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Never mind Brian Jones and his Master Musicians of Jajouka -- you can whip yourself into a rhythmic frenzy right here in the East Bay, at the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, in fact. Every Wednesday night, those hep Unitarians invite one and all to Sweat your Prayers in a class where participants "practice to find and follow the dancing energies in our bodies -- to come home to our selves." After a guided warm-up, the class explores music and motion, dancing "until we are the dance." If this sounds like just the right mix of religious devotion and a Dead show, come by the church at 1924 Cedar St. (corner of Bonita) between 7 and 9 p.m. any Wednesday. Dropping in costs $15, $10 for first-timers, and you can buy a five-class card for $60. 510-841-4824. -- Stefanie Kalem


Nibble cheese and suck down Charles Shaw like the boozy art mice you know you are at ProArts' free artists' reception for its leg of the 23rd annual East Bay Open Studios. Tonight between 7 and 9 p.m., check out the work of the artists ProArts has gathered at its new space, 550 2nd St., (corner of Clay St. in Oakland's Jack London Square). Saturdays and Sundays this and next weekend, you can get a map and take yourself on self-guided tours of the artists' individual studios, and this Friday, ProArts hosts an Art Bus Tour of the participating studios. But tonight, you have only to stumble from one side of the building to the other. 510-763-4361, -- Stefanie Kalem


Erik Groff could be the ideal urban visionary. In his three-dimensional works, the painter and sculptor recycles trash into works of art, but not just any art -- miniature cutaway cityscape sculptures that show what a city could be. Working in minute detail, Groff constructs cardboard buildings with rooms you'd be happy to move into, if only you were mouse-sized. Like a scavenger king, he reuses the materials society has discarded, and creates worlds worth visiting. Groff's latest show of "reactionary artwork" is called Ambush Alert. It opens tonight with a reception (7-10 p.m., with guest DJ) at Buzz Gallery and Mama Buzz Cafe, 2316 Telegraph Ave., Oakland. The event is free. Visit -- Kelly Vance


Even if you've never wandered through the Jamaa el-Fna in Marrakech at high noon or sipped fresh mint tea in a roadside cafe on the outskirts of Tetuán, you can experience a few of the sights and sounds of Morocco tonight, as Sandala Limited presents a special concert of North African devotional music, Descending Lights: Sounds in the Key of Praise, at UC Berkeley's Wheeler Auditorium. Performers include the a cappella voices of the Fez Singers (one of Morocco's premier sacred-music ensembles) featuring Abdel Fattah Bennis; indefatigable master oud player Hamza el-Din; and percussionist and vocalist Yassir Chadly, who has worked with everyone from Pharoah Sanders to Omar Sosa. The concert begins at 7 p.m., doors at 6:30. Tickets are $25 advance, $30 door, from or the Cal Performances box office. For more information: 510-868-8395. -- Kelly Vance


Patricia Bullitt likes to dance in creeks, and that's not all. For thirteen years, the artist and dancer has been producing the Women's and Girls' Tea Party and Storytelling Ceremony in Berkeley's Codornices Creek Park. Now she has mounted an exhibit, Artist in Watershed, at Addison Street Window Gallery, 2018 Addison St. in Berkeley (across from the Berkeley Rep). The gallery is hosting a reception and tea party today from 4 to 6 p.m. Girls age eight and older and women of all ages are invited to meet at the corner of Milvia and Addison streets at 4 p.m. and join a procession to the park, where they'll enjoy teas, sweets, and performances by fish-masked dancers, singer Rhiannon, and taiko drummer Janet Koike. Bring a teacup and a story to tell about another female-type person who has influenced your life -- both items will be traded away. Oh, and bring a folding chair, too. $10-$25 per person. Call 510-841-6612 or e-mail for more information. -- Stefanie Kalem


Learn which natural, sweet-smelling paints, potions, and powders work for you when North Carolina's best export since Merge Records, Burt's Bees, stops by the Alameda Natural Grocery Store this evening. The Free Burt's Bees Makeover train will swing by the Walnut Creek Andronico's in September, but for your softest summer look, 1650 Park St., Alameda, is where you want to be from 6 to 7 p.m. today. Yeah, yeah, so it's an overtly product-sponsored event, and that's not usually our thing. But it's free, and it's fun, and Burt's always has the most usual-looking models. Not to mention that they're the coolest bee-mascot goods since Honey Nut Cheerios. 510-865-1500. -- Stefanie Kalem


CC14 is a group of professional artists from the Diablo Valley area, most of whom met each other at Diablo Valley College in advanced painting, sculpting, and printing classes. Now the group is primed for two art shows this summer, the first of which takes place now through June 30. The exhibition, Modern Myth, explores mythic images and themes in the everyday world, and features the work of Becky Busi, Walter Crew, Barbara Davis, Marina deSilva Lopez, TaVee Magner, and Aramanthea Kupco, among others. The Diablo Valley College Art Gallery is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, and is located on the north side of the campus, 321 Golf Club Rd., Pleasant Hill. Info: 925-372-0487. -- Kelly Vance


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