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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sugar Smacks Nick Nolte is a Nietzsche-reading Marine and Tuesday Weld is a drug-addict mother in Karel Reisz's 1978 Who'll Stop the Rain. The second of the Red Vic's "Two Tuesday Tuesdays" charts Weld's career transition: In early roles, she plays a woman who destroys others to get what she wants; later, she plays a woman who destroys herself because she can't get what she wants. Beware: Rain features songs by Creedence Clearwater Revival. The lights go down at 7 and 9:30 p.m. at 1727 Haight, S.F. Tickets are $3.50-5.50; call 668-3994.