This Week's Day-by-Day Picks 

WED 13

"The Prince of Darkness Arises from the Bowels of the Earth!" No, that's not a biography of Dick Cheney -- it's the original advertising tagline for The Brotherhood of Satan, a 1971 horror film playing tonight (7:30) at the Pacific Film Archive as part of Steve Seid's "Excess of Evil" summer series. In this shockeroo from the golden age of exploitation, the late, great howler Strother Martin stars as leader of a cult of aging Satanists that invades a California desert town, on the prowl for young recruits. Martin's frequent costar L.Q. Jones -- who also helped with the screenplay -- plays the local sheriff, with TV helmer Bernard McEveety directing. 2575 Bancroft Way, UC Berkeley. 510-642-1124 or -- Kelly Vance

THU 14

Did you know that, up to age 34, accidents are the major cause of death for American women, while, between 35 and 74, the major killer is cancer? Do you know the most common cause of death in women 75 and older? Do you know at what age you should start getting regular mammograms? If your answer to any of these questions is "not really," and the reason for your ignorance is that you're "too busy to think about it," then you may already have a deadly affliction -- Businesswoman's Syndrome. Cure this ailment by attending the latest edition of the Mount Diablo Business Women program, this evening at 5:30 p.m. at the Lafayette Park Hotel (3287 Mount Diablo Blvd., Lafayette). Tonight's event features a talk, "Women's Health Issues," by Dr. Christy Kaplan, and admission costs $35. Call 925-586-0279 for further information. -- Stefanie Kalem

FRI 15

If Oakland A's players were to pick their favorite children's stories to read to kids, what would they be? Maybe Frank Menechino would choose "Goldilocks and the Three Pizzas." Eric Chavez might go for "Green Eggs and Grand Slams." And Barry Zito? It wouldn't hurt for him to spend a few evenings In the Night Kitchen. Whatever the A's stars might choose, young baseball fans can find out the answers today (1 p.m.), when an Oakland Athletics' player or coach to be named later (that's just the way it goes, kids) shows up at the Oakland Public Library's West Oakland Branch (1801 Adeline St.) to meet the kids, read a story, and answer such questions as: "What color socks can you wear with your uniform?" Or: "What tax shelters do you recommend?" Everyone is invited, but be aware that the session lasts a scant 45 minutes. For more info: 510-238-7352 or -- Kelly Vance

SAT 16

She's a high-spirited senior citizen with a death-camp tattoo on her forearm. He's a young, neurotic little shnook who's obsessed with death. Naturally they fall in love. And their car is definitely cool. Back when Harold and Maude was made in 1971, the story of a romance, and sex, between a post-pubescent boy (played by Bud Cort, fresh off the original M*A*S*H*) and a septuagenarian woman (Ruth Gordon, in high dudgeon) was considered pretty shocking. Today it's cute and cuddly, a movie to snuggle up and drink a Tilted Kilt with, at Pyramid Brewery's summertime Outdoor Cinema. The movie begins at dusk in Pyramid's parking lot at 901 Gilman St. in Berkeley. The guzzling can start anytime, beginning at 11:30 a.m. when the beer hall opens. 510-528-9880. -- Kelly Vance

SUN 17

There's a brand-new party with which to rock that fine-ass body, and it's happening on Sundays, of all days. ("And on the seventh day, God rested, and then did the Cabbage Patch"?) Sunday School gets going at about 10-ish at Albany's venerated dive, the Ivy Room (858 San Pablo Ave.), with a rotating cast of DJs and live music every week. Past performers have included Bart Davenport, Run_Return, Rapatron, the People, and Rathmatix, and DJs Sean, Juan, Kool Kyle, Matt, and Justin spin music that is "genre-free with which to shake booty," but you can expect soul, R&B, electronic, and New Wave of high caliber and wide chronological scope. Oh, and have we mentioned that there's no cover? Tonight's live act is Oakland-based emo quartet the Cushion Theory. -- Stefanie Kalem

MON 18

"We've been having a sweet little art-making summer, and we wanted to share it," explains painter, sculptor, and printmaker Gabrielle Wolodarski on the genesis of the name Secret Summer for a new group art show now open at Berkeley's Sway Gallery. The not-so-secret works by Wolodarski, Nana Hayashi, Greg Moore, and Marc Snegg include installations, paintings, drawings, prints, collages, and mixed media. There's even a collaborative effort by all four artists. The exhibition is free and open to the public at Sway, 2569 Telegraph Ave. (between Parker and Dwight), Berkeley. Sway Gallery is open every day, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. 510-489-9054. -- Kelly Vance

TUE 19

You could get torchy with the 5th Dimension's "One Less Bell to Answer," or you could go Euro-poppy-delirious with ABBA's "Chiquitita." In fact, you can try your hand at every type of musical style from "Don't Turn Around" by Ace of Base to "Tomorrow People" by Ziggy Marley, at Shattuck Downlow Lounge's Tuesday Karaoke Night. Not for nothing was it voted the Express' "Best Karaoke" -- Downlow's sound system (reportedly installed by previous owner Pete Escovedo) is legendary, and the lounge-like feel of the room adds to the Vegas-ness of it. Downlow is at 2284 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, 510-548-1159. Check out the five-mile-long song list on -- Kelly Vance


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