This Week's Day-by-Day Picks 

WED 19

Odile Lavault and the Baguette Quartette may very well be the only musical troupe in North America dedicated solely to Parisian cafe music from 1920 to 1950. And, of course, like many purveyors of well-honed niche-core, Lavault is a Berkeleyite. But, though the accordéoniste lives just an absinthe stumble from Ashkenaz, her band has never played the community center at 1317 San Pablo Ave. So, to celebrate tonight's inaugural performance, Lavault has a few special things in mind. First, she'd like to encourage you to come dressed in period costume. Second, she has invited Richard Powers, head of Stanford's dance department, to give a Parisian social dance lesson, complete with sparkling cultural trivia, at 8 p.m. Odile and Co. bring the live musettes, waltzes, string swing, and such at 9, and that's how much cover charge is, too. 510-525-5054, Ashkenaz.com -- Stefanie Kalem

THU 20

The Bay Area acoustic music scene is pulling onto the comely, quaint shores of Alameda. Speisekammer German Bar and Restaurant has begun to host a weekly music series called Musik Musik, every Thursday from 9 to 11 p.m., and so far everyone from hippie heartthrob (and ex-Mother Hip) Greg Loiacono to alt-country tough guy Dave Gleason to airy-fairy folkstresses Willow Willow have stopped in to play, as have folks from Los Angeles and Seattle. Tonight's free showcase features that music scene magnet, Eric Shea -- host of the Cafe du Nord's Monday Night Hoot (RIP) -- and, as is his way, he'll be bringing along some friends. The music starts at 9 p.m., and Speisekammer can be found at 2424 Lincoln Ave., Alameda. Info: 510-523-1300 or Speisekammer.com -- Stefanie Kalem

FRI 21

Critic Dave Kehr called Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange "a very bad film -- snide, barely competent, and overdrawn -- that enjoys a perennial popularity, perhaps because its confused moral position appeals to the secret Nietzscheans within us" and "an Animal House with bogus intellectual trappings." Kehr's misgivings haven't stopped legions of adolescent boys ever since from fantasizing along with the 1971 film's rapes and murders (actor Malcolm McDowell's characters, by the way, are still raping and marauding in such films as Mike Hodges' I'll Sleep When I'm Dead). No one at tonight's midnight screening at the Act in Berkeley will have their eyes forcibly pried open, so we can viddy the old ultraviolence in perfect freedom and decide for ourselves if it turns us on, revolts us, or merely bores us. -- Kelly Vance

SAT 22

The latest arts collective to get itself going in Oakland is RockPaperScissors, and it has an admirable goal in mind -- feeding the starving artist. RPS is raising money to open a co-op storefront and community arts space downtown, where local artists, crafters, musicians, and writers can sell and present what they've got, from comics to clothing, CDs to skills. To give you a little taste, RPS presents Going Once, Going Twice, a benefit auction featuring art and homemade whatnot by local makers, and live music by Sandycoates (aka Greg Moore), the Gris Gris (featuring odd-folkster Greg Ashley), and Walrus (featuring fiddler Dina Maccabee of Carla Bozulich's band), plus tunes spun by KALX DJ Monamie. So spend some time and money tonight at Ego Park Gallery, 493 23rd St. (at Telegraph) in Oakland. Sliding-scale admission, $5-$7 (no one turned away for lack of funds). Drop a line to rpscollective@yahoo.com or call 510-832-2050. -- Stefanie Kalem

SUN 23

Berkeley's "Little Lhasa" comes alive today, the second day of the 21st annual Himalayan Fair in Live Oak Park, 1300 Shattuck Ave. Tibet is arguably the main focus of the popular event, but the "great mountain cultures" of Nepal, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bhutan are also represented, with a full day's worth (10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.) of elaborately costumed traditional dance and music performers coordinated by Katherine Kunhiramen of the Kalanjali Dance Company. Thrill to the Tibetan long horns and the tinkling temple bells. Get a whiff of that spicy, charcoal-grilled food (ask them if it's made with yak butter). Learn about travel to these often-dangerous locations, and then contribute to relief orgs providing help to refugees fleeing from the places you want to visit. Admission to the fair is $8 in the form of a donation to humanitarian projects in the Himalayas. Info: Himalayan Fair.net -- Kelly Vance

MON 24

Ah, Gertrude Stein. What would lazy reporters assigned to cover Oakland do without her? As tired as readers may be of Stein's "there"-shtick, some of her scribblings are still worthwhile. That's why this evening's edition of Stories on the Square, From Bloomsbury to the Left Bank, should be so captivating: live readings by actors of short stories by Stein ("Ada" and "The Superstitions of Fred Anneday, Annday, Anday" read by Lissa Tyler Renaud) and Virginia Woolf ("Slater's Pins Have No Points" read by Sabrina Klein) in the Events Loft of the Jack London Square Barnes & Noble. Plus a special treat for Stein and Alice B. Toklas fans -- memorabilia from the collection of writer-artist Hans Gallas. The readings are free and open to the public at B&N, 98 Broadway, Oakland. 7 p.m. -- Kelly Vance

TUE 25

CollectivEye styles itself "a feminist visual artist collective whose mission is to produce and promote intimate, collaborative, and radical art," and its new show, "vulnerability," provides five different points of view toward that end, one from each of the group's members: large-scale color photography of hands by shiloh burton, color photos of condoms by Rysaac Lane, socially motivated paintings by Paige Tuhey, symbolic photos of roses by Victoria Heilweil, and Brett Fisher's black-and-white photos of South Indian women and children. The free exhibition runs through August 20 at Gravity Feed Gallery, 1959 Shattuck Ave. in downtown Berkeley. -- Kelly Vance

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