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WED 19

The saxophone colossus still walks the earth. In fact, two of this rare breed have arrived at Yoshi's. James Carter, the man who can play anything with a reed in it and make it yell, joins veteran saxologist and Berkeley native David Murray, famous for his work with the World Saxophone Quartet, for a monumental six-night gig. They're joined on stage by Carter's regular sidemen Gerard Biggs on Hammond B-3 organ and drummer Leonard King, making this the motherfuckingest organ trio-plus-one to come through here in many moons. They kick it at 8 and 10 p.m. nightly through Sunday, February 23. 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland, 510-238-9200 or -- Kelly Vance

THU 20

It probably shouldn't surprise anyone that a Berkeley resident has written a guidebook for a French publisher, in French, about the overlooked, undiscovered parts of Paris off the tourist track, places that even Parisians don't know about. But that's exactly what Leonard Pitt did in his Promenades dans le Paris Disparu [Walks in the Disappeared Paris] (Editions Parigramme, $29.95), an illustrated tour of the French capital's nooks and crannies that every card-carrying Francophile will eagerly stuff into his or her suitcase. The publicity-shy author ("This is a sideline with me. I'm a performer and physical theater teacher for 32 years") appears in person this evening (7:30 p.m.) at Easy Going Travel Shop & Bookstore, 1385 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, 510-843-3533, to talk about Baron Haussmann and secret walkways ("I tramped there for seven years. The book has hundreds of photos of things that don't exist anymore"). -- Kelly Vance

FRI 21

In the spirit of Car Wash and Sanford and Son, Bobby Clements' vintage musical stage comedy A Peep Under the Hood has fun with cars and families in a fictional African-American 'hood. The action spins around Gulliver Motors, a family-owned business that every character in the play is scheming to control, and the automotive tunes just keep on coming: "Crosstown Traffic," "Pull Up to the Bumper," "Mustang Sally," etc. A Peep Under the Hood plays the Black Repertory Theatre in a special return engagement, tonight through Sunday, 8 p.m. (matinees at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, 5 p.m. Sunday), under the direction of Michael Lange, starring Lisa DeWitt, Lange, Mary Ann Tidwell-Broussard, and Kenneth McGee. Tickets: $17 door. 3201 Adeline St., Berkeley. 510-652-2120. -- Kelly Vance

SAT 22

If there's one arena in which '70s pop culture beats the acid wash pants off of the '80s, it's in tribute-worthy bands. All the new wave hits outfits currently making the drink-special circuit have to cobble together the works of many, yet rockers with a taste for imitation can find a veritable cornycopia in the Me Decade. But the Misfits, who started in the '70s but became legendary in the wide-open punkscape of the early '80s, are an impersonator's dream. Who wouldn't want to dress up like a goth version of the WWF's Ultimate Warrior and bellow about B-movies in a horny tenor? And underneath all the mayhem, the Misfits were damn catchy. Hopefully Plan 9 don't forget about that tonight at Rooster's. Nothing Cool and the UK's Demented Are Go open the all-ages show starting at 9 p.m., with doors at 8 and a $6 cover. Rooster's Roadhouse is at 1700 Clement Avenue. 510-337-9190. -- Stefanie Kalem

SUN 23

The Pacific Film Archive's ambitious three-day Deaf Film Festival concludes this afternoon with a film lecture and a collection of shorts on the subject of the "invisible" disability of people with impaired hearing. At 3 p.m., author John Shuchman presents his clips show "Hollywood Speaks," with scenes from such famous movies as Children of a Lesser God and such obscure ones as the 1915 Martyrs of the Alamo. Then at 5 p.m., "Continental Drift" offers four films from Europe, all dealing with loss of hearing and the people who live with it. The PFA is at 2575 Bancroft Ave. on the UC Berkeley campus. Info: 510-642-1412. -- Kelly Vance

MON 24

A good fiction writer brings his or her characters to life, infusing them with breath and thought and personality until they seem to have a will of their very own. Still, the Aurora Stories series must be a slightly creepy experience for the authors it features, who get to sit in on actors performing scenes from their works. This evening's program features Martin Cruz Smith, creator of the Cold War classic Gorky Park and the new novel December 6, which tells of a Tokyo-raised son of American missionaries, running a bar (and a few scams) in the days before and after the US attack on Pearl Harbor. Smith will hang around after the show to answer questions. The event begins at 7:30, a donation of $20 is suggested, and the Aurora Theatre is at 2081 Addison St. in Berkeley. 510-843-4822. -- Stefanie Kalem

TUE 25

All over the Bay Area (hell, all over the country), Tuesday night is band practice night. You may as well hone your chops (and communication skills) in an overpriced storage cube on this redheaded stepchild of a night, 'cause there's usually no good live music, no must-see TV, no compelling events -- hey, wait a minute. What's this? Soul music at Radio? Spun by KALX's own DJ Kitty, she of the husky voice, epic hair, phenomenal taste, and friendly "hello" for strangers (try it -- it works)?! What are you waiting for? Oogem your boogem down to 435 13th St., Oakland, and order up a Key Lime cocktail. After all, it's almost Hump Day. 510-451-2889. -- Stefanie Kalem


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