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SAT 1/10

As if she didn't have enough on her musical platter already with the bands Loretta Lynch and Ramona the Pest, today Val Esway is launching a monthly acoustic music series at Epic Arts. Sharing the stage with her for the first installment will be the similarly twangy ladytown, aka Sarah Coleman. The SoCal singer/songwriter does creaky, sometimes spooky Americana, wherein you might hear echoes of Will Oldham, Joan Baez, Kristin Hersh, or Emmylou Harris. Epic Arts is located at 1923 Ashby Ave., Berkeley, and the show starts at 8 p.m. Cover: $7-$10 sliding scale. Info: 510-644-2204. -- Stefanie Kalem

1/12-2/17

This Is a Leap Year

Emeryville is still an artists' colony

Art is in the air. Beginning Monday, Emeryville's Hollis Street becomes the launchpad for dozens of budding artists. A quartet of exhibits, open weekdays through February 27, features works from 48 artists sponsored by Taking the Leap, a program that preps up-and-coming artists for international exposure via local exhibition. Three of the shows -- "We Like it Dirty" (8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Heritage Square Building, 6121 Hollis St.), "Thirst" (10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Hollis Street Project, 5900 Hollis), and "Visual Poetry" (7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Heritage Square Building and Bucci's Restaurant, 6121 Hollis) -- offer an eclectic mix of media, from acrylic and ceramics to eggshells and robots. While the fourth show, "In Light Of" (8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Hollis Street Project), breaks rank -- it opens January 18 and is comprised entirely of photography -- the subject matter ranges from landscapes to ecstasy. Meet the artists Sunday, January 18 from 1 to 4 p.m., at the individual opening receptions for each exhibit. Free. Info: TakingtheLeap.com or 510-653-1655. -- Joy White

SUN 1/11

Proxy Ramone

Hey, have you heard that Marky Ramone's Berkeley show has been canceled because his guitarist has pneumonia? Before you shove that leather jacket and torn-to-shit jeans back in the closet, read this. Opening act Stiletta can still fulfill your speedy rock needs - and they're hot, tattooed chicks. The Bay Area quartet has been together for only six months or so, but is really getting around, tearing it up with the likes of the Lovemakers and Live Ammo. The gals cite AC/DC and, yes, the Ramones as influences, and if that's not good enough, take heart that Ramones/Misfits tribute act Green Hell has taken over the middle slot. The show is at Blake's (2367 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley), with the Caps headlining. Sunday, 9 p.m., $6. Info: 510-848-0886. - - Stefanie Kalem

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