Kiss Cuteness Goodbye Maybe it's her stellar credentials (James Irvine Fellowship, L.A. Cultural Affairs Department Grant) or the company she keeps (Sacred Naked Nature Girls, Justin Chin) that won performer/writer Denise Uyehara a spot on the Buzz "100 Coolest People in L.A." list. Or maybe it's Uyehara's style: brutally honest, with a taste for the absurd. Uyehara meets Mad Kabuki Woman and deconstructs sexual and cultural identity in her solo piece Hello (Sex) Kitty: Mad Asian Bitch on Wheels, as part of the Asian-Pacific-Islander-American Heritage Month event the "Tsunami Series." Hello (Sex) Kitty plays at 8 p.m. (continuing Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 7 p.m.) at the Asian-American Theater Center, 403 Arguello, S.F. Admission is $12; call 751-2600.
Feel the Burn Warhol cohort Paul Morrissey does Sunset Boulevard his way in the 1972 film Heat, as a washed-up film star (Sylvia Miles) is befriended by a local Adonis (Joe Dallesandro), to the disbelief of the woman's slightly demented daughter. Prior to the 7:30 p.m. screening (there is a second screening at 11 p.m.), Supervisor Tom Ammiano will conduct an onstage interview with Miles, a two-time Oscar nominee, about her colorful career. Justin Bond emcees the event, a benefit for the Haight Ashbury Free Clinics' AIDS/HIV Early Intervention Program, at 7:30 p.m. at the Castro Theater, 429 Castro, S.F. Admission is $6-25 ($25 tix include a 6 p.m. reception with Miles; advance tickets available through A Different Light Bookstore); call 863-0611.
Bach Not Included In a bit of nontraditional programming, the Oakland East Bay Symphony pairs Afro-Cuban with Balinese tradition and throws in Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring and Ravel's Bolero for good measure. Afro-Cuban folkloric troupe Ebo Okokan performs Christopher Rouse's Haitian-drumming-based piece Ogoun Badagris, while Gamelan Sekar Jaya offers the world premiere of Gending Sriwedari in a concert held at 8 p.m. in the Paramount Theater, 2025 Broadway, Oakland. Admission is $11-13; call (510) 465-6400.
Worlds Collide Stone Fox bassist Janis Tanaka plays a withdrawn Japanese musician who visits Seattle and winds up stealing the show from her rock 'n' roller cousin (played by 7 Year Bitch's Selene Vigil) in Maria Gargiulo's comedic cultural commentary The Year of My Japanese Cousin. The film, which features a soundtrack by Gas Huffer, the Fastbacks, and the Young Fresh Fellows, airs as part of KQED's Asian-Pacific-American Heritage Month series with Paul Kwan and Arnold Iger's Anatomy of a Springroll and Eric Koyanagi's Angry Cafe at 9 p.m. on Channel 9. Call 863-0814 for details.
Home-Wreckers SFSU instructor Richard Kamler and his Art and Activism class taped the voices of people with homes and people without: The tape will play inside the group's traveling installation, "Nobody's Home," a blank facade of a house, upon which viewers are invited to graffiti their comments. The facade will be destroyed May 24 at Baker Beach in symbolic protest of the destruction of vacant Presidio housing. "Nobody's Home" will be at Zellerbach Plaza, at the intersection of Bush, Sansome, and Market streets, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. It's free; call 566-3811.
Going in Style Ghia Gallery confronts viewers with their own mortality in "Eternal Comfort," a showing of Giacinto Prete's casket-lid murals and Laura Hazlett's shrines and black-and-white photos of headstones. Prete, whose work revives an ancient tradition, deals in angel themes; Hazlett specializes in personalizing bereavement artifacts. Meanwhile, in an unprecedented business marriage, Ghia combines the peaceful, meditative air of a gallery with the peaceful, meditative air of ... a funeral parlor. At least it's quiet. "Eternal Comfort" opens at 7 p.m. (and continues through June 14) at Ghia Gallery, 2648 Third St., S.F. Free; call 282-2832.
The Other Side of the Fence The STOP AIDS Project presents the third annual "Rhapsody in Bloom," a self-guided tour of 10 San Francisco gardens. Most are small but creative urban plots, ranging thematically from woodland to Mediterranean to formal, that have won prizes from such arbiters of good taste as H&G. Gardeners will be on hand to dispense horticultural wisdom and answer questions. The tour, which covers gardens in the Castro, Mount Davidson Heights, Bernal Heights, and Sunnyside, raises funds for the project's HIV prevention programs. The tour runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and begins at 360 Eureka at 20th Street or 275 Joost between Congo and Baden. Maps will be provided. Admission is $30; call 621-7177, ext. 600.
Streetwise Radical Performance Fest II, a benefit for this year's free Tenderloin street theater festival, In the Street, shines with bright lights: juggler/comedian Sarah Felder; dance-makers the High Risk Group and Urban Dance Asylum; Wise Fool Puppet Intervention; and Core, a torch-wielding tribe comprised of former Contraband members. The show is held at 8 p.m. at the LAB, 2948 16th St., S.F. Admission is $7-15; call 285-9734.
Birthday Boy Dwight Mackintosh stormed the art world at the age of 72, after spending 56 years in a state hospital. The subject of John MacGregor's book Dwight Mackintosh: The Boy Who Time Forgot, the self-taught Mackintosh has been exhibited worldwide; Lollapalooza fans may recall his work from the 1994 tour poster, which he illustrated at age 88. "Ninety Years: Happy Birthday Dwight Mackintosh!" is a retrospective of the artist's drawings, paintings, and clay works up at Creative Growth Art Center, 355 24th St., Oakland. The exhibit runs through June 21; gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. There's a reception at 5 p.m. Thursday, May 23, featuring a talk by MacGregor. It's free; call (510) 836-2340.