Cuckoo for Comix Discover what thousands of rock 'n' rollers have already embraced at "Temporary Insanity II," a group exhibit of underground comic and poster art by majors like Frank Kozik, Mats!?, Coop, and Psychic Sparkplug. The San Francisco and New York Museums of Modern Art have begun to acknowledge the form, characterized by garish graphics and often confrontational subject matter. "Temporary Insanity II," complete with artist appearances, begins at noon (also on Sunday) at Off the Wall, 1669 Haight, S.F. Admission is free; call 863-8170.
From Disaster, a Dance-a-Thon World-beat DJs across the city will get together for the "World Music Dance-a-Thon," a benefit for the JoJo White Youth Fund. White, a 23-year-old San Francisco native and activist, was recently killed in an act of random street violence; in his memory, his parents established a scholarship fund through Global Exchange for "Reality Tours," to help send local youth on work-study trips to other countries, like the one White had gone on to Cuba. Cheb i Sabbah, Corey Mason, Mongrel, Doug Wendt, and Bob-a-Loup are among the DJs who will spin at the event, held from 4 p.m. until midnight in the County Fair Building, Lincoln & Ninth Ave., S.F. Admission is $10-25; call 255-7296 for information or pledge forms.
Butter Up It's whiplash time for stargazers when the members of Cibo Matto and Jon Spencer Blues Explosion drummer Russell Simins get together in the new group Butter tonight. Opening is Beastie Boys keyboardist Money Mark for a celebrity band alum show at the Bottom of the Hill. The show comes right after the first Tibetan Freedom Concert in Golden Gate Park -- an all-star extravaganza featuring performances by the Beasties, Cibo Matto, the Foo Fighters, Pavement, the Smashing Pumpkins, and many others -- and may or may not turn out to be the after-show party for it. Summer Camp opens at 10 p.m. at 1233 17th St., S.F. Admission is $7; call 621-4455.
!Feliz Cumpleanos! La Pena Cultural Center marks 21 years of art and activism with a community birthday party. Since 1975, La Pena ("gathering place") has sponsored multicultural performances and events that raise money to fight social injustice. However, like that other venerable local arts organization, the San Francisco Mime Troupe, the center is a victim of government funding cuts and could go under if new fund-raising efforts prove unsuccessful. In keeping with its mission of community involvement, the center commissioned several young local artists to paint a mural, which will be unveiled at the party. SFSU Professor Jose Cuellar (aka Dr. Loco) and his Rockin' Jalapeno Band provide musical entertainment. The mural unveiling and a reception for the artists is at 5 p.m.; the evening celebration begins at 9:30 p.m. at La Pena Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck, Berkeley. Admission is $10; call (510) 849-2568, ext. 15.
Portrait of a Festival The Irish Arts Foundation and Anna Livia Books collaborate on the local arm of the annual international celebration of James Joyce's magnum opus, Ulysses. The "Bloomsday Breakfast" (named for a day in the life of Ulysses character Leopold Bloom) sets the tone with Irish fare, strolling actors and musicians, and celebrants in period attire. After the breakfast, held at the Bank of Ireland (10 Mark, S.F.), the party moves out onto the streets for a mock funeral procession and onto a trolley car headed for Noe Valley and Carrolls Bookshop, 24th & Church, where the Anna Livia Players will conduct dramatic readings of Joycean works and Fionnuala Flanagan's James Joyce's Women will screen. Admission is $15 for the breakfast, $10 donation for the party; call 788-7152.
June Buggy From the gospel concert to the computer fair, the rodeo horse show to the history project, the Juneteenth Festival: An African-American Celebration adheres to the kitchen-sink school of event programming. Dancing and music will take place on two live performance stages, and there will be lots of food-eating and kid-entertaining opportunities. The festival is held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Fillmore between Geary and Golden Gate, S.F. Admission is free; call 346-2263.
Electric Ianland As far as Ian McCulloch and Will Sergeant are concerned, the rabbit has died. In other words, don't ask them about their old band, Echo & the Bunnymen, which caught fire in the early '80s with haunting post-punk dirges like "The Cutter." Singer McCulloch got so sick of the Bunnymen he eventually quit the band and stopped speaking to longtime Liverpudlian mate Sergeant, who kept the group together long after he probably should have. After five years and a couple of pints, the two made up and formed a new band, Electrafixion, with a new sound: moody, heavy, psychedelia-tinged, and harder than before. The Elevator Drops open for Electrafixion at 8 p.m. at Bimbo's 365 Club, 1025 Columbus, S.F. Admission is $12; call 474-0365.
Indelible Marks The Center for the Arts Galleries offer three collections of the kind of work that doesn't get much play in the conventional art world. "Pierced Hearts and True Love: A Century of Drawings for Tattoos," co-curated by the Drawing Center's Ann Philbin and local tattoo artist and historian Don Ed Hardy, makes its West Coast debut. Drawings, engraved acetate stencils, Japanese woodblock prints, photos, and vintage equipment contribute to this thorough history of modern tattooing. Sculptors David Ireland and Dorothy Cross join distinct but complementary styles in "The Addition and Subtraction of Skin," while "The Studio Museum in Harlem: 25 Years of African-American Art" provides an overview of black Americans' contributions to contemporary art. In addition to this collection of art and artifacts, the galleries will show films in the program "Screening the Harlem Renaissance: Early Black Cinema." The collections and films show through Aug. 18 at the Center for the Arts, 701 Mission, S.F. Admission is Free-$4; call 978-2787.
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