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Wednesday, Apr 10 1996
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wednesday
april 10
Double Farley Feature Why are the closeted gay actors of yesteryear -- Sal Mineo, Anthony Perkins, and Montgomery Clift, for example -- more interesting than today's (supposedly) gay male film stars? Soft and pretty, Farley Granger is the kind of feminine leading man Hollywood doesn't favor anymore. In Alfred Hitchcock's Rope, Farley and fellow fem John Dall (star of the phallically loaded Gun Crazy) are murderers modeled after the infamous Leopold and Loeb; in Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train (based on Patricia Highsmith's overtly homo novel), tennis champ Farley is haunted by homicidal Robert Walker. Rope screens at 1:40, 5:20, and 9 p.m.; Strangers screens at 3:40 and 7:20 p.m. at the Castro Theatre, Castro & Market, S.F. Tickets are $6; call 621-6120.

thursday
april 11
Emotions in Motion In Any Space Between Shadows, Robert Moses' Kin dance company travels through African-American social and artistic history, integrating jazz dance and hip-hop beats. The performance -- with contributions by rapper AK Black; composers Steve Williams, Danielle Sanchez, and Joey Blake; and students from Bayview-Hunters Point Opera House -- starts at 8 p.m. (also Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday) at Theater Artaud, 450 Florida, S.F. Tickets are $12.50-16.50; call 621-7797. In BONES AND ASH: A Gilda Story, Urban Bush Women transforms Jewelle Gomez's science-fiction portrayal of power and slavery into dance theater. Featuring text by Gomez and music by Toshi Reagon, BONES begins at 7:30 p.m. (continuing through Saturday) at Center for the Arts Theater, 700 Howard, S.F. Tickets are $10-14; call 978-2787.

Silly Shorts Curated by Jenni Olson, Trailer Camp is a bouquet of 30 perverse previews, beginning with Russ Meyer's bodacious Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill! and concluding with the trailer for the 1996 S.F. International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival. Some of John Travolta's biggest bombs -- including the Lily Tomlin romance Moment by Moment -- are strung together. Other trampy, campy teasers: Mae West in Sextette; Andy Warhol's infanticidal Bad; and What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? The program even includes a Hostess Twinkies ad. Scope it out at 7:30 and 9:15 p.m. at the Castro Theatre, Castro & Market, S.F. Tickets are $6; call 621-6120.

Escape From Noise S.F. audio subversives Negativland make their first live appearance in three years at "Premeditated Breakdown." The blessed event features "visual jamming" on multiple screens by Other Cinema honcho Craig Baldwin (whose Negativland-inspired doc Sonic Outlaws just got a rave in the New York Times); Scott and Gavin Hardkiss and Space Time Continuum's Jonah Sharp will DJ. The found sounds and images start flying at 9 p.m. at Trocadero Transfer, 520 Fourth St., S.F. Tickets are $11; call 995-4600.

Hello Dali Though his intricate social surrealist satire invaded some major museums in the '40s, 78-year-old Alonso Smith has spent most of the past five decades in obscurity. Since Smith pieces like Medical Malpractice (in which malpractice is a lucrative profession) are both funnier and formally superior to Robert Williams' popular twisted visions, perhaps a younger generation will discover him. Local filmmaker Scott Beale's new documentary, Alonso G. Smith: A Half Century of Social Surrealism should help; the profile of Smith and his art screens at 7 and 8:30 p.m. (continuing through Sunday) at Casting Couch Micro Cinema, 950 Battery, S.F. Tickets are $10; call 986-7001.

The Nose Always Knows Chip Lord's The Aroma of Enchantment is a video essay about the "Idea of America" that developed in post-World War II Japan. Lord introduces his latest work with "The Futuristic in the American 1950s" -- a talk featuring slides of Cadillac Ranch and clips from Easy Living -- at 7:30 p.m. at Center for the Arts, 701 Mission, S.F. Tickets are $3-6; call 558-8129.

friday
april 12
Chico and the Robotic Man Some might claim S.F. art shows draw rooms full of humanoids, but the robot community in Chico MacMurtrie's The Amorphic Evolution is comprised of distinct personalities, none of whom spout theory. MacMurtrie's 80-plus creations range in size from 12 inches to 30 feet, and they're musically inclined, playing drums and even their own bodies. In conjunction with "SoundCulture '96," MacMurtrie and Amorphic Robot Works perform at 8 p.m. (continuing through April 27) at the LAB, 2948 16th St., S.F. Tickets are $7-10; call 864-8855.

It's Not Easy Being Green Sponsored by Food First, this year's S.F. Environmental Film Festival features over 35 documentaries and animated films. Screenings are followed by discussions with filmmakers and environmentalists; the three-day fest begins with the world premiere of Jaime Kibben's The Greening of Cuba (accompanied by Velorution: One City's Solution to the Automobile) at 5:30 p.m. at Center for the Arts, 701 Mission, S.F. Tickets are $7-10; call 978-2787.

Klubstitutionalized Since the passing of Diet Popstitute last year, Klubstitutes have been infrequent. But "Klubstitute Easter: Resurrection and Review" revives the drag bar and queer cabaret with sneak previews of upcoming queer plays, including the drag king musical Hillbillies on the Moon. Be a good egg from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Icon, 299 Ninth St., S.F. Tickets are $3-9; call 331-1500 (ext. 3438). Elsewhere on the homosexual agenda, "Queer Jam" is a two-night musical shindig hosted by storyteller/comedian Kris Kovick; the first show -- with Moving Violations, Amy Simpson, Big Hair Little Hair, and others -- starts at 8 p.m. at Red Dora's Bearded Lady Cafe, 485 14th St., S.F. Admission is $6; call 641-7285.

Daring Deren One of the pioneers of avant-garde film, Maya Deren rejected linear structure, using cinema to create tone poems. The women in Deren works like 1943's famous Meshes in the Afternoon are constantly on the move; like Martha Graham, Deren uses motion to convey emotion. "Maya Deren: Her Radical Aspirations and Influences in the Film Avant-Garde" contextualizes Deren by coupling her work with other experimenters. The series begins with two programs: "Surrealist Allusions" at 2 p.m. and "Modern" at 4 p.m. at SFMOMA, Phyllis Wattis Theater, 151 Third St., S.F. Admission is $7; call 357-4000.

saturday
april 13
Wheel in the Sky Keeps on Turnin' Sculptor James Harbison plans to dot the hillside above Randall Museum with pinwheels at the museum's annual Festival on the Hill. Kids and older humans can learn how to build their own spinning doohickeys, including a wind turbine; other highlights at the springtime family frolic include music, face painting, bubbles, kite flying, and animal visits. The fun lasts 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 199 Museum Way, S.F. Admission is $2; call 554-9600.

Attack of the Giant Clam San Franciscans, be proud -- you live in a city that hosts the largest glass clam created in the history of art. Mara Haseltine unveils her creation at "Ode to a Cherrystone Clam: A Coming of Age Celebration." The clam opening also includes a performance by Tony Labat, music by Charming Hostess, special guest appearances by Little Merman and "Clam Dream Box," and dance by Michelle Sortz and Troy Prince; Haseltine will present a lecture on her work at 4:30 p.m. at S.F. Art Institute, Lecture Hall, 800 Chestnut, S.F. Free; call 749-4588.

Sound Effects PHFFFT is an interactive sculpture of nearly 200 tuned, acoustic, air- and computer-activated sound components. Seattle sound artist Trimpin and Beth Custer of Club Foot Orchestra play with PHFFFT (and PHFFFT plays with itself) at 8 p.m. at New Langton Arts, 1246 Folsom, S.F. Tickets are $6-8; call 626-5416.

At Home You're a Tourist Photographer and filmmaker Nina Davenport spent one year traveling throughout India with a 16mm hand-crank movie camera. The result: Hello Photo, a paradoxical video essay. "I could not make a shot without being surrounded by a staring crowd," Davenport notes; rather than ignore the responses to her presence, she integrated them into the film. Hello Photo screens -- along with Don Bernier's taxidermy flick Suture and clips from vintage travelogues -- at 8:30 p.m. at Artists' Television Access, 992 Valencia, S.F. Admission is $5; call 824-3890.

sunday
april 14
Alive With Pleasure Berkeley's "Celebration of Youth Arts Day" starts with Afro-Haitian, Chinese, Filipino, Laotian, and modern dance performances by area students. Next comes some drama -- including snippets from Shakespeare, Oliver, and A Chorus Line -- and music (including shows by the Berkeley High Jazz Band and jazz quartet 3 Bean Salad). Part of Berkeley's monthlong Youth Arts Festival, the event lasts from noon to 7 p.m. at various locations near M.L. King Jr. Way and Center in Berkeley. Admission is free ($5 for the Berkeley High Jazz Band performance); call (510) 644-8923.

Music for Movies Since the NEA is too scared to fund art by people who don't have "classical" aesthetics, Artists' Television Access needs money to keep host-ing odd flicks (and other programs) for and by odd people. A handful of Bay Area bands -- Overwhelming Colorfast, Swirl Happy, the Grady Sisters, Earplug Boy, and the soon-to-be-mega Imperial Teen -- will make rock music sounds at a benefit for ATA at 7 p.m. at Kilowatt, 3160 16th St., S.F. Admission is $7; call 861-2595.

Eat to the Beat The Gospel Hummingbirds inaugurated the "Fried Chicken and Gospel" series at Biscuits & Blues early last month, and they've graced each incarnation of the event since. The Oakland-based group -- which has two albums on Blind Pig Records -- performs at this week's get-together, which lasts from 7 to 10 p.m. at 401 Mason, S.F. Tickets are $15 (includes dinner); call 292-2583.

monday
april 15
Lethal Weapon During election years, gang violence becomes a hot-button issue for cynical politicians who know little and care even less about the problem. In contrast, Geoffrey Canada's Fist Stick Knife Gun -- a memoir detailing his initiation into street violence and his adult work to keep kids out of jail -- speaks with a wisdom gained from personal experience. Canada reads at 7:30 p.m. at Cody's Books, 2454 Telegraph, Berkeley. Free; call (510) 845-7852.

tuesday
april 16
All Aboard for Funtime Hosted by the friendly auburn-tressed Pippi Lovestocking and the friendly blond Heklina, "Trannyshack" brings drag, gender-fuck, and all-around creativity into a new setting: the Stud. DJ Robbeena Diet Biscuit mixes '60s hallucinogenic soundtracks like "I Am the Walrus" with '80s hallucinogenic dance tracks like Primal Scream's "Higher Than the Sun"; performers lip-sync on a small stage that works wonders with red fabric. Enjoy and participate in an evening of glamour without attitude at 10 p.m. at 399 Ninth St., S.F. Admission is $1; call 863-6623.

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