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THINGS TO DO AROUND THE BAY!
(All events in San Francisco unless otherwise noted).
Last Updated: August 7, 1997.
Friday August 8. 9:00 p.m.
Where else would we send you tonight but to our
favorite gathering of weirdly intellectual Bay
Area folks? ANON SALON, a 4000-square-foot
playground of arts, music, computers, multimedia,
'n' dancing, is always sure to have something for
just about everyone. This time around, you can
look forward to live music by Sunz of Alien
Technology and Aeron Oshie; The Burning Man Museum; a Robot Wars preview;
a CarbonFlux Memory Tank; 3-D D Digital by Lucia
Grossberger-Morales; outpatient visit from Dr.
Hirschfeld's Museum of Sexology; a preview of The
Paradox Seminar by Verbum; Action Figures FrameUp
in the Black*Light*Web*O*Room; and oh-so-much
more. $2 Drinks from 9-10 p.m. $12. Climate
Theatre, 285 9th Street. 381-5622 for more
Saturday August 9. 10:00 a.m.
Rise and shine! Instead of sleeping in this
Saturday a.m., make a point of catching a live
studio taping of West Coast Live. If you've never
attended one of these before, this week's great
line-up ought to entice you out of bed: renowned bassist
Rob Wasserman; The Capitol Steps, a political
satire group; and authors Elaine Aron (The
Highly Sensitive Person) and Arundhati
Roy (The God of Small Things).
$10-12. Fort Mason, Marina and Buchanan.
Call 664-9500 for more information or to
And don't miss your chance to win free WCL tickets
by answering the trivia question below!
Saturday August 9 and Sunday August 10.
12:00 p.m.- Late At Night
Reggae at the Lake
There's still a bit of summer left for you to take that weekend holiday
you've been talking about, and although we prefer to list local events, every
now and then an out-of-towner comes up that just can't be missed. Right
on the (still) gorgeous North Shore of Lake Tahoe, a two-day reggae and
world music festival will be taking place this weekend. And although it
won't draw the same crowds (thank goodness) as Reggae on the River or the
Sierra World Music Fest, we're more than pleased by the artists that were
drawn to perform there. It's true, you can catch some of these acts
individually (Pato last night at Slim's, Toots tonight and Black Uhuru on
Wednesday--both at the Maritime Hall), but why not see 'em all at
- On Saturday, our favorite nutty reggae vocalist, Eek-A-Mouse, will be
headlining. Pato Banton, who's been on the reggae/dancehall scene for a
long time, will also be performing, along with Beniah, Filibuster, and the
DeadBeats (doing a tribute to Jerry Garcia on the 2nd anniversary of his passing).
- On Sunday, Black Uhuru (minus Michael Rose--see Thursday's listing for
that) and the always-entertaining Toots and The Maytals headline. Hedzoleh Soundz
and THC perform earlier in the day.
The price is pretty nice--$21 per day in advance (get your tix through TicketWeb), or $25 the
day of the show. We'll warn you in advance, pet lovers have to leave their
dogs at home. It all happens at the North Tahoe Regional Park, in Tahoe
Vista. Recommended. Call (916) 581-1072 for more info.
Saturday August 9. 9:00 p.m.
Spend an evening in Todd's 'Utopia,' as Rundgren
makes another much-anticipated appearance in San
Francisco. Multimedia-guitarist-dude Rundgren has
been performing since the 1960s, and although his
last few albums haven't exactly won great critical
acclaim, the cult of Todd continues unabated. As
his followers will tell you, "Todd is Godd." Lucy
Lee and Julie Christensen open. $17/20. Advance
tickets strongly recommended--this one will sell
out. At Slim's, 333 11th Street. 522-0333. Try TicketWeb or
Slim's box office for your tix.
Sunday August 10. 2:00 p.m.
Stern Grove--Caribbean and Cajun Style
Grab the baguette and that bottle of Sauvignon
you've been saving and head over to Stern Grove
for a deeelightful afternoon! John Santos and the
Machete Ensemble perform along with the fabulous
Queen Ida and her Zydeco Band. Free. 19th and
Sloat. 252-6252. ***
Monday August 11. 8:00 p.m.
The real reason for tonight's listing isn't so
much Monaco's music per se as it is Peter Hook,
the band's bassist. Not ringing any bells? Joy
Division ... New Order? Now you remember. In his
earlier, darker days Hook was responsible for much
of the creativity behind these cutting-edge bands,
and his recent collaboration with guitarist David
Potts, Monaco's new synth-dance album Music
for Pleasure, isn't bad. It's certainly
not Joy Division--but go ahead and give it a
whirl. Closer opens. $15. At The Fillmore, 1805 Geary. 346-6000.
Tuesday August 12. 9:00 p.m.
Postmodernist alto sax/reed instrument virtuoso
John Zorn has almost thirty years of musical
experimentation, composition, and recording
experience under his belt: He's written works for
the Kronos Quartet, and his
seemingly limitless reservoir of eclectic
compositions has earned him worldwide admiration.
Tonight, he performs with composer and singer Mike
Patton and musician Ikue Mori who's known for
devilish drum machines programming, among other
accomplishments. A sherry-sippin' type of event,
if you know what we mean. $15. At Slim's, 333 11th
Wednesday August 13. 8:00 and 10:00 p.m.
As part of the 8th Annual Eddie Moore Jazz
Festival, Yoshi's is hosting a week-long program
of innovators in jazz music. Equal Interest's Myra
Melford, a New York-based pianist, composer and
ensemble leader, will be joined by two
Chicago-based musicians--reed instrumentalist
Joseph Jarman and a superbly spirited violinist
who has been performing for over fifty years,
Leroy Jenkins. At Yoshi's, Jack London
Square, 510 Embarcadero West. (510) 238-9200. $18. Advance tickets through
Thursday August 14. 9:00 p.m.
It all gets a bit confusing, doesn't it? Yes,
Black Uhuru performed yesterday and last Sunday,
but unless fans were treated to a rare guest
appearance, Michael Rose was nowhere to be seen.
Michael Rose, former singer for the legendary
reggae trio, was greatly responsible for the
group's trademark sound--his mystical, somewhat
Middle Eastern yodels and unearthly vocals lent a
little something extra to Black Uhuru--helping to
earn the group the first- ever Grammy for reggae
music in 1985. Although he's long since moved on
to a solo career as a dancehall reggae artist,
you'll still hear him doing versions of such
classics as "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner,"
"Happiness," and "Shine Eye Gal." His latest
albums on Heartbeat Records are Dance Wicked and its scorching dub
cousin, Dub Wicked. Check it!
Creation opens. Another great event this week at
Slim's, 333 11th Street. 522-0333. Likely to sell
Through Sunday August 10.
8:00 and 10:00 p.m.
Flora Purim, Airto, and Fourth World
There's still time to catch the end of this five-day
run featuring two of Mickey Hart's
Planet Drum collaborators, Flora and Airto. Flora
Purim is a striking, remarkably versatile vocalist
with a six-octave range--not to mention an able
percussionist, and Airto Moreira is one of
Brazil's most legendary percussionists, excelling
in instruments as diverse as conch shells,
tamanco (Portuguese wooden shoes), Chinese
cymbals, Mexican donkey jaws, djembes, and
the berimbau, one of the oldest instruments
known to humanity. Flora and Airto are joined by
guitarist Jose Neto, saxophonist Widor Santiago,
bassist Gary Brown, and keyboardist Luis Avellar.
A feast for your fourth-world senses at Yoshi's,
Jack London Square, 510 Embarcadero West.
(510) 238-9200. $16/18.
Through August 26. Various times.
Ben Franklin: Unplugged
The Bay Area's own fabulously gifted comedic
performer and commentator Josh Kornbluth has a
special treat in store for you: a new
improvisational piece about electricity and
history with Mr. Franklin as the centerpiece.
Kornbluth is truly an intellectual's comedian--we
say check him out! Call theater for show schedule. $5.
Speakeasy Theater, 2016 Seventh Street. Berkeley.
Through September 1.
Flashback: A Psychedelic Exhibition
This summer, the San Francisco Center for the Book
hosts a mind-melting exhibition featuring
psychedelic graphic and book arts from the 1960s.
The exhibit runs Monday through Friday, noon
to 5:00 p.m.; Saturdays, noon to 4:00 p.m. Free.
Through September 21.
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Every now and then, an exhibit comes through
SFMOMA which truly deserves mention.
Raised by Wolves: Photographs and Documents
of Runaways is a unique, disturbing, and
poignant look at teenage runaways, as documented
by San Francisco photographer Jim Goldberg.
Throwing journalistic "objectivity" to the wind,
Goldberg befriended two kids in particular--Tweeky
Dave and Echo--following this couple throughout
the late 80s and early 90s in Hollywood and San
Francisco. His portraits of runaways, captured
through photography, sound recordings and written
journals, are haunting tributes to the strength
and eccentric character of the lives of the young
people on the other side of the lens. Highly
recommended. 151 Third Street. 357-4000.
Through December 7.
9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Art of the Americas: Identity Crisis
Identity Crisis is a brave new artistic
exploration of current political and cultural
situations facing the Western Hemisphere. Taking
on conflicting and emerging issues of ethnicity,
immigration, gender, and class, this exhibition
includes work in a variety of mediums, including
paintings, fashions, found objects, photographs,
and even a Ptolemaic-period mummy. Recommended.
Free on the first Wednesday of every month, when
the museum stays open until 8:45 p.m. De Young
Museum, 75 Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park.