Herb Jams and Other Delights His days with the Tijuana Brass are over, but Herb Alpert is still in circulation. Keyboardist Jeff Lorber jumped in to co-write several of the songs on Alpert's new album, Second Wind, an oh-so-mellow collection embracing romantic balladry ("Rendezvous") and Afro-Latin jazz riffs ("Sugar Cane"). Alpert's Brass catalog is more popular than ever, thanks to those cocktail-swilling kids and Soul Asylum, but will he do "The Lonely Bull"? With 33 albums to his credit, it's anyone's guess. Lorber opens for Alpert at Bimbo's, 1025 Columbus, S.F. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $25; call 474-0365.
Global Perspective The Exploratorium opens its May film series, "What About AIDS?" with AIDS in Africa, which examines a strain of the disease affecting a diverse Central African population. The series continues Wednesdays in May (except May 8) with Love Between a Boy and a Girl -- made in the Mission and partially produced by high school students -- and No Rewind, which tracks local teens (May 15); The Heart of the Matter (May 22); and Start Talking and RSVP (May 29). All shows are at 7:30 p.m. in the Walter McBean Theater. The Exploratorium, 3601 Lyon, S.F. Admission is free-$9; call 563-7337.
Jonesin' for Advil If Larry Hankin's mug looks familiar, it's probably from his most recent TV appearances as Gaunt Gary, the pool-shark hologram in the Star Trek: Voyager series, or downstairs neighbor Mr. Heckles in the NBC sitcom Friends. Hankin, co-founder of the S.F. satirical improv theater the Committee and a veteran of Chicago's Second City troupe, leaves the crowd behind in his new one-man show, Emmett Sez. Emmett Sagittarius Deemus is a bank loan officer who loses his memory after a blow to the head; he winds up on the streets with a new moniker, Sometimes Jones, and a penchant for storytelling. Emmett Sez previews at 8:30 p.m. (also Thursday; opens Friday at 8:30 p.m.) and runs through June 30 at the Marsh, 1062 Valencia, S.F. Admission is $8-15; 826-5750.
Parting Shots Like many kids, Juan I-Jong hated his hometown and couldn't wait to get out. After he graduated from high school, he left his Taiwanese village and his future as a sweet-potato farmer and moved to the city, where he found work as a magazine photographer and later a photo editor. He founded the professional journal Photographers International and seldom visited home, but when he did, the camera changed his perception of the people and their work. The subjects of his first book, Man and Land, also comprise his exhibit "Juan I-Jong: Photographs From Taiwan," which is up through June 29 at Photos Gallery, 403 Francisco, S.F. Juan will travel to San Francisco for the opening of his first American show. Free; call 986-4149.
Czech Point Theater students at the Czech Republic's University of West Bohemia e-mailed, wrote, phoned, and visited students from SFSU's theater arts department under the auspices of an international collaboration created by SFSU grad student Adam Beck, who taught English and theater at West Bohemia through the Peace Corps. Now, members of both performance groups will portray their counterparts onstage, attempting to find connections that transcend geographic boundaries. Catch the Western version of The Czech Project at 8 p.m. (continuing Thursdays-Sundays through May 11) at SFSU's Studio Theater, Creative Arts Building, 1600 Holloway, S.F. $6-8; call 647-9014.
Restless The old Simon/Serta mattress factory at Bayview-Hunters Point provides a choreographic springboard for Zaccho Dance Theater Artistic Director Joanna Haigood. Her new work, Where Dreams Lie, a world premiere, taps architectural documents and the stories of local workers and residents to build a nonliteral history of the building and describe the neighborhood's gradual cultural shift. Haigood is joined by guest choreographer Remy Charlip, dancer/drummer Jules Beckman, and others for an energetic concert featuring text, aerial work, and a bed designed by Chico MacMurtrie. An exhibit of documents and photos of the building will be held in conjunction with the performance, which runs 8:30 p.m. (continuing Saturdays and Sundays through May 11) at 1777 Yosemite, #4D, Third Floor, S.F. Tickets are $8-12; call 822-6744.
Getting a Move On S.F. Camerawork has relocated to the Yerba Buena area, and to celebrate it has put up an inaugural group exhibition called "Moveable Feast." The gallery asked alums to recommend emerging artists for the show, and the eight people selected contributed a substantially varied body of work. Talent spans Pipo Nguyen-Duy's black-and-white self-portraits to Christine Tamblyn's interactive CD-ROM, Mistaken Identities, based on the lives and work of 10 famous women. The show opens with a reception at 8 p.m. and runs through June 15 at 115 Natoma, S.F. Free; call 621-1001.
To the Left of the Dial America's religious and political right takes a definitive cinematic beating with the Artists' Television Access film and video program "Rage Against the Right." Jesse Lerner and Scott Sterling's Natives documents San Diego's suburban anti-immigrant movement, while Sandi DuBowski uncovers Christian militias in Reclaiming America. Portland's pukey Dan Quayle protest and other clips round out the bill, which begins at 8:30 p.m. at ATA's Other Gallery, 992 Valencia, S.F. Admission is $5; call 824-3890.