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wednesday
november 22
Fancy Prancers Founded 59 years ago by Bolshoi Ballet Master Igor Moiseyev, the Moiseyev Dance Company keeps getting bigger and bigger. In 1937, it had 37 dancers; in 1955, it had more than 100; today, it has more than 200. Originally dedicated to Russian dances, the company's repertoire has expanded to include choreography from Spain, Japan, China, Argentina, Mexico, Poland, Hungary, and America. The huge troupe's first Bay Area show since 1991 begins at 8 p.m. at Golden Gate Theatre, Sixth St & Market, S.F. Performances continue through Sunday. Tickets are $25-50; call 776-1999.

Mighty Mo Way back in the early '30s, the box-office queen of the silver screen wasn't Crawford, Davis, Shearer, or Garbo, but the stout, anti-glamorous Marie Dressler. In the 1933 comic drama Tugboat Annie, Marie plays a skipper weighed down by her boozin' hubby (Wallace Beery -- har dee har); in 1932's Emma, she's a household domestic in San Francisco ("Sentimental movie never cloys, thanks to wonderful Marie," says Leonard Maltin). Tugboat Annie (2:30, 5:45, and 9 p.m.) and Emma (4:15 and 7:30 p.m.) make up a Dressler tribute at the Roxie (continuing Thursday), 3117 16th St, S.F. Tickets are $6; call 863-1087.

The Amy Club The Joy Luck Club's transition from best seller to Hollywood weepie catapulted Bay Area author Amy Tan to that level of recognition only filmed authors attain nowadays. Tan's latest novel -- The Hundred Secret Senses -- is another intricately woven intergenerational tale; this time the story centers on two sisters, one "quintessentially Chinese," the other raised in Daly City (poor thing). Tan signs copies of the book at 7:30 p.m. at A Clean Well-Lighted Place for Books, 601 Van Ness, S.F. Free; call 441-6670.

thursday
november 23
Turkey for Everybody Of all the food programs in the Bay Area, Glide Memorial Church has the only one that serves three hot meals every day. Glide hopes to feed 6,500 poor and homeless people this Thanksgiving; more than 1,200 volunteers will help put the meal together. The cooking and eating lasts from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 330 Ellis, S.F. Free; call 771-6300.

Trip the Light Fantastic Russian dancing is taking over the city this week. The California Kolo Festival devotes three days to Balkan non-partner folk dance: The event features instructive seminars (including one on "Preventing Dance Injuries") and live performances. An opening-night dance ($5) begins at 8 p.m. at S.F. Russian Center, 2450 Sutter, S.F. Other programs (including a Saturday night concert) range from $10-65; call (800) 730-5615.

friday
november 24
Loud and Proud "Hold On: The New Spirituals Project," a concert devoted to music as liberation, mixes the old with the new this year. Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir will perform rare, late-19th-century spirituals; under the direction of Elizabeth Seja Min, the Redwood House Choir will perform the world premiere of Anybody Here? Song Journey in Seven Movements, by Bernice Johnson Reagon of Sweet Honey in the Rock. Preceded by a 6:30 p.m. conversation with Reagon, the show starts at 8 p.m. (also Saturday) at First Congregational Church, 2501 Harrison, Oakland. Tickets are $14-18; call (510) 835-1445.

Femme Fatale By far the best thing about Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, Sheryl Lee's performance as Laura Palmer brought some emotional weight to David Lynch's played-out glib surrealism. Lee got great reviews (Leonard Maltin says she's "affecting") but was ignored come Oscar time; since then, she's made do with ornamental roles in mediocre films like Backbeat. Ross Kagen Marks' Homage gives Lee another fatalistic star turn -- this time, she's a TV actress plagued by a man who has befriended her reclusive mother (Blythe Danner). Continuing through Nov. 30, the film screens at 7 and 9:15 p.m. at the Roxie, 3125 16th St, S.F. Tickets are $6; call 863-1087.

All-Time Queen of the World Self-described "international underground superstar, spokesmodel, publishing maggot, punk rock legend myth, sexy retarded whore, and award-winning blacktress," Vaginal Davis pioneered the queer zine scene with Fertile La Toyah Jackson Magazine and Shrimp ("the magazine of licking and sucking big feet"), gossipfests that make Kenneth Anger look like Liz Smith. Her bands include Black Fag (with Beck's mom); Cholita, the Female Menudo; and Pedro, Muriel, and Esther, featuring Davis and company as angry, white militia men with ZZ Top beards. In "Get That Nut!" (an evening of filmy film), busy Ms. Davis shares her latest cinematic creations, including Designy Living and Voodoo Williamson: The Dona of Dance (where a 72-year-old woman introduces inner-city youth to that fragile green flower known as "the dance"). The program -- which also includes Porn by Lawrence Elbert, and Glennda and Bruce Do Times Square, featuring Glennda Orgasm and Bruce Benderson (author of the sporadically superb novel User) -- begins at 7 and 9 p.m. at Artists' Television Access, 992 Valencia, S.F. Tickets are $5; call 824-3890.

Pheromone Overdrive The Castro Theatre's "Flesh and Blood: Sex, Violence, and Censorship" series begins with a new 35mm print of In the Realm of the Senses. Nagisa Oshima's 1976 film is one of the first to use graphic sex to probe human relationships. Basically a tale of lust gone berserk, it's all about eroticism -- the sex/death combo French philosophers love to mentally masturbate over. Oshima's spare, unrelenting dialogue and visuals are more interesting than current sex/death cinematic mutations like the "erotic thriller." ("Explicit, controversial ... but overall a pretentious film," says Leonard Maltin.) Hungry eyes/minds can feast at 12:15, 2:30, 4:45, 7, and 9 p.m. at the Castro, Castro and Market, S.F. The film continues through Nov. 30. Tickets are $6; call 621-6120.

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