This Week's Day-By-Day Picks


War is stressful enough for American kids, but imagine the feelings of the children who lived through the Bosnian civil war and the recent strife in Kosovo. Perhaps not surprisingly, the killing fields of the former Yugoslavia were also the scene of an outpouring of children’s art — hopeful, homemade tokens and messages of peace now being displayed at the Museum of Children’s Art (MOCHA) in an exhibition called Children of War/Dijecca I Rat. The show is actually two separate exhibitions, one sponsored by the Global Children’s Organization and the other by the Refugee Transition in Oakland, and runs through May 12 at MOCHA, where two levels of art studios for kids and family art workshops are always part of the activities. 538 Ninth St., Oakland. 510-465-8770 or www.mocha.orgKelly Vance


In 1842, writing about his collection of novels, The Human Comedy, Honoré de Balzac compared humanity to the rest of the animal kingdom, asking, “Does not Society make of man, according to the milieu in which his activity takes places, as many different men as there are varieties in zoolog?” Well, blame it on society if you must, or biology or astrology or diet or climate, but the fact is, to a creative type, there’s no better resource than people — especially different kinds of people. In the name of brainstorming and la différence, the Nonchalance Collective invites you to its biweekly Balzac Social, going down this and every other Thursday night at Baggy’s by the Lake (288 E. 18th St., Oakland). The tidy brass-and-ferns bar, stocked to the rafters with neighborhood charm, is where the artists’ collective wants you to plan your revolutions, projects, and pranks, and maybe even hook up with new coconspirators. Visit for more info. — Stefanie Kalem


Danville is known for car dealerships, gated communities, Christian fundamentalists, and the Blackhawk auto museum. But hardcore? Well, actually, yes — more often than you’d think. And tonight’s a good night to find out why, if’n that’s your scene. San Francisco’s All Bets Off, Walnut Creek’s For the Crown (think Gorilla Biscuits), Connecticut’s melodic For All It’s Worth, LA’s Internal Affairs, and Berkeley’s Allegiance, containing members of Breaker Breaker, all converge to bring Danville to a furious punk-rock boil. Doors open at Grange Hall (743 Diablo) at 7 p.m., and the all-ages show kicks off at 7:30. Cover’s six bones. Call 925-837-5251 for more details. — Stefanie Kalem

SAT 10

Barbara Morrison has been wooing jazz and blues fans in LA for a long time now, but it wasn’t till 1995 that the gregarious singer laid any of her charm on wax. She won over a Bay Area audience last May while recording her latest disc, a live number titled Live at the 9:20 Special that includes Morrison’s occasionally funky takes on such standards as “Fever,” “Stormy Monday,” and “Bye Bye Blackbird.” Now she returns to the Bay Area for the first time since that show, tempting dancers to the floor at the historic Sweets Ballroom (1933 Broadway, Oakland). Pianist Junior Mance, who has backed up Dizzy Gillespie, Dinah Washington, Cannonball Adderley, Lester Young, and many more, adds Morrison to the list tonight when he leads a band of local players. Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8:30. Tickets: $25 advance, $30 door. 415-377-9738. — Stefanie Kalem

SUN 11

When Beatbox: A Raparetta, the all-rhyme invention of local live hip-hop outfit Felonious, had its East Bay premiere at the Black Box last August, it was a stripped-down version of the ninety-minute show they eventually put on at SF’s Theater Artaud. Now you have a chance to see it again. The hip-hop operetta will be even tighter upon its return to the Black Box (1928 Telegraph Ave., Oakland), as they’re preparing for the New York Hip-Hop Theater Festival in June. Sunday afternoons are a bargain, at $10 for the 2 p.m. show, so enjoy the tale of Mickey Finch and Tet as told through dance, raps, and beatboxing, while it’s still just an underground sensation. Call 510-451-1932 for complete details. — Stefanie Kalem

MON 12

Ani Silver, a young American woman of mixed Armenian and Jewish heritage, steps into the shadows of history in Nancy Kricorian‘s new novel, Dreams of Bread and Fire. What she discovers while studying in Paris is dramatic in the extreme: her neglected Armenian heritage, secrets of the long-ago genocide against the Armenians by the Turks, clues about her long-dead father, and some welcome — but ultimately troubling — background on her own burgeoning love affair. That’s quite a bit for one book to handle, but Kricorian’s second novel wades into her subject fearlessly — just as she steps into the spotlight tonight at her reading at Cody’s Books. The exploration begins at 7:30 p.m. at Cody’s 2454 Telegraph Ave. store. For more info: or 510-845-7852. — Kelly Vance

TUE 13

Deborah Stratman’s 2002 experimental documentary In Order Not to Be Here hits very closely to home, as in “homeland security.” Shot in 16mm entirely at night, the suburban American scenes of convenience stores, vast parking lots, fortress-like housing developments, and blank office plazas are the very picture of eeriness. Except for security guards and police officers, they’re devoid of human life and virtually soundless. Utter security, a patriot’s dream. This particular city symphony is a lonely one, scored for the chirp of electronic devices and the soft idle of official vehicles. Stratman appears in person at the Pacific Film Archive (7:30 p.m.) to introduce her film, which is preceded by shorts by Haroun Farocki, Bill Brown, and Diane Bonder. — Kelly Vance

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