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WED 22

Rust never sleeps, Neil Young once observed. Artist Hugo McCloud obviously agrees -- the abstract patterns he lays down on metal using water and the resulting rust speak to a certain urban reality everyone who has ever been near a factory or a train yard can recognize. The texture of rusted metal is one of McCloud's signatures, but there are also echoes of Spain and North Africa in Deconstruction Development: Mixed Media on Metal, his one-man show at the Joyce Gordon Gallery in Oakland, in which all the works are untitled. Gordon's gallery has made a name for itself by fostering up-and-coming artists such as McCloud -- she is even presenting him and other Bay Area artists at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival in January. The gallery is open Wednesdays through Saturdays at 406 14th St. in downtown Oakland. For more info: 510-465-8928. -- Kelly Vance

THU 23

Listen. If you're going to be such a stereotypical slacker that you've still got holiday gifts to buy the day before Christmas Eve, then you deserve to drop your money at the East Bay's most stereotypical spendfest: The Telegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair. From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and tomorrow, take your last shots at the more than two hundred street artists, merchants, community groups, food vendors, musicians, and other entertainers clamoring for your bread along the avenue, between Dwight and Bancroft ways. Sure it's like every day on Telegraph Ave., only more so, with everything from shiitake logs to leatherwork to oil-burning lamps on sale. So keep your wallet in your front pocket, soldier, and get out there. -- Stefanie Kalem

FRI 24

If you're going to go the bar tonight, at least get shitfaced on something festive: Top-shelf eggnog or Anchor Christmas Ale, anyone? Or how about a Chocolate Cake? If your local bartender doesn't know how to make one of those, instruct her or him thusly: Wet the rim of a glass (we prefer a short tumbler) with water or lemon; dip the rim in sugar. Mix equal parts vanilla- or lemon-flavored vodka and Frangelico (or a knock-off hazelnut liqueur), pour over ice, shake, and strain into the sugared glass. Shoot or sip. Repeat until you can't imagine why anyone would deserve coal in his or her stocking, or until the three guys at the bar next to you begin to resemble wise men. (But don't necessarily take their advice.) -- Stefanie Kalem

SAT 25

Was that new daypack you wanted under the tree this morning? Then pack up some snacks and water and head out to the Park & Ride lot on the east side of the Sycamore Valley 680 ramp in Danville, and carpool to the trailhead for a twelve-mile round-trip hike to the Mt. Diablo Summit via the Summit Trail. This is a fast-paced, hide-busting trek with a 3,200-foot elevation gain, so experienced hikers only need apply. Rain cancels, and there will be a posthike dinner at a local restaurant. Call leader Diane Smith at 925-803-1478 or e-mail her at mountain for further information. Presented by the Mt. Diablo Group, Bay Chapter, of the Sierra Club. -- Stefanie Kalem

SUN 26

Here's a nice convergence of holidays for you. It's the first day of Kwanzaa, the day after Christmas, and the last full moon of the year. If you'd like to get all up in the light of the silvery moon -- and you're of the female persuasion -- join the ladies of Change Makers for a Full Moon Gathering from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Enjoy music, poetry, dance, storytelling, tarot, and potluck supper at this free event; RSVP at 510-655-2405, and let 'em know if you'd like to contribute a song, poem, or group exercise. Even if you don't, you should bring drums, rattles, and some vittles to share (and some cash to spend in the bookstore before and after, if you're so inclined). Change Makers for Women is located at 3536 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, four blocks south of Ashby Ave. Oh, and "festive moon attire" is encouraged, but not required. -- Stefanie Kalem

MON 27

Oakland's own Ledisi has a holiday thing going with Yoshi's Jazz House. Every year at this time, she settles into the world-class music venue and Japanese restaurant for a musical love-in. The New Orleans-born, Oakland-bred, self-proclaimed Soulsinger (the name of her latest CD) and her songwriting partner Sandra "Sun" Manning have their fingers in a number of pies these days -- everything from educating young performers to her indie label LeSun Records, to potential Broadway shows -- but performing in front of adoring crowds is clearly her favorite thing. Speaking of crowds, tonight, the last evening of her four-night-stand at Yoshi's, might be the best time to sneak in and feel the warmth. Especially the last show, at 10 p.m., when lights are low. -- Kelly Vance

TUE 28

Los Angeles assemblage artist John Outterbridge achieved notoriety for using debris from the 1965 Watts riots in his mixed-media sculptures. He also founded the annual Watts Day of the Drum Festival, and was artist/director of the Watts Tower Art Center for the city of Los Angeles. Now Outterbridge's work is part of Embracing Forms/Sculptures and Works on Paper, a two-person show at the African American Museum and Library, alongside creations by veteran Oakland sculptor and painter Oliver Jackson -- both of whom have a strong social quotient in their work. The exhibition was guest-curated by Lizzetta LeFalle-Collins, and it runs through January 29 at the AAMLO, 659 14th St., Oakland. The museum is open Tuesdays through Saturdays, noon to 5:30 p.m. Info: -- Kelly Vance


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