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THINGS TO DO AROUND THE BAY!
(All events in San Francisco unless otherwise noted).
Updated: May 29, 1997.
Thursday May 29. 8:00 p.m.
It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World
If you're planning to join in the Treasure
Hunt on Sunday the 1st (see below), don't miss this
movie. How much more of a hint do you need?
LATE-BREAKING EVENTS NEWS AND CLUES!
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Topic 648 [sanfran]: The Great San Francisco Treasure Hunt: Sun., June 1, 1997
#61 of 62: the shaft is superior to the setscrews (jrc) Thu May 22 '97 (08: 59) 13 lines
Sorry. Thursday the 29 the Castro will be
presenting "It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad World," an
extremely odd treasure hunting movie. There will
be door prizes; there will be trasure hunt info
and a chance to sign-up (last time at the $35
level; it goes up to $40 after that), plus,
through the magic of some or other, there will be
a hint from the stage about a clue in the movie.
How did Stanley kramer know enough to put a clue
for a 1997 treasure hunt in a 1959 movie? It could
be that Wechter Patented Time Machine.
So you watch themoviem, decipher the clue, and use
this knowledge to get a fighting edge on the
competition. The clue can of course be solved
*without8 the movei, but the movie will be useful.
I love the well. You all know where the Castro Theater
is, I'd hope--400 block of Castro, near 17th Street and Market.
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. We'll ride up Twin Peaks, then drop on down to continue the San FranZiskGo! third anniversary party. If you've enjoyed these listings, we'd like to meet you. Ride your bike, then come on by. Email for directions to the party, or just give Zisk a call from the Cole and 17th Street hill right around sundown.
Friday May 30. 9:30 p.m.
Gun and Doll Show
If you come looking for guns or dolls, you may be disappointed. If, however, you like dancing to really eerie rock music with bizarre lyrics, take a taste of the Gun and Doll Show--one cup Pixies/Breeders, a dash of Dinosaur Jr. and Hüsker Dü, and a fully-baked stage show.
Also appearing: Fabulous Hedgehogs and Rube Waddell. $6. Hotel Utah, 500 4th Street. 421-8308.
Friday May 30. 9:00 p.m.
While women have been making slow but steady inroads into mainstream
rock/pop music markets, 'underground' music scenes, both musicians and audience members, have remained disproportionately male. Even recent upsurges of female involvement
have usually been side-shelved into those well-worn
"riot-grrl" and "dyke-rock" categories. The new film Anything Boys Can
Do sheds new light on women's experiences in the musical underground. At the Artists' Television Access, 992 Valencia. $5. 824-3890.
Saturday May 31. 6 p.m.
Settle in for a full evening of fun honoring San FranZiskGo!'s Third Anniversary and Internet Alfredo's First Anniversary. From 7 'til 10, check out a preview of the much-mentioned BeBox surfing the web. Things will only get stranger from there: at 10, Psychic Drag Queen Tara Limbaugh presents The Interactive Fiddler On The Roof; Hot Mama takes over at midnight with juggling and who knows what else; and nerd celebrities (the Burning Man people, the MBONE people, some monks from Omaha, and even some San FranZiskGo! readers) will be there all night. If you're stuck at home, drop in anyway via MBONE's broadcast (from 8 p.m. on) or the Internet Alfredo Live WEBCAM. Free. Internet Alfredo, 790-A Brannan Street (at 7th Street). 437-3140.
Saturday May 31. 7:00 p.m.
Nacional de Guatemala
seems no less than a miracle that Guatemala, ravaged by decades of civil war, disappearances, and covert
military operations (bearing the fingerprints of our very own Uncle Sam), has a cultural leg to stand on.
Guatemala's resilient cultural legacy rests on the backbone of
its indigenous people, the living descendants of the Maya. This evening,
San Franciscans have a rare and wonderful opportunity to witness an
integral part of Guatemala's historic heritage, as told through the music
and dance of the Ballet Folklórico. This West Coast debut will be
accompanied by Grupo Musical Guatemala. Center for the Arts
at Yerba Buena Gardens, 701 Mission St. $15/18/20 (includes
post-performance reception with the artists). 978-ARTS. P.S. Brian Zisk spent years on and off in Guatemala.
Saturday May 31. 9:00 p.m.
Follow Friday night's movie with live action from Sleater-Kinney, who prove every step
of the way just how capable and dead-serious they are about
creating powerful 'underground' music. A three-woman punk band from the
Pacific Northwest (where else?), SK have been wowing listeners and critics since they started
releasing albums for Chainsaw Records. On their latest, Dig Me Out, singer
Corin Tucker grabs your ears and won't let go, tearing, chewing, and spitting out each line of every song. Peechees and The Donnas open what promises to be a wonderful woman-led rock night at the Bottom
of the Hill, 1233 17th Street. Tickets though TicketWeb. 621-4455.
Saturday May 31.
Leo Nocentelli and Ivan Neville
Formerly of the Meters, these funkmasters reconvene for a funky little soiree.
It's the Last Day Saloon's 24th Anniversary Party, so 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.
Sunday June 1. 1:00 p.m.
Stand for Children
As a part of a nationwide effort, concerned parents, teachers, advocates,
and youth will be gathering today at the Yerba Buena
Gardens to celebrate the future of our children. With food,
entertainment, and an appearance by the fabulous Rosie O'Donnell, this
festival and advocacy fair should be a wonderful event for adults and kids
alike. Sponsored by Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth. Free! 701
Monday June 2. 8:00 p.m.
At the Great American Music
Hall tonight, you can see the unearthly Trance Mission give their first and last live performance before departing for their European
tour. Ever since Head Light, the folks who've conjured up Trance
Mission have been recognized as true innovators in
ambient/trance/new world music. Trance Mission's sound,
quite frankly, has yet to be duplicated anywhere. Didgeridoo player Stephen
Kent and clarinetist Beth Custer are largely responsible for that
innovative sound, and tonight's performance will be further graced by the addition of vocalist Eda Maxym (whose singing style
closely resembles traditional Gypsy/Roma vocalizations), rhythm-man Peter
Reason, and digital enhancer/producer Simon Tassano. Sandbox Trio open.
$10. Highly recommended! 859 O'Farrell. 885-0750.
Tuesday June 3. 12:30 p.m.
One Community, Many Faces:
This week marks the beginning of Gay Pride Month. Every June, the City
comes alive with marches, festivals, and theater performances celebrating the contributions of the queer 10-plus per cent of the population.
Today's free poetry and prose reading will spotlight the remarkably diversity of "the queer coalition" and its lesbian, gay, bi, and trans subcommunities.
Readings by Jewelle Gomez, Toni Mirosevich and Justin Chin, among others.
Another great event at the Yerba Buena Gardens. 701 Mission. 978-ARTS.
Area Gay and Lesbian Writers
Wednesday June 4. 8:00 p.m.
Cult hero and singer-songwriter Robyn Hitchcock makes another
much-anticipated appearance tonight. The eccentric British madman of
neo-psychedelia has turned back to his folk roots with last year's release
of Moss Elixir. Kim Fox opens. $13. At the Great American Music
Hall, 859 O'Farrell. 885-0750. ***
Thursday June 5. 9:00 p.m.
New Jersey-born rapper Redman, a relative unknown despite his talent, has that
East-Coast flava, blending reggae and funk influences with a political and
sometimes humorous outlook. Redman's second album, Dare Iz a
Darkside, reflects a turn in Redman's lyrics
toward the predominant (and controversial) gangsta-rap style.
His latest, Muddy
Waters, is a tight, intense album, melding hip-hop and reggae à la predecessors
like KRS-ONE. Extra-sweet-on-top bonus: Digital Underground open. $20.
Maritime Hall, 450 Harrison Street. Tix through TicketWeb.
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.
What's Going On?
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