Happy Hump Day! Here are our top five picks for things to do in the East Bay today:
1) LUNCHTIME DANCING
Why eat when you can dance? Check out Era Art Bar and Lounge's "Lunch Beat Oakland" (i.e., an excuse to dance during the daytime), which only happens every second Wednesday of the month. Noon, $8-$15.
2) PHOTOS OF TELEGRAPH BACK IN THE DAY
Remember those cool scenes in The Graduate? Check out more groovy photos of Telegraph Avenue before it was a mini mall at Nacio Jan Brown's exhibit, which features images from the golden age of the Ave (1969-1973) in Room 105 of UC Berkeley's North Gate Hall (journalism school). The exhibit ends Friday, so go now! Free.
3) TANTRA LESSONS
We think the title says it all: "Introduction to Tantra: How to Become a Sexual AKROBAT". At Good Vibes (where else?). 6:30-7:30 p.m., free.
4) OPENING NIGHT OF 'TROUBLEMAKER'
It's opening night of Berkeley Rep's world premiere of Troublemaker, or The Freakin Kick-A Adventures of Bradley Boatright. The play, written by "hot young playwright Dan LeFranc," takes place in working-class Rhode Island in "nineteen mighty-four" and follows the adventures of two friends as they "tangle with rich kid Jake Miller and his middle-school goons." 8 p.m., $47-$69.
5) TOM WAITS' BASSIST
He made Express music editor Whitney Phaneuf's top live show experiences of 2012. See for yourself when James Whiton performs his weekly residency at Cafe Van Kleef. 9:30 p.m., free.