Tribute Time When it premiered at the Castro Theatre in 1977, Peter Adair and the Mariposa Group's Word Is Out offered the first documentary portrait of gay life made by and for gays, interweaving the stories of 27 men and women. Word Is Out and selections from other films -- including Holy Ghost People, Stopping History, The AIDS Show, and Absolutely Positive -- screen at a tribute to Adair, who will receive the 1996 Frameline Award. The program starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Castro Theatre, Castro & Market, S.F. Tickets are $6; call 621-6120.

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The Real McCoy Though his improv work in the '70s -- built on suspended chords and intervals of a fourth rather than more typical thirds -- is innovative, McCoy Tyner is best-known for his tenure as John Coltrane's piano man in the early '60s; similarly influential, Michael Brecker's trademark sax sound has graced recordings by Quincy Jones, Charles Mingus, and John Lennon. After performing together for the first time at Yoshi's last February, Tyner and Brecker cut an album, Infinity; they leave the studio and return to the stage at 8 and 10 p.m. (through Sunday) at Yoshi's, 6030 Claremont, Oakland. Tickets are $18-20; call (510) 652-9200.

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