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saturday
april 22
Earth Day 25 Trying to find a good way to celebrate our mother? It won't be hard; ecoevents abound on both sides of the bay. San Francisco's Earth Day 25 takes place at the Ford Scott Amphitheater in the Presidio with continuous music from 2-6 pm. Performers include a wide spectrum of legendary greats from Etta James to Country Joe MacDonald to the Caribbean Allstars. Wendy Weir and Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead will be signing copies of Baru Bay, their new children's book, from 1-2 pm in the Coral Forest Booth. If that's not enough to distract you, wander over to the adjacent Earth and Global Food Fest to check out environmental demonstrations, the Exploratorium's hands-on activity center and Native American drumming, among other things. Concert- and festivalgoers can park at Crissy Field or take Muni bus #29; free shuttles will run to Fort Scott all day. Tickets are $15-20; call BASS. Across the Bay in Berkeley, the celebration kicks off with the Eco-Motion Parade at 11 am in Martin Luther King Park, Allston & MLK Jr. Way. The fair runs from noon-5 pm and features performances from Wild Mango, Project Bandaloop, Teokali, Country Joe MacDonald and the Prescott School Clown Troupe. In addition, Earth First!er Judi Bari and environmental author Harold Gilliam will speak, and internationally known wood sculptor Shane Eagleton will display a 35-foot giant redwood sculpture covered by carvings of extinct and endangered species. The Berkeley event is free; call (510) 548-7377.

Fieldwork The Field, a New York City-based arts organization, is visiting San Francisco to offer a workshop and town meeting. The Field's workshop is designed as a safe environment for dance, theater and perform-ance artists to present works-in-progress and receive critiques from their peers. The town meeting is designed as a forum for artists to tell Field staff about living and making artwork in San Francisco, as well as air their common complaints and fears in a time when federal funding for art is decreasing. The workshop takes place from 10 am-1 pm at Theater Artaud, 450 Florida, S.F. A $10 donation is requested; space is limited. Call 647-2200 for information. The free town meeting runs from 3 pm-5 pm at Dancers' Group/Footwork, 3221 22nd St, S.F.; call 824-5044.

It's Reigning Men If Earth Day and Fieldwork left you sated with enough do-gooding for the week, check out the 1995 Mr. S.F. Leather Contest, hosted by Irwin Kane, Leather Daddy X and Lurch. Cabaret singer Cynthia Manley will be on hand for a rousing rendition of "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," so get out your mink oil and head over to the It's Reigning Men contest at the Russian Center, 2450 Sutter, S.F., at 8 pm. Tickets are $15-25; call 974-6020.

sunday
april 23
Ten Reasons to Riot The first and best reason to riot is what's rumored to be the DNA Lounge's last live alternative rock show before management switches over to a new dance format. The second is sometime Austin art-band the Seemen's new robotic perform-ance, duly titled Ten Reasons to Riot. The troupe promises death-defying art hijinks incorporating the Seemen themselves, the audience (all of whom become "Seemen" upon crossing the DNA threshold), "a 15,000-volt wall of exploding neon" and new robots, Lurch and Stretch. If you're up for some high-risk entertainment, check it out. Doors open at 9 pm at the DNALounge, 375 11th St, S.F. Tickets are $7; call 626-1409.

monday
april 24
The Wild Party In 1994, Pulitzer-winning writer and cartoonist Art Spiegelman rediscovered the classic 1928 jazz-age poem and published the tale in a book of starkly beautiful black-and-white drawings. Now Larry Reed, artistic director of Shadowlight Productions, offers a work-in-progress performance of the poem, complete with candlelit sets and an original jazz score composed and played by guitarist Bruce Forman. Written by Joseph March, The Wild Party is a timeless, hard-boiled tale of love and betrayal. The concert reading is part of Theater of Yugen's Monday-night series and will be followed by two Kyogen comedies, The Melon Thief and Tied to a Pole. The reading starts at 8 pm at Noh Space, 2840 Mariposa, S.F. Tickets are $10; call 621-7978.

tuesday
april 25
Farmcore The Red Vic offers a glimpse of a different kind of American history with a screening of three punk-rock videos. Started in the 1970s as an environmental-art project and model urban farm, the Farm thrived as a community garden/thrash space until it went belly-up in 1987. The first featured video is Farmcore: The Punk Rock Years, a documentary depicting the staff's struggle to keep the Farm open. Featuring DOA, No Means No, Social Distortion, Sister Double Happiness and more, Mike Kavanaugh's hourlong documentary gives a good picture of San Francisco's underground music scene as its potency waned. The other two videos are Greta Snyder's four-minute Hardcore Home Movie, featuring the Bad Brains, and Dirk Dirkson's 15-minute Dead Kennedys Live. Screenings are at 7:15 & 9:15 pm at the Red Vic Movie House, 1727 Haight, S.F. Tickets are $5.50; call 668-3994.

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