The Four Bs 

Bang-up on Hegenberger

SAT 10/11

Bikes, Burlesque, Blues, and Barbecue -- what poetry. Get set for a wild and woolly afternoon on Oakland's Hegenberger Road this Saturday (12-6 p.m.), as Bob Dron Harley-Davidson dealership holds an open house featuring all of the above. The occasion is a commercial one, but with plenty of sex appeal -- the unveiling of Harley-Davidson's 2004 line of motorcycles. And Dron is celebrating by buying jambalaya-and-rice lunch for the first 1,000 people to show up, followed by blues music in the sun with the Electra Glide in Funk band (Oakland's Donnie "Funk Master" Mucker, Mike "Schoolboy" Hengelmann, and David "Stix" Boyette) and some burley-cue with SF's Kitty Kitty Bang Bang troupe. The entertainment begins at 4:30 p.m. Lunch runs from 12:30 to 5 p.m., and those who can't be satisfied by gratis jambalaya have the option of buying chicken, ribs, links, and beans from Al's Famous BBQ onsite. The Bang Bang strippers go on at 5:30.

Don't forget the bikes -- new Harleys, an array of custom motorcycles, plus the usual accessories and clothing. Got a T-shirt you'd like to be autographed by a Hooters babe? Boy howdy, you came to the right place. 200 Hegenberger Rd., Oakland. 510-635-0100. -- Kelly Vance

10/8-10/11

Lit Happens

This week's literary events

Gregory Edmond did Paris, doggy style. Meet the author of Spotted in France and his Dalmatian at Easy Going (10/8, 7:30 p.m.). ... Wheel be back at Builders' Booksource, where Arrol Gellner discusses his big book of RVs and classic trailers, Ready to Roll (10/8, 7:30 p.m.). ... Buboes, buboes, who's got the buboes? Ask Marilyn Chase, author of The Barbary Plague, at University Press Bookstore (10/9, 5:30 p.m.). ... Bi now: Dawn Atkins, editor of Bisexual Women in the 21st Century, reads at Black Oak (10/10, 7:30 p.m.). ... There's no irony in the title of Shelly Rivoli's book I Was a Vacuum Cleaner Salesman. Except that she isn't a man. See her at Boadecia's (10/11, 7:30 p.m.). ... Imperialism got you down? Emmy Award-winner Saul Landau discusses The Pre-Emptive Empire: A Guide to Bush's Kingdom at Cody's on Telegraph (10/11, 7:30 p.m.). -- Anneli Rufus

FRI 10/10

Little Big Punk

"The front row of a Dwarves show is for the naive, stupid, or self-loathing," wrote Katy St. Clair in her May 2002 Express feature on the band. The gory, storied posse of punk freaks headlines the show tonight at Berkeley's 924 Gilman, which is also a CD release party for the Frisk , a Berkeley outfit featuring members of the Criminals, Nerve Agent, and Envain. The band's second full-length for Adeline hits stores on the 14th. This Is My Fist! and Scattered Fall also play. 510-525-9926. -- Stefanie Kalem

10/11-10/12

Pocket Trees

It's the Bonsai Show

What seems obvious about the bonsai tree is its diminutive size and the tranquility it casts over the fortunate ones who find themselves lost in its micro landscape. What's less known is its rich and ancient history, spanning thousands of years, hundreds of countries, and a fusion of eastern philosophies, most prominently Buddhism. Bonsai is the ideal indoor hobby for those horticulturists who aren't quite ready to put down their shears during the cooler months ahead. The 42nd Bonsai Show at Oakland's Garden Center (666 Bellevue Ave.), takes place Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with demonstrations at 1 p.m. both days. For more information contact Martha Swan at 925-284-5685. This is a free event. -- Justine Nicole

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