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THINGS TO DO AROUND THE BAY!
(All events in San Francisco unless otherwise noted).
Last Updated: November 6, 1997.
Thursday November 6 through November 22. 8:00 p.m.
Enter the Jewish world of wandering spirits, spiritual miracles, and tragic
love stories as A Traveling Jewish Theatre (ATJT) brings
Dybbuk, S. Ansky's classic play written in the style of
traditional Yiddish theatre, to life. Adapted by Bruce Meyers, the
modern-day revision of Dybbuk will be performed by two
actors, including ATJT founding member, Corey Fischer. The gala performance
event will happen on November 10 ($25), and every Thursday is "pay what you
can" day. Otherwise, performances cost $18. 2800 Mariposa Street. 399-1809.
Thursday November 6. 6:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Few people have done as much to foster online community in the Bay Area
as Craig Newmark,
proprietor and publisher of the events, jobs, apartments, and other announcements listings on craigs-list. Come on down to Anon Salon tonight and celebrate craigs-list and the larger Bay Area community. Everyone's welcome--but please RSVP by sending your name(s) and $10 per person (checks payable to Craig's List) to Craig's List, P.O. Box 833, Orinda CA 94563.
Mail Nancy Melone, Christina Murphy, Weezy Muth, or Craig Newmark for more information. Anon Salon, 285 Ninth Street.
Thursday November 6 through December 9.
Of Two Minds
Myrrh, a well-respected local artist, presents her 30-year retrospective,
"Of Two Minds," which simultaneously explores scientific and social issues
which sometimes appear incongruous. In one gallery,
Myrrh will be displaying her drawings of Watergate conspirators in the
first gallery, as well as posters from the Civil Rights movement and the
Vietnam War, while her work in the other gallery engages themes of science
and technological discovery. Reception tomorrow, November 7, from 5:30-8:30
p.m. at the First Unitarian Church, 1187 Franklin. Free. Call for exhibit
Friday November 7. 12:30 p.m.
There should be quite a turnout of 'big fish' Net and Multimedia folks
today when "Net Chick" extraordinaire Carla Sinclair reads from her first
work of fiction, Signal To Noise, a clever thriller à clef based on San Francisco's Multimedia Gulch and the many men
and women who make up that particular 'in-crowd.' Signal To
Noise has led to more than a bit of speculation about
who's-really-who in this book. At Stacey's Bookstore, 581 Market Street. 421-4687.
Friday November 7. 9:00 p.m.
One of the 'undiscovered' treasures of reggae music, Joe Higgs was
responsible for coaching the Wailers in the early years, and despite
touring with some of the most famous names in reggae, he never set out to
make himself a big star. Higgs, a soulful and devotedly spiritual singer,
rarely releases records--but when he does, they always come from the heart.
Higgs' music is so tender, so loving, so inspired, it's enough to bring
tears to your eyes. Tonight, he plays at one of his favorite venues,
Ashkenaz. Come check out what reggae is really all about. Highly
recommended. $12. 1317 San Pablo, Berkeley. Get your tickets through TicketWeb.
Saturday November 8. 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
The Great Sweep
Get out of the house Saturday morning and join in this massive community effort to clean up every block in the city. Show up at 8:30 at at one of the 88 staging areas scattered throughout the city and pick up trash bags, brooms, and other supplies ('til they run out), then fan out into your neighborhood sweeping and picking up loose trash for as much time as you can offer. Or just sweep up a little patch of your own block and put the trash in a bag on your corner to be picked up by other volunteers. Call 554-5447 to find the nearest staging area, or 831-2777 to help with cleaning up parks instead. If you can't make it, you can still help by spreading the word in your neighborhood.
Saturday November 8 and Sunday November 9. 9:00 p.m.
San Francisco is a city known, by and large, for its magnificent sights and
sounds, restaurants, diverse and 'different' inhabitants, and its lively
nightclub and night music scenes. One of the lesser known things about this
city is the degree to which its denizens love to buy, borrow, smell, touch,
hold, lend, talk about and read ... books! Every year, we're given a
fabulous opportunity to celebrate our collective love of the written word
with the affordable and accessible S.F. Book Festival. The variety of
authors and events this year is truly spectacular. On Saturday, check out
Francisco X. Alarcon, Mollie Katzen, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, and panels
focusing on topics ranging from Black Female Identity to The Body Erotic
and Queer Words. On Sunday, highlights include Henry Rollins, Nikki
Giovanni, A.S. Byatt, and a dozen panels that address everything from
mystery writing to abusive families. On both days, be sure to check out the
Allen Ginsberg Poetry Cafe! $2/adults. 17 and under are free. Concourse
Exhibition center, 7th/8th and Brannan. 208-2833.
Saturday November 8. 8:00 p.m.
Shafqat Ali Khan
Indian/Sufi fusion vocalist Shafqat Ali Khan comes to San Francisco tonight
for a special, live recording performance. $10. Theatre Concrete, 550
Natoma Street. Get your tickets through TicketWeb. 621-4068.
Saturday November 8. 8:00 p.m.
Infectiously happy, upbeat ska-influenced pop music with incredibly
energetic female lead vocals--that's the Dance Hall Crashers for ya. MxPx, a Descendents-style punk band with an
interesting Christian subtext to their music and message, and Limp open.
Should draw a younger crowd, and it's likely to sell out. $12. Trocadero
Transfer, 520 4th Street. 437-4446.
Sunday November 9. 11:00 a.m.
It's not the first time we've recommended Ali to you, and it won't be the
last. In case you're getting your Khans mixed up, this musician is known
for his genius-level sarod performances--a specific musical
tradition his family has kept for over three centuries. Today's
performance will feature classical Indian ragas, with tabla
accompaniment. Reservations are required in advance. Proceeds benefit the
Ali Akbar Khan College
of Music in Marin County. $15-40. Call 454-6264 about tickets. Palace
of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon.
Sunday November 9. 11:00 a.m.
Barter Fair and Picnic in Golden Gate Park
"Barter networks" and other forms of local interest-free currency have sprouted up in places all over the world where talents are plentiful but money is short.
Bring your lunch and come on over to Marx Meadows (at
30th and JFK Avenue) in Golden Gate Park, meet some new people in the
community, and maybe even arrange to trade some of your time and talents with other locals.
Mail email@example.com or call Partnerships for Change at 922-1851 ext. 2 for more information on the new resource exchange networks (such as the Resource Exchange Bank) developing in the Bay Area.
Sunday November 9. 7:00 p.m.
African singer Cesaria Evora is considered by many to be one of the leading
female vocalists in the entire, far-reaching genre of "world music." A Cape
Verdean Ma Rainey for the turbulent times we find ourselves living in,
Evora's voice comforts the melancholy soul. Her musical stylings range from mornas to
coladeiras, and even if you're unfamiliar with these styles, you'll
still find yourself right at home with this barefooted master vocalist.
Highly recommended. $25/19/15. Nova Menco opens. Berkeley Community
Theater, 1930 Allston Way, Berkeley. 885-0750.
Monday November 10. 11:30 a.m.
In Tribute and Protest: Ken Saro-Wiwa
Two years have passed since Ken Saro-Wiwa and several
other activists were executed by the Nigerian government. In addition to Saro-Wiwa,
many men and women have lost their lives as a result of their opposition to
the environmental devastation of Ogoni land by Shell Oil, which has worked
hand-in-hand with the Nigerian government. Today, the Committee in Support
of the People of Nigeria asks for your participation in a traditional
Nigerian celebration and protest. The march begins at Justin Herman Plaza,
and will end at Bush and Battery. (510) 705-8981.***
Monday November 10. Noon.
One of the most powerful and influential darlings of the international computing
industry, Esther Dyson makes an appearance today to read and discuss her
book, Release 2.0: A Design For Living In The Digital Age.
Multilingual and conscious-corporate minded, Esther Dyson currently holds a
position as the president and owner of EDventure Holdings. At Stacey's Bookstore, 581
Market Street. 421-4687.
Monday November 10. 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
An Evening of Kissing and Cocktails
This year has been a big one for GLAAD. Since late 1996, the nonprofit queer media watchdog
group has led a successful six-month campaign for ABC to air the "Ellen" show's coming-out episode, won public apologies from several public figures and publications, and helped shape the coverage of the series of murders attributed to Andrew Cunanan--steering it away from panicked diatribes on Cunanan's "lifestyle" and toward other more relevant issues like Cunanan's innocence or guilt, or the killer's mental health and whereabouts. Tonight GLAAD's San Francisco Media Resource Center is celebrating an eventful year for queers in the media and releasing the 1998 Kissing Calendar, featuring 12 months of same-sex smooches by artists and photographers including Jill Posener, Tom Bianchi, Paul Cadmus, Eva Weiss, and David Hockney. $15 in advance or $20 at the door gets you complimentary cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, the kissing calendar, and membership in GLAAD. Who knows, maybe you'll even get a same-sex kiss, if you're lucky. Call 861-2244 for information or to charge tickets. At the Back Flip, 601 Eddy.
Tuesday November 11. 7:00 p.m.
The son of new-age guru Peter Tompkins, the now grown-up Ptolemy has
written a smart and scathing autobiographical piece, Paradise
Fever, which revolves around his critique of what he sees as the central tenets of
the New Age movement. From the unusual and even pathological child-rearing
practices of his family to his own struggle with drug and heroin addiction,
Ptolemy emerges a witty and insightful commentator who is truly as
interesting to listen to in person as he is to read. Free. At The Booksmith, 1644
Haight Street. 863-8688.
Wednesday November 12. 2:00 p.m.
The three artists who constitute The Last Poets are hesitant to
accept the "Godfathers of Hip Hop" tag from critics; after all,
the origins of hip hop or rap music cannot easily be traced to any one
origin, but rather to a group of artists, sounds, and styles that began
emerging in the late 60s and 70s. But there's no question that The Last
Poets were busy rappin' and theorizin' over a funky musical backdrop
before folks like Snoop Doggy Dogg were even in their diapers. Give props
where props are due--lend your ear to radical rhymes of The Last Poets.
$10. Adams Hall, SFSU, 19th and Holloway. 338-2444.***
Thursday November 13. 9:00 p.m.
Drum 'n' bass, jungle mix massive! Brits John Coxon and Ashley Wales take
on heavy dub, techno, tribal, surf, hip-hop and stir together such a funky
stew. It doesn't always work 100%, but when it does, it's electric. Their
latest is Busy Curious Thirsty. DJs Tomas and Noel open.
$12. At Bimbo's 365
Club, 1025 Columbus. 474-0365.***
Through November 16. 8:00 p.m.
Evolution of a Homeboy: Jails, Hospitals and Hip-Hop
Danny Hoch is a 26-year old Jewish kid raised in a diverse neighborhood in
Queens. So what's the big deal? Before his acting career, Hoch was a
breakdancer and graffiti artist, all the while learning and bouncing off of
the experiences of his Puerto Rican, African American, Senegalese and
Israeli neighbors. That whole experience, combined with his innate talent,
developed Hoch into a powerhouse of a performer. His solo act, devoted to
exploring class, culture, and identity, is the bomb. $34.50-$45.00,
and if you're under 30, it's half-price! Julia Morgan Theater, 2640 College
Avenue, Berkeley. (510) 845-4700.
Through November 30. Call for times.
A chilling and powerful exhibition awaits you at
the Center For The Arts: the world
of Henry Darger. After coming home from a lowly
job at a city hospital, an artist by the name of
Darger would begin shaping his own metaphysics in
an imagined world. Only when Henry Darger
died (in 1973) was anyone else granted access to his
life's work, a prodigiously weird 19,000-page novel
complemented with giant collages and hundreds of
watercolor scrolls. A comprehensive accompanying video series,
Outlaws and Obsessions, explores art created, often
more as self-medication than vocation or profession, by
those outside the usual circuits of artistic production.
Recommended. 700 Howard. 978-2787.
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.
Advance Notice! Sure to sell out:
Tuesday-Friday December 23-26. See times below.
We hate to contribute to the slow but inexorable expansion of the end-of-year holiday hype but we had to let you know that it's time to get your tickets to this 5th annual Christmastime tribute to the Jewish comic tradition. This year promises a rare treat: none other than Henny Youngman, who hasn't performed in San Francisco for more than 30 years, is headlining! And the rest of the lineup isn't too shabby either: Charlie Varon (Ralph Nader Is Missing! and Rush Limbaugh In Night School); character actress and comedian Judith Sloan (Denial of the
Fittest, a one-woman show) and Mistress of Ceremonies / Kung Pao instigator
Lisa Geduldig. Gentiles are welcome, though they may need help translating the Yiddish fortune cookie tags. Here's the deal: For $45 you get a 7-course Chinese meal (reserve ahead of time for vegetarian meals) from 6-7 p.m. and the show from 7-8:30; or for $30 have Chinese hors d'oeuvres and a drink during the 9:30-11:00 p.m. show.
Note that this year's performances will be held in a new location: New Asia Restaurant, 772 Pacific (between Grant & Stockton), and that *the food may not be kosher, but the comedy is guaranteed. These shows always sell out, and tickets went on sale October 15th, so don't put off getting yours. Some of the proceeds will go toward the Charlotte Maxwell Complementary Clinic (for lower-income women with cancer) and Shalom Bayit (Jewish Women's Task Force on Domestic Violence). Seating will be general admission, unless your party can exactly fill an entire table of 10. Print out and mail in the Ticket Order form along with your payment. 522-3737 for more information.
Thursday December 4. 6:00-10:30 p.m.
LastSaturdays Holiday Salon
Advance tix for this industry extravaganza are now available for only 10 bucks,
so make your plans now to get the best seats at the best price. Moderator Dan Farber (VP and Editor in Chief at ZDNet) and panelists including Shanda Bahles (Partner, El Dorado Ventures) and Tom Abate (Technology Columnist, SF Chronicle) will address "The New Networks: A Market Outlook" in general, giving attention to emerging delivery/enabling technologies, publishers, and content on the Web; as well as market forecasts and prognostications on the convergence between the WWW and TV. Your ticket also gets you
demos from mBED Software, Macromedia, Headlands Digital Media, EFX, TouchWave, Best
Internet, LikeMinds, SpiralWest, Broderbund (showing RIVEN sequel to MYST), and others to be announced, plus some live jazz and cocktail-hour schmoozing.
Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon St. Cocktail hour begins at 6:00; presentation, 7:00; then more cocktails at the reception with panelists and high-tech demos. Proceeds will benefit the Hamilton Family Center, a shelter for homeless families. On November 15th the price rises to $15, and if there are tickets left at the door they'll be $20. Call 392-4400 for tickets or 764-2967 for info.
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