march 19
Cut and Splice New York-based animator Lewis Klahr has been making collages for over 20 years; in works like Downs Are Feminine, he places vintage male physique models in colorful settings. The Pharaoh's Belt is Klahr's longest work (43 minutes) to date: It juxtaposes sleeping and blindfolded boys, huge cakes, and product-cluttered suburban homes. Is it a comment on consumer society? Maybe, but regardless, it's fun to look at. Pharaoh screens along with two other Klahr shorts -- Altair and Whirligigs in the Late Afternoon -- at 7:30 p.m. at Pacific Film Archive, 2625 Durant, Berkeley. Tickets are $3-6; call (510) 642-1124.

The Gong Show If today's "post-rock" is just prog rock in trendy new clothes, then Gong is due for a reappraisal. Since 1969, the science-fiction hippie group has gone through numerous lineup changes, but the themes and images in its lyrics -- flying teapots, robot women, space whispers, crystal machines, and such -- have always been trippy. Daevid Allen and a few other early/original Gong-ers play (along with Angel'in Heavy Syrup) at 8 p.m. at the Great American Music Hall, 859 O'Farrell, S.F. Tickets are $16.50; call 885-0750.

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