This Week's Day-by-Day Picks 

WED 12 If you've seen The Aviator on the big screen and are still hungry for images of aircraft blasting into the wide blue yonder, taxi down to Hayward's John O'Lague Galleria for The Art of Flight. Presented by Rod Girard and Charles Ruiz of Golden Gate Aviation Artists in conjunction with the Hayward Arts Council, and featuring the thrilling, realistic action paintings of Rhu A. Bigay (check his ultrapatriotic America Remembers, a rendering of the Blue Angels flying in formation with the late World Trade Center in the background), the exhibition is heavy on the hardware. You'll see Navy F-14 Tomcats, WWII-era B-29s, and early biplanes -- and original art, prints, and posters are for sale at the gallery. Now through February 14. The galleria, at 777 B St. in Hayward, is open Mondays through Fridays, 9 to 5. Visit for a glimpse of Bigay's paintings, and for other Hayward-area art news. -- Kelly Vance

THU 13 Tips for watching Jason and the Argonauts at the Parkway tonight: 1) Try not to anticipate the skeletons. Try harder. 2) Make believe your vino rosso cheapo is the nectar of Mount Olympus, and that you are indeed a god. 3) Imagine little Steven Spielberg watching this movie on TV in the '60s. 4) Dress up like a harpy and impress your friends. 5) If you know this movie backward and forward, close your eyes and marvel at Bernard Herrmann's orchestral score again. Even if you do none of the above, there's plenty to enjoy in this 1963 mythological fantasy adventure movie, from the Ray Harryhausen stop-motion creatures to the gorgeous Italian coastal scenery. As an added attraction, Kitten on the Keys will perform ancient Greek melodies live onstage. Or something. Showtime is 9:15 at your "Forget Alexander" headquarters, the Speakeasy Parkway, 1834 Park Blvd., Oakland. Info: -- Kelly Vance

FRI 14 The farther you go Into the Woods, the weirder Stephen Sondheim's musical stage fantasy becomes. It all begins when a married couple embarks on a quest to break the spell of childlessness placed upon them by a witch, and ends up in a fairy-tale catch-all featuring Cinderella, Rapunzel, and Jack (of Beanstalk fame). Sure enough, there's a lesson in there for modern audiences, which is probably one reason Pleasanton Playhouse has scheduled a special matinee performance for little ones. Grown-ups can wander into the forest primeval any time they want, beginning with tonight's 8 p.m. opening at Amador Theater, 1155 Santa Rita Rd., Pleasanton. The show runs through January 30. Tickets are $28 adults, $26 over 60, $20 under 18, from 925-462-2121 or PleasantonPlay Steve Shearer directs. -- Kelly Vance

SAT 15 One year ago, Neighborhood Public Radio birthed its low-power thing within the walls of 21 Grand. Since then, this other NPR has been microbroadcasting largely from San Francisco's Southern Exposure Gallery, an endeavor that earned it a spot in the December issue of ArtForum. And now that 21 Grand is looking for a new space, NPR is marking their collaborative anniversary with "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction by Walter Benjamin," a "daylong copyright infringement performance event" that's actually an afternoon-into-nighttime showcase of sound artists. Musical marauders Destroy Ape Technology, Blevin Blectum, and Mr. Meridies, Starve Zone radio host Michael Starve, and some of NPR's usual suspects will present twisted digital cover songs, manipulated texts, and "other mechanical/electronic deformations of sound." Admission is on a sliding scale from $5 to $15, all to help out the venerable underground art venue, whose own space has been appropriated by developers. Doors are at 2 p.m., show is from 3 to 10., -- Stefanie Kalem

SUN 16 Got a Fiat Spider with a stretched chassis? A custom-build 1962 Maserati you're just dying to show off? Then pull up to the bumper at the Berkeley Marina (across from the DoubleTree Hotel) at 1 p.m. to take a Winter Road Cruise through the Berkeley Hills to a barbecue at Tilden's Inspiration Point -- a white Alfa 164 sport will let you know you're in the right place. N.W. Motorsports invites all European exotics, especially Alfa Romeos, Fiats, and Maseratis (Porsches and cars of British and French extraction are welcome, too) for this 25-to-40-mile ride, but write to with your make and model information to reserve your place in line. This event is free, but pack snacks and food to barbecue. -- Stefanie Kalem

MON 17 If you're a singer-songwriter itching to perform, the East Bay is full to bursting with opportunities these days. On the second Sunday of the month, you can try to get in on Mama Buzz Cafe's Ace of Spades sesh; Tuesday is still the night for the Starry Plough's long-running open mic; and every third Tuesday, the West Coast Songwriters Association presents its open mic at the Freight & Salvage. The latest addition to this roster is the Monday night acoustic Songwriters Symposium at Blake's (2367 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley). The music starts at 9 p.m., but get there by 8:30 if you want to sign up to play -- performance slots are assigned by lottery. Cover is $1 before 9 p.m., $2 for musicians and students, and $3 for everybody else. 510-848-0886. -- Stefanie Kalem

TUE 18 Libraries just aren't what they used to be. Take the Dimond branch of the Oakland Public Library. It's pretty small, and most people go there for its Internet connection. And today, it won't have that shushy library quiet you're used to, either. From 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., the esteemed Skyline High School Jazz Band will perform songs by Earth, Wind & Fire, Sammy Nestico, Lennie Niehaus, Miles Davis, and band music director Ted Allen. This is a free show, and the branch is located at 3565 Fruitvale Ave. in Oakland. Call 510-482-7844 for library info. -- Stefanie Kalem


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