march 25
Make a Wish The M.H. de Young Memorial Museum celebrates its 100th birthday with free admission to the museum all day long. Although all the tickets to the opening of Monet: Late Paintings of Giverny from the MusŽe Marmottan have been swooped up, the rest of the facility is well worth a visit. Also featured are children's art activities and entertainment, including a book signing by cartoonist Phil (Farley) Frank, who created a special-edition coloring book for the de Young's centennial. The festivities begin at 10 am and continue till 5 pm in Golden Gate Park. From 9:30 am to 5:30 pm, free shuttle service will run every 10 minutes to and from the UCSF staff parking garage at Irving, Arguello & Carl, where a $3 parking fee is good for the entire day. Call 750-3600.

Time Travel Take a spin through history and get a 10-mile workout with the San Francisco Bike Coalition's labor history tour. Learn about the 1934 general strike, violent labor clashes like the attempted sacking of the Pacific mail docks in 1877, and the steady erosion of the city's base of blue-collar jobs. BYO bike and lunch to the Ferry Building on the Embarcadero at noon and ride till 4 pm. Call 431-2453.

march 26
Louise Gluck Break the Sunday blahs with a dose of "emotional and rhetorical intensity": Award-winning poet Louise Gluck, whose most recent volume of poetry, The Wild Iris, won both the Pulitzer and the William Carlos Williams Award for poetry, reads from her new book of essays Proofs and Theories. Published over a period of 20 years, Gluck's other works include Ararat, The Triumph of Achilles, Descending Figure, The House on Marshland and Firstborn. "Not once in six books has [Gluck] wavered from a formal seriousness, an unhurried sense of control and a starkness of expression that, like a scalpel, slices the mist dwelling between hope and pain," David Biepel wrote in the Washington Post. Gluck reads at Intersection for the Arts, 446 Valencia, S.F. Tickets are $3-5; call 626-2787.

march 27
Chuckle for Choice NOW's Reproductive Rights Task Force hosts its third annual comedy benefit at Cobb's Comedy Club. Prizes will be raffled off to audience members who join a letter-writing campaign to protest government inaction during the recent wave of violence against abortion providers. Featured performers include "The Pine Sol Lady" Diane Amos and Johnny Steele. Laugh last and loudest at 8 pm at Cobb's, 2801 Leavenworth, S.F. Tickets are $10; call 928-4320 or BASS.

Couch Potato(e) Root yourself to the TV screen with Oscar Night at EXIT Theatre. Celebrate EXIT's first anniversary and help finance the production of the 1995 San Francisco Fringe Festival, a 10-day round of theater produced each September by Exit. Large-screen viewing starts at 6 pm at 156 Eddy, S.F. Tickets are $5; call 931-1094.

march 28
Barbara Imhoff A seminal figure in the Bay Area's new music community for 15 years, composer/harpist Imhoff premieres new work for harp accompanied by Mark Wyman, Jeremy Brooks, Nancy Kaspar, Kaloncia McQuestin, Patti Clemens and Claude Palmer. A member of the experimental ensemble Beasts of Paradise, Imhoff frequently collaborates with Robyn Guthrie of the Cocteau Twins. Also featured are a special performance by composer Pamela Z and projection by Charles Rose. Imhoff and company perform at 8 pm at New Performance Gallery, 3153 17th St, S.F. Tickets are $10; call 863-9834.

Word Noir Join M.I. Blue, Carmaig de Forest, Jennifer Joseph and Tom Wobarst in a celebration of the darker side of the language at Place Pigalle, the reincarnation of Hayes Street's favorite open-mike venue, E'space. Words start flying at 8 pm at 520 Hayes, S.F. Call 552-2671.

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