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The ABCs of Mortality "Where Is Dead? -- Death Awareness Films 1960s & '70s" is a delightful program of shorts originally designed to teach kids all about the Grim Reaper. The screening -- which includes titles like Soon There Will Be No More Me and Suicide, But Jack Was a Good Driver -- begins at 8 p.m. at Artists' Television Access, 992 Valencia, S.F. Tickets are $5; call 824-3890.

saturday
april 6
Black Is, Black Ain't Hip hop as a social and political vehicle, the crossover of black art into the mainstream, and the role of artists within black liberation movements are some of the topics on the agenda at the National Black Art Student Conference. Fly Boy in the Buttermilk author/Village Voice columnist Greg Tate will speak; other artists and theorists include Thelma Golden, Kahil El'Zabar, Regina Mouton, Dewey Crumpler, and Marcelino Ford Lievene. Hosted by the African Collective Perspective, the all-day event -- which hopes to draw some local hip-hop talent -- begins at 9 a.m. at S.F. Art Institute, 800 Chestnut, S.F. Tickets are $15-35; call 749-4542.

Incredible Edible Eggs Bay Area celebrities, florists, bakers, and designers -- including Armistead Maupin, Tosca's Jeannette Etheredge, and the S.F. Zoo -- will contribute baskets to the fifth annual "Easter Basket Sale for AIDS." The sale portion of the fund-raiser (for AIDS Emergency Fund and PAWS) lasts from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Bayfront Gallery, Fort Mason Center, S.F. Admission is free (baskets will be $25-200); call 441-1282.

Future Sex Drawing comparisons between Jean Seberg and Jane Fonda, Mark Rappaport's recent doc From the Journals of Jean Seberg rails against the sexism of Roger Vadim's Barbarella. But there's a big difference between director Romain Gary's torture and humiliation of actress/wife Seberg and director Vadim's pseudo-feminist, futuristic glam fantasies involving actress/wife Fonda. Barbarella features what might be Fonda's best comic performance, and the outfits -- when the characters wear any -- are to die for. See Jane and the blind, blond hunk with wings at 2, 4, 7:15, and 9:20 p.m. at the Red Vic, 1727 Haight, S.F. Tickets are $3-5.50; call 668-3994.

Food for Thought You can learn how to make instant coffee from real coffee, how to make margarine from engine oil, and how to fry an egg on paper at "An Irreverent History of Food." TV host Tim Hunkin (The Secret Life of Machines) is the twisted mind behind the presentation, which also highlights some of the disgusting ingredients in low-fat food. If you aren't already scared witless by Mad Cow Disease, show up at 2 p.m. at the Exploratorium, 3601 Lyon, S.F. Admission is $2.50-9; call 563-7337.

Snark Attack The Oxford English Dictionary defines snarkism as "a rude, sarcastic tone." Snarkism is also the title of the new LP by S.F.'s one and only Tribe 8, who recently appeared on TV with Luther Campbell of 2 Live Crew. Dianne DiMassa's castration-happy Hothead Paisan appears on the fab front cover, and a gaggle of S.F. drag queens -- Joan Jett Blakk, Justin Bond, Birdie Bob Watt -- get name-checked in "Tranny Chaser," lead singer Lynn Breedlove's tribute to gender-benders who make her heart go va-va-voom. A record release party for Snarkism -- including performances by Cypher in the Snow, Valerie Stadeler, Dirtbike Gang, and Gretchen Phillips of 2 Nice Girls -- commences at 8 p.m. at Transmission Theater, 314 11th St., S.F. Tickets are $7; call 282-9784 for more information.

You Make Me Sick What does puking mean? Marshall Weber wants to find out. Weber's documentary Beautiful Losers is a close-up look at the vomiting rituals of American youth, from nihilistic punks to decadent college co-eds. The 30-minute short is part of an "Other Cinema" program that oozes with bodily fluids; other works include Mark Hejnar's Affliction (featuring an artier, more predictable array of taboo-smashers, including Annie Sprinkle, Mike Diana, and the late GG Allin) and Otto Muehl's trio of yucky Aktions. The fun starts at 8:30 p.m. at Artists' Television Access, 992 Valencia, S.F. Tickets are $5; call 824-3890.

sunday
april 7
Silly Rabbit Scholars at the National Maritime Museum Association claim the Easter Bunny travels by boat. The first annual "Victorian Park Easter Egg Hunt" banks on a visit by the furry mariner; the event, with hourly egg hunts, lasts from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Victorian Park (near Hyde Street Pier), Fisherman's Wharf, S.F. Free (pier admission is $1-2); call 929-0202.

monday
april 8
The Wonderful World of Words How many award-winning poets can you cram into one room? The "National Poetry Month Celebration" manages 10: Francisco X. Alarcon, Marilyn Chin, Thom Gunn, Brenda Hillman, June Jordan, Nobel Prize winner Czeslaw Milosz, Michael Palmer, Adrienne Rich, Gary Snyder, and host Robert Hass. A benefit for Poetry Flash, the reading begins at 8 p.m. at Herbst Theater, 401 Van Ness, S.F. Tickets are $15; call 392-4400.

Design for Living Both in Japan and in America, Makoko Saito subverts design norms. The poster is Saito's preferred medium; his work toys with traditional definitions of design and art. The four-installment "Global Narratives" lecture series (which also features appearances by Mary Lewis, Cyan, and cute Todd Oldham) begins with a talk by Saito at 7:30 p.m. at Center for the Arts Theater, 700 Howard, S.F. Tickets are $15-20; call 978-2787.

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