All Hail the Chief Former Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation Wilma Mankiller joins author Michael Dorris (A Yellow Raft in Blue Water) in an onstage conversation as part of the City Arts & Lecture series "On Art & Politics." Mankiller and her family were uprooted from their native Oklahoma and forcibly moved to San Francisco in 1957 under the Bureau of Indian Affairs Relocation Program; the incident spurred Mankiller's lifelong activism on behalf of Native Americans. In San Francisco she directed a youth center, co-founded a school, and volunteered for the Pit River Tribe's land-reclamation project. In 1987 she became the first woman to lead a major Native American tribe. Mankiller will talk with Dorris at 8 p.m. in the Herbst Theater, 401 Van Ness, S.F. Admission is $16 to benefit The Women's Foundation; call 392-4400.
Jaffe Meets the Man All hell breaks loose when a nice Jewish boy from Long Island becomes a Jesus freak, in The King of Kings & I. Funny Gay Males member Jaffe Cohen goes solo in this autobiographical comic monologue based on his experiences as a Jewish kid in a Catholic neighborhood and his search for identity, religious and otherwise, in the navel-gazing Me Decade. (Sample: "In 1974 I saw Jesus. I know what you're thinking: 'You live in New York, sooner or later you bump into everyone.' "). The King of Kings & I plays at 8 p.m. (continuing through Sunday) at Josie's Cabaret & Juice Joint, 3583 16th St., S.F. Admission is $12; call 861-7933.
Malcolm Memorialized Dr. Betty Shabazz, widow of El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (better known as Malcolm X), speaks at a mural and plaza dedication ceremony honoring the late Nation of Islam leader. The mural was created by SFSU students Eric Norberg and Kamau Ayubbi. The ceremony, which also features live Brazilian and Haitian music and dance, runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Cesar Chavez Student Center on the SFSU campus, 1650 Holloway, S.F. Shabazz speaks at 12:30 p.m. Admission is free; call 338-2444.
Plain They Ain't Backed by vocal contributions from a few of their closest friends -- Exene Cervenka, Perry Farrell, L7's Donita Sparks -- L.A.'s Extra Fancy moved into the major label arena with Sinnerman, re-released this year on Atlantic and remixed by producer Dave Jerden (Jane's Addiction, Alice in Chains). Out singer Brian Grillo, a suburban kid weaned on "Rodney on the 'ROQ," leads the band in a thrashy confrontation of the anti-gay status quo; that he once go-go danced at a Times Square theater above Howard Johnson also factors into the band's agile punk punch. Bobsled opens at 9 p.m., followed by local foursome Ain't (in a record release set) and Portland punks the Weaklings, at the Trocadero, 520 Fourth St., S.F. Admission is $2 advance, $5 at the door; call 995-4600.
Wasted Youth The shocking tale of Midwest kids doped up on home-grown stupidity unspools in Seventeen. The 1983 documentary tracks white-trash teens in Muncie, Ind., where they spend the best years of their lives getting high, chasing blacks, harassing their teachers, and rocking out to Bob Seger. The Xerox company, which originally sponsored the production for public television, banned it from broadcast after seeing the results; the film has since been unavailable on video. This screening is courtesy of Cinematheque, which also offers a program of new Bay Area films Sunday at 7:30 p.m. at the S.F. Art Institute, 800 Chestnut, S.F. Seventeen shows at 7:30 p.m. at Center for the Arts, Yerba Buena Gardens, Mission & Third St., S.F. Admission is $3-6; call 558-8129.
Freewheelin' Skip the aggravation of overpriced gas and preening gym bunnies with Bike-to-Work Day. Area "fueling stations" will provide free continental breakfasts from 7 to 9 a.m., and the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition offers free valet bike parking all day on Market between Battery and Sansome. The event is capped by post-work "minimass" group rides home with people from your area. Employees will compete for prizes based on participation in their workplaces. Fuel up in the morning at the following locations: Freewheel Bike Shop along the Panhandle at 1920 Hayes at Ashbury; Rainbow Grocery in SOMA at 1475 Folsom at Division; Blazing Saddles in North Beach at Bay & Columbus; the Embarcadero Ferry Building at the foot of Market; the "Wiggle Way Station" at Duboce & Steiner; Laguna Sidewalk Cafe at Page and Laguna; the CalTrain Station at Townsend and Fourth Street; and along Market between Battery and Sansome. Call 431-BIKE for more information.
Hey, Little Sister The impact of harsh geography on women's interaction drives choreographer Bebe Miller's evening-length work TINY SISTERS in the Enormous Land. Miller was intrigued by the story of two West Indian sisters living in rural England who developed a secret language of words and gestures and shut out the rest of the world. With this image of two independent women living out in the middle of a bleak landscape, Miller examines women's interaction as a whole, incorporating video footage of Dayton Contemporary Dance Company members performing at a turn-of-the-century prison. The piece, scored by Robin Holcomb is based on an unusual premise, but complex themes, suffused with lyricism and athletic prowess, are a trademark of Miller's work. The Bebe Miller Company performs at 8 p.m. (also Friday-Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.) at Theater Artaud, 450 Florida, S.F. Admission is $12.50-18.50; call 621-7797.
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.
Next Stop: The Big Time Would-be Neil Simons and local thespians sweat it out together when professional actors and directors stage one-acts penned by high school students, in the culmination of the Young California Writers Project. Playwright Gary Leon Hill taught a monthlong playwriting workshop at schools in both San Francisco and Oakland; the plays will be staged in a free performance at the Magic Theater, Fort Mason Center, Bldg. D, S.F. Call 441-8001 for reservations.
Fibrillation Former Ethyl Meatplow singer Carla Bozulich hitches punk to a countrified wagon with the Geraldine Fibbers, whose powerful resonance comes from the pulling of strings, whether they be attached to guitar, violin, or viola. Touch Candy and Stone Fox open for the Fibbers at 9 p.m. at Slim's, 333 11th St., S.F. Admission is $10; call 522-0333.