in 1906. Allan's Vision of Salomé was taken as a provocation and derided in a right-wing tabloid, which ran a capsule review of the performance under the headline "The Cult of the Clitoris." Allan sued the paper's editor, Noel Pemberton-Billing, for libel, unaware that he would use the courtroom as a platform to expound on his own conspiracy theories about Germans and gays (he accused her of belonging to and/or sympathizing with both). Jackson dramatizes the whole trial with a script largely based on original court transcripts. Madeline H.D. Brown looks serene and regal as Allen; Mark Anderson Phillips plays the petulant Pemberton-Billing; Kevin Clarke, as the judge, milks all his lines for prurience and comic effect. Jackson juxtaposes the court story with an ancillary plot about World War I and the air of paranoia it generated in Western Europe. Nina Ball's set is deceptively simple and endlessly mutable. Through July 29 at Aurora Theatre. $30-$48. 510-843-4822 or AuroraTheatre.org — Rachel Swan
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