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wednesday
june 5
Court Date It's kids vs. cops in the b-ball scrimmage-cum-performance art piece No Blood No Foul. Designed to spark dialogue between (and about) traditionally opposing camps, the game will be played in front of a giant mural painted by young artists, while TV monitors set up around the court's perimeter will broadcast live action interspersed by taped interviews with officers, youth, political figures, and other pertinent community figures. A music and street noise soundscape, banners, traffic signs, and graffiti walls contribute to the general climate. Individuals involved with the Oakland Youth Policy Initiative and local artists collaborated on the project, part of a pending city policy to help connect kids with their community. No Blood No Foul begins at 7 p.m. at Club One, Washington & 12th St., Oakland. Free; (510) 238-7012.

'S Wunderful Familial strength is put to the test in writer/director Teddi Dean Bennett's film Wunderland, as a German emigre takes work at a seedy American strip club to pay her younger sister's hospital bills. When the job starts to damage the woman's relationship with her sister and her musician boyfriend, the trio pack up a tiny trailer home and embark on a journey to a new town and a new life. A benefit show for the project features a screening of a trailer for the film and live performances by Preacher Boy, the Rev. Lee E. White, ex-Camper Van Beethoven guitarist Victor Krummenacher, the Swingin' Johnsons, swing pianist Johnny Goetchius, Tom Waits reed player Ralph Carney, and punkabilly priestess Pearl Harbour. Doors open at 7 p.m. at Max's Hi-Ball Lounge, 473 Broadway, S.F. Admission is $10; call 397-9464.

Jazz in the Key of L The Mission Project kicks off the three-day Latin Showcase at Cafe Du Nord with a set of progressive and Latin jazz rooted in Afro-Latin and bebop, along with opening act the Rilke String Quartet. The showcase continues Thursday with pianist Omar Sosa and the Sounds of Cuba, featuring Jesus Diaz and opening solo guitarist Mark Jaramillo. The Juan Escovedo Orchestra, a swinging combo that melds salsa with jazz and pop, features Juan's dad, Pete, as special guest and Jaramillo as opener on Friday. KPOO DJ Chata Gutierrez offers his services each night -- live music starts at 7 p.m. at 2170 Market, S.F. Admission is $3-7; call 861-5016.

thursday
june 6
Party Naked What begins as an unorthodox game of truth-or-dare among seven gay men ends in a nude musical tribute to Karen Carpenter in the off-Broadway hit Party. Actor Ted Bales, who appeared in the original raunchy late-night Chicago production, reprises his role locally in David Dillon's comedy, which explores friendships within the group. The Party starts at 8 p.m. (continuing through July 28) at the Cable Car Theater, 430 Mason, S.F. Admission is $20-25; call 956-8497.

Dauphin Fiddles, Joan Burns Boys just want to have fun, especially if the alternative is ruling France; that's the theory behind Tony-nominated musical Goodtime Charley, which 42nd Street Moon stages as its first lost musical from the '70s. Composer Larry Grossman and lyricist Hal Hackady conceived this epic-length comedic retelling of the Dauphin of France-Joan of Arc story back in '75 (with Joel Grey in the lead and Anne Reinking of all people as the martyr). The musical was poorly received until the collaborators shaved two hours and 10 minutes off the running time, although the local version does restore three original songs. This show plays at 8 p.m. (continuing through June 23) at the New Conservatory Theater, 25 Van Ness, S.F. Admission is $15-18; call 861-8972.

friday
june 7
Bohemian Rhapsody The artistic and intellectual hub of Paris' Latin Quarter, circa Christmas Eve 1830, provides the colorful backdrop for doomed young love between a poet and a seamstress in Puccini's La Boheme. Broadway veteran Michael Yeargan has designed new sets for the production, which is performed by several alternating casts. If the music sounds familiar, it's probably because Boheme melodies have infiltrated popular culture (the music played a key role in the movie Moonstruck). The San Francisco Opera presents a centennial celebration of the work, sung in Italian with English supertitles, at 7 p.m. (continuing through June 30) in the Orpheum Theater, 1192 Market, S.F. Admission is $20-65; call 864-3330.

Street Sweep To inaugurate the second annual street theater festival "In the Street," aerialists from Project Bandaloop will rappel off the side of a building as the rest of the company members dance on the fire escape, in the piece Entry. Later, the Pearl Ubungen Dancers and Musicians perform in Refugee: The Wall, an outdoor work about immigrants, dramatically lit by flares and headlights against the nighttime sky. The free performances begin at 9:30 p.m. at the LAB, Capp & 16th St., S.F. "In the Street," which features over 30 performances by dance, theater, and capoeira groups, jugglers, puppeteers, and clowns, is held Saturday and Sunday on Ellis between Leavenworth and Hyde, S.F. Free; call 905-5958.

Let's Get Ready to Rumba Dance -- as ritual, social event, messenger -- is a global constant, linking otherwise disparate cultures. The San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival showcases 41 groups with California addresses but international roots. This year's festival is grouped thematically into three programs: Musician Hamza El Din is the special guest at the first, "Hidden Treasures: Dance and Music Through the Islamic World," a survey of dance from North India to West Africa. The remaining programs, "Together We Dance: Popular and Social Dances From Around the Globe" and "Window on the World: A Dance Mosaic," are held in subsequent weeks. Each program concludes with members from the various companies congregating for a kind of all-star jam. Program 1 plays at 8 p.m. (also 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday) at the Palace of Fine Arts, Bay & Lyon, S.F. Admission is $15-23; call 392-4400.

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