Family Performance Festival Presented by Circuit Network, the Family Performance Festival aims to provide quality arts programming for Bay Area children. This year's event features two groups: Tandy Beal and Company, who weave dance, circus, theater and music together in Imagine If ..., and Br'er Rabbit Speaks!, a company that brings oral traditions to life in African American Stories and Songs. The festival takes place at 3 pm Sat-Sun at the Center for the Arts Forum, Yerba Buena Gardens, 701 Mission, S.F.; a free family workshop led by Tandy Beal runs noon-1:15 pm Sun. Tickets for the festival are $6-9; call 978-2787.
Fine Art vs. Putt-Putt Golf Already one of America's greatest cultural assets, miniature golf gets a face lift as The M.H. de Young Memorial Museum unveils two nine-hole courses designed by 18 local artists. With titles like 1906 Earthquake Revisited and 5,000 Fingers of Doctor T, the designs represent a wide range of techniques and styles -- not just minimalism. Bogey Down With the Fine Arts Museums happens noon-5 pm at the Music Concourse, Golden Gate Park, S.F. The fee is $5 for children 10 and under, $10 for adults. Call 750-3668.
Priscilla, Queen of the Castro Cue up ABBA's "Mama Mia," cake on the Day-Glo makeup and sashay to the Castro for a one-night sing-along screening of The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, a fund-raiser for the Tenderloin AIDS Resource Center. Ex-presidential candidate Joan Jett Blakk hosts the event, which will also feature a raffle and a drag contest: Judges include Pussy Tourette, Elvis Herselvis and Mabel Maney, creator of the beautiful Nancy Clue and Hardly Boys mystery books. Finally -- if mass chants of CeCe Peniston's "Finally" haven't rendered you catatonic -- a "Post-Priscilla Party" can drag your evening to a close. The film screens/screams at 9 pm at the Castro, Castro & Market, S.F. The party starts at midnight at DNA Lounge, 375 11th St, S.F. Tickets for the film are $15-20; tickets for the party are $10. Call 241-8880.
A Festival of Freethinking Folks, if you want to lose your lunch, read Rush Limbaugh's latest "essay" in Newsweek, an attempt at distancing his hate politics from the Oklahoma bombing, replete with references to the "common" folk who make America great. (Who wants to be common, anyway?) If, however, you'd like to laugh (and, as an added bonus, think), head to the Marsh for "A Festival of Freethinking," benefit performances of Charlie Varon's one-man show, Rush Limbaugh in Night School, featuring free food and cameos by "wackos" like Susie Bright and Jon Carroll. Continuing each Sunday through June 25, the fest begins with special-guest Starhawk at 6:30 pm at 1062 Valencia, S.F. Tickets are $25; proceeds benefit the freethinkers' favorite charities. Call 641-0235.
WHOOTY Q: What does WHOOTY stand for? A: "We'll Hold Our Own Thank You." Q: What's a WHOOTY? A: It's a benefit by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, to raise funds for the Women and Cancer Walk June 11 at Sharon Meadow in Golden Gate Park. It's also an example of gay men helping feminist women, something that should happen more often. Featuring performance art, a raffle and spankings by donation, WHOOTY occurs noon-6 pm at the CafŽ, Market & Castro, S.F. Donations are sliding scale; call 255-6455.
Iranian Short Films Presented by the Iranian American Film Forum, The International Tournee of Iranian Short Films debuts this year with six works by Iranian-born filmmakers from Sweden, Norway, Canada and the U.S. Reflecting the transition to new cultures, the program addresses generational conflict, emigration and Western materialism; on the light side, it also features animation and claymation. The International Tournee of Iranian Short Films screens at 7 & 9 pm at the Pacific Film Archive's George Gund Theatre, 2625 Durant, Berkeley. Tickets are $5.50-7; call (510) 547-1350.
Sherman Alexie The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven brought Alexie's bitter but humorous tales of contemporary Native American life to a broad audience; Reservation Blues, Alexie's first novel, returns to the Spokane Indian Reservation where many of his earlier stories are set. Hear the author at 7:30 pm at A Clean Well-Lighted Place for Books, 601 Van Ness, S.F. Call 441-6670.