march 2
Mum's the Word Enormous happy-go-lucky Slinkys, giant green garbage bags, and creatures with Silly Putty heads and toilet paper faces have invaded the Bay Area. Yes, Mummenschanz is in town. The 21-year-old Swiss mime trio (Floriana Frassetto, Bernie SchYrch, and Roger Zanetti) has a new show, Parade. They slide, slither, and slouch across the stage at 2 and 8 p.m. (3 p.m. Sunday) at Zellerbach Hall, Bancroft & Telegraph, UC Berkeley campus. Tickets are $12-24; call 776-1999.

Blood Money "Rhythms of Justice" pays tribute to the late Ken Saro-Wiwa, the Amnesty Award-winning Nigerian activist executed (along with eight others) by that country's military dictatorship last November. (Though framed on murder charges, Saro-Wiwa's real crime was his struggle against the Nigerian government and Shell Oil's trashing of land and people.) Music (by Prince Ayo), speeches, and a film about Saro-Wiwa are part of the event; a benefit for Nigerian Youths and Partners, it lasts from 3 to 7 p.m. at Kimball's Carnival, 5800 Shellmound, Emeryville. Tickets are $10-15; call (510) 653-5300.

The Odd Couple He's a young, rebellious Marxist who loves beer, women, and Che Guevara. She's a 72-year-old woman with lots of attitude, who talks directly to statues of the saints. They're roommates, and they're the main characters in Basement Refugees, a bilingual (English and Spanish) comedy written and directed by Rodrigo Duarte Clark. Presented by El Teatro de la Esperanza, the show starts at 8 p.m. (continuing Thursdays-Sundays through March 17) at Intersection for the Arts, 446 Valencia, S.F. Tickets are $6-8; call 255-2320.

Flower Power With a new LP due soon, Tiny Tim is launching another comeback. The question is: Did anyone want him to return? The whiny, greasy-haired troubadour's favorite flower -- the tulip -- also reappears this spring, a much more welcome event. "Tulipmania" features more than 35,000 of the colorful blooms. Flower fans can ogle and smell them at a 10 a.m. tour (through March 10) at Pier 39, Beach & Embarcadero, S.F. Free; call 705-5500.

Bizarre Love Triangle Past radicalism meets current pseudo-feminism in Liza Johnson's Good Sister/Bad Sister, a look at '60s Weather Underground fugitive Katherine Power and '90s rock icon Courtney Love, mediated by Linda Carroll (Power's therapist and Love's mother!). Johnson's short is part of a show called "Women on Women"; works by Helen Stickler, Jennifer Gentile, Sikay Tang, Carolyn Coolie & Rachel Mayeri, and Mari Kono complete the screening, which starts at 8:30 p.m. at Artists' Television Access, 992 Valencia, S.F. Tickets are $5; call 824-3890.

march 3
Literary Soundtracks Music by Schumann meets text by Shelley, and music by Liszt is paired with poetry by Allen Ginsberg in "piano and speech," a performance by pianist Eliane Lust and speakers Michael Sternberg, Steve Silberman, Laurie Amat, and Charles Shere. The show -- also featuring works by John Cage and Laurie Anderson and the S.F. premiere of Frederic Rzew-ski's composition for Oscar Wilde's De Profundis -- begins at 4 p.m. at Old First Church, Van Ness & Sacramento, S.F. Tickets are $7-9; call 474-1608.

Goldfish Girl The tale of a 7-year-old girl's quest for the aforementioned critter, Jafar Panahi's The White Balloon was a big winner at last year's Cannes Film Festival. In New York, it's doing boffo box office and generating funny arguments (a recent letter to the Village Voice complains about the paper's psychosexual reading of the snakes in the film). The local premiere at 2 p.m. highlights an Iranian New Year celebration at the Asian Art Museum, Golden Gate Park, S.F. Admission is $3-6; call 379-8801.

march 4
Spawn of Satan If you think you have neighbors from hell, compare yourself to poor Mia Farrow in Rosemary's Baby: Not only does she have to put up with cranky Ruth Gordon knocking on her door all day and night, she's got the son of Satan in her stomach, and he has a bizarre craving for raw meat! The 1968 flesh-crawler is part of a Roman Polanski double-bill about demonic apartment dwellers; it screens at 2 and 7 p.m.; The Tenant (with Shelley Winters as a next-door nag) screens at 4:35 and 9:35 p.m. at UC Theatre, University & Shattuck, Berkeley. Tickets are $4-6.50; call (510) 843-6267.

march 5
Pasolini Requiem Like Rimbaud, Pier Paolo Pasolini is a poet whose life inspires speculation and myth-making: The new film Who Killed Pasolini? is just the latest in a long string of artworks about the murdered creator. Carlo Mega presents an audiovisual performance of Pasolini's writing and Lawrence Ferlinghetti reads from his translation of Pasolini's Roman Poems at 6:30 p.m. at Instituto Italiano di Cultura, 425 Bush, Suite 301, S.F. Free; call 788-7142.

Slanted and Enchanted A German expressionist and horror classic, 1919's The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is also the first cult film: It played in one Paris theater for seven consecutive years, a box-office record that lasted until 1974 and the coming of Emanuelle. The movie's plot -- about an evil figure who hypnotizes people to carry out his plans -- eerily prefigures the rise of Hitler, but the claustrophobic, zigzagging visuals are hardest to forget. Film historian Russell Merritt introduces Caligari and Randy Craig accompanies the film on piano at 6:30 p.m. at Goethe-Institut, 530 Bush, S.F. Free; call 391-0370.

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