This Week's Day-by-Day Picks 

WED 31

So come on and swallow me, don't follow me, I'm travelin' alone, Tom Waits sings on "Shiver Me Timbers," Blue water's my daughter, an' I'm gonna skip like a stone. Perhaps he was thinking of Chris Christopherson, captain of the barge Simeon Winthrop in Eugene O'Neill's Anna Christie, a sailor who hasn't seen his daughter, Anna, in almost twenty years. But her father's absence doesn't stop Anna from finding comfort in the sea -- and in the arms of a sailor. O'Neill's depiction of the severe facts of life for women in the early 20th century is a lot to chew on, but you can get some help during Center REP's post-show forums, occurring after every Wednesday night performance throughout the show's run (and one Thursday night, April 22). The Wednesday night shows start at 7:30 p.m. and priority seating at the forums will be given to Center REP ticket holders (tickets from any night of the run will be accepted), although no tickets are required. Anna Christie runs through April 24 in the Margaret Lesher Theatre at DLRCA (1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek). Information: 925-943-7469. -- Stefanie Kalem

THU 1

Have you ever thought about living in a biodome? What self-respecting East Bay resident hasn't? Self-sustained, solar-powered, green as all get-out, your methane digester turning compost into heating and lighting power -- sounds just like a dream, doesn't it? Well, the UPN Network wants to make that dream a reality; it's going to give a biodome away in April of 2005. The catch? You have to be the last eco-warrior standing at the end of a six-month period of living in said dome. On broadcast TV. With nine other participants, hand-picked to push your buttons. And Pauly Shore. Well, who else would you expect to host a reality show like this but the star of the 1996 comedy classic Bio-Dome? For your chance at the prize, send an e-mail including your name, age, occupation, political affiliation, and why you want to live in a biodome to WhoWantstoLiveinaBiodome@flashmail.com, or visit WhoWantstoLiveinaBiodome.com for complete rules and details. -- Stefanie Kalem

FRI 2

Oakland artist Lexa Walsh went to Belgrade in 1996 and soon began making regular round trips, working in both cities on a major undertaking, the Immortalization Project -- in which individual donors are invited to lend an object of some kind, something well-loved but essentially unusable. She then videotapes interviews with each participant and photographs the donated object. Now the immortalized remains are on display in the East Bay at Postcards from Belgrade: Images from the Immortalization Project, Walsh's show of her ongoing work of art. There's a reception for the artist this evening (7 p.m.) at 21 Grand, where the exhibition runs through April 25. But you'll have to wait to donate your objects. Oakland's next turn comes after that of Counda, Senegal. 449-B 23rd St., Oakland. 510-444-7263. -- Kelly Vance

SAT 3

Rust never sleeps, but that doesn't worry the folks at the Crucible, West Oakland's industrial-strength art facility. Get in touch with your inner blacksmith -- or be the welder you always wanted to be -- today at the Crucible Spring Open House, from noon to 6 p.m. Artists and faculty will be on hand to demonstrate the beauty of the "fire arts" and to talk about the Crucible's upcoming classes as they fashion unique artwork out of glass, neon tubes, sheet metal, and clay throughout the 48,000-square-foot space. And you can all join in. Fire dancing takes place at 1:30 p.m., fire eating at 3:30. Kids are welcome; there are art classes for all ages. 1260 7th St., Oakland, 510-444-0919. Info: TheCrucible.org -- Kelly Vance

SUN 4

The Morgan Territory Regional Preserve is a gorgeous chunk of rolling-hills openness north of Livermore, part of the East Bay Regional Park District, and is home to mountain bikers as well as hikers. That's where you come in. The sprocket people will be out in force today, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., for a Mountain Biking Rally sponsored by the Bicycle Trails Council of the East Bay and Save Mt. Diablo. Take a springtime ride -- advanced riders only, please -- over the southeast corner of the preserve, led by Michael McCormack (925-933-9456 to reserve). Meet at Riggs Canyon/Finley Road, northeast of Blackhawk-Camino Tassajara, near the white gate. Rain cancels, so don't let it rain. -- Kelly Vance

MON 5

Guitarist Jim Campilongo works on the laid-back outskirts of the Bill Frisell/Marc Ribot reverb-fade-twang school, a countrified approach to jazz noodling with the occasional burst of fuzz-tone. He doesn't so much attack his repertoire as mingle amongst it. Hooks aren't his thing. Mood is. The tunes on his latest CD, American Hips (Blue Hen), faithfully reflect his style: mostly originals, with a few old standards made almost unrecognizable by the sleepy-time tempo. Metro-sophisticated singer Norah Jones joins him on "Sweet Dreams," a chilly late-night stroll past the Patsy Cline Memorial. She won't be with Campilongo when he takes the stage tonight at Yoshi's with his Electric Trio, featuring Tim Luntzel on bass and Tony Mason on drums, but Jim can handle it. Shows at 8 and 10 p.m. $10. Bring your cough drops. 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland. Info: Yoshis.com -- Kelly Vance

TUE 6

The Jazz House earns its name every Tuesday night starting at 8 during Dayna Stephens' House Jam, a weekly session open to players of all ages and skill levels. Berkeley High and Berklee School of Music grad Stephens has been playing the sax since age thirteen, and has studied with such notables as Wayne Shorter, Terence Blanchard, and many more. Stephens also has performed with Herbie Hancock, Dave Grusin, and -- well, Your Name Here. The Jazz House is located at 3192 Adeline St. (at MLK) in Berkeley. $5 cover for musicians and listeners alike. Call 415-846-9432. -- Stefanie Kalem

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