august 16
Like Father, Like Daughter Peggy Shaw's You're Just Like My Father isn't your average piece about growing up butch in 1950s America. An Obie Award-winner and co-founder of the Split Britches Theater Company, Shaw incorporates cross-dressing, monologues, and songs into her new show. From New York to North Carolina, the adjective-laden accolades keep rolling in: "Sexy," pants the Village Voice; "One-person theater at its best," drools the Durham News & Observer. See Shaw shift from boxer to seducer at 8 p.m. at Josie's Cabaret and Juice Joint, 3583 16th St, S.F. You're Just Like My Father continues Wed-Sun through Sept. 3. Tickets are $12; call 861-7933.

august 17
Chico vs. the Man Rather than create "a huge money-minded, commercialized, alterna-schmooze-fest-orgy," the folks behind Superwinners Summer Rock Academy have put together four days and nights of music by indie/punk rockers for those who love them. Shows take place indoors and outdoors, morning to night. Bands range from Kiwi piano whiz Peter Jefferies and Asian-American valley girls Emily's Sassy Lime to baseball junkies S.F. Seals and the PeeChees, a noisy, dapper foursome from Berkeley whose new "Scented Gum" single sounds as good as it looks. The full roster of 55 performers/bands also includes Franklin Bruno, Land of the Wee Beasties, Henry's Dress, Karp, Versus, Chance the Gardener, and Flaming Box of Ants. Opening day begins at 11:30 a.m. and ends at 11:15 p.m. at the Ballroom on Broadway, Chico. Tickets are $4-5 a show, $35 for the whole fest; call (916) 894-8708.

Promises, Promises Frank stank, Willie was slick, Roberta was bland, and Angela -- of all people -- actually talked the most sense. That's the critical consensus round these parts about one recent mayoral debate. All the major Democratic candidates return for more bon mots and belly-flops in a verbal competition moderated by KQED's Michael Krasny. See who gets off the zingers and who gets zapped at 7 p.m. at the Hebrew Academy of San Francisco, 645 14th Ave, S.F. Free; call 346-8471.

august 18
Flamenco Americano Founded in 1966, Theatre Flamenco was the first resident Spanish dance company in America. In recent years, it has expanded its choreography to include folk and neoclassic forms from Latin America. Under the direction of founding member Adela Clara and award-winning choreographer Miguel Santos, the ensemble's newest program -- "Alegr’a de Sevilla" -- mixes new pieces by Santos and JosŽ Galv‡n of Sevilla with traditional works. The show starts at 8 p.m. at Cowell Theatre, Fort Mason Center, S.F. "Alegr’a de Sevilla" continues Mon-Sat at 8 p.m. and Sun at 2 p.m. through Aug. 27. Tickets are $15-18; call 392-4400.

Art or Lit? Curated by Leigh Barbier, the "Second Annual Artists' Book Show" features tomes with textures ranging from sheet metal to tree bark; sizewise, the handmade works include miniatures viewed through microscopes, as well as massive pages turned by means of a crank. Arty writers and writing artists will gather with the public for a reception at 6 p.m. at Space 743, 743 Harrison, S.F. The exhibition continues Wed-Sat noon-5 p.m. through Sept. 22. Free; call 777-9080.

It's a Sunny Day In "Sunny von Bulow Is Still Alive," installation artist Terri Friedman addresses the former lifestyle and current medical condition of the world's most famous coma victim. Portrayed as a chain-smoking, pill-popping, banana-split addict by Glenn Close in Reversal of Fortune, von Bulow isn't visually present in the exhibition, but her purgatoried soul is evoked through clear plastic tubes that circulate colored water and glitter, and plastic designer shopping bags blown by fans. Art buffs and ambulance-chasers can rub shoulders at a 6-9 p.m. reception at Victoria Room, 180 Sixth St, S.F. "Sunny von Bulow Is Still Alive" continues Fri-Sun noon-6 p.m. through Sept. 17. Free; call 255-0364.

Youth on a Mission Since June, four S.F.-based artists -- Agelio Batle, Yolanda Lopez, Alfonzo Moret, and Thet Shein Win -- have been working with Southern Exposure's summer education program, "Mission Voices." Comprised of 25 teens from three Mission District youth groups, the program uses photography, drawing, mask-making, and sculpture to explore issues such as cultural identity, community, immigration, and the environment. A week of exhibition and performances begins with "Grito de la Mission: '95 Youth Arts Jam," featuring drumming, theater, and spoken word by Danza Xitlalli, as well as capoeira; the show starts at 7 p.m. at Southern Exposure, 401 Alabama, S.F. Free; call 863-2141.

august 19
Gong Show Attention gong lovers: The second annual Filipino-American Arts Exposition will sport plenty of booming, clanging metal discs. The two-day outdoor fair also offers musical ensembles, theater groups, dance troupes (including the Barangay Dance Company and Siliyan Dance Company), and pop stars (Filipino idol Gary Valenciano). In conjunction with the event, the Pearl of the Orient Parade presents floats and fertility dances at 11 a.m. at Market & Embarcadero, S.F.; the expo itself lasts 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. today and Sunday at Yerba Buena Gardens and Esplanade, Third St & Mission, S.F. Free; call 621-3223.

Kreative Kids Presented by Dance Brigade, the All Youth Performing Arts Festival ranges from harp music to hip hop. Jamaa Pamoja and San Jose Taiko will drum, the Oakland Youth Chorus will sing, the Imhotet Dance Ensemble will dance, and the Prescott Clowns will clown. The tunes and buffoonery take place at 7:30 p.m. at Alice Arts Theater, 1428 Alice, Oakland. Tickets are $6-8; call (510) 652-0752.

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