Wayne's World 

Shorter brings it to Z'bach

SUN 4/10

Hearing a concert by saxophonist Wayne Shorter is like bearing witness to the history of jazz over the last forty years. Since joining Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers in 1959 at the age of 26, Shorter has managed to maintain an enviable dual role as one of the most progressive jazz musicians and also as one of the most popular, winning the Down Beat poll on soprano saxophone fifteen times while earning a career eight Grammies (so far), including one for his 2003 acoustic "comeback" album, Alegría. As a member of Miles Davis' second quintet for six years, starting in 1964, Shorter created his signature sound and refined his genre-defying compositional skills. "When I wrote stuff," he remembers, "Miles would say, 'There's no need to change any of Wayne's music. It's all there. '" Shorter's interests range all over the musical map: His embrace of rock, classical, and electronic music along with jazz led to the award-winning fusion of his '70s band Weather Report, cocaptained by keyboard wizard Joe Zawinul. Long after the heyday of fusion, Shorter championed that music -- but then he's the kind of musician who knows the rules so well that he can afford to toss them out the window. For the past four years, he has been touring and recording with his own acoustic quartet, joined by three brilliant musicians, each one a leader of his own group: pianist Danilo Perez, bassist John Patitucci, and drummer Brian Blade. Sunday evening's concert at UC Berkeley's Zellerbach Hall (7 p.m., $24-$36-$46) is one of just a handful of US appearances the quartet makes this season. Shorter shows no signs of slowing down, or of limiting his scope. "At this point, I'm looking to express eternity in composition," he says. "I'm striving to open up those people who aren't used to thinking in those terms."

For information and tickets, call Cal Performances at 510-642-9988, or visit CalPerfs.berkeley.eduSarah Cahill


Lit Happens

Animal House

The way she draws animals makes you want to dig up worms and swing from trees. At Livermore Library, San Francisco author-illustrator Ashley Wolff discusses her latest book, Miss Bindergarten Has a Wild Day in Kindergarten (Thu., 10 a.m.). ... City & Regional Planning prof Robert Ogilvie tells you to do it for free -- and signs copies of his new book Voluntarism, Community Life, and the American Ethic at the UC Berkeley Student Store (Thu., 1:30 p.m.). ... He has run 226.2 miles nonstop, completed marathons in the Death Valley and at the South Pole, and can run for days at a time without sleeping: Dean Karnazes tells how and why in his book Ultra Marathon Man, a glimpse at a new kind of extreme athlete. Catch him at A Great Good Place for Books (Thu., 7 p.m.). ... Asphalt abounds in Lost on Purpose, a new collection of women's short fiction about city life. Contributors Amy Prior, Anna Sophie Loewenberg, Sara Jaffe, and Calla Devlin read at Black Oak (Thu., 7:30 p.m.). ... Hear them now before they get famous: Allison Landa and other grad students from St. Mary's College read their works at Spellbinding Tales (Sat., 7 p.m.). ... After your tandoori chicken, check out Gypsy, the Acid Drama Queen headlining this week's edition of Poetry Express, a weekly open mic at Berkeley's Priya Indian Cuisine (Mon., 7 p.m.). ... Lovers and discoverers roam the world in his latest novel, Chekhov Was a Doctor; Jack Pulaski reads at Moe's with local poet Jean Day (Mon., 7:30 p.m.). ... Learn to laugh at travel mishaps with Contra Costa Times columnist and Stamps in My Passport author Harry Hubinger at Moraga Library (Tue., 2 p.m.). ... Were you one of those kids whom grownups scolded for scribbling all over your copy of Hop on Pop? Get revenge in Treesa McLean's Altered Book Workshop at Changemakers for moms-to-be. Bring a book which will be subjected to cutting, pasting, painting, and collage in this visual-journaling experiment. Tickets are $40; for details, call 510-728-8513 (Tue., 7 p.m.). -- Anneli Rufus

THU 4/7

Biting Back

Late in February, a couple of soupfin sharks at the Monterey Bay Aquarium messed with the bull -- namely the longest-captive great white shark in history -- and got the horns, bumping into the year-old predator and getting bitten in response. One died the next day, the other a week later. Kinda makes you think twice about ordering that shark-fin soup in Chinatown, huh? If you need reasons to think thrice or more, the Monterey Aquarium's Jennifer Dianto is paying a visit to the Oakland Zoo Thursday at 7 p.m. to talk about her facility's Seafood Watch Program. Dianto, the program's manager, will give a lecture in the zoo's Marian Zimmer Auditorium about how fish farming can help take some of the pressure off the ocean's population, which aquaculture methods are better than others, and how what you decide to eat or not eat can help the situation. $8 zoo members, $10 nonmembers. Call 510-632-9525 ex. 142 for more info. -- Stefanie Kalem

THU 4/7

Identity a-Go-Go

It's all fluid at the Long Haul

Was it Einstein who said that gender is 99 percent performance and 1 percent perspiration? Never mind the academics; try honoring those continuously repeated patterns of behavior the fun way at the Tranny Roadshow, touching down at the Long Haul Infoshop this Thursday evening. Some of the action in the touring extravaganzy is gender-focused, but not all. "One of the aims of the Tranny Roadshow is to present transpeople as we are -- as whole, multifaceted people," write organizers Jamez Terry and Kelly Shortandqueer, prolific scribes and zinesters who will be joined at the Berkeley stop by such local lights as writers blake nemec and Sherilyn Connelly; writer and performance artist solidad decosta; Judith Jordan, a singing and dancing "transfemme sub who was once arrested for refusing to identify herself"; writer and filmmaker Kat Espe; and filmmaker, Trannyshack codirector, and Deadly Nightshades frontperson Shawna Virago. The show goes from 7 to 9 p.m., but get there as early as 6 to check out some of the visual art. $5. 3124 Shattuck Ave., TheLongHaul.org or 510-540-0751. – Stefanie Kalem


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