This Week's Day-by-Day Picks 

WED 23

If you missed Dr. Lonnie Smith and Joey DeFrancesco at Yoshi's last week, don't fret -- there's plenty of B-3 talent in Oaktown. Just direct your feet to Mingles in Jack London Square for the Wednesday Hammond Organ Night, presented by Pete Fallico's Doodlin' Productions. Tonight's guest is Columbus, Ohio's Tony "Burnin' Grooves" Monaco, a frequent DeFrancesco collaborator (they cut a CD called A New Generation: Paesanos on the New B-3). Then on July 30, it's Bobby Watley, organist of legendary '70s band Funk Inc., aka the "Godfather of Acid Jazz." The art of the B-3 organ trio, live at funktastic Mingles Martini and Champagne Lounge, 370 Embarcadero West, Oakland. Shows at 8:30 and 10 p.m. Cover is an easy $5. 510-835-3900 or DoodlinLounge.com -- Kelly Vance

THU 24

The Dub Beautiful Collective is riding high from its recent completion of Field of Drones, a three-day ambient festival that the group co-produced in Toronto. The event featured an open field, roughly fifty by one hundred feet, with no main stage -- rather, the field was studded with small speakers, arranged so that the sound (from live DJs, as well as exclusive mixes and recordings from Steve Roach, Robert Rich, and others) could be heard plainly from wherever you stood. Now they want to give the East Bay a little taste of that massive undertaking in far more snuggly environs. Couched will take place at everyone's favorite living-room-away-from-home, Oakland's Parkway Speakeasy Theatre (1834 Park Blvd.), tonight from 8 to 11 p.m. MNO, aka Ambient Marimba (so named for his synth-and-marimba concoctions), and DF Tram will provide the aural mellow, and Dr. Spook, the visuals. This 21-and-up event costs $8. Visit Dub-beautiful.org, or call the Parkway for info: 510-814-2400. -- Stefanie Kalem

FRI 25

Patsy Cline would no doubt approve of Divine Madness, a live poetry joint that encourages women to explore, exorcise, and heal their own inner demons, with only rhyme and meter as medication. The audience will visit the sometimes frightening, sometimes funny inner landscapes of Kathryn Takara, assistant prof of Ethnic Studies at U. Hawaii; local poet, composer, and musician Avotcja; Pireeni Sundaralingam, a professor of cognitive science (so she knows of what she speaks); nomadic wordstress drea brown; Berkeley resident, hairdresser, and rapper Nicki Love; and Jeannie Powell, SF-based editor of Meridien PressWorks. There will also be a thirty-minute open mic at the end of the scheduled program, open to both men and women. The event goes down at ProArts (461 9th St. at Broadway, Oakland) at 7 p.m. $3-$7 donation requested. 510-763-4361. -- Stefanie Kalem

SAT 26

Who could ever forget The Night of the Hunter -- especially the image of Robert Mitchum as the malevolent jackleg preacher, Rev. Harry Powell, with "LOVE" and "HATE" tattooed on his knuckles, prowling the countryside on the trail of two young kids and their daddy's money? All you fans of Charles Laughton's scary, gothic 1955 fable, there's good news: UCLA owns the movie's rushes, and tonight at the Pacific Film Archive, UCLA film preservation officer Robert Gitt is screening two hours of outtakes and dailies from the legendary film. Learn how Laughton directed Mitchum, Shelley Winters, Lillian Gish, and the kids. Charles Laughton Directs The Night of the Hunter: A Presentation of Outtakes from the Film (7 p.m.) is part of the PFA's "Preservation Pleasures" series. The film itself will be shown Wednesday, July 30. 2575 Bancroft Way, UC Berkeley, 510-642-1412 or Bampfa.Berkeley.edu -- Kelly Vance

SUN 27

Inner peace for just $550? Sign us up! Okay, so it's not that easy to achieve enlightenment, but the weeklong Treasury of Mind Retreat at Berkeley's Nyingma Tibetan Institute (1815 Highland Place) is a good place to start. Today through Saturday, you'll receive a room, gourmet vegetarian meals, and instruction in how to bolster self-confidence and open-mindedness via meditative observation. Abbe Blum, Sylvia Gretchen, Lama Palzang, and Pema Gellek are the teachers, and the institute, set high in the Berkeley hills, boasts a rose-filled meditation garden, a meditation hall, bookstore, and simple and comfortable residential rooms. Call 510-843-6812 for complete details. -- Stefanie Kalem

MON 28

In a tizzy over tiles? Then East Oakland's where you want to be this week, for True Mosaics Studio's Mosaic Summer Camp for Adults. 10 a.m. through 4 p.m., every day through Friday, enjoy a series of demonstrations, lectures by guest teachers, slide shows, discussions, and field trips covering all aspects of mosaics. You'll design and create, individually and in groups, projects in media such as fine art, garden, wall, glass, and stone mosaics. Additional activities may include casting simple shapes from concrete as bases; making a mosaic on a 3-D object, and building components on mesh and/or an exterior mural near the studio. All materials are provided, and the weeklong camp costs $495. 2941 Chapman St., Oakland. TrueMosaics.com or 510-437-9899. -- Stefanie Kalem

TUE 29

Mystery readers: here's a chance to get up close and personal with two popular Bay Area mystery writers. This evening at the Fremont Main Library, authors Camille Minichino and Claire M. Johnson will discuss their works and the art of mystery writing. Minichino created the Periodic Table Mysteries series, with lead character Dr. Gloria Lamerino, a retired physicist who solves crimes as a hobby -- it's now up to seven titles, and The Carbon Mystery is scheduled to be published in 2004. Johnson, a professional pastry chef, sets her mysteries in the culinary world, with such titles as Beat Until Stiff. Refreshments and a book-signing follow the discussion. "Women of Mystery" takes place at 7 p.m. at Fremont Main, 2400 Stevenson Blvd., Fremont. Info: 510-796-9749. -- Kelly Vance

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