50 YEARS OF GREAT ARTHOUSE CINEMA
Pacific Film Archive kicks off a six-week retrospective of Janus Films, the premier U.S. distributor of foreign and classic arthouse cinema. Friday’s showings include Francois Truffaut’s The 400 Blows and Jules and Jim. 2575 Bancroft Way. www.bampfa.berkeley.edu.
THE ALLURE OF FORM
Artists Julie Alvarado, Scott Courtenay-Smith and Fernando Reyes reveal the sensuality of the physical landscape and the human form. Their works are on display at the Esteban Sabar Gallery, 480 23rd St., Oakland, through Nov. 27. Opening reception Fri. Nov. 3 at 5 p.m. Gallery hours are Mon., Thurs., Fri., and Sat. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sun. noon to 6 p.m. www.estebansabar.com
AFRICAN AMERICAN PRISON SPIRITUALS
Howard Wiley’s Angola Project explores the roots and legacies of African American prison spirituals, as part of the Trinity Chamber Concert Series at 8 p.m. on Sat. Nov. 4, at Trinity Chapel, 2320 Dana St. Tickets are $8-$12. 549-3864.
ROOTS MUSIC COMES ALIVE AT TWANG CAFE
Three Mile Grade, a Bay Area roots band with a repertoire spanning three centuries of music from the 1800s to their own ruminations on contemporary life, will bring their down-home music to the Twang Cafe at 7:30 p.m., Sunday. The Twang Cafe is a monthly Americana music series held the first Sunday of each month at Epic Arts, 1923 Ashby Ave. www.twangcafe.com.