Feed Your Ears Food Not Bombs celebrates 16 years of delicious nonviolent subversion by serving up "Soupstock," a free outdoor concert. As if the no-cost eats, art show, and information tables weren't enticement enough, "Soupstock" features sets by the Coup; the Steve Miller-Van Morrison band-veteran project Just in Tyme; Flower SF; Screaming Bloody Marys; the White Trash Debutantes; klezmer artist Di Ganivim; and Eric Core. Diamond Dave and Phillip Steir of Consolidated act as MCs. The concert is noon to 6 p.m. at the band shell in Golden Gate Park. Call 985-7087.
Sounds of Liberty Actor Peter Coyote plays master of ceremonies at the "Concert for a Free Tibet," which includes performances by pianist/composer Philip Glass, Beausoleil's David Doucet, Tibetan Dance and Opera Company Chaksam-pa, the Mark Isham Band, and Tibetan contemporary flutist Nawang Khechog. Proceeds benefit the International Committee of Lawyers for Tibet, a nonprofit group advocating environmental protection, human rights, and peaceful resolution to Tibetan unrest. Show time is 8 p.m. at the Berkeley Community Theater, 1930 Allston, Berkeley. Admission is $30-100 ($100 includes gala reception); call (510) 433-7324.
One Man, Many Voices Solo performer Kevin Reilly, who played political assassin Dan White in the PBS film The People vs. Dan White, takes poetic license with Welshman Dylan Thomas in Voices From a Further Room. In the show's first half, Reilly interprets the poetry of Thomas Hardy, Emily Dickinson, T.S. Eliot, Robert Burns, and Edgar Allan Poe; in the second half, he portrays Thomas at a fictitious 1950s poetry reading set in San Francisco. Voices plays at 3 p.m. (Saturdays and Sundays through May 19) at 450 Geary Studio Theater, 450 Geary, S.F. Admission is $10-12; call 673-1172.
Let's Get Ready to Rumba Kids get their own Carnaval party, sans naked ladies, as artist-in-residence Bobi Cespedes leads a daylong tour through traditional Caribbean arts and culture, including performances by Cuban ensemble Siguaralla and the dance company Petit La Croix. Kids can take part in art projects and a group rumba, and watch their peers from the Manzanita Child Development Center perform in a Carnaval procession. The party is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Bay Area Discovery Museum, 557 East Fort Baker, Sausalito. Free; call 487-4398.
Just Folk In conjunction with the exhibit "Mingei: Two Centuries of Japanese Folk Art," the Asian Art Museum offers a variety of Japanese art programs. "The Impact of the Japanese Folk Art Movement on 20th-Century American Ceramics," a daylong symposium, features a panel discussion with scholars and potters. Dancer Tomoko Makishi and her students perform in a concert of classical Okinawan dance, which uses subtle gestures to convey situations, characters, and emotions. Japanese folk tale story sessions are held Saturdays at 11 a.m. and artists demonstrations run Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 4:40 p.m. through the exhibit's end, in August. The panel is held 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; the concert is held Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Asian Art Museum, Golden Gate Park, S.F. Most programs are free with museum admission; call 387-5675 for panel ticket/reservation information.
Otherworldly Ambient label City of Tribes kicks off a new "Fourth World" music series with a concert titled "ChartaChroma." This first outing doubles as a record release party for The Event Horizon "psi" Compilation and features performances by Aether (with harpists Barbara Imhoff and Diana Stork), folk-fusion trio Geist, and Kalonica McQuesten. The concert begins at 8 p.m. at the ODC Performance Gallery, 3153 17th St., S.F. Admission is $8-10; call 863-9834.
This Is Your Life Spalding Gray departs from his usual format, the monologue, in Interviewing the Audience. Using two chairs and a microphone, he creates something of an anomaly: a smart and intentionally funny talk show. Gray is adept at making the ordinary entertaining: With Monster in a Box, he described wrestling with a thick manuscript, while in Swimming to Cambodia he recalled his experiences as an actor. Here, Gray invites people onstage to be interviewed, and demonstrates that those with relatively ordinary lives are as fascinating as pregnant teen call girls with coke habits. Gray makes his only Bay Area appearance at 8 p.m. at Osher Marin Jewish Community Center, 200 North San Pedro, San Rafael. Admission is $16-18; call 479-2000.
Jane Says Author Jane Smiley won a Pulitzer in 1992 for her novel A Thousand Acres, which one reviewer called "a family portrait that is also a near-epic investigation into the broad landscape, the thousand dark acres, of the human heart." She has trod a fairly different set of acres in her new novel, MOO, a comic look at Midwestern college life. With several other novels to her credit, including The Age of Grief and Ordinary Love and Good Will, Smiley offers readers a kaleidoscopic view of human nature. She reads from her work and speaks onstage with Ellen Greenblatt as part of the City Arts and Lectures series at 8 p.m. in the Herbst Theater, 401 Van Ness, S.F. Admission is $15; call 392-4400.
We Salute You There's rock for the hell of it, and then there's Rock for Choice, a group created by L7 and the Feminist Majority to benefit agencies serving and protecting reproductive rights. The stellar lineup features local heroes Pansy Division, 7 Year Bitch (who have also worked on the women's self-defense project Home Alive), Jawbreaker, and Ween. The fabulous Foo Fighters headline the show, which begins at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.) at the Warfield, 982 Market, S.F. Admission is $17.50; call 775-7722.
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