may 24
Tom Hanks Comes Home Ah, the fickle finger of fate: While less fortunate bosom buddy Peter Scolari languishes in obscurity, Tom Hanks has collected two Academy Awards. Bringing It All Back Home -- a benefit for the nonprofit National Educational Media Network -- gives Hanks a chance to do just that. He'll bestow honors on Rawley Farnsworth (the retired Skyline High teacher he thanked when he won his first Oscar) along with one outstanding Oakland High School student. Clips from award-winning documentaries that have screened at the National Educational Film and Video Festival -- including Days of Waiting and Deadly Deception -- will also be featured. The first program of the NEMN's three-night 25th anniversary gala begins at 7:30 p.m. at Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland. Tickets are $35-50; call (510) 465-6400.

PMS Dawn Inside sources tell me PMS makes it hard to be polite and ladylike. Thankfully, PMS Dawn offers some aspirin-free relief, allowing a wide variety of female writers --from Lisa Palac to Marge Piercy -- new freedom to gush extreme anger and humor. Edited and published by local writer Mary Elizabeth Williams, the first issue ranges from the silly (Details' infamous Anka Radakovich lying about her age) to the serious (Piercy paying tribute to women killed in abortion terrorism). Help Williams pay the printer: Featuring words and music by local talent like Palac, Julene Snyder and Cory McAbee, a fund-raiser for the zine starts at 8:30 p.m. at the Marsh, 1062 Valencia, S.F. Tickets are $10-15; call 431-7690.

may 25
Pop Goes the Art Where can you catch the West Coast premiere of the Spam Castle and the Macaroni and Cheese Altar? Why, the one and only Pop T.Art festival, of course. Architecture built from white-trash cuisine is just one of the event's many delicious edible and nonedible treats. Snooty theorists can wax philosophical about displays featuring Pop Pogs and Pez, Elvis, Garfield and Star Trek; actual consumers can fight over Barbie collectibles, celebrity posters and antique lunch boxes at the Pop Mania auction. Last but not least: The only reason to watch Beverly Hills 90210 in this spiritually empty post-Brenda era, Tori Spelling receives the ultimate tribute -- a look-alike drag contest. A benefit for Southern Exposure, Pop T.Art starts at 7 p.m. at Ten 15, 1015 Folsom, S.F. Tickets start at $25; call 863-2141.

may 26
Attack of the Man-Eating Lotus Blossoms Whether he's skewering "Orientalism" or the body fascism of gym queens, solo performer/author Justin Chin is always wicked -- wicked smart and wicked honest. With an emphasis on irony, his new show, Attack of the Man-Eating Lotus Blossoms, promises an "authentic cultural experience" of all things Asian. As tour guide, Chin assumes various personae, including a karaoke bar host, Margaret Mead (on speed) and a Wok With Yan-style TV cook. The result is a comic critique of cultural consumption, in particular, American cravings for "exotic" delicacies. Chin appears Fri-Sat at 8 p.m. at the Lab, 1807 Divisadero, S.F. Tickets are $5-7; call 346-4063.

Bay Area Dance Series Best-known in San Francisco for Paved Paradise, his humorous but affectionate drag tribute to Joni Mitchell, New York's John Kelly is actually a multidisciplinary artist, trained in opera and dance. Constant Stranger, Kelly's latest work, uses songs, arias, movement and text to confront mortality; it also kicks off 1995's Bay Area Dance Series. First, though, Kelly and numerous other artists -- including the Robert Henry Johnson Dance Company, Nao Bustamante, Mahea Uchiymama and the Harupin-Ha Butoh Dance Theater -- offer sneak previews of their pieces, as part of the festival's 10th anniversary celebration. The performance/party begins at 7:30 p.m. at Laney College Theater, 900 Fallon, Oakland. Tickets are $15-20; call (510) 889-9550.

Edward James Olmos Actor/director Edward James Olmos hosts the closing evening of the National Educational Media Network's three-night 25th anniversary celebration, a screening of two films on gangs, crime and incarceration. Barbara Leibovitz's Salvaged Lives looks at six men who are part of an innovative reform program at Chino State Prison; Susan Todd and Andrew Young's Lives in Hazard follows the making of Olmos' own acclaimed feature, American Me, in which young Latino gang members and prison inmates appear as actors. Co-sponsored by Cine Acción and the Hispanic Education Media Group, the program begins at 7:30 p.m. at Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland. Tickets are $7-35; call (510) 465-6400.

may 27
Carnaval The West Coast's largest two-day outdoor festival, Carnaval San Francisco has blossomed into an international bash, including European, African, Polynesian, Asian and Caribbean, as well as Central, South and Native North American, contingents. Carnaval also offers several stages of entertainment. On these stages, performers -- including Urban Soul, Claudia Vilella, Caribbean All Stars, Pete Escovedo and Orchestra, Tee Fee, West African Highlife Band, and Tony Thompson of Hi-Fives -- will play salsa and samba, classic calypso, world beat and reggae. Some people will wear elaborate costumes, some will wear tiny costumes and some will wear elaborately tiny costumes. Join them all to eat hot food, drink fruity beverages, think (at environmental and cultural exhibits) and be merry 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat-Sun at Harrison between 16th and 22nd Sts, S.F.; call 824-8999.

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