december 27
Vacant Lot Ira Nowinski's "No Vacancy" records the history of the Yerba Buena Redevelopment Area, documenting the lives of local residents and their efforts to organize and protect their homes against the S.F. Redevelopment Agency. Through archival photos taken in the late '60s by Redevelopment Agency staff, Nowinski re-creates the site where -- irony of ironies -- Center for the Arts, the home of this exhibition, now stands. Nowinski's own photos are of the people who lived in the neighborhood, the activist groups they formed, and the subcultures that evolved from their displacement. See "No Vacancy" from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Center for the Arts, 701 Mission, S.F. The exhibition continues through March 3. Admission is $2.50-5; call 978-2787.

It Has a Nice Rink to It Cranky Nancy, tough Tonya, and the Ukrainian little ostrich (Oksana Baiul) won't be there, but "Stars on Ice" still features a number of world-famous skaters. Raising funds for the Make-a-Wish Foundation, the show includes performances by Olympic champions Kristi Yamaguchi, Scott Hamilton, Katarina Witt, and world champion Kurt Browning. The jumps and spins start at 8 p.m. at Oakland Coliseum, I-880 & Hegenberger, Oakland. Tickets are $27.50-39.50; call (510) 762-2277.

Hot Rod Hellcats Based on America's love affair with the automobile, Randy Hussong's "In the Loop" combines sculpture with two-dimensional wall works. The resulting installations aim to emphasize the competitive aspects of car culture; Hussong's show shares a gallery space with "The Harrison Ford Group Plus One," paintings by Tom Thompson that stem from recollections of a scene from The Fugitive. (Thompson's work comments on memory and the power of images to transcend narrative. Heavy.) Interested folks can observe hot rods and Harrison from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Gallery Paule Anglim, 14 Geary, S.F. Both shows continue through Jan. 20; call 433-2710.

december 28
Nostalgia for an Age Yet to Come Continuing the Harrison Ford theme, Ridley Scott's Blade Runner stars the tasty actor; an ambitious, $15 million adaptation of Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, the film bombed when it opened, but it has gradually attained cult status as a "thinking person's" science-fiction flick, much like Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey. Something to note while watching the exclusive director's cut: The film's replicant characters -- including a subdued Sean Young and new wave gymnast Daryl Hannah -- are more "human" than Ford's heroic private dick. Is the film's glossy/grimy vision of L.A. in the year 2019 dystopian, or is it realistic? And why do Westerners always make the future look Japanese? Decide for yourself at 7 and 9:30 p.m. (also Friday) at the Red Vic, 1727 Haight, S.F. Tickets are $3.50-5.50; call 668-3994.

All That Scratchin' Is Makin' Me Itch An evening of jazz and DJ innovation, "Marshall Arts Invisible Scratch Pickles" features turntable musician/magician Q-Bert (aka Richard Quitevis). Winner of West Coast, American, and world DJ championships, Q-Bert has worked with De La Soul, Ultramagnetic MC's, and others; he'll perform alone and together with Mix Master Mike, Apollo, DJ Disk, and DJ Shortkut at 9 p.m. at Slim's, 333 11th St., S.F. Tickets are $5-7; call 621-3330.

december 29
Sound Surround "All sounds are communicative -- sound as birth, life and death; sound as time and space; sound as object, environment or event," writes composer Stan Shaff. "Audiences should feel sound as it bumps up against them, caresses, travels through, covers and enfolds them." (Kinky!) An aural theater created by Shaff and equipment designer Doug McEachern, Audium puts these theories to use. Listeners sit in concentric circles and are enveloped by speakers in sloping walls, floating floors, and a suspended ceiling; compositions are created live by a tape performer who directs sounds through a custom-designed console to any combination of 169 speakers. The aural sex starts at 8:30 p.m. (also Saturday) at 1616 Bush, S.F. Tickets are $10; call 771-1616.

Divalicious A biannual event produced by Volonte Williams of WAMMIE-winners One Nation Underground, "Divas of Jazz and Soul" showcases the style and range of some Bay Area female vocalists. Daria Nile, Terra Deva, Jenna Mamina, Diana Alden, and Sherazade perform interpretations of classics made famous by Aretha, Sarah, Bessie, Billie, and others; One Nation Underground provides the music. The show begins at 10 p.m. at Cafe Du Nord, 2170 Market, S.F. Tickets are $5; call 861-5016.

december 30
Everything Must Go This year's national and local political high jinks -- from naughty Newt's tantrums to flabby Frank's shower -- provide the source material for "1995 Clearance: A Year End Revue." An evening of skits, sketches, and stand-up billed as "comedy for people who read or know someone who does," the program features Will Durst, Deb & Mike, and kvetchmaster Steve Kravitz; the yuks commence at 8 and 10:30 p.m. at Julia Morgan Center, 2640 College, Berkeley. Tickets are $10; call (510) 762-2277. (New Year's Eve shows start at 7:30 and 10 p.m. at Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center, S.F.; tickets are $20-30.)

Broken English Playwright Chay Yew's As If He Hears was initially banned by the government in his native Singapore -- it was the first drama in that country to deal openly with AIDS and the emerging gay subculture. Now, Yew lives in America; his new play, A Language of Their Own, combines two short works into a look at love, loss, and language. Directed by Tim Dang, the drama previews at 8 p.m. at Asian American Theater Center, 403 Arguello, S.F. A Language of Their Own continues through Feb. 4. Tickets are $8-21; call 751-2600.

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