This Week's Day-by-Day Picks 

WED 22

Print publication professionals have been sold on digital imaging for some time now -- it's versatile, convenient, and photographers can now achieve virtually all the effects of film, and more. John Isaac has worked for the Sierra Club, the United Nations, and the Day in the Life of ... project, and has been using digital since 2000. This evening at 6:45 p.m. at Reed's Camera & Imaging on the Shadelands Campus, 111 North Widget Lane, Walnut Creek, Isaac shows his work and conducts a workshop on digital photography, sponsored by Olympus America as part of its Meet the Pro seminar. Isaac's workshop is preceded by an Olympus demonstration. E-mail mikereed@reedscameras.com -- Kelly Vance

THU 23

Canadian artist James Morrison must have been raised in a home with one of those wall hangings of sled dogs in the family room. His 2004 oil on canvas, Northwest Territory (Canada), is an amusingly overcrowded nighttime scene of the snowy wastes, with a wolf, an owl, various trees and bushes, a jagged mountain range, and an angry sky all competing for attention. Morrison's painting is a part of Some Forgotten Place, a group exhibition of eight painters -- from Sweden, Japan, Poland, Germany, New Zealand, and Australia, as well as the United States and Canada -- who seek to redefine the landscape with narrative, overtly psychological approaches to traditional pictorial description. "Some Forgotten Place" is Number 213 in the MATRIX series at the Berkeley Art Museum. It runs through December 19. 2626 Bancroft Way, UC Berkeley. Info: BAMPFA.Berkeley.edu -- Kelly Vance

FRI 24

At the end of 2003, the Centers for Disease Control estimated that, in the United States, 75 percent of new HIV infections among women and roughly 15 percent of new infections among men were contracted through heterosexual contact. So now it's up to the breeders to take a page from the gay book, and connect with one another in supportive and social environments. Case in point: Tonight's Hawaiian Luau-Themed Mixer for HIV+ Heterosexuals at Oakland's Kaiser Medical Center. Men, women, and couples are invited to enjoy music, hula dancing, Polynesian food, nonalcoholic beverages, a limbo contest, games, and prizes, all for the low, low cost of free. The party at 280 W. MacArthur Blvd., Suite 1200 A, twelfth floor starts at 6:30 p.m. and lasts till 9:30. RSVP to Jennifer at 510-752-6344 or hawaiianmixer@aol.com. Confidentiality and discretion are promised, and crazy shirts and grass skirts are strongly encouraged. -- Stefanie Kalem

SAT 25

If you're looking for a really interesting way to spend your Yom Kippur, head out to Breakfast with the Beasts at the Oakland Zoo. No, there won't be davening, but if you can resist the continental breakfast the zoo provides, you can atone for the year's sins while watching the animals get fed special treats, and learn how particular feeding methods are used to enrich their environments. The breakfast on the African savanna portion of the park is from 8:30 to 10 a.m., and fresh fruits and veggies will be accepted for the feedin'. The Oakland Zoo can be found in East Oakland's Knowland Park, 9777 Golf Links Rd., off I-580. $5 per person, reservations required. Call 510-632-9525 ex. 100. -- Stefanie Kalem

SUN 26

Gerald McBoing Boing was a kwazy widdle kid. He spoke onomatopoeically -- not in words, but in sound effects. Boing boing! Thwack! Blang-a-lang-a-lang! As the star of a series of cartoons produced by UPA Pictures Inc. and directed by Robert "Bobe" Cannon circa 1951, Dr. Seuss' creation Gerald became UPA's best-loved toon, following in the inkblots of Mr. Magoo. Boingy was not alone in the UPA stable. Genius animator Chuck Jones also worked for the studio, and other characters like the Oompahs and Willie the Kid added to UPA's legend as the nuttiest animation house of the Eisenhower era -- the anti-Disney, as it were. UC Berkeley film studies professor Russell Merritt remembers Gerald, as well as UPA's Edgar Allan Poe adaptation The Tell-Tale Heart. This afternoon at 5:30 at the Pacific Film Archive (2575 Bancroft Way, UC Berkeley), Merritt screens a goldmine of UPA toons and talks about The McBoing Boing Revolution: UPA Cartoons and the Selling of Fifties Cool. Info: BAMPFA.Berkeley.edu -- Kelly Vance

MON 27

All summer long, the Roots*Rap*Reggae Sessions have been steaming up Monday nights with dancehall and hip-hop at Mingles. Tonight you can help drag the heat into fall with resident DJ BackSide (Untouchable DJs) selecting from 10 p.m. to midnight, Oakland rap outfit THC performing at 11:30, and guest DJ Doogie (TNT Sound Station) selecting from midnight till closing. Doors open at 9 p.m., and admission is $5, or free until 11 with a VIP pass (contact zsazsaincupdates@yahoo.com for details on that muss). Mingles is located at 370 Embarcadero in Oakland's Jack London Square. Nightclub phone: 510-835-3900. -- Stefanie Kalem

TUE 28

Picking up where Cafe Van Kleef left off, the Mile High Club continues to bring laidback cabaret style and sit-down entertainment to Tuesday nights in downtown Oakland with its Speak Easily series. Tonight is no exception, when, along with the regular Mile High Meter Dancers (that's right, even you can score a slow dance), the Flying Fox slinks into the club, all flowing tresses and soft-focus, old-school Hollywood glamour. The Fox is also known as Dark Sparkle DJ Miz Margo, but tonight she'll set the way-back machine long past the Gun Club and Siouxsie, to feed your famished appetite for a li'l burlesque. Also on the bill is our favorite ukulele lady, Tippy Canoe, backed by her stand-up-bass-thumping Paddleman for a sweet mix of country, pop, and doo-woppy goodness. The Mile High is at 3629 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, and the show starts around 9 p.m. $5 cover, lovers. For more info: 510-655-6161. -- Stefanie Kalem

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