Chill Ice Cube, known in some far-flung parts as Mr. Cube, has proved a couple times over that he's versatile. In N.W.A, Ice Cube and Eazy-E landed a one-two clock on the consciousness with heavy beats and blunt rhymes about South Central living, but E's gone now and Ice Cube is still working on projects that reflect his outspoken allegiance to the neighborhood, working with fellow SoCal players like the Pharcyde, directing videos, working with L.A.'s Minority AIDS Project, and turning in credible performances in films like Boyz N the Hood and Friday. This fall Ice Cube gears up for West Side Connection, a collaboration with WC and Mack 10, who opens for Ice Cube at 8 p.m. at the Warfield, 982 Market, S.F. Admission is $21-23.50; call 775-7722.
Edibles International The "Picnic of Nations" is a kind of global family reunion, with home cooking from homes all over the cultural map, and anecdotes told in several tongues. Picnickers are encouraged to bring and share a traditional ethnic dish or beverage, regardless of their own ethnicity, and to practice native or recently acquired language skills with other potluckers. In addition to talking and eating, the picnic features musicians and performers, outdoor games, hiking trails, and swimming in Lake Anza. The "Picnic of Nations" begins at 11 a.m. in Tilden Park, South Park at Wildcat Canyon, Berkeley. Admission is $5 with a dish or beverage, $10 without; call 982-2541.
Bibliophiles Unite! Sedge Thompson's radio show West Coast Live goes outdoors to "Books by the Bay" for a live broadcast featuring Walter the Giant Storyteller and literati rockers the Barroom Bookworms, a band of authors including Amy Tan and Olivia Goldsmith. Local bookstores will set up booths along the water; live music and kids activities round out the affair. "Books by the Bay" begins at 10 a.m. at the Waterfront Pavilion, Market & Embarcadero, S.F. Admission is free; call 908-2837.
Blues Avenue This week's summer street fair, "Blues & Art on Polk Street," is the place to find three outdoor stages' worth of blues acts, including Sista Monica, Preacher Boy, Mitch Woods and his Rocket '88s, and Johnny Nitro & the Doorslammers. Enjoy gourmet snacks and festive beverages as you sidestep inebriated revelers shouting, "Boogie Chillen!" or get swept up in the crush of bodies perusing the craft booths. The festival begins at 10 a.m. (also on Sunday) along Polk Street between Bush and Jackson, S.F. Admission is free; call 346-9162.
Food Chain Natural food market Whole Foods shares the wealth this weekend when it celebrates its new location with a grand opening party. Admission to and a percentage of sales from the party will benefit Project Open Hand, which prepares and delivers meals to people with AIDS; after the party, the supermarket's chefs will donate and help prepare meals for the agency once a month. The grand opening begins at 6 p.m. at the new store, 1765 California, S.F. Admission is $10; call 431-6777.
Wheels A-Spinnin' Absorb local lore outdoors, with the Oakland Museum's "Bike Trippers" tours of old Oakland. Museum docents lead no-sweat 5 1/2-mile trips through historic areas including Preservation Park and Jack London Square, elaborating on architectural, geographical, and historical points of interest as they go. In just over two hours, riders cover several years of history, from the Indian and Spanish Rancho periods to the Gold Rush and Victorian years. Tours begin at 10 a.m. (continuing the third Sunday of every month through October) at the Oakland Museum, 1000 Oak at 10th St., Oakland. The price is $2; call (510) 238-3514 for reservations.
Reel People Texan housewife and former church secretary Juanita Ellis fought government and big business for 14 years to prevent testing by a local nuclear power plant, but ultimately the pressure proved too much, and Ellis gave up and struck a deal with the company. Cable Ch. 52 airs Mylene Moreno's documentary Juanita Ellis: Just Another Homemaker with other winners of the National Educational Media Network 1996 Film and Video Festival: Sisters and Daughters Betrayed, a documentary on the Third World prostitution industry; Cry Pain, Cry Anger, Carolyn Gartner's short film on three women's experiences with date rape; and Words Like Blades, Mildred Iatrou's biographical short film on Emily Dickinson's poetry through history. The festival airs at 9 p.m. on Educational Access Television; call 239-3887.
Child's Play In Bangladesh, kids go in for kanamanchi, a game in which a blindfolded "thief" tries to catch other children running around him. Kanamanchi, described by 9-year-old artist Tasmia Hasim in the exhibit "Sports and Games From Around the World," may sound similar to some long-forgotten diversions from childhood, and that is the exhibit's point: While some entertainments are particular to certain cultures, others show up (with some variations, or, in the case of kites and tag, with almost no difference) all over the world. In a logical segue to this summer's Olympic Games in Atlanta, 52 kids from 23 countries present their favorite sports and games through written descriptions and art ranging from pen-and-ink drawings to woodcuts. "Sports and Games From Around the World" opens at 11 a.m. at the International Children's Art Museum, World Trade Center, Suite 103, Embarcadero & Market, S.F. Admission is free; call 772-9977.
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