This Week's Day-by-Day Picks 

WED 18

San Francisco's Replicator is in the opening slot at the Drunk Horse/Jucifer show this weekend, but at 21 Grand (449B 23rd St., Oakland) tonight, the mathematically inclined Bay Area noise-rock trio is a little higher up on the bill (though how high up depends on who you ask). The band has some stiff competition for the headlining slot, with DC's Apes and Oakland Experimental Dental School on the roster. In place of the usual guitar lead, the Apes have Amanda Kleinman's screaming organ. The singer has a hot bod, the band wears capes and camo gear and, basically, they'll toss you around the club like you're made by Samsonite. And if Replicator brings the math, and the Apes, biology, our very own Experimental Dental School adds rocket science to the evening. The remixed and re-wazoogled version of XDS' Hideous Dance Attack!!! shows proves that its surf-rock/no-wave cabaret carnival is destined to keep pitching its tents for some time to come. The all-ages show starts at 9 p.m., and cover is $5-$10 on a sliding scale. -- Stefanie Kalem

THU 19

Attention, space cadets: Mars is passing nearer to Earth this summer than at any time in the last 15,000 years. Don't let this opportunity slip by. If the Red Planet can come all this way, surely you can come to Chabot Space & Science Center for its Summer of Mars lecture series. The series begins this evening (7:30 p.m.) with "The History and Future of Mars Exploration," a talk by Erik Bailey, systems engineer at the Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena. Please save all your Total Recall and Mars Attacks! jokes until after Mr. Bailey speaks. A dessert reception follows the lecture. Tickets are $5. 10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland. 510-336-7373 or -- Kelly Vance

FRI 20

Andy Stewart, an East Bay contractor by trade, has had a sideline as a portrait, wedding, and studio and location photographer for 25 years. He works exclusively with an M6 Leica, and he's probably shot as many dancing couples as any man alive. Hence the Ballroom Series, a collection of elegant, kinetic black-and-white photos of swirling dancers dressed to the nines, printed on silver gelatin paper, now on display at Photolab in Berkeley. The show is up and running through July 19 at 2235 5th St., Berkeley. Photolab is open from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. 510-644-1400 or -- Kelly Vance

SAT 21

The wowie-zowie futuristic aspect of David Cronenberg's sci-fi pic Videodrome may have cooled a bit since it was first released in 1983, but it's still a treat to see Deborah Harry crawl out of James Woods' TV set and scare the hell out of him. The movie fits in with Cronenberg's pseudo-scientific enthusiasms -- it's about a sleazy cable TV entrepreneur (Woods) trying to access a secret snuff-film channel, and discovering instead a mind-controlling plot by superior powers bent on subjugating the will of ordinary people by constructing alternate realities they'll be happy to fall into. Sound familiar? Yeah, it's yet another precursor of the Matrix megillah. At least Cronenberg knows what to do with Blondie. Turn off your tube and go see Videodrome at the Long Haul (3124 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley) tonight at 8. 510-540-0751 or --Kelly Vance

SUN 22

They call him the World's Greatest Yodeler, but that shouldn't dissuade you from going to hear Sourdough Slim at his Freight & Salvage gig tonight. Slim, aka Rick Crowder, is one of those acts that operates from a heightened 21st-century sensibility in relation to a long-past style of entertainment. Both he and we know it's corny to watch a cowboy wearing a ten-gallon hat and chaps sing "Ding Dong Daddy from Dumas" and "Whoopee Ti-Yi-Yo" and telling jokes last used by Homer & Jethro -- but it's fun, like swing music or burlesque shows. And he sincerely, truly can yodel the ticks off a mule deer's rear end. Slim accompanies himself on accordion, guitar, harmonica, and ukulele. The show goes on at 8 p.m. at the Freight, 1111 Addison St., Berkeley. Info: 510-548-1761 or Kelly Vance

MON 23

Why do people enthusiastically devote themselves to the music of a man who died in 1964? Because Eric Dolphy was a killer reed player, a musician's musician who lived an ascetic life, quietly practicing on the sidelines between sets, and then stepping up suddenly with amazing bursts of post-bop inventiveness that still thrill listeners, chorus after chorus. Saxophonist Oliver Lake and pianists Eric Reed and Graham Connah, in particular, are thrilled enough to headline the sixth-annual Tribute to Eric Dolphy tonight at Yoshi's. Electric keyboard player Connah and his sextet perform some rarely heard Dolphy material at 8 p.m. At 10 p.m., Reed and Lake, solo and in duet, interpret Dolphy's "outside" musical excursions. The concert, as before, is a benefit for Jazz in Flight. Kelly Vance

TUE 24

Ah, figure-drawing models. Their flaws are cherished, the shadows beneath their eyes and thighs prized for the creativity they inspire in the artist. Take that, Tyra Banks -- the contestants on America's Next Top Model can only hope that they've plucked, starved, toned, and bleached themselves enough to score a job. Meanwhile, figure models laugh, toss fried chicken bones and cigarette butts at those narrow asses, and just keep lying there. Appreciate them for yourself every other Tuesday at Liminal Gallery, whose Casual Figure Drawing Sessions feature new models most weeks, and cost a mere $5 donation. Poses range from thirty-second gestures up to one hour, with longer sessions offered in the future if there's enough interest. Liminal is located at 2000 Myrtle St. in West Oakland. Call 510-465-6009 for more information. -- Stefanie Kalem


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