This Week's Day-by-Day Picks 

WED 21

When you play Trivial Pursuit, do you wish they all could be little brown slices of pie? Then check out the Trivial Pursuit Contest: The Booklover's Edition, going on tonight only at the Barnes and Noble at Bay Street in Emeryville. This free, hosted event allows you to test your mettle as a bibliophile, and compete for prizes. What kind of prizes? Barnes & Noble swag such as gift cards and tote bags and -- if you're lucky -- an Itty Bitty Book Light (oh, praise ye, who invented this). The event begins at 7:30 p.m. and goes to 8:30 or 9. Call 510-547-0932 for more details. -- Stefanie Kalem

THU 22

Once a month, the Bay Area Poets Coalition hosts an open reading at Berkeley Public Library branches and, during the summer, on the lawn of a member's private home. But tonight's an exceptional night -- its Thirtieth Anniversary Special Event -- so the BAPC will join forces with Word Beat and appear at that group's weekly event at Mediterraneum Caffe (2475 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley). There will be a poetry open mic, of course, but first, readings by distinguished BAPC members Sofía, Alex Benedict, Randy Fingland, and Jan Steckel. Will the BAPC ever find its way back from Telegraph? As Benedict writes: from each mountain/the open sky/from each roof top/a maze of streets/from each wave/the way home. The event starts at 7 p.m. Visit Angelfire.com/poetry/wordbeat or Hometown.aol.com/poetalk/myhomepage for further info. -- Stefanie Kalem

FRI 23

It's hard for stateside sports fans to imagine the intensity and passion attached to Latin American fútbol. There's just nothing to compare it to in the USA. Latinoamericanos live and die with their club teams (let's not even talk about the national squads). And there's no more respected club in this hemisphere than the legendary Club Atlético Boca Juniors from Buenos Aires, who play in La Bombonera (the Chocolate Box) and are led by striker Carlos Tevez and defender Nicolás Burdisso. Boca Juniors come to SBC Park in San Francisco this evening (8 p.m.) for a showcase match with Mexico City side Club America, a frequent North American visitor. Both teams are smarting from recent setbacks in the Libertadores Cup -- Boca dropped the final to Colombia's Once Caldas. Los Águilas may well be out of their class against Boca Juniors, but with local Mexicanos yelling their lungs out, the game should at least be raucous. Tickets cost $25-$50 from Tickets.com -- Kelly Vance

SAT 24

The HAI Singles Connection promises something different from your usual singles' scene shindig. HAI stands for the Human Awareness Institute, which produces communication and relationship workshops. Its mission statement begins by stating that HAI "empowers individuals to be potent, loving, contributing human beings," so you can assume this isn't a speed-dating thing. Rather, Singles Connection will feature a variety of exercises to help attendees get to know each other "in a playful but meaningful way." Oh, and refreshments. So if you're looking for a cheap hookup, look elsewhere. Otherwise, head to Henry J. Kaiser (10 10th St., Oakland), from 6:30 to 10 p.m. tonight. $25 at the door (cash or checks only). 510-217-4242, HAI.org. -- Stefanie Kalem

SUN 25

It's become a somewhat popular gimmick, over the last decade or so, for bands to have a painter onstage during live performances. But at this summer's monthly MOCHA Music & Art Series, the audience gets to join in. From 1 to 3 p.m. today, you and your young'uns can paint along to the conscious hip-hop of Oakland's own Company of Prophets, joining Museum of Children's Art staff in a "Lines to Music" lesson, pairing drawn and painted lines to the "'line' in musical history." You'll be using handheld brushes and paint-soaked feet, so dress to get messed. And parents, your guidance is suggested because of Company of Prophets' messages of social justice. This event takes place in the courtyard of historic Swan's Market in Old Oakland. $3-$7 sliding scale; no one turned away for lack of funds. Visit www.mocha.org or call 510-465-8770. -- Stefanie Kalem

MON 26

What do contemporary female actors think about playing the women's roles written by notoriously homosexual playwright Oscar Wilde? Thought you'd never ask. This evening at 7 p.m. at the Orinda Public Library (24 Orinda Way, just off Highway 24), a panel of three actresses appearing in Cal Shakes' upcoming production of Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest -- Nancy Carlin (who plays Miss Prism), Domenique Lozano (Lady Bracknell), and Susannah Schulman (Cecily Cardew) -- gets together to talk about "The Wilde Women," with insights not only on Wilde's characterizations but also on the women in his own life. Dramaturge Robert Estes and director Jonathan Moscone also throw in their two cents. The panel is free and open to the public, and there's free coffee and ice cream. Oscars all around! To learn more: CalShakes.org -- Kelly Vance

TUE 27

Sometimes short is better. That's the mantra of film programmers who recognize the verve and inventiveness -- not to mention the brevity -- of the short form in film and video. The Pacific Film Archive makes a point of screening as many shorts as possible, from its own vast collection as well as from visiting sources. This evening's PFA program, The Way Things Go, takes work by such disparate creators as Chris Marker, the Brothers Quay, Peter Fischli & David Weiss, Osamu Tezuka, and Janie Geiser, and links them thematically as gaining "inspiration from society's rubbish." If you haven't yet been mesmerized by the Quays' Street of Crocodiles, a Tuesday night at the archive is the best possible place in which to surrender to their surpassing strangeness. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. at the PFA Theater, 2575 Bancroft Way on the UC Berkeley campus. BAMPFA.berkeley.edu -- Kelly Vance

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