This Week's Day-by-Day Picks 

WED 18

Every week, you can turn off the TiVo, unplug the iPod, and discover a new East Bay Regional Park during Wednesday Walks. All ages and experience levels are invited to lace up sturdy footwear, bring water, dress for the weather, and join the crowd on these free, fast-paced interpretive hikes that go from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. This week's four-mile trek takes participants through Sunol Park, along Alameda Creek, and past Little Yosemite, with some uphill climbing involved. The park is located at the southeast end of Geary Rd. in Sunol. Call 510-796-0199 for further information. -- Stefanie Kalem

THU 19

Aurora Levins Morales' poetic response to 9/11, "Shema," came as close as verse can come, in this day and age, to being an underground hit, read at rallies and religious services all over the United States and aired frequently on Pacifica Radio, in her own voice. This epic wake-up call to the American people was not the beginning of Levins Morales' career -- the poet, historian, speaker, and activist has made a career of exploring her Puerto Rican and Jewish roots, and the intricacies of social identity. Tonight at La Peña (3105 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley), she celebrates her fiftieth birthday with performances by friends and collaborators Avotcja, Aya de Leon, Carlos Baron, Luisah Teish, and others. The party starts at 7:30 p.m. and a sliding scale donation, $7-$21, is requested at the door, to help Levins Morales self-publish her new poetry collection, Unbroken Hearts, from which she'll be reading. Info: 510- 849-2568 and -- Stefanie Kalem

FRI 20

Andrew is in love with Jack, but there's something different about Jack, something almost diabolical. That's merely the high concept of playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa's stage comedy Say You Love Satan, now up and running at Impact Theatre. There's more going on -- angels, ex-boyfriends, friendly female advice-givers, even a Big Gay Bouncer -- and enough hot-and-nasty material to keep the Church Lady on pins and needles for an eternity. Joy Meads directs, with Impact regular David Ballog as Andrew and new face Eric Moore as Jack. Say You Love Satan plays Thursdays through Saturdays through March 13 at the appropriately down-there La Val's Subterranean, 1834 Euclid Ave. in North Berkeley. Ticket reservations: 415-464-4468. Info: -- Kelly Vance

SAT 21

Talk radio -- the other kind of talk radio -- stretches out into unpredictable, eclectic territory with Sedge Thomson's West Coast Live, a live-to-satellite variety-type show ("Two Hours of Conversation, Music, and Play") broadcast locally on KALW, 91.7 FM. You can be part of the studio audience for today's "Science Show" -- featuring entomologist Mark "Dr. Bugs" Moffett, author Mark Obmascik (The Big Year), and singer-songwriter Mark Weigle, plus a special visit by former seventh-grade science fair winner (he also sings) Slaid Cleaves, and the satiric comedy of Merle Kessler and J. Raoul Brody, as Dr. Science's Personal Assistant, Rodney. The show begins at 10 a.m. at the Freight & Salvage Coffee House, 1111 Addison St. (just above San Pablo), Berkeley. Tickets: $15 advance, $18 door, from 415-664-9500. Check -- Kelly Vance

SUN 22

How's that knitting compulsion coming along? Can you make the hats with the little kitty ears yet, or are you still endeavoring to bless your significant other with the largest collection of striped scarves in the Bay Area? Well, give the purling a rest long enough to make your way over to the Oakland Marriott City Center (1001 Broadway) for the last day of the Stitches West Knitting Expo. This is a playground for folks like you, with a fashion show, classes, book signings, door prizes, show-and-tell events, and more yarns, books, patterns, buttons, supplies, and devices for sale than you can shake a garter stitch at. And beginners, you're invited, too -- yarn, needles, and a one-hour class are all free with admission, which costs $7 for adults (kids ten and younger get in free). The expo happens today from 10 a.m. till 4 p.m. Info: or 800-237-7099 ex. 27. -- Stefanie Kalem

MON 23

Liven up your dull Monday -- wash your brain! Here's how to do it: 1) Make a movie. Make it a little bit quirky. Use your imagination. But -- and this important -- do not dub your parents' home movies! 2) Transfer the movie (or video) to either VHS (NTSC only, please) or DVD. 3) Scrape together $20 if it's a short, $50 for feature-length (less than 130 minutes, please; Peter Jackson need not apply), in check or money order. 4) Send the whole kit and kaboodle to Brainwash, PO Box 23302, Oakland, CA 94623-0302 USA. Deadline is May 1; after that, you'll have to pony up more. 5) Sit and wait. The tenth annual Brainwash Drive-In Movie Festival happens July 9 and 10 in a parking lot in West Oakland, and since you entered, you get in free. Sundance, eat your heart out. Info: -- Kelly Vance

TUE 24

There have been many eccentrics in the history of the movies, but the real odd ducks don't show up on cable TV or even at film fest tributes. You have to sneak into places like the Pacific Film Archive to see the likes of Joseph Cornell's fantasies. The reclusive Queens, NY, nephew-of-the-Surrealists (1903-1972) took found objects to ridiculous heights, creating a series of box assemblages and films that still inspire avant-garde artists. Tonight at the PFA, A Picture Rarely Seen: Joseph Cornell Centenary, curated by Bradley Eros and Jeanne Liotta from the collection of Anthology Film Archives, presents two programs of Cornell's mystifyingly obscure oeuvre: a sampling of his collage films as well as directed works called "... tokens and traces of chance ..." at 7 p.m., and Goofy Newsreels, Cornell's faux-documentary shorts, heavy on the slapstick, at 9. Cinematographer Larry Jordan appears in person for both screenings. 2575 Bancroft Way, UC Berkeley. 510-642-1412 or -- Kelly Vance


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