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THINGS TO DO AROUND THE BAY!
(All events in San Francisco unless otherwise noted).
Updated: May 21, 1997.
Thursday May 22. Varying times--see below.
Want to support locally-owned businesses, nonprofit organizations,
and/or neighborhood associations?
Help expand a new volunteer-driven
local exchange and trade system.
Today's S.F. Community Summit is the first local response to the
recent National Volunteerism Summit, at which
politicians and community leaders focused attention on how
people can keep resources circulating within a community.
Register in advance for one of the two sessions: 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., or 6:00 p.m. -
9:00 p.m. At San Francisco Presidio's newly opened Golden Gate Club
(in San Francisco's Presidio, West of the Parade Ground on Fisher Loop,
just above the intersection of Infantry Terrace and Sheridan). $10/up.
Preregistration recommended. 922-1851.
Thursday May 22. 9:30 p.m.
The Grifters, at one point, were lumped into the "lo-fi music" category because they're
into 4-trackin' their music, so Ain't My Lookout marks a
pretty serious professional transition in this band's career. Their first
album for Sub Pop, Ain't My Lookout's more polished and
poppy sound might not win favor among some of the folks won over by their
rough, bluesy howlers. But then again, there's a lot to be said for the new
sound these hard-drinkin' boys from Memphis are pursuing. TransAm and Cash
Money open. $8. At the Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th Street. 621-4455.
Thursday May 22. 8:00 p.m.
What's all the HulaBaloo About?
Club Cocodrie is transformed into a South Sea paradise tonight. Come listen
to the Swingin' Surf Sounds of The Boss Martians, the Rock-a-tiki twistin'
Sound of The Saturn V, the Punk-A-Uke-Au-Go-Go Grooves of Pineapple
Princess, and the Exotic Island Beat of Johnny Coconut. For your $5, you
also get exotic Hula dancers, vendors selling tiki jewelry and the world
famous Tiki News magazine! 1024 Kearny.
Friday May 23 through Sunday May 25. 8:00 p.m.
The epic tale of Khubilai Khan and his wife Chabui makes a
welcome appearance once again in San Francisco. In Xanadu
is set in 12th-century China, and blends Tibetan, Chinese, and Indonesian
shadow theater techniques (by Shadowlight Productions) to create a dynamic
and engaging performance. Live
music by San Francisco composer Miguel Frasconi with Tibetan and Mongolian
songs sung by Shi-Zheng Chen and members of the Chaksam Pa Tibetan Opera
Company. The show opened on Wednesday, but it's our pick for one of the
best family activities this Memorial Day Weekend. (Matinee shows on
Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 p.m.). $18/$15 students and seniors. Cowell
Theater, Fort Mason. 392-4400.
Saturday May 24 through Sunday May 25. 11:00 a.m.
The Mission will be sizzlin' this weekend, as the City's most colorful and
festive street celebration takes over a stretch of several city blocks. Live
performances will run throughout the day, and you'll have your
pick of hundreds of varieties of food and drink, arts and crafts, clothing,
bumper stickers, earrings, hats, and political propaganda. The Grand
Carnaval Parade winds its way down Mission Street
on Sunday (starting at 10:00 a.m.), and will feature a wide array of
floats, dancers, martial arts demonstrations, stilt-walkers, and
rollerbladers/skaters. The festival takes place on Harrison, between 16th
and 22nd. Free, but bring some dineros anyway. There's too much cool stuff
for you to walk away empty-handed. 826-1401.
A word to the wise: pick-pockets are notoriously successful at crowded
and well-lubricated street parties like this one.
Saturday May 24 through Sunday May 25. 7:30 p.m.
American Jazz Festival
The people behind the Asian American Jazz Festival can take pride in having
presented 16 fabulous years of music, including this year's line-up, which
features a bold and welcome departure from the genres featured in years past. On
Saturday, Tuvan throat-singers Kongar-pool Ondar, the Bay Area's Paul Pena,
and Japan-based Yoko Noge and Jazz Me Blues perform. Sunday's focus is on
hip-hop (especially as it's been dissolved in acid jazz)--L.A.'s Key-Kool and
Janel Newton, Rhettmatic, and Bay Area DJs Invisibl Skratch Piklz perform.
After you're done partying in the Mission, head over here for some fine music.
$12. Trustees Auditorium, Asian Art Museum, Golden Gate Park. 379-8879.
Saturday May 24. 9:00 p.m.
Hailing from New Orleans, The Iguanas will deliver if you're just looking for
some of that decadent deep-Louisiana flavor that's usually an integral
part of N.O. music. But where The Iguanas excel is in accenting their sound with
Mexican-style harmonies and jazz-rock elements (á la The Radiators). At the Great
American Music Hall. Jim Campilongo & The Ten Gallon Cats open. $11.
859 O'Farrell Street. 885-0750.
Sunday May 25. 9:00 p.m.
Club 181 Throws You a Party
After four years in business, Club 181 is throwing a free party as a way of
saying thanks to all the clubbers that have made 181 so successful.
Tonight, the cover charge is waived, there's free champagne 'till 11:00
p.m. (and special liquor shots at midnight), and there's enough free sushi
around to feed a whale. Enjoy--tomorrow's a holiday! 181 Eddy Street.
Monday May 26 and Tuesday May 27. 9:00 p.m.For two nights, J Mascis will
rock the house in such a way that you'll forget there's a job to go back to
the next day. Not to be missed. Imperial Teen opens, with Some Velvet
Sidewalk on Monday and Hot White Noon on Tuesday.
Tickets will soon sell out, if they haven't already.
You can get them from Slim's or through TicketWeb. $15.50. 333
11th Street. 522-0333.
Tuesday May 27. 8:00 p.m.
Have you had your fill of Celtic bands, movies, and
authors? We hope not--we've just begun to scratch the surface of what
this tribe has to offer. This week's pick is Capercaillie, one of the best
modern bands out of Scotland. They gained a certain amount of notoriety
after performing the soundtrack for Rob Roy, and now
they're here in the U.S. to see how well they're received as a live band.
Many of their songs are sung in Gaelic, as they're quite proud of their
culture. But the music's all very energetic and danceable, so you won't be
spending your evening trying to decipher lyrics unless, of course, Tá Ghaeilge agat. At the Great American Music Hall. Jim Campilongo & The Ten
Gallon Cats open. $15. 859 O'Farrell Street. 885-0750.
Wednesday May 28. 9:30 p.m.
Upstairs at the Paradise lounge is this country jam, where many talents parade across the stage. Last time all the well people got up and sang backup on "I've Got My Modem Working." More San Francisco participatory fun. 11th st. and Folsom.
Thursday May 29. 12:30 p.m.
Catch this month's last performance of "Guts, Gourds, and Skins," a free
outdoor, lunchtime show at the Yerba Buena Gardens Esplanade highlighting
music generated by the use of organic materials such
as African gourds, the stretched skin of drums, and the "gut" strings of plucked instruments.
Pearl Ubungen Dance Company, Hong Wang, Wise Fool Puppet Intervention and
others perform. Bring your bag lunch and enjoy. 978-ARTS.
Thursday May 29. 9:00 p.m.
UK-born Tippa Irie was a well-known conscious-reggae MC throughout the 80s,
and then his popularity waned with the rise of rougher, saltier dancehall
artists. Fortunately, that tide is stabilizing, and Tippa has a new
chance to prove why he's the original "Rebel on the Roots Corner." The Blue
Beat Stompers open. $11. 333 11th Street. 522-0333.
Friday May 30. 5:30 p.m.
It's the last working Friday of the month again, so power yourself over to the Embarcadero for a rollicking "ride home" with hundreds of other bicyclists. Consider it a homeopathic remedy for rush hour. See you there! Free and highly recommended by us and probably the Surgeon General too. Meet at 5:30 at the Embarcadero BART station and ride at 6:00. The tentative plan is to ride to Twin Peaks, then drop on down to the San FranZiskGo! third anniversary party. If you've enjoyed these listings, we'd like to meet you. Ride your bike, than come on by. Email for directions to the party, or just give Zisk a call from the top of the Cole Street hill right around sundown.
Saturday May 31.
Leo Nocentelli and Ivan Neville
Formerly of the Meters, these funkmasters reconvene for a funky little party.
It's the Last Day Saloon's 24th Anniversary Party, and we'll be celebrating the third anniversary of San FranZiskGo! here and everywhere else we are this week. Let's all party! 406 Clement Street (at 5th Ave). 387-6343.
Sunday June 1. 12 noon to 5:30 p.m.
On the actual third anniversary of San FranZiskGo!, Jayson Wechter of Chinese New Year Treasure Hunt fame and
Chronicle columnist Jon Carroll have written devilishly difficult clues leading to fifteen secret locations (or sometimes, actors planted at those locations) in the city. Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to team up with a few friends and as many references as you can gather, and find those places. It's a blast, and it benefits the venerable San Francisco Mime Troupe. Show up at 11:30 to register. $35 in advance, $40 after May 29. Starts and ends at the Presidio Officer's Club, Graham and Moraga (off Lincoln) in the Presidio. 646-0639 for information.
Through May 31. Noon - 4:00 p.m.
This show raises the question, "Are there any significant
differences between men's and women's artistic creations?"
And do you care? Does it make a difference?
With more than 100
gender-segregated paintings, photographs, computer graphics, watercolors,
etchings, sculptures and mixed media work created by 60 Bay
Area ARTwork member/artists, there's plenty of good stuff to check out,
whether or not you approve of how the featured "differences" were deployed.
$3 suggested donation (no one turned away). The exhibit runs
Tues.- Sat., Noon to 4:00 p.m. SOMAR Gallery, 934 Brannan Street. 552-2131.
Through June 1.
Varying times and dates--see
From the darkly comedicSpic-O-Rama to his much celebrated
portrayal of a Puerto Rican drag queen in To Wong Foo ... ,
Colombian-born John Leguizamo has proven himself to be a remarkably
versatile comedian/actor/impersonator with a flair for exposing the
underbelly of American racism and homophobia. Sure, his portrayals of
Puerto Rican "welfare moms" and Orthodox Jews have raised more than a few
hackles, but critics often miss the context and depth of Leguizamo's work.
This New York resident isn't actually out to tear anybody down. Leguizamo's
got a gift for using humor to draw out complex issues and societal "isms"
and for that, he's more than earned our respect. His new
semi-autobiographical piece, Freak is sure to draw serious crowds.
$25-35. Opens Wednesday, May 21, 8:00 p.m. Runs Tuesday-Thursday, 8:00 p.m.;
Friday-Saturday, 8:30 p.m.; Sunday, 5:00 p.m. Theatre on the Square, 450
Post Street. 433-9500.
Through June 1. Various times.
Robots (and other living things): Anime and Its Extensions is a
futuristic, sometimes disturbing collection of Kenji Yanobe's enthralling
sculptures and robotic creations, all inspired by Manga,
a Japanese animation tradition which has long drawn a
cult-like following in the U.S.. Also, check
out the revolving film festival featuring Japanese manga and
manga-influenced animation from parts of the world as distant as Finland.
$4. Call 978-ARTS or consult the web
schedule for exact times of films. At the Center for the
Arts, 701 Mission.
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