All you can see and hear

SAT 6/21

Oakland's 21 Grand offers an all-you-can-see-and-hear entertainment buffet this Saturday, with short films and animations, comics, and music from a loose affiliation of lively, self-reliant, and mostly Asian-American artists. The presented works may have some elements in common, but broad enfranchisement isn't one of them; their selection for the show was charmingly informal. "These are just friends of mine that wanted to show their work, and bands that I have played with too," says event organizer Jesse Gonzales, who plays bass in the hooky and admittedly cute Filipino-American indie-pop outfit, the Skyflakes, one of four groups slated to perform. "So I thought of having indie films and indie bands on one show." That may at first seem indie-cisive, but it's a combination approach tested and favored by 21 Grand's creative-panoply mandate. The evening will also include, among the visual media, a documentary short called "China Pirates," about the youth-culture cachet of China's black-market pirated media trade. The result should be something of a catchy cacophony. Saturday, June 21, 8 p.m., $8. 21 Grand Art Gallery and Performance Space, 449-B 23rd St., Oakland. or 510-444-7263. -- Jonathan Kiefer

SAT 6/21

You Move Me

It's the summer solstice already -- time to grab hold of your inner solstice-ness at the Summer Solstice Celebration in Pleasant Hill. All day Saturday at the Health Etc. store, there will be classes on everything from ninpo taijutsu (a soft martial art) and Feldenkrais movement to "sensuality dancing" (for women), tai chi, and qi gong. Live music, Reiki healing sessions, gentle yoga, and nutritional counseling, too, plus refreshments and a raffle. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at 1924-B Oak Park Blvd., Pleasant Hill. -- Kelly Vance

FRI 6/20

Ear Vex

Three-pronged assault

With bands like these, there's no point putting in earplugs -- you may as well accept your blissful sonic punishment. Athens' Jucifer is a duo of confounding proportions. Singer and guitarist Amber Valentine is teeny and pale, with a hunger for fuzz and a voice that switch-hits for both the metal-scream and li'l girl teams. Her husband, drummer Ed Livengood, starts every show at full throttle, usually tossing drool by song two. Together they create a layered, complicated racket that makes a good argument for the development of sonic weapons technology. Drunk Horse headlines, and Replicator opens the 21-and-up show. Starry Plough, 3101 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, 9:30 p.m. $7 cover. -- Stefanie Kalem

THU 6/19

Rich Diet

Readers digestible

William C. Miller is a UC Berkeley-educated, Sausalito-based veteran trial lawyer who ought to know what he's talking about when he compares and contrasts the hurly-burly San Francisco political scene with a tribe of cannibals on a remote South Pacific island. So when we learn that his debut novel, Long Pig: A Fantasy Concerning Cannibals, Courts, & Other Consumers (Lost Coast Press), is about a rich socialite named Penny Hill who faces trial for murder for accidentally shooting a homeless man, we're prepared for a Tom Wolfe-ish gleeful satire. We can only hope. Author Miller visits the downtown Berkeley Barnes & Noble bookstore Thursday evening (7:30 p.m.) to read from Long Pig. Tuck in. You may want to skip dinner beforehand. 2352 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley. Phone 510-644-3535 for more info. -- Kelly Vance


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