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Take a wet seat at Scream III

SUN 7/6

Grab your comb and lip gloss: The boys are back in town and they want to make you scream during Scream Tour III, Sunday's big concert at the Oakland Coliseum (7 p.m.). Like their predecessors the Monkees, Menudo, and New Kids on the Block, these princes of pop have been polished, primped, produced, and packaged for your eager and frenzied consumption -- that is, if you are between the ages of nine and sixteen, subscribe to Teen Beat magazine, and think that ponies are hecka pretty. But perhaps we protest too much. Some of us can still remember the feeling when Andy Gibb first taught us to "Shadow Dance" in those tight baby-blue cords. And if we're sharing dark secrets, we think Justin Timberlake is yummy with his pouty lips and vulnerable charm (shame on you, Britney). Truth is, a lot of these guys can bust a move and hold a tune at the same time -- no easy feat. So if it gives you goose bumps, go for it. Join in the collective hype and get silly with headliners and major recording artists B2K (isn't that a new sandwich at Burger King?) and lead-in performances by Mario, veteran Screamer Marques Houston, and the multitalented Nick Cannon. No one is gonna judge you for it, as long as you don't wear the T-shirt in public. Tickets: $30.96 and $35.71 at 510-762-2277. -- Justine Nicole


Bent Over Forward

Screw the flip-top head. Wouldn't we all love a Reversible Eye ? Maybe you can reach that kind of enlightenment at 21 Grand (449B 23rd St., Oakland). The art show's Thursday reception starts at 7 p.m., with music by the Phantom Limbs, Sixes, and more starting at 9; Friday's starts at 2 p.m., with the sounds of Neither/Neither World, Chromatics, and more, plus a postmodern dance performance by Janet Pants, starting at 6. Artists on display include Ben Hirschkoff, Adrienne Peterson, and Kyle Ranson. -- Stefanie Kalem

WED 7/2

Space Is the Place

And Marshall Allen is the pilot

Critics are divided over the musical worth of the late "space jazz" pianist and composer Sun Ra, who has been called everything from a visionary to a gimmicky fraud, but everyone agrees he and his Arkestra put on an amazing show, decked out in sci-fi costumes and playing extended "cosmo-drama" sets with dancers. Sun Ra's reed section of John Gilmore, Pat Patrick, and Marshall Allen really drove the band, and of these only Allen, age 78 and a forty-year veteran of Outerspaceways Incorporated, is still on earth to lead the fifteen-piece Sun Ra Arkestra when it teleports itself to Yoshi's tonight only (Wednesday) for two shows. Be there or be nowhere. -- Kelly Vance

FRI 7/4

Boom Town

Go 4th and party

The possibilities are endless for the 4th of July, but the point is to go out and play. Here are just a few of the local celebrations from our online Calendar (, arranged North to South: is throwing a free Global Good Vibes music festival in El Cerrito, with Indian classical and belly dance, fusion, bluegrass, capoeira, and more, from 11 a.m. at Cerrito Vista Park (510-233-0611). Berkeley's alcohol-free festivities at the Berkeley Marina run from noon till 10 p.m., with two stages of bands, kids' games, and fireworks (510-548-5335). T. Broussard and the Zydeco Steppers from Lake Charles, Louisiana play the "Red, White and Blue Zydeco Fest" at Eagles' Hall in Alameda (2305 Alameda Ave.) at 8 p.m. And at Ohlone College in Fremont, the Fremont Symphony plays patriotic tunes at 8 p.m., followed by pyrotechnics (510-794-1659). -- Kelly Vance


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