This Week’s Day-by-Day Picks

WED 24

Much water has trickled through the Livermore Pass since Caddyshack was a hit in 1980. Rodney Dangerfield and Ted Knight have gone on to that great putting green in the sky. Chevy Chase has bought a one-way ticket to Palookaville. But Bill Murray, whose portrayal of Carl the cretinous country club groundskeeper is overshadowed only by the antics of the comedy’s mischievous gopher, is bigger than ever — thanks mostly to directors Wes Anderson, Sofia Coppola, and Jim Jarmusch, who love his deadpan Chicago-style putdowns. Take time to savor the slobs-versus-snobs class warfare of Harold Ramis, Brian Doyle-Murray, and Doug Kenney’s gag-laden screenplay while you’re sipping wine and watching the flick outdoors tonight (8:30) at the Cinema at Wente Vineyards and its Reel Classics Cafe, 5050 Arroyo Rd., Livermore. And never golf in a thunderstorm. Tickets: 925-456-2424. — Kelly Vance

THU 25

Who says Los Angeles has no vibrant culture? Take the fabulously left-field music label Bundini, for instance, and you can forget all about Pamela Anderson and Stephen Dorff. If Bertolt Brecht had a jam session with John Philip Souza, Einstürzende Neubauten, and Howdy Doody on Saturday Night Live back in ’75, it might sound like the Fuxedos‘ “Jellybean.” And if Kurt Cobain lived to become a member of Motorhead, it might prove reminiscent of the Radishes‘ “Lemmy,” whose chorus proclaims Live fast, die young/Take drugs, get drunk/I don’t want to live forever. Those bands, as well as the Freak Accident and Abel Mouton & the Tastemakers, perform Thursday during the Bundini showcase at the Starry Plough. Now that smells like teen spirit. $7 at the door; — Eric K. Arnold

FRI 26

Industrial, Gothic rap? You bet your incisors. Dracula would be pop-locking in his grave if he heard the disturbingly dangerous beats of Kung Fu Vampire, while Bram Stoker would be stoked by song titles like “Abracadaver,” and Nosferatu would freak nasty to albums like Infecting the West and Blood Bath Beyond. Who or what is KFV? That’s a difficult question to answer. He may or may not be a former gymnast from the US national team, a contributor to Zero magazine, a mad scientist who crafts sick-ass sample loops late nights in the lab, a horror-core rapper from San Jose who dabbles in electronica, and a relentless predator of the night. One thing’s for sure, he has a name you won’t soon forget. Leave Van Halen for Van Helsing and bring your tasty lil’ red blood cells down to the subterranean, cryptlike stage of Blake’s, where the vamp stalks tonight, along with Absent Society, World Wide Sickness, Called to Ruin, and Legitimate Business. Be there or be very, very afraid of the dark. — Eric K. Arnold

SAT 27

In past productions, Corey Action’s progressive hip-hop dance troupe New Style Motherlode revolutionized urban dance by pointing to its future. With its latest show, the troupe takes it all the way back to where the art form began — The Juke Joint. Celebrate the vibrancy and energy of African-American culture in this production at the Oakland Metro, which features an interactive set designed to look like an old-school blues speakeasy lounge, with couches, chairs, and a jukebox. Dancers move in and around the audience to contemporary and classic material — from the likes of Mos Def, Ray Charles, John Legend, John Lee Hooker, Tweet, and more — choreographed by Action, Teela Shine, Neopolitan, and LaChandra Davis. For ticket info, call 510-597-1056. — Eric K. Arnold

SUN 28

Ma Liang‘s C-print photo If Life Is a Dream, Would You Like to Wake Up? shows two Buddhist monks — both in dark-red robes against a grayed-out landscape background — in different positions, barely relating to each other at all. In the foreground one monk reclines contentedly on a mat, while behind him the other is turning away, his long sleeve flapping in the breeze. What does it all mean? Ask the person next to you at the Creations show, a contemporary photography exhibit now on the wall of the City of Fremont’s Olive Hyde Art Gallery (through October 1). The gallery is open Thursdays through Sundays, noon to 5 p.m. 123 Washington Blvd., Fremont, 510-791-4357 or — Kelly Vance

MON 29

Think you know everything there is to know about clay sculpture? Take a close look at Bean Finneran’s shapes. Some look like anemones, others like piles of toothpicks, still others like bunches of wild grass; all are wildly colorful. Each of her site-specific works in her Up/Down/Around show is made up of thousands of little strands of clay, hand-rolled to about the size of a pencil, then individually fired and painted. The artist then moves around the piece, dropping curved strands into it to create the characteristic rippling effect. Finneran’s sculptures are on display through November 11 at Gallery 555, the sculpture gallery of the Oakland Museum of California, downtown at 555 12th St. The gallery is open weekdays, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. — Kelly Vance

TUE 30

Are you super-hyphy with the turf tizzle, pimpin’ when it comes to ProTools, Godzilla on guitar, King Kong on the keyboards, or a prolific promoter of talent with an economic-minded entrepreneurial outlook? If you think you’ve got the right stuff to make it in the music industry, but need a little help getting to the next stage of the game, we’ve got the hookup. Duman & Fiero’s “Ultimate Q&A” is your opportunity to get your questions about the music biz answered by a professional entertainment consulting firm; today’s free workshop zeros in on marketing and promotions in the music industry — an absolute must for any indie-label artist. If you’re ’bout it, ’bout it, be at 519 17th Street, Suite 200, in Oakland at 5 p.m. Call 510-273-6010 to register. — Eric K. Arnold


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