december 2
Sound Attacks Goin' On For some people, the only revolution in music is the spinning of a turntable or a disc player, but others approach noisemaking as an inherently (and overtly) political act. Members of the latter group -- including writers Hakim Bey and Tricia Rose and musicians Billy Bragg, Negativland, and Jean Smith -- contribute to Sounding Off! Music as Subversion/Resistance/Revolution, a new book published by Autonomedia. Earth First! troubadour Darryl Cherney, singer/songwriter Lisa Palty, and others will perform at a release party for the tome at 9 p.m. at Komotion International, 2779 16th St, S.F. Free; call 861-6423.

Chip Off the Old Rock Wang Lu Huan turns rocks into snakes, amphibians, and insects -- through the magic of sculpture. Also gifted in painting, calligraphy, and poetry, the artist describes and demonstrates the sculpting process -- from selecting the stone to observing and carving the subject -- in conjunction with the current exhibition "Lu Huan: Stone Carvings by a Chinese Master." The presentation lasts from 1 to 4 p.m. (also Sunday) at California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, S.F. Admission is $4-7; call 750-7145.

Have Some Faith Not only is Alison Faith Levy a powerful rock singer, inside sources say she does an amazing karaoke rendition of Kate Bush's "Wuthering Heights." Levy's group, the Alison Faith Levy Rock Show, will play at the release party for its new single, "The Scientist." Also featuring the Loud Family and experimental/industrial films curated by Danny Plotnick, the shindig starts at 9 p.m. at Hotel Utah, 500 Fourth St, S.F. Tickets are $5; call 821-9322.

Artsy Craftsy A benefit for the Women's Building, the 1995 Celebration of Craftswomen showcases 280 artists over two weekends. The largest art deco sale in the country, the Art Deco '50s Holiday Sale includes furniture, art, clothes, and other collectibles from over 200 dealers. The Celebration of Craftswomen runs 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Saturday and Sunday, through Dec. 10) at the Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, S.F. Tickets are $4-5; call 361-0700. The Art Deco '50s Holiday Sale lasts 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday) at the Concourse Exhibition Center, Eighth St & Brannan, S.F. Admission is $5; call 599-3326.

Do You Know the Way to San Jose? The second installment in a four-part series co-curated by the Whitney Museum of Art and the San Jose Museum of Art, "American Art 1940-1965: Traditions Reconsidered" includes major surrealist, abstract expressionist, pop, and minimalist works. The exhibition features pieces by Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Clyfford Still, Helen Frankenthaler, Jasper Johns, Frank Stella, Roy Lichtenstein, and Andy Warhol. You can see it from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at San Jose Museum of Art, 110 South Market, San Jose. Admission is $3-6; call (408) 294-2787.

december 3
Trumpet Tribute Don Cherry made his musical debut with the Ornette Coleman Quartet at a time -- the late '50s and early '60s -- when Coleman was introducing his theory of harmolodics to skeptical musicians and listeners. Though Cherry's pocket trumpet sound is usually associated with his Coleman sojourn, his musical explorations extend to other instruments and continents. Influenced by the different scales in Japanese and Indian music, Cherry contributed to some of the ECM label's most innovative recordings. John Handy, John Tchicai, Father Amde Hamilton, Multi Kulti Trio, and Jai Uttal headline a tribute to Cherry, who died last month at 58. The music lasts from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Medina, 1015 Folsom, S.F. Free; call 789-8467.

december 4
Goat's-Eye View The New York-based Wooster Group is a teletheater ensemble featuring Willem Dafoe, Spalding Gray, and the late Ron Vawter. The ongoing "Modus Mondays" series presents three made-for-video works by the group: Rhyme 'Em to Death, which reconstructs the trial in Victor Hugo's The Hunchback of Notre Dame from the persecuted goat's perspective; White Homeland Commando, a TV cop show satire; and Flaubert Dreams of Travel But the Illness of His Mother Prevents It, which has a long title. The screening begins at 7:30 p.m. at Center for the Arts, 701 Mission, S.F. Free ($4 donation requested); call 346-6456.

Brain Battles In a two-part essay for the New York Review of Books last year, Frederick Crews not only attacked "recovered memory," but used the phenomenon as a start-off point for a scathing critique of Freudian psychology. Analysts' and patients' angry responses to Crews (and Crews' responses to their responses) are also included in The Memory Wars: Freudian Science in Dispute, a lit-psych brouhaha equal to any writings by Janet Malcolm -- who once called Crews a "neo-Freudophobe" -- on the subject. Hear Crews at 7:30 p.m. at Black Oak Books, 1491 Shattuck, Berkeley. Free; call (510) 486-0698.

Cuckoo Ken Three interesting things about Ken Russell's Crimes of Passion: 1) An MTV parody in which plenty of cutlery is thrown into a swimming pool; 2) Anthony Perkins as a perverted minister with a penchant for deadly steel dildos; 3) Kathleen Turner (as a prostitute) sodomizing a cop with his own baton. See these three things and one of the whiniest performances in celluloid history (by Annie Potts) in the latest installment of the Castro Theatre's "Flesh & Blood: Sex, Violence, & Censorship" series at 9:15 p.m. at Castro & Market, S.F. Tickets are $6; call 621-6120.

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