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Synergy Women's Open Mic Collegial women's reading hosted by Jeanne Lupton. Info: 510-632-7548. Third Sunday of every month, 3-5 p.m., free. Frank Bette Center for the Arts, 1601 Lincoln St. (at Paru St.), Alameda, 510-523-6957, FrankBetteCenter.org.
Theater & Performing Arts
Arclight Shakespeare Festival Featuring the romantic comedy Twelfth Night set in ancient India. Plus the "Green Show," a free performance of Indian classical music, dance (Abhinaya Dance Company) and poetry on Saturdays (7 p.m.) and Sundays (6 p.m.)For tickets, call 800-838-3006, or visit ArcLightRep.org. Starting June 6, Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 7 p.m. Continues through June 28, $10-$15. Theatre on San Pedro Square, 29 N. San Pedro, San Jose.
The San Francisco Improv Festival 2008 With two stages with our Union Square and North Beach Stage at the Purple Onion. With alternative improvisational theater (Featuring New York's Imp), short form improv (ComedySportz San Jose) musical improvisation (Orlando's Improv Cabaret and the Uncle Ukulele Show from Minneapolis) and ensembles like ImprovBoston, and IOwest For the full lineup go to SFImprovFestival.com. Produced by The San Francisco Improv Alliance. Starting July 10, Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through Aug. 23, $15-$20. Purple Onion, 140 Columbus Ave., San Francisco, 415-956-1653, www.caffemacaroni.com.
Culture Spy - February 19, 1:45 PM
Seven Days - February 18, 5:00 PM
Seven Days - February 17, 4:09 PM
Seven Days - February 16, 3:24 PM
What the Fork - February 15, 2:00 PM