This Week's Day-by-Day Picks 

WED 21

Dr. Naomi Tutu, daughter of South African Archbishop (and Nobel Peace Prize-winner) Desmond Tutu, is following in her father's footsteps. A frequent lecturer on race, gender, violence, and South African issues, she is currently coordinator for the Race Relations Institute at Fisk University, and was the founder and chairwoman of the Tutu Foundation for Development and Relief in Southern Africa, which from 1985 until 1990 awarded scholarships to South African refugees in African countries. She speaks tonight at 7 p.m. on "Striving for Justice" at the Soda Activity Center at Saint Mary's College (1928 Saint Mary's Rd., Moraga). The event is part of the "I Have a Dream" series of events taking place at the college throughout January term, and is free and open to the public. Info: 925-631-4000. -- Stefanie Kalem

THU 22

Saul Kaye has studied with the world-famous flamenco guitarist Juan Serrano, jazz players Dave Creamer and Calvin Keys, fusion guitarist Jeff Massanari, and others, so it's no surprise that, while jazz is his bread and butter, he has quite a few styles under his belt. He started the rock/fusion band Pneuma in 1995, heads up a jazz trio, and covers such numbers as "The Piña Colada Song" and "Ain't No Sunshine" in a rockin' blues, AAA-radio style, which also describes his solo compositions quite nicely. He plays tonight with his new outfit, the ingeniously titled Saul Kaye Band, in the middle of a bill at the Starry Plough (3101 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley). Also in the band are bassist Sam Bevan, drummer Ricky Carter, and Christian Boyd on keyboards. First up onstage tonight is Pat Jordan at 9:30 p.m., Kaye and Co. are on at around 10:20, and the Sam Bevan Band hits the stage at 11:30. Cover is $6 at the door; call the Plough at 510-841-2082 for more details. -- Stefanie Kalem

FRI 23

The East Bay is in a distinctly antiwar mood these days, so it's no surprise that someone is revisiting Homer's ancient Greek story of the siege of Troy to reflect contemporary disgust with warfare. Actors Ensemble of Berkeley dug up German playwright and author Wolfgang Hildesheimer's play Helen of Troy (Revised), in a new translation by David Fenerty, and is staging it beginning tonight at Live Oak Theatre in Berkeley (1301 Shattuck Ave. at Berryman, 8 p.m.). Hildesheimer's version of the epic portrays Helen's point of view -- she disapproves of all that sword-fighting, heroism, and arrows-in-heels stuff. Helen of Troy (Revised), directed by Fenerty, runs Fridays and Saturdays through February 21. $10. Reservations: 510-649-5999. Info: -- Kelly Vance

SAT 24

In the Music Criticism Hall of Fame, we present today's honoree, Raoul Hernandez of the Austin Chronicle, who wrote the following of Westernaire, the 2003 disc by Austin band Milton Mapes: "Pulling together thirty years of hard-bitten Americana while coalescing around [singer Greg] Vanderpool's rugged ache, Westernaire is frontier fierce. Varnaline-gray. Milton Mapes' skillet rock was smithed by Uncle Tupelo's roots-fueled lust of Eighties post-punks like Hüsker Dü." So screw that Billy Joel guy -- you can get the sound from a story in a magazine. If this sounds like your kind of thing, head down to the Ivy tonight, where Milton Mapes shares the stage with AJ Roach, starting at around 9 p.m. The Ivy Room is at 858 San Pablo Ave. (at Solano), Albany. Call 510-524-9220. -- Stefanie Kalem

SUN 25

Henry J. Kaiser was the sort of overheated entrepreneur who made California famous -- shipbuilder, constructor of vast public projects like the Hoover Dam, founder of the Kaiser Permanente health-care org, and maker of the Henry J, the car that "out-cuted" even the Mini Cooper. But few people today know more about the man than the above. A new exhibition at the Oakland Museum of California, Henry J. Kaiser: Think Big, aims to remedy that, saluting the original Mr. Oakland with a model of a hospital maternity ward, ship and aircraft models, at least two Kaiser autos, TV commercials, etc. The museum exhibits are augmented by film and music performances, a classic car show, and more, all beginning today at the museum, 10th and Oak streets. The whole shebang runs through August 29. For more info: or 510-238-2200. -- Kelly Vance

MON 26

Funky jazz on a Monday night? Why the funk not? Bay Area guitarist Will Bernard has played outside the music box for years now, first gaining recognition as part of Peter Apfelbaum's Hieroglyphics Ensemble. He has played and recorded with Jai Uttal and the Pagan Love Orchestra, Beth Custer, the Coup, and Midnight Voices; tonight he brings his band Motherbug to Yoshi's (510 Embarcadero West, Oakland) for two shows of guitar-and-keyboard-heavy sounds, studded with electronics, pop hooks, lounge, surf, and more. The shows are at 8 and 10 p.m., Dave Ellis is special guest, and tickets are $10. 510-238-9200. -- Stefanie Kalem

TUE 27

If Larry Flynt were to rent the Parkway Theater in Oakland to show a double feature of two films called Viva la Vulva and Celebrating Orgasm: Women's Private Self-Loving Sessions, Mr. Hustler would most likely be courting picket lines of angry feminists. But when those same two titles are screened at the Parkway this evening (6:30) under the auspices of UCSF's Lesbian Health Research Center, not a protester will be seen -- they'll all be inside watching the two "Erotic Sex Ed" documentaries, in which women candidly discuss their genitals and learn the finer points of masturbation. And therein lies a lesson in point of view, perception, free speech, and political correctness. Ain't life wonderful? The center, which is dedicated to the health care needs of lesbians, bisexual women, and transgendered people, is charging $6 admission. Want to know more? Visit -- Kelly Vance


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