Where the Heart Is In "Home Expo," two dance companies stage three works on the comforts and constricts of family life. Lizz Roman and Dancers swing, on trapeze, between nostalgia for the past and confrontation with the less rosy present in their premiere of Kitchen Project. SQUAD, meanwhile, uses dance and dialogue to deconstruct homemaking iconography from Betty Crocker to Martha Stewart in Good Cooks and Hard Lessons, and memorialize the best qualities of two elderly relatives in The Grandma Pieces. The show is at 8 p.m. (also Saturday and May 17-18) at ODC Performance Gallery, 3153 17th St., S.F. Admission is $10; call 863-9834.
This One's for the Children The 13th annual International Beer Festival, a fund-raiser for the half pints at the Telegraph Hill Cooperative Nursery School, is more than just a hoppy occasion. Besides the tastings, the fest features a rare beer auction, live music, prizes, and a buffet with dishes from some of San Francisco's tonier eateries, like Stars and Bizou. But enough about that. Think about unlimited samples of over 75 beers and microbrews from around the world, and later, when you don't think you can quaff even one more brew, remember: The little tykes are counting on you. The festival runs 8 to 11 p.m. at Fort Mason Center, Building A, S.F. Admission is $25; call 421-3313.
Sophisticated Gent With the exception of rising star Savion Glover, Gregory Hines is typically the first guy named when people talk tap. With seamlessly smooth technique, he's spent much of his career reviving popular interest in the genre. Hines speaks about his roles on film (White Nights, The Cotton Club) and on the road (Sophisticated Ladies, Jelly's Last Jam) and demonstrates his famous form and style in "An Evening of Conversation With Gregory Hines." The event benefits Oakland's St. Paul's Episcopal School; it's at 7:30 p.m. at the Paramount Theater, 2025 Broadway, Oakland. Admission is $18-32; call (510) 465-6400.
Face the Wall Mural art maps history and drives home points on a grand scale, but when you look at one of the city's many murals, do you know what you're seeing? May is Mural Awareness Month, and to that end, the Precita Eyes Mural Arts Center sponsors several events, including a awards ceremony and celebration honoring local artists. It's free, at 1:30 p.m. in Precita Park, Precita & Folsom, S.F. The center also offers a photo exhibit of local murals, and guided bicycle, walking, and bus tours, preceded by slide lectures, during May weekends; call 285-2287 for information.
The Doctor Is In Show Mom how Mother Earth works with "Dr. Art's Environmental Medicine Show," in which Dr. Art Sussman explains, using just three basic principles, how the Earth operates. Sussman weaves demonstrations and audience participation into his scientific shtick, simplifying the relationships between matter, energy, and life both locally and globally. The program begins at 1 p.m. in the California Academy of Sciences Auditorium, Golden Gate Park, S.F. In honor of Mother's Day, moms are admitted free with kids. Otherwise, admission is $7, with discounts for kids and seniors; call 750-7145.
Natural Man His sociobiology theory continues to draw fire, but Harvard biologist and author Edward O. Wilson is a formidable intellectual force whose work to prevent species extinction has been internationally lauded. Wilson's research has centered around ant and insect societies, but his interests also extend to evolutionary biology and ethical philosophy. The winner of two Pulitzers and a host of other science prizes, Wilson speaks at 8 p.m. in the Herbst Theater, 401 Van Ness, S.F. Admission is $16; call 392-4400.
Whigs and Lips Quel dilemma: two prime headliners on the same night. With Cincinnati foursome the Afghan Whigs you get malevolent ladies' man Greg Dulli, who will doubtless lead the band through a ripping set of tunes touching on the twin themes of love's evil siren song and the amusing loathsomeness of humanity. Howlin' Maggie, fronted by sometime Whigs keyboardist Harold Chichester, opens at 8 p.m. at the Fillmore, 1805 Geary, S.F. Admission is $15; call 346-6000. The Flaming Lips, on the other hand, infuse their storytelling with a bittersweet psychedelia and a muffled electric crackle. Richard Davies opens at 9 p.m. at Slim's, 333 11th St., S.F. Admission is $10; call 522-0333.
Airborne They don't fly and they're not actually related, but the Flying Karamazov Brothers are a tightknit bunch known for sending inanimate objects skyward without casualties. Their new show, Club Sandwich, is a sendup of Bogart films, as the troupe tries to solve a murder by following an ancient Egyptian map. Along with wordplay, the show features a Karamazov trademark: "The Gamble," in which audiences offer Ivan Karamazov really difficult items to juggle. This appearance marks a return to the Brothers' roots: They first performed together on the streets of San Francisco. Club Sandwich plays at 8 p.m. (continuing Tuesdays-Sundays through May 26) at the Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center, S.F. Admission is $14-28; call 392-4400.
Starstruck The 4 Star Theater asks, "Are you ready to see 32 Hong Kong films in eight weeks?" Of course you don't have to see all of them, but "Hong Kong Movie Madness" is a fairly enticing set of films, including both classics of the genre and new works, and a collection of rare works from the '60s and '70s. The fest begins tonight with two S.F. premieres, Eddie Fong's Private Eye Blues (noon, 3:30, 7, & 10:15 p.m.) and Wong Kam Tin's Most Wanted (1:45, 5:15, & 8:35 p.m.), at the 4 Star, 2200 Clement, S.F. Admission is $4-6; call 666-3488.