Multiculti Refugee is a collaboration between Pearl Ubungen (the founder and artistic director of the Tenderloin Dance Project), composer/percussionist Randy Odell, writer Ben Clarke, and "sculptural fabricator" Kevin Leeper. Inspired by local crises involving homelessness and anti-immigrant hate, the piece mixes dance with a taped score featuring stories gathered from children and adults within the Tenderloin. See it at noon at United Nations Plaza, Market & Leavenworth, S.F. Free; call 285-1171.
Pop Treats Little black-and-white cubes covered with pop images, Building Blocks of the Information Age by Timothy B. Buckwalter are sometimes funny, sometimes perverse, and frequently both. "Calm, Cool, and Collected" features new works by Buckwalter and Vinnie Angel, whose brightly colored paintings depict heroes in wrestling attire kicking racist, sexist ass. Attend an opening reception for the artists, 7 to 10 p.m., at Four Walls, 3160-A 16th St, S.F.; "Calm, Cool, and Collected" continues through Oct. 28. Free; call 626-8515.
Just When You Thought It Was Safe The Phantom Surfers made their vinyl debut in 1987 with a 7-inch single titled "Sings Songs for Underage Kooks." Eight years later, the surf music revival is as big as a tsunami, with bands from Seattle (the Boss Martians), Japan (Jackie and the Cedrics), and England (Sir Bald Diddley and His Right Honourable Big Wigs) serving up sinister garage riffs. Devotees of the sound can join the Surfers, Orbit and the Purple Knifs, and more at this year's Shark Fest; the indoor beach party starts at 8 p.m. at Bimbo's 365 Club, 1025 Columbus, S.F. Tickets are $10-13; call 474-0365.
Myth and Dance In Diwata, the five-member company Kulintang Arts merges Filipino dance, talk story, Chinese opera, and nursery rhymes to explore the ancient Filipino myth of "a river spirit trapped on land." The resulting work comments -- directly and indirectly -- on immigrants' feelings of loneliness, displacement, and discovery. Choreographed by Alleluia Panis, Diwata begins at 8 p.m. (and continues Saturday) at Theater Artaud, 450 Florida, S.F. Tickets are $12.50-14.50; call 621-7797.
Nutty Entrees Dinner theater of the absurd, Bistro Shmistro! aims to turn food time into fun time, through the juggling, clowning, and acrobatics of Drew Letchworth and John Gilkey. Both know plenty about food-related theater: Gilkey's been in Pickle Family Circus, while Letchworth's contributed to Fratelli Bologna. The pair perform staged/improv scenes and present toys to diners at 7:30 p.m. at Icon Byte Bar & Grill, 299 Ninth St, S.F. Bistro Shmistro continues through Oct. 14 (performances also take place Wed and Thurs). Tickets are $18-34; call 861-2983.
Street Scene Art on the Avenue is an outdoor festival, and like most outdoor festivals, it offers arts, crafts, food, music, and dancing. More than 100 exhibitors will display nonedible goods, while three outdoor cafes serve up their wares. The live tunes lean toward jazz and swing, with Hip Bones, Madeline Eastman, and Larry Dunlap's Little Big Band hitting the stage. The merriment lasts 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and continues Sunday on Burlingame Avenue between California and El Camino Real, Burlingame. Free; call 346-4561.
Through the Looking Glass Since the turn of the century, popular media in the U.S. have promoted stereotypical images of Latin America. DeeDee Halleck's The Gringo in Ma–analand documents this cultural distortion, weaving together travelogues, dramatic films, newsreels, military footage, and textbook illustrations. Thanks to a collage approach to editing, the film is more tragicomic than didactic, forcing viewers to see culture from a variety of angles. Watch and think at 8:30 p.m. at Artists' Television Access, 992 Valencia, S.F. Tickets are $5; call 824-3890.
Kinky Boots If you like the look and feel of skin -- human or animal -- the Folsom Street Fair is for you. Hungry eyes can feast on people wearing nuns' habits (the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence), people wearing leather, and people wearing next to nothing at all. Food and fetish booths will satisfy numerous desires, and groups like the acid-fried Enrique will provide musical mayhem. Later on, the beat continues with After ... Birth, a rock AIDS fund-raiser with live performances by Flower S.F., Robbie D., Gregory O'Neil, and more. The fair lasts from noon to 6 p.m. on Folsom Street between Sixth and 12th streets, S.F.; After ... Birth starts at 6 p.m. at DNA Lounge, 375 11th St, S.F. The Folsom Street Fair is free; call 861-3247. After ... Birth is $5-15; call 626-1409.
Yummy Yummy Yummy The Golden Gate Food Spectacular features a melon-carving demonstration by Mark Davis, a dessert-making demonstration by Bo Friberg, a chocolate demonstration by John Hui, and general cooking instructions by Martin Yan. Participants more interested in eating than cooking can pig out at hospitality vendor displays and tasting booths. The culinary festivities last from noon to 5 p.m. at the Marriott Hotel, 55 Fourth St, S.F. Admission is $8; call 864-5627 for more information.
The General Whether or not he runs for president, Colin L. Powell is a controversial contemporary figure, thanks to his stint as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during the gays-in-the-military brouhaha. Powell's new memoir, My American Journey, spans from his childhood in the Bronx to current events. He'll sign copies of it at 2 p.m. at A Clean Well-Lighted Place for Books, 601 Van Ness, S.F. Free; call 441-6670.
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