Blood Ties William Klein's beautiful and disturbing '50s N.Y. street photos often show boys shooting toy guns and imagining other acts of violence. In the documentary Muhammad Ali, the Greatest, Klein's examination of masculinity shifts to manhood and faces another issue: race. The Greatest and Louis Massiah's M.O.V.E. doc The Bombing of Osage Avenue comprise "Float Like a Butterfly, Sting Like a Bee," a program about African-American power and politics. The latest installment of the "Discontent and Its Document" series begins at 7:30 p.m. at Center for the Arts, 701 Mission, S.F. Tickets are $3-6; call 978-2787.
Hell Hath No Fury John Fisher's Medea, the Musical is a wonderful theater production about a terrible theater production. Medea has received unanimous raves and numerous prizes (the 1995 Will Glickman Award for Best New Play; nine nominations from the Bay Area Critics Circle). Fisher's satirical look at Greek tragedy, contemporary revisionist theater, and everyday human foibles begins an open-ended run (Wednesday-Saturday at 8 p.m.; Sunday at 2 p.m.) at Stage Door Theatre, 420 Mason, S.F. Tickets are $22-26; call 433-9500.
Camera Lucida Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham, Nan Goldin, Bruce Naumann, Cindy Sherman, Lorna Simpson, Jack Smith, and Joel-Peter Witkin are among those featured in the University Art Museum's "Points of View: Photography From the Collection." A selection of 75 images spanning 140 years, the show includes daguerreotypes, autochromes, photo silk-screens, platinum prints, and mass-produced books; subjects range from Julia Margaret Cameron's ephemeral females to Bruce of Los Angeles' tasty slabs of beefcake. Famous images include Andy Warhol's 1964 silk-screen of Liz Taylor and Robert Mapplethorpe's Self-Portrait With Whip; the late S.F. artist Jerome Caja is captured in a striking portrait by Catherine Opie. Have a look-see from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (through May 5) at 2626 Bancroft, Berkeley. Admission is $1-6; call (510) 642-0808.
Loony Toons Japan's Hi-STANDARD covers "Saturday Night," the Bay City Rollers kiddie-glam classic that Howard Cosell used as the theme for his short-lived talk show. Hi-STANDARD released its first LP on its own label, Pizza of Death; Japanese-American tourmates the Ass Baboons of Venus make music -- if that's what you wanna call it -- for Stingy Banana Records. Billing themselves as "a musical version of the sandpaper G-string," the Ass Baboons have songs with titles like "Bad Hygiene Is Good Birth Control" and lyrics like "I take off clothes/ I break your nose/ I swing you by the penis/ Sexy naked lady wrestler." Witness a rock show involving props, costumes, choreography, futile outbursts, and seizures at 9 p.m. at Boomerang, 1840 Haight, S.F. Saturn's Flea Collar and Plainfield are also on the bill. Tickets are $3; call 387-2996.
Technopoly Mark Harrison's Visions of Heaven and Hell predicts a not-so-distant future where technology displaces social relationships with stratified information and global capital. Harrison's 1994 video work includes soundbites by media commentators ranging from Faith Popcorn to Neil Postman; Derek Jarman film star Tilda Swinton provides Stepford wife narration. The film -- introduced by author James Brook (editor of Resisting the Virtual Life) -- screens at 7 p.m. at Pacific Film Archive, 2625 Durant, Berkeley. Tickets are $3.50-5.50; call (510) 642-1124.
American Woman The Heather Woodbury Report or What Ever is a one-
woman show involving 100 characters. The darn thing originated when Woodbury -- founder of N.Y.'s Cafe Bustelo, where Reno and John Leguizamo honed their performing skills -- was dared by a friend to write and perform a new piece every week for a year. After modifying the term to a pregnant nine months, Woodbury slowly gathered a devoted cult following at various venues. She's bringing a condensed version of the work to the West Coast; the first of eight weekly installments starts at 10 p.m. at Josie's Cabaret & Juice Joint, 3583 16th St., S.F. Tickets are $10; call 861-7933.
Light and Lively A large rodentlike creature rides a rocket through a nighttime landscape in one of Bruno Jacqmain's recent pieces. "Images Fantastiques" showcases 34 works on canvas and paper by the lighthearted, kitschy Belgian surrealist. A reception for the show (which continues through May 11) lasts 6 to 8 p.m. at Vorpal Gallery, 393 Grove, S.F. Free; call 397-9200.
Life, Death, and Detergent God is the leader of an all-girl cycle gang and Satan is a gay self-help addict in D'Arcy Drollinger's new rock musical, The Possession of Mrs. Jones. A prequel to 1993's The Cereal Killers, Drollinger's latest pop-addled vision begins in 1960, when a happy homemaker's dream washing machine begins to wreak demonic havoc in suburban paradise. The show -- which features musical direction by Richard Koldewyn, co-founder of the pre-John Waters glitter-drag troupe the Cockettes -- starts at 8 p.m. (continuing through May 11) at Bernice Street Playhouse, 21 Bernice, S.F. Tickets are $10; call 267-1868.
Start Your Engines Located near SFMOMA and Center for the Arts, ACME Gallery reacts against bigger, more refined establishments. "ACME Custom," the site's newest show, began as a showcase for motorcycle work by Praire Prince and "Pete the Painter"; in its current state, artists like Frank Kozik explore the customizing of other machines and the human body. See metal sculptures, lowriders, tattoos, and more at an opening party (as opposed to "reception"?) from 7 to 10 p.m. at 667 Howard, S.F. Admission is $3-10; call 777-2263.
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