Slow Flower

Listen to a Snail's pace at the Stork

Sat 11/6

Maybe you’ve heard of Azalia Snail, but you haven’t actually heard her. The singer-songwriter — for lack of a more convenient term — has been around the indie-rock scene for what seems like forever, touring endlessly and putting out nine albums since 1990 (her tenth, Sylvan Echoes, is on its way). Maybe you’ve even gotten wind of The Stoner, the film she recently completed and scored (with Illyah Kuryahkin), documenting her travels with a pothead. And that name — her real one — certainly sticks in your craw, doesn’t it? But … have you heard her music? If you had, you’d know. It’s psychedelic and carefully ambient, with a literate, indie edge. A few years back, Snail traded in her well-toured guitar for an Omnichord (a keyboard sounding not unlike an autoharp), and Sylvan Echoes is a harder-rocking effort recorded on all-vintage equipment. See what she’s been doing Saturday at the Stork Club, 2330 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, with Astral and others to be announced. The Stork is 21-and-up and music starts roundabout 9 p.m. For more info: 510-444-6174.— Stefanie Kalem


Lit Happens

Frank Paino used to publish poetry as Frankie before switching genders. UC Berkeley’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies Program brings the Out of Eden author to the Morrison Library (Thu., 12:10 p.m.). … Like all other big businesses, universities compete fiercely for your custom, as David Kirp reveals in Shakespeare, Einstein and the Bottom Line: The Marketing of Higher Education, which he discusses in Soda Hall, Saint Mary’s College (Thu., 7 p.m.). … A rare find of 75,000 letters (over a thirty-year period) between a Civil War soldier and his family comprise A Young Man of Promise: The Flower of the Family. Editor Gretchen Howe Miller contemplates the blue and the gray at Orinda Books (Thu., 4 p.m.). … The Beatles were neither the first nor the last to say that all you need is love. Oakland’s Paula D’Arcy, formerly the therapist of Tuesdays with Morrie‘s Morrie Schwartz, discusses her book Sacred Threshold at Montclair’s A Great Good Place for Books (Thu., 7 p.m.). … From Afghanistan to Fremont, Khaled Hosseini‘s novel The Kite Runner — an Express best-seller — puts recent history in jarring perspective. Hosseini is an MD, too, but don’t ask him to examine you at Easy Going (Thu., 7:30 p.m.). … You go, purl: Jennifer Wenger, coauthor of Teen Knitting Club: Chill Out and Knit Some Cool Stuff, leaves young knitters in stitches at Barnes & Noble Dublin (Tue., 7 p.m.). … Anne Frank wasn’t the only one, as US Holocaust Memorial Museum researcher Alexandra Zapruder reveals in Salvaged Papers: Young Writers’ Diaries at the Contra Costa Jewish Community Center in Walnut Creek, launching the Contra Costa Jewish Book Festival (Tue., 7:30 p.m.). … Idolized worldwide for ushering goddesses onto modern-day altars, The Spiral Dance author Starhawk discusses her new Earth Path at Diesel (Tue., 7:30 p.m.).— Anneli Rufus

Sat 11/6

Porn Again

Flash: Oakland’s 21 Grand art space has announced it will be soon be homeless, displaced by a condo development. But that won’t affect 21 Grand’s Saturday-night gig (9 p.m.) by the Pornorchestra, who get off by playing live musical accompaniment for XXX-rated movies. Saturday’s return engagement has four unnatural acts: Uncle, an electric-guitar duo; i will kill you fucker, a bass-and-drums ditto; the Pornorchestra Gospel Choir, a cappella vocalizing; and of course the full aggregation, interpreting fuck-flicks from the ’70s to “the awful oughties.” 18 and over, $9-$20.— Kelly Vance

Fri 11/5

Paradise Wet

Sci-fi? At AK Press? Worry not, fair agitators: This is not some bosom-clenching swordster epic. Friday at 7 p.m.,Chris Carlsson will read from After the Deluge, set in a partially submerged, mid-22nd-century San Francisco, where all utopia has broken loose. Also on the loose is a teenage arsonist, bringing up questions about crime, punishment, property, freedom, and more. 674-A 23rd St., Oakland. 510-208-1700.— Stefanie Kalem

Tue 11/9

Sorcerer’s Apprentice

Jovino Santos Neto plays Yoshi’s

Jovino Santos Neto was heading to the Amazon basin to begin graduate studies in biology when he first encountered Hermeto Pascoal, a force of nature he hadn’t learned about in school. With his flowing white hair and bushy beard, the albino composer and multi-instrumentalist Pascoal had already beguiled Miles Davis and inspired a generation of Brazilian musicians when he and Santos Neto played together for the first time in 1977. Affectionately known in Brazil as O Bruxo (The Sorcerer), Pascoal gave Santos Neto a glimpse into his spectacularly complex musical realm where folkloric Brazilian styles such as frevo, samba,xaxado, andbaião live side by side with jazz, rock, and new music. The initial meeting with Pascoal was so intriguing that Santos Neto decided to forgo biology to become the pianist in Pascoal’s new band, a position he eventually held for fifteen years. Now based in Washington state, where he is a professor of music at the Cornish College of Art in Seattle, Santos Neto has gained widespread recognition as both player and composer. Over the past five years he has forged strong ties with a number of Bay Area-based players, including reed master Harvey Wainapel, featured on his thrilling 2000 album Au Vivo em Olympia (Liquid City). His latest recording,Serenata: The Music of Hermeto Pascoal (Adventure Music), is a ravishing collaboration with Oakland string maestro Mike Marshall on mandolin and guitar. For his performance at Yoshi’s on Tuesday (8 and 10 p.m.), Santos Neto will be exploring Brazilian standards and his original compositions with a superlative trio featuring bassist Peter Barshay and drummer Paul van Wageningen. — Andrew Gilbert

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