Picks of the Week: Cal Day, comedy, murals and poetry

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In the lead-up to ASUC SUPERB’s superb lineup of Cal Day concerts, the Daily Cal Arts & Entertainment staff has a week’s worth of local events to check out. A comedy show, a mural exhibition and a night of open mic poetry all offer exciting art to experience.

Monday, April 16 | “Resistance is Fertile” comedy show

San Francisco’s Rite Spot Cafe will indeed be the right spot to be at this Monday, as some of the Bay Area’s top comics discuss cowardice, standing up and giving in. Buried deep in the Mission District, the café functions as a stronghold for artists and as a full bar serving delicious dive food. And from 9-11 p.m., it will also function as the stage for “Resistance is Fertile,” a free show hosted by Nicole Calasich, Shelbi Evans and Brooke Heinichen and headlined by the Satan Sisters.

Tuesday, April 17 | Mural Painting at CounterPulse

Live out your wildest street artist dreams by volunteering to work on the “Tenderloin in Motion” mural, which, at its completion, will stretch the entire block of Turk Street from Mason Street to Taylor Street in San Francisco. Tuesday will be one of the days that Elaine Chu and Marina Perez-Wong, who constitute the Twin Walls Mural Co., will be welcoming the public to help them paint. The mural will feature dancers to represent the four natural elements as well as the liberty and diversity present in the Tenderloin. The event is of course completely free, and the only requirement to participate is that you wear clothes that you are OK with getting paint splattered on.

Wednesday, April 18 | Open Mic Poetry! Boom!

From 7-10 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.), Helen Hyojoo Kang will be hosting a free open mic night. You are encouraged to bring a few poems to perform or just to come and listen — whichever you choose, it sounds like a great opportunity to witness some creative talent, so go on over to The Laundry on 26th Street in San Francisco.

Friday, April 20 | Flamingosis concert on Upper Sproul Plaza

New Jersey-based producer Flamingosis will be bringing his unique brand of hip-hop-tinged funk grooves to Upper Sproul. If you’re in need of some free, chill beats to bop along to on 4/20, this concert should be just what you’re looking for. The show starts at 5 p.m. and promises to embody the chill vibes this day is known for. Flamingosis is but one of the several concerts that ASUC SUPERB is organizing for Cal Day.

Saturday, April 21 | Cuco and No Vacation concert on Memorial Glade

Speaking of Cal Day, the jazzy, ever-romantic pop musician Cuco will perform on everyone’s favorite concert venue, Memorial Glade — it’s fitting that UC Berkeley’s most popular place to chill out at will host Cuco’s signature laid-back tunes. Joining Cuco is San Francisco’s own indie-rock outfit No Vacation, which will undoubtedly complement Cuco’s easygoing vibes with its relaxed, chimey guitar riffs.

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