Terence Davies Trilogy In the superb, incredibly sad Distant Voices, Still Lives and The Long Day Closes, British director Terence Davies ignores linear narrative for the flow of memory set to music. But before those two features, Davies spent seven years making three darker films -- if that's possible -- introducing his trademark themes and motifs: Violent fathers, lonely childhoods, and torturous fantasies. See the early visions of a truly unique director at 4 p.m. at the Castro Theatre, Castro & Market, S.F. Tickets are $7; call 621-6120.
Hellavision Change is possible when you take matters -- and the tools to document them -- into your own hands. That's the motivational idea behind Hellavision, a new public access show for, by, and about young people in the Bay Area. The pilot of the half-hour program deals with family issues; later episodes will be broadcast on the third Thursday of every month. Tune in and see if Hellavision is hellacool or hellacious: It shows at 7:30 p.m. on S.F. cable Channel 53. Call 647-0982.
On the Road, on the Screen Local director Teddi Dean Bennett's debut feature, A Holy Promise, sold out its first showing at the Exploratorium's McBean Theatre. Now the film -- a road comedy that takes the scenic route from Northern California to Nevada -- is making another one-night appearance. This time around, the screening is followed by a party with live music by soundtrack contributors Preacher Boy & the Natural Blues, Rev. Lee E. White, and others. The sights and sounds start at 8 p.m. at the Transmission Theater, 314 11th St, S.F. Tickets are $6; call 861-6906.
Psychotic Memories First, take a nice long shower; then dress in black and meet Janet Leigh, star of two of the most notorious scenes in movie history: the opening sequence in Orson Welles' Touch of Evil and the first murder in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. Leigh is in town to talk about the latter, in conjunction with her new book, Psycho: Behind the Scenes of the Classic Thriller. She'll answer questions about her own illustrious career and -- we hope --the myths and truths surrounding Hitchcock and Anthony Perkins -- at a 1-3 p.m. signing at Books Inc., 140 Powell, S.F. Free; call 397-1555.
S.F. Butoh Festival The Japanese word butoh is a combination of the character "bu" (to dance) and "toh" (to step); pioneered in the '50s, it's one of the major developments in contemporary dance. Butoh's influence extends out of Japan to the U.S., Europe, Israel, and South America; here in S.F., d-net (a dance cooperative) is presenting the S.F. Butoh Festival, a five-day event with workshops and shows. Akira Kasai of Japan and Maureen Fleming of New York kick off the three-evening performance portion of the festival (other artists include Oguri of Los Angeles and Koichi Tamano) at 8 p.m. at the Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center, S.F. Tickets are $12-16; call 392-4400.
Homo Hit Parade They say they aren't cabaret, but there is something comic and theatrical about Pansy Division's punky parody: On their latest reCR>lease, Pile-Up, the Bay Area trio covers V.U.'s "Femme Fatale" and Spinal Tap's "Big Bottom," changing the "she" of both songs to a "he." And as for their cover of Liz Phair's "Flower," well, it brings a whole new meaning to the line "I want to be your blow-job queen." Join Jon Ginoli and three other acts (the Hail Marys, Enrique, and Tribe 8) for a gay old time at 9 p.m. at the Transmission Lounge, 11th & Folsom, S.F. Tickets are $6; call 621-1911.
The Rosenbergs "In 1950, my brother Michael and I were forced into an orphanage," Robert Meeropol remembers. "Three years later, we were denied the right to attend public school, and in 1954 we were seized by police from our adoptive parents' homes." Meeropol was 6 at the time (1953) his parents -- Julius and Ethel Rosenberg -- were executed, maintaining their innocence even when a confession would have spared their lives. Established by Meeropol, the Rosenberg Fund for Children helps U.S. kids whose parents have been injured, jailed, or killed for political or progressive activities; help the fund and hear a speech by Meeropol and a reading of the Rosenbergs' prison correspondence at 7:30 p.m. at the Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez, S.F. A $10 donation is requested; call 824-8113.
Sistahood The Black Girl Collective was formed to support lesbian and bisexual expression. That's what it's doing, and often: It has poetry readings, performances, voice and body workshops, and exhibits scheduled this month. An art reception/opening featuring work and appearances by Samiya A. Bashir, Andrelle Johnson, Imani Harrington, LaRonda, and others kicks off a weekend of events (including a spot in this year's gay and lesbian parade) at 7:30 p.m. at 509 Cultural Gallery, 1007 Market, S.F. Free; call (510) 419-0688.
Hardkiss Though they haven't gotten much local press, the Brothers Hardkiss have gained a national rep in recent years, both as DJs and recording artists. A two-CD collection of their individual and collaborative techCR>no/trance efforts -- Delusions of Grandeur -- has just hit the stores, and corporate pop stars (like Elton John) are starting to hunt them down for remixes. Hear the British-born trio spin at "All Together Now With a Twist," a merger of Midwest and S.F. dance artists and addicts. The location and other information will be announced the day of the show; call 281-9923.
Keep Feeling Fascination All the wonderful things I had to say about New Wave City's Pride of the '80s Dance Party in last week's issue are true. Except one thing: It happens tonight. Don't hate me because I'm delusional -- hear some Soft Cell, have some fun and free food, and in the process help Project Open Hand. The benefit begins at 8 p.m. (and lasts until 3 a.m.) at 278 11th St, S.F. Admission is $10; call 252-7842.
Mambo's Pop Cachao, or Israel Lopez, is widely acknowledged as the creator of mambo, which introduces jazzlike improv into highly structured Cuban music. Recently the subject of a documentary by Andy Garcia, the Miami-based bass virtuoso and band leader is hitting the road; he's joined by folk/gospel/blues guitar virtuoso Taj Mahal and Louisiana's ReBirth Brass Band. Take in an evening of Afro-Cuban and African-American jams at 8 p.m. at the Fillmore, 1805 Geary, S.F. Tickets are $19.50; call 346-6000.
The End, My Friend Q: When does an artist become art? A: When he or she is dead. For proof, one need only look at Nico, the chilly German blonde with the spooky, toneless voice. In the post-Velvet Underground 1980s, Nico toured and recorded to little acclaim or attention, but her death has inspired books (Nico: The End, James Young's spectacle of slow decay), plays (the recent local production of Nico: My Empty Pages), and, now, a documentary film: NICO-ICON, by Susanne Ofteringer. See the heroin(e) at 6 p.m. at the Castro Theatre, Castro & Market, S.F. Tickets are $7; call 621-6120.
New Good Rock I've got some New Bad Things for you: They're a quintet, they're from Portland,CR> Ore., they have a new album on Candy-Ass Records called Freewheel!, and their sound is a familiar but nonetheless lovable mix of Caucasian guitar caterwaul and nasal vocal whine. Hear them play songs with titles like "Goethe's Letter to Vic Chestnutt"; hear fellow Portland rockers Sone; hear the depth-charge bass and dream-pop distortion of local openers Henry's Dress at 9 p.m. at the Chameleon, 853 Valencia, S.F. For ticket information, call 821-1891.
Polk Street Project The Polk Street Project isn't your average theater ensemble: It's a team of actors and homeless youth from the Polk, Tenderloin, and Haight districts. The Life and Times of Oliver Olivier is the project's first play; created through improvisation and collaboration, it's a fictional biography focusing on a media pioneer from the late '50s. See it at 8 p.m. at the Next Stage, Trinity Episcopal Church, 1668 Bush, S.F.; performances continue Fri-Sun at 8 p.m. through June 25. Tickets are $10; call 673-9323.
Sweet Sound The American Gamelan is a collection of six instruments inspired by traditional Indonesian gongs. They make a strange, sweet, sonorous sound, but right now they're 20 years old and in need of repair, so composer Lou Harrison (with help from the Sacred and Profane chorus) and poet Gary Snyder are putting on a benefit performance. Harrison's La Koro Sutro -- scored for the American Gamelan -- headlines the bill; Snyder will read from The Mountains and Rivers Without End. The show starts at 7 p.m. at the Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center, S.F. Tickets are $25; call 653-0998.
The Big O After 10 years of performance and foreplay, Climate Theatre has finally reached "Climax!" That's the name of the space's anniversary bash, which features an illustrious alumni revue: Participants include Brenda Wong Aoki, Connie Champagne, Josh Kornbluth, Danielle Willis, and that tantric sex queen, Annie Sprinkle. Comedy and video round out the evening, which concludes with dancing, partying, and fire-eaCR>ting. Defy the censors and delight the senses at 8 p.m. at the Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center, Buchanan & Marina, S.F. Tickets are $15-50; call 392-4400.
Vice Versa In Marjorie Garber's new book, Vice Versa, bisexuality takes the same role transvestism took in the Harvard professor's previous tome, Vested Interests: A third category that complicates the categories (gay, straight, etc.) most people take for granted when addressing sexuality and gender. Published by Simon & Schuster, Vice Versa is -- like Wayne Koestenbaum's Jackie Under My Skin -- an Ivy League attempt to wrestle with Camille Paglia for academic media dominance. (Garber gets in a few withering put-downs of the Italian motor mouth, who disses Garber without mentioning her name in Vamps and Tramps.) Are there any worthwhile ideas behind the jargon and infighting? Decide for yourself at 7:30 p.m. at A Different Light, 489 Castro, S.F. The reading is free; call 431-0891.
Start Making Sense Alternate Currents is an S.F.-based performing ensemble; Common Sense is a N.Y.-based composers' collective. Pooling talents, the two groups have created Folding the Map, a collection of eight contemporary, experimental, and original music pieces. The result of six months of communication through tapes, e-mail, faxes, and telephone calls, the show marks Alternate Currents' only S.F. appearance this year. See it at 8 p.m. at the Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center, Buchanan & Marina, S.F. Tickets are $8-10; call 431-9473.