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Wet and Wacky Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, Donald O'Connor, and Cyd Charisse will be at the gala reopening of the Lark Theatre -- on film. They star in the so-perky-it-makes-you want-to-kill musical Singin' in the Rain, which begins a year-round program of revivals and premieres at the '30s art-deco theater; the coming months promise tributes to Louis Malle (R.I.P.), local documentarian Rob Epstein, and Pedro Almodóvar (whose upcoming The Flower of My Secret made a bunch of top-10 lists in the year-end issue of Film Comment). The lights go down at 8 p.m. at Lark Theatre, 549 Magnolia, Larkspur. Tickets are $5-10 (includes complimentary munchies); call 924-3311.

saturday
february 3
Sing and Sign Cabaret stalwarts like Andrea Marcovicci, David Staller, Amanda McBroom, Barbara Carroll, and Mary Cleere Haran momentarily leave the lounge, singing and signing (autographs) for free at "A Cavalcade of Stars." In conjunction with the "Mabel Mercer West Coast Cabaret Convention," the event starts at 2 p.m. at Star Classics, 425 Hayes, S.F. Free; call 552-1110.

Bond, Justin Bond Justin Bond has performed as women named Kiki and Hazy in the past few years, but it's been awhile since he graced the stage as himself. "Bonds Have More Fun" brings the smart, stylish one back to the Bay Area, with reliable sidekick Kenny Melman tinkling the ivories, and a special cameo by Miss Hattie Hathaway. DJs Deena Davenport and Alvin A-Go-Go of Baby Judy's spin loony tunes after the show till 3 a.m.; "spy drag" suggestions for audience members include .007, Pussy Galore, Honey West, Maxwell Smart, "99," and Emma Peel. The doors open at 9 p.m. and the show starts at 11 p.m. at Cocktails, 205 Ninth St., S.F. Tickets are $7-11; call 781-8224 (ext. 176).

Back to the Roots Along with Son Volt and S.F.'s Tarnation, the Geraldine Fibbers lead a new wave of country-influenced rock bands. The L.A.-based group's debut LP, Lost Somewhere Between the Earth and My Home, mixes violin, viola, banjo, and lap steel with guitars. Like Tarnation's Paula Frazer, lead singer Carla Bozulich (who used to front sex/synth merchants Ethyl Meatplow) has a dramatic, melancholy voice -- hear her at 10 p.m. at the Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., S.F. The Brilliantines and Polar Goldie Cats open. Tickets are $8; call 621-4455.

It's Not a Mirage Today, Peter O'Toole has been reduced to hawking snack foods on TV commercials, but once upon a time he signified all things British and regal and "in good taste." In David Lean's Lawrence of Arabia, O'Toole's portrayal of T.E. Lawrence matches the wide-screen desert-landscape cinematography (courtesy of Freddie Young). What's that dot on the horizon? Could it be Omar Sharif riding up on his camel? Find out at noon, 4:30, and 9 p.m. at the Castro Theatre, Castro & Market, S.F. Tickets are $6; call 621-6120.

sunday
february 4
Brainiac One of the highlights of last year's AFRO SOLO performance festival was Nena St. Louis' Do You Want to Buy My Brain? A funny portrayal of one woman's battle against an imaginary Siamese twin she hopes to kill with "pretty pink pills," the piece is Part 3 of a trilogy by St. Louis called Finding the Golden Thread. See St. Louis wage war with her inner voices at 3 p.m. at New Conservatory Theatre Center, 25 Van Ness, S.F. Tickets are $10; call 861-8972. Finding the Golden Thread also plays Sunday, Feb. 11.

monday
february 5
Writers' Rights The author of more than 30 books, Pramoedya Anata Toer is Indonesia's best-known writer. All of Toer's writings are banned in his home country, though; he has lived under city arrest in Jakarta since 1979, when he was released from prison, where he had been incarcerated without trial for 14 years. Alice Adams, Peter Dale Scott, Tracy Johnston, Jack Marshall, and Naomi Schwartz pay tribute to Toer in a reading co-sponsored by A Clean Well-Lighted Place for Books and Pen Center USA West; the event starts at 7:30 p.m. at 601 Van Ness, S.F. Free; call 441-6670.

More Than a Mouthful The winner of this year's Longest Book Title Award is Jerome Rothenberg. In Poems for the Millennium: The University of California Book of Modern and Postmodern Poetry Vol. 1 From Fin-de-Sicle to Negritude, Rothenberg and co-editor Pierre Joris collect poems and other documents produced from 1890 to 1945. The resulting cast of contributors includes blues queen Bessie Smith; surrealist jokester Salvador Dali; modernist trickster Gertrude Stein; and poet/essayists Octavio Paz and Pablo Neruda. Rothenberg reads from and discusses the book at 7:30 p.m. at Black Oak Books, 1941 Shattuck, Berkeley. Free; call (510) 486-0698.

tuesday
february 6
Starlust Taking its title from one of Douglas Sirk's films, "Magnificent Obsessions" is a program of shorts exploring relationships between real people and dream lovers. Like Fred and Judy Vermorel's amazing book Starlust, Laura Poitras' Exact Fantasy: a film about media correspondence and bringing the stars down to earth focuses on fan letters as a form of projection. (Poitras also examines call-ins to radio talk shows.) In the award-winning Black Sheep Boy, director Michael Wallin visualizes and analyzes his own desires, which run toward a particular type of young man. Yervant Gianikian and Angela Ricci Lucchi's Animali Criminali (a short about animal magnetism with turn-of-the-century nature footage) concludes the show at 7:30 p.m. at Pacific Film Archive, 2625 Durant, Berkeley. Tickets are $3.50-5.50; call (510) 642-1124.

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