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THINGS TO DO AROUND THE BAY!
(All events in San Francisco unless otherwise noted).
Last Updated: February 19, 1998.
Thursday February 19 through Sunday February 22.
See times below.
The Casting Couch
Micro Cinema launches its 1998 season with "Independent Exposure," a
collection of shorts from Seattle's award-winning film festival of the same
name. (Included are selections from both the Season Premiere and the Erotic
Show.) Thursday and Friday 7 and 9:00 p.m.; Saturday 6, 8 and 10:00 p.m.;
Sunday 4, 6 and 8:00 p.m. $8.50. 950 Battery Street. Tickets through TicketWeb.
Friday February 20. 8:00 p.m.
Stephen Kent is one of the most sought-after and appreciated Western
didjeridu players/composers in the world. His projects with Lights in a Fat
City, Beasts of Paradise and Trance Mission (as well as numerous
theater/dance productions) have earned wide critical acclaim and brought a
well-deserved spotlight to the beautiful art of Aboriginal Australian-based
didjeridu performance. Tonight, he returns to the Clarion Music Center
for an intimate solo concert. (For many years, Kent's didj workshops at
Clarion have been sold-out; expect the crowd to arrive early for this
performance.) If you've never been to the Clarion Music Center, stick
around afterward to take a look at one of the genuine treasures of San
Francisco--beautiful (if somewhat overpriced) instruments from all over the
world are crammed into a small Chinatown store that bustles with visitors
at all hours of the day. $10. 816 Sacramento Street. 391-1317. Advance tix
are available from TicketWeb.
Friday February 20. 9:00 p.m.
It's the kind of party that would make Subcommandante Marcos light up his
pipe in appreciation: Sandcrawler, the East Bay artists' collective that
brought you last week's haunted Valentine's Day celebration, hosts an
evening of visual and musical arts in order to raise funds for the
indigenous Chiapas resistance movement. Culture of Rage and Qinto Sol, two
rockin' East Los Angeles "barrio roots" bands, will be performing for your
education and entertainment. $5. 48 Victory Court, at the corner of Fallon,
5 blocks East of Jack London Square. (510) 834-8022.
Friday February 20. 8:00 p.m.
All Power to the People
All Power to the People: The Black Panther Party and Beyond, which won
the 1995 Roy W. Dean Award for Socially Conscious Film and Video,
is a fresh, insightful and critical look at the accomplishments and
pitfalls of the Panther Party and some of its most well-known
personalities. While focusing on the Panthers, the film doesn't
neglect to sketch out the conditions which led to the imprisonment of some of the
most prominent political prisoners in the U.S, including Mumia Abu-Jamal
and Leonard Peltier. Director Lee-Lew Lee (whose credits include the Academy Award-winning documentary, The
Panama Deception) was himself a Panther in the
1960s before moving on to pursue a dynamic visual arts career with PBS, NBC and
CNN. $5. 922 Valencia. 824-3890.
Friday February 20. 8:00 and 10:00 p.m.
When former Blondie chanteuse Deborah Harry adds
her distinctive voice (and maybe a few of her old
hits) to the Jazz Passengers' musical
roller-coaster, the result is one wild ride.
Tickets for tonight's show (the the second of a
four-night run) cost $22 and are available through TicketWeb or the Yoshi's Box Office (510) 238-9200.
Saturday February 21. 5:00 p.m.
The Honorable Robert Nesta Marley permanently changed the face and
sound of reggae music and, largely through the powerful honesty behind his sweet music,
first exposed mass audiences to the Rastafarian movement.
Over fifteen years after his passing, Marley's songs continue to influence
countless multitudes. Today's annual Bob Marley Day Festival appropriately
celebrates his legacy and influence with a line-up which includes the
pivotal 1960s roots group, The Abyssinians (Satta
Massagana); U.S.-based reggae/hip-hop masters the Born
Jamericans; and dancehall giants Sizzla, Barrington Levy (respect
due!) and headliner Luciano--perhaps one of the few reggae
artists good (and rootically grounded) enough to be considered Marley's
successor. $25. Tickets through BASS, 1-800-225-BASS. Be
forewarned--those security guys and gals won't let any cans, bottles,
coolers or frame backpacks through the doors. Henry J. Kaiser Auditorium,
10 10th Street, Oakland. (510) 238-7765.
Saturday February 21. 8:00 p.m.
A bit of Rio in our rainy backyard! Carnaval at the Galleria is the
largest, most authentic Brazilian dance celebration on the West Coast--this
party is wild! Come gyrate the night away to samba, frevo, pagode, reggae
and axe music. $32. Galleria Design Center, 101 Henry Adams St. 334-0106.
Saturday February 21. 9:00 p.m.
Those bad-ass street swingers the Voodoo Daddies are in town again, and you
don't want to miss them. It's true that BBVD have grown in popularity since
their humble beginnings (they were the featured band in the movie
Swingers), but their cross-over appeal hasn't dulled their
fast-tempo swing sound one bit. A new album's about to come out in a week
or so, so expect to hear some new tracks as well as old favorites. The
show's being held at S.F's swing club-central, Bimbo's 365 Club,
and although the club is the perfect showcase for your fast moves, it's
likely to be too crowded to bust out with the Lindy Hop. $15. 1025
Saturday February 21. 9:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m.
Put your smuttiest duds on, grab your friends, and get ready to celebrate four years of bianca.com: the Alternative Online Community and bianca.org, its real-world manifestation. This party promises everything from make-overs to dueling cheese grillers, plus much, much, more.
At the International Ballroom, 50 Oak (near Market and Van Ness). 951-2445.
Sunday February 22. 10:30 a.m.--See other times below.
The Knowledge of Healing
We who seek quick fixes in the antibiotics and painkillers of Western medicine may have forgotten that the words "healing" and "holiness", derive from a single very old idea--that body, mind, and spirit are interdependent. Fortunately other cultures have kept more circumspect healing traditions alive. The Knowledge of Healing, a new documentary from Franz Reichle, traces two thousand years of Tibetan medicine (including the impact of Chinese occupation on this rich holistic heritage) and explains some of the central tenets of Tibetan healing techniques. Although the film runs for a week, get there early today to hear a free lecture by Eliot Tokar, a
Bronx-born healer in the Tibetan tradition who administers the Chakpori
Medical Institute in New York. Opera Plaza, 601 Van Ness. The film shows at
12:30 (weekend only), 2:40, 4:50, 7:20, and 9:40 p.m. 352-0810.
Sunday February 22. See times below.
Digital Story Bee
To kick off Jewish Web Week (Feb. 22-27), Abbe Don Interactive and Bubbe's Back Porch are
putting together the Digital Story Bee, a global storytelling web event
which aims to connect women from San Francisco to Tel Aviv and St.
Petersburg. The Digital Story Bee takes its name from the tradition in
which women sat in a circle and told stories while quilting, and is being
designed in such a way as to be completely accessible to all women regardless of their technical expertise. Locally, the San Francisco Digital Story Bee will
be held at the San Francisco
Digital Media Center, 3435 Cesar Chavez Street from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00
p.m., and again from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The event is free but space is
limited, so please make a reservation by calling 626-2334.
Sunday February 22 and Monday February 23.
See times below.
If you missed it the first-time around, here's your second chance to see
Forbidden Animation, a unique collection of sexually,
racially and politically "challenging" animated works which were banned by
government and cartoon industry leaders. These interesting,
thought-provoking and sometimes arousing works have been carefully curated
by historian and author Karl Cohen. Recommended. Sunday at 2, 4:15, 7:15,
9:15 p.m. Monday and 7:15 and 9:15 p.m. $6. At the Red Vic, 1727 Haight.
Monday February 23. 8:00 p.m.
Brownie McGhee Tribute
This third annual memorial celebration honoring the life and work of
Brownie McGhee is simply not to be missed. All proceeds from tonight's
superstar line-up will benefit Brownie's Blues Is Truth Foundation, a
non-profit organization founded by Brownie shortly before his death to
preserve his private collection of blues history and to promote blues to a
new generation. Hosted by Wavy Gravy, this five-hour long concert features
a phenomenal list of musicians including Jimmy McCracklin, Jackson Browne,
Bob Weir & Rob Wasserman, Joe Louis Walker, Hadda Brooks, Alvin Youngblood
Hart, Sugar Pie Desanto, Shelly Cullin, Country Pete McGill & Carlos
Zialcita, and at least a dozen others.
Doors open at 6:00 p.m., and tickets cost $50. This event is highly likely
to sell-out soon. (Check TicketWeb for tix.) At Yoshi's, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland. (510) 238-9200.
Tuesday February 24. 1:00 p.m.
Berkeley Mini Mardi Gras
Today's Farmers Market in Berkeley features a wacky assortment of
mini-floats and Mardi Gras-themed party music by the Aux Cajunals. Get in
the Mardi Gras mood and pick up fresh produce, all in the same day! Derby
and MLK, Berkeley. Free. (510) 548-3333.
Tuesday February 24. 9:00 p.m.
Mardi Gras with the Red
If you're not wiped out from Brazilian Carnaval festivities and your day in
Berzerkeley, head over to the Red Devil Lounge in your Mardi Gras finest for
a taste of Irene's New Orleans-style Cuisine and the down-home funk of DJ
Motion Potion. $6. 1695 Polk. 242-9940.
Wednesday February 25. 7:00 p.m.
Do you ever get the feeling your brain works ... well ... differently? Do
you have difficulties setting priorities, struggle with short-term memory,
lose track of time, and think in pictures rather than words? Are you
creative but disorganized? Entrepreneurial but forgetful? Do the terms
Visual-Spatial Learner, Attention Deficit Disorder, Talented and Gifted,
Learning Disabled, and/or Dyslexia mean anything to you? Come and learn how
to take advantage of the gifts (and avoid the pitfalls) of your personal
style of brain wiring when ADD-diagnosed software developer Rich Persaud
talks about his studies and his new start-up, Addapt. This organization
aims to provide online educational services to children and adult learners
categorized as being ADD, Learning Disabled, and/or Gifted. 3220 Gallery,
Third Floor, 3220 Sacramento. Free. Please RSVP to email@example.com.
Thursday February 26. 7:15 and 9:15 p.m.
Analog and digital, experimental and rebellious, scandalous and
heart-warming ... it's Open Screens! Two showings tonight showcase some of
the most unique and cutting-edge short films/videos in the S.F. Bay Area:
The Organist, an comedic tale of a 3-foot dwarf in love
with a 6-foot woman; the premier of Tibet Calls;
Call Me Fishmael, Steven Dovas' cartoon about the boundless
enthusiasm of a hyped-up stick-figure huckster; Buttobass,
an animated short featuring a three-headed alien monster; and many other
bizarre and delightful visual treats! $6. At the Red Vic, 1727 Haight.
Friday February 27. 5:30 p.m.
Critical, Rainy Mass
So what if it's raining? The Mass only happens once a month. You're not
afraid of a little water, are you? Be a bike goddess or stud (or whatever)
and join in the citywide celebration of Critical
Mass #66. Justin Herman Plaza. Free.
Friday February 27. 6:30 - 10:00 p.m.
Multimedia Summit reception
After Mayor Brown's all-day Multimedia Summit at the Yerba Buena Center,
relax with the LastSaturdays crew at the official after-party. There'll be live jazz, tech demos, and the most charming people in the industry. Tickets (available at the door) are $15--unless you win free passes in our
contest. Rococco's Private Club, 165 10th St. Please call 764-2967 to RSVP.
Saturday February 28. 8:00 p.m.
Knee Deep in Need
Rodney O'Neal Austin (the multitalented and hilarious lead diva of Minnie Pearl Necklace)
presents selected songs and stories from the new musical documentary Knee Deep in Need, a country-flavored juxtaposition of the artist's own public glamour and (at times sordid) private reality.
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Screening Room. 701 Mission. $10. 978-ARTS.
Sunday March 1.
Noise Pop '98: Modest Mouse
Celebrate this year's Noise Pop festival with a marathon lineup at the Great American Music Hall: Modest Mouse, Track Star, Scenic Vermont, Slower Than, and Galaga--all for 8 bucks! Tickets available through TicketWeb. Great American Music Hall, 859 O'Farrell. 885-0750.
Held Over through Sunday March 8. Various times.
You can look high and low among the many newsstand glossies devoted to
beautiful, blushing brides and you still won't find anything designed for
the bride "market" that Sara Felder once represented: Jewish lesbians
planning their own "traditional" wedding ceremony. Forget gift registry and
matching corsages--Sara's pre-wedding jitters had more to do with coming
out to her family and mediating between the worlds of her Jewish heritage and her lesbian identity.
The juggling balls and knives you'll see throughout
June Bride are an apt visual metaphor for the challenge of
trying to bring together this kind of a marriage ceremony, but Sara Felder
pulls it all off beautifully: Ultimately, the comedic chaos of it all yielded to an uplifting union of tradition and
celebration. Highly recommended. Call for show times. $15-25. At A Traveling Jewish Theatre,
2800 Mariposa. 399-1809.