WED 29

Ten years ago, guitarist Steve Gibson and drummer Jeremy Steinkoler were looking for a way to give their respective music students a forum in which to get a real performance fix, with all that implies -- audience interaction, soloing, stage fright, the whole muffaletta. What they come up with was Bandworks, a program of workshop-seminars that has grown so large that the actual performance showcase component is now spread out over two concerts at Ashkenaz. The first one happened last night, and the second goes down tonight at 7:30 p.m., with a cover charge of $4. The format is primarily rock, with some pop and blues thrown in for extra zazz. 1317 San Pablo Ave. in Berkeley. Call 510-525-5054 for further low-down. -- Stefanie Kalem

THU 30

It's not much of a spirit-lifter, but Mohammed Bakri's film Jenin, Jenin still won Best Film at the Carthage International Film Festival. It was also banned in Israel, and it's easy to see why; the picture it paints of the Palestinian refugee camp of Jenin, after the Israeli army's violent April 2002 Defensive Wall operation, wears no sugar coating. In one scene, a little girl talks about what she would do to Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon if he visited the camp, exposing the hatred and vengeful spirit that has been ingrained in Palestine's youth. The hour-long documentary screens tonight in the third floor Community Room of the Berkeley Public Library's main branch (2019 Kittredge at Shattuck), beginning at 6:30 p.m. The event is cosponsored by Lake Merritt Neighbors Organized for Peace and the Berkeley PeaceWalk & Vigil. -- Stefanie Kalem

FRI 31

Not to put too fine a point on it, but Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) is probably the old-time comedy duo's best movie, a dependable mixture of klutzy slapstick laffs and Universal's best monsters. Numbskulls Chick (hapless straight man Bud Abbott) and his sidekick Wilbur (tubby Lou Costello) tangle with the Wolfman (Lon Chaney Jr.) and Dracula (Bela Lugosi) in addition to the Frankenstein monster (Glenn Strange, substituting for sick-of-it-all Boris Karloff) on a haunted island. Or something. Naturally, Wilbur gets the girl. What better place to see it than at Oakland's Paramount Theatre on Halloween? Bud and Lou go on at 7:30 p.m., followed by James Whale's Bride of Frankenstein (1935), much less of a guilty pleasure because it's actually a good movie, at 9:30. Tickets are a mere $5. Info: 510-465-6400. -- Kelly Vance


Hark! Is that the sound of neighing horses we hear? Then Frau Blücher must be near! Indeed, the California Independent Film Festival offers two prime chances for hang time with the frightening frau this weekend, first at a screening of Mel Brook's comedy classic Young Frankenstein, followed by a Q&A sesh with the Oscar- and Emmy Award-winning Cloris Leachman herself at Seminars Vine Theater (1722 First St., Livermore), starting at 7:30 p.m., and then during the fest's Sunday night Closing Night Gala, during which Ms. Leachman will be honored with the festival's Year 2003 Lifetime Achievement Award, at Goal Line Productions (5959 Coronado Ln., Pleasanton). Tickets to tonight's screening cost $25; tomorrow night's banquet starts at 6 p.m. and costs $75 per person. Visit for details and ticket sales. -- Stefanie Kalem


Okay, it's time to counter that decadent Halloween weekend hangover with a good deed or two. And since this mitzvah involves shopping, we're sure you won't mind. Today's the second and last day of the Garage Sale for Global Healing, but it's so massive that there are bound to be some major goodies left. Tim and Myrna Block are raising funds to join the AIDS Pilgrimage Africa: Walk for Peace, wherein an international group will embark upon a two-year, 32-country journey through sub-Saharan Africa. The coalition will interact with communities through music, dance, storytelling, and sacred ceremonies in an attempt to encourage healing for those affected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic. The sale is at 78 Linda Ave. in Oakland from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. E-mail for more information. -- Stefanie Kalem


"I went to Palestine this summer with the International Solidarity Movement," says artist Terry Kekaha on the phone from Hawaii, "and I met a lot of amazing people, and a lot of my portraits are of them." Oakland resident Kekaha's travels took her From Pele to Palestine, the title of her new show of colorful acrylic paintings, subtitled "From the Holy Land and Beyond," at Change Makers for Women (6536 Telegraph Ave., Oakland). The Brazilian futebol great is obviously an influence, but be prepared to encounter the Buddha and whimsical creatures, plus "my Pele-inspired volcano women," as Kekaha laughingly describes her subjects. The exhibition runs through November 30, and there's a reception for the artist Sunday, November 9 at 2 p.m. For more info: 510-834-1001 or 510-655-2405. -- Kelly Vance


In the poems of Tung Hui-Hu, chess players worship waitresses, a mapmaker holds a city hostage, and a car shoved off a cliff becomes home to a school of fish. Of his 2003 Contemporary Poetry Series Competition prize-winning collection, poet Laurie Sheck writes, "The Book of Motion stuns by degrees. Here all is precarious, nothing is safe; yet awe and delight have not been banished. These poems earthquake the expected, creating a psychic and linguistic landscape that unsettles, jolts, and sears." Hui-Hu is a Ph.D student in the architecture program at UC Berkeley, and The Book of Motion (University of Georgia Press) is his first book of poetry; he reads this evening from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at University Press Books, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley. Information: 510-548-0585. -- Stefanie Kalem


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